The Best $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build – June 2021
Critical Update: if you actually want to start gaming on a new PC any time before Fall 2021, you have two options: try to grab one of the few pre-built PCs still for sale, or build up a PC and use an older GPU you have on hand. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options to you in this guide.
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.
For June 2021, the $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build features AMD’s ground-breaking Ryzen 5 5600X, which offers six cores and 12 threads, plus fantastic gaming performance for the price thanks to far higher performance per core than anything Intel can muster. It’s backing up the amazing Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU, which can power through any game, even at 4K resolutions. Note that it’s been impossible to buy this GPU since it launched in October 2020 (yes, that long!), so if you’re in a rush to game, go with the pre-built system we recommend in this guide. Otherwise, you can use an older GPU you have on hand to get your new build up and running. 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 700W 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 –
CyberpowerPC Gamer Master GMA560V3 3700X/RTX 3070$1828
HOT DEAL! You’re not going to be able to find any GPUs in stock right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump into high-end gaming right away! This amazing system from CyberpowerPC comes fully-equipped and ready to rock! It features an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core, 16-thread processor, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB (worth almost as much as this entire system on eBay!), 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 500GB NVMe solid-state drive, plus a 1TB hard drive.The Guru’s Tip
Honestly, this is priced too low for the current market, and will not last!
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X$299 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler, but for this build we recommend an upgraded cooler for better performance and much lower noise levels.
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi$180 The Guru’s Tip
The B550 platform offers a tremendous amount of value for the price.
Video Card –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB XC3 Gaming @EVGA$620 The Guru’s Tip
While the RTX 3070 debuted at $500, the MSRP has since been "reset" to $600, and that's what we're factoring into this build.
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red$110 The Guru’s Tip
Remember to engage the XMP profile in the UEFI to hit the full speed of this RAM; it will default to 2666MHz.
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$110 The Guru’s Tip
This M.2 drive slots right into the motherboard with no need for cables!
Phanteks P400A Black @Newegg$90 The Guru’s Tip
This model is available in black or white from the same product page.
Power Supply –
SilverStone ET700-MG$96 The Guru’s Tip
One of the things we really like about this new model is its dual EPS 8-pin connectors, which is required to fully power the latest CPUs.
CPU Cooler –
Scythe Fuma 2$60 The Guru’s Tip
This build's CPU does not come with a cooler, so the Fuma 2 is not an optional upgrade, it's required!
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$110 The Guru’s Tip
Low-profile switches make mechanical keyboards respond a whole lot faster!
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$46 The Guru’s Tip
Razer's Hyperspeed wireless technology makes the Basilisk more responsive than most wired mice!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair HS70 BT$100 The Guru’s Tip
This model also features Bluetooth, which means you can use it not only with your PC, but with your Smartphone as well!
The 27-inch G-Sync Gaming Monitor –
Gigabyte M27Q$320 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: $1705
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($299)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi ($180)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB XC3 Gaming @EVGA ($620)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red ($110)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($110)
- Case – Phanteks P400A Black @Newegg ($90)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ET700-MG ($96)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Fuma 2 ($60)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)