Best Gaming PC Build Under $1500 Budget, Beast In Every Sense
If you want the best gaming PC build for under a $1,500 dollar budget then you will be absolutely pumped about this build. Whether you are building your first gaming PC, have a bit of experience but want confirmation on some of your own ideas or flat out have trouble choosing exactly what parts you want then this guide should be for you.
Below you can expect to see the parts list I have curated for the build. Later on I will talk about some additional parts and peripherals. Then I will go into further detail as to why I am using what I’m using.
Finally we will discuss how and why to get started with your PC building project and then I will wrap it all up with my final thoughts.
To lay it all out there for you real quick…
This rig is pure BEAST mode! You are going to be able to peg 1080p to the limits, max out 1440p gaming and see some awesome results with 4k and VR gaming. You won’t have to worry about upgrading or building a new PC for a good long time. 🙂
Best Gaming PC Build Under $1,500
CPU / Processor – Intel Skylake Core i7-6700K 4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard – MSI Computer ATX DDR4 Motherboard Z170A PC MATE
Solid State Drive – Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD
Total Cost: $1,500ish Current Price: $1,522.37
In this build I show you how to spend over $600 on your graphics card alone. Is this wise? Short answer is YES! I will go into that further shortly. On to the other parts first.
Any good build starts with a case. I have chosen the NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower because it has plenty of room for what we are using here and a bit of room to grow into. You may wish to go with a Full tower and that is totally fine. A case is like clothing. Just make sure all your parts fit and are compatible.
Next is the Intel Skylake i7 6700k CPU and MSI Z170A PC Mate Motherboard combination. This is an awesome combo and will be more then plenty for this gaming PC build. You can see that I have a similar combo in my $1000 build but of course this $1500 PC will knock it’s socks off easily.
Note that this MSI PC Mate does not support SLI. This is because I designed the build for max performance at the current budget range. If SLI is something you really want to get into down the road then take a look at other motherboards such as this one.
Which brings us to the EVGA Geforce GTX 1080 8GB BEAST MODE graphics card. Like I said before this card is bonkers as far as performance goes. See proof here. It really is a solid work horse and you will love every moment of gaming on it. Fear not the rest of this build keeps up with it no problem.
In the storage department we have a 2TB Western Digital hard drive for all your big files and a 250GB Samsung Evo Solid State Drive to kick things up a notch. Your games and operating system will love you for it trust me.
Last up needed is some electricity to power this baby. A 750 watt Gold 2 EVGA Super Nova power supply should do the trick and then some. One thing I want to stress is how important a good PSU is. I have seen a number of lower quality power supplies die so it is a good idea not to skimp out here.
Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Optical Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA OEM DRW-24B1ST
WiFi – Wireless USB Adapter
Headset – ASTRO Gaming A40 PC Gaming Headset
Explanation of Extras
In the next segment I will brief you on my opinion of the state of operating systems. But now let us talk about a couple inexpensive but possible items of interest to your new PC build.
Optical drives are slowly becoming a thing of the past. However if you do not have one you can scavenge off an old build and would like to add in a DVD-RW then for an extra $20 it should be no problem at all. See I say “thing of the past” because most things are downloaded now including games, apps, programs, ect. Heck you can install your OS off a USB drive. So it’s up to your preference here.
The other main thing to think about is how you are connecting to the network. I much prefer to be hard wired into the router for performance reasons but you may not have that option. If WiFi is the best solution then you may want to go with an internal wireless adapter or even a USB adapter as I have listed above. Keep those two things in mind and you will be set.
Of course as a side note I have added some essential gaming peripherals to the extras list that are great picks. Take a look at some of those if you are looking to upgrade. OK, lets move on to operating systems now!
I’m going to cut to the chase here. Your best options for an operating system are in my opinion Windows 7 or 10. They offer the best performance and flexibility possible to the gamer.
If you are deeply attached to 7 then you might as well pick that version up and at least you will have the option to upgrade to 10 for free if you so wish down the road. You might know that you prefer Windows 10 already and if this is the case then by all means go for the glory.
Real quick, remember if you have purchased a retail copy of Windows in the past you may use that key to install the OS on to your new PC build. You will end up saving +/- $100.
Another way to avoid buying Windows would be to go with a free Linux distro such as Ubuntu or even Steam OS. These options aren’t the best at the moment as they won’t be able to support all the PC games available yet. BUT, if you are just fed up with Microsoft for whatever reason and want to stick it to the man those are some good alternatives.
How to Build a Gaming PC for Under $1,500 Dollars!
Probably the best way to learn how to build a gaming PC is to watch videos of others doing it. Go to that link to view a page where I have compiled a few videos that can help you along the way and also watch the one posted below.
I find that even now, after I have built many computers over the years, that it is both fun and beneficial to brush up on my knowledge a bit before delving into a project.
Know and find solace in the fact that if you are brand new to the PC building scene that it is more that possible for you to be able to build your own. It really isn’t hard at all and my mentality has always been that if another human being can do it then so can I!
Why build your own gaming PC?
Actually a really good question!
Referring to building vs buying a pre-built “off the shelf” computer. There are many reasons I build my own gaming PC. If you are into bang for your buck then you definitely need to build a PC. You end up getting a much better machine for the money. Especially at this price point of $1,500. What happens is you end up paying extra for brand names and find that the components used are much lower quality than when you are picking, choosing and assembling the parts yourself.
The 2nd reason is because it is FUN! It is an absolute blast. PC building becomes just as much of a hobby as gaming and for me it is actually more fun. Because I am not able to build a new computer every day when I do get the chance I am pretty stoked the opportunity has finally came around again. It is just a good time and opens up your world to a new community as well.
I have been doing it for over 12 years now and still love it. So take it from me. If you are looking to buy a new PC then… why not build it yourself?
What you are getting with this build is a savage, game killing beast. Point blank period. Your FPS will be through the roof and there won’t be anything you throw at it that it can’t handle. I set out to design the best gaming PC for under $1,500 today. I believe the parts list at the top of the page represents this well.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there. Buy your parts. Build your machine. And start crushing PC games immediately!
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