The Best $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build – September 2021
If you actually want to start gaming on a new PC any time before Fall 2021, you have two options: build up your PC with one of the few GPUs currently available at retail, or go for a pre-built PC, which will almost certainly offer far better value. That’s because GPUs are scarce due to the biggest cryptocurrency mining craze in history. We present both options in this guide. Based on current trends, we believe that GPUs will continue to sell for elevated prices for months to come, and may not return to MSRP until next-gen models arrive in late-2022.
High-End Performance with a Touch of Class!
If you’re after the perfect blend of power, efficiency, and usability in a PC, look no further than our $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC. This system combines some of our favorite components to deliver what we believe is the ideal all-around PC. Yes, this system can run all the latest games with ease, but what’s really great about this system is that it offers a fantastic balance of speed, silence, and style.
This Month’s Build, Featuring AMD and Nvidia!
For September 2021, the $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build features AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X, which offers six cores and 12 threads, and more importantly, better gaming performance than any Intel CPU on the market! It’s backing up the Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GPU, which has finally re-entered the market after nearly a year’s absence. It’s marked up beyond MSRP, but it’s actually available, meaning you can jump into gaming today.
This system also features 16GB of DDR4-3600 RGB RAM, along with a high-performance 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, perfect for all your gaming or productivity needs. Topping it all off is a 750W ultra-efficient power supply, a highly-effective 120mm tower cooler, and an awesome high-airflow tempered glass case from Phanteks.
If you need to accessorize your new build, you’ll find our top picks for a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to pair with this system. For even more ideas, check out our Monitor Buyer’s Guide and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide! Throughout our guides, we provide direct links to Amazon, Newegg, or B&H, and our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in the UK, Canada, and many countries in the EU. Your use of these links helps support continued development of these guides!
The Pre-Built Option
The High-End Gaming PC –
ABS Gladiator 5600X/RTX 3070 @Newegg$1700INSANE VALUE! Don’t want to wait to build your own PC until GPUs restock? No problem – Newegg’s ABS division has you covered with an amazing deal on its Gladiator Gaming PC. It features an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core, 12-thread processor, and more importantly, the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB video card, which sells for about 2/3 the price of this entire PC on eBay! Also on this list are 16GB of DDR4-3000 RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, and a high-end X570 motherboard.
The price on this system is honestly too good to last. You'd have to beg, cheat, and steal to get these components anywhere near this price at retail!
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @Newegg$273 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend an upgraded model later in this guide.
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi$190 The Guru’s Tip
The B550 platform offers a tremendous amount of value for the price.
Video Card –
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6GB$700 The Guru’s Tip
This GPU is selling for around 2x MSRP, but in this market, that's the going rate, and even then it's often out of stock! As an alternative, we strongly suggest you go for the pre-built PC we listed earlier in this guide, because OEMs are getting much better prices on GPUs than consumers.
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Black$110 The Guru’s Tip
Remember to engage the XMP profile in the UEFI to take advantage of the full speed of this RAM kit. To adjust the RGB lighting, use the motherboard's lighting control software.
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 980 1TB$130 The Guru’s Tip
This M.2 drive slots right into the motherboard with no need for cables!
Phanteks P400A Black$90 The Guru’s Tip
This model is available in black or white from the same product page.
Power Supply –
SilverStone ET700-MG$125 The Guru’s Tip
It's always best to choose a PSU with more power than the system will need, which ensures efficient performance. Peak efficiency is achieved at 50% load.
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Freezer 34 Duo Black/White$45 The Guru’s Tip
This cooler is available in a number of color schemes, so take your pick from the various options on the linked product page!
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
Microsoft is moving to an online-only distribution model. If the USB version is out of stock, you can always get it via download - all you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the image onto.
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$90 The Guru’s Tip
Low-profile switches make mechanical keyboards respond a whole lot faster!
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$38 The Guru’s Tip
Razer's Hyperspeed wireless technology makes the Basilisk more responsive than most wired mice!
The Budget Wireless PC Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless$80 The Guru’s Tip
This model can also be used with game consoles and smartphones via the included USB Type-C adapter.
The 27-inch G-Sync Gaming Monitor –
Gigabyte M27Q$297 The Guru’s Tip
This model was designed around AMD's FreeSync technology, but Nvidia has enabled its use on GeForce cards, which means you save money versus a G-Sync monitor!
Total Cost: $1750
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @Newegg ($273)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi ($190)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6GB ($700)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Black ($110)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 980 1TB ($130)
- Case – Phanteks P400A Black ($90)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ET700-MG ($125)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Freezer 34 Duo Black/White ($45)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)