Best Gaming PC Build for $1500, Elite Gamer’s Must-Have PC

best 1500 dollar gaming pc build

Are you wondering whether you should buy a $1,500 dollar pre-built gaming PC? And wondering if it would be the best option?

Well I’m glad that you’re reading this post right now because I want to help you out by giving you the best alternative to a pre-built gaming computer. And I hope that you haven’t already made any final decisions just yet.

Before you decide to buy a pre-built gaming PC, you should know the best alternative.

The best alternative or option is building the gaming computer yourself.

If you don’t want to lose out on performance, power, and quality, then you’ll want to build the PC yourself by buying the parts separately. There really isn’t any other option if you truly want to get the best bang for your buck.

And don’t let the idea of building your own PC worry you because it really isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Plus, I’ll be here to help so if you have any questions or concerns all you have to do is just leave me a comment below.

Building a PC With A $1,500 Dollar Budget

Building a gaming PC with a $1,500 budget could get you a god-like gaming machine that slays a pre-built computer at $1,500. With a high-end budget like this, you can pretty much get the best of the best and build one legendary gaming PC.

Playing games with a budget build like this will give you an experience you’ve never experienced before with gaming. You’ll dominate every game and probably cry with joy. 😛

There really is no better feeling than starting up a game and knowing that you don’t have to mess with graphic settings or be afraid that your graphics card will act up. And while in game you know you’re well equipped with the best gear to dominate anyone.

How You Can Build Yourself The Best $1,500 Dollar PC

If you happen to be a beginner PC builder, it’s alright. You don’t really need any experience to build a computer because all you really need is some patience while following the process step by step. Building a PC from scratch is not that hard, it’s just simply putting computer components where they belong inside the case like those simple baby block puzzles.

The actual hard part of building a computer is finding the best components that are compatible with each other.

However, you don’t have to worry about finding the best components because I personally go through the hard part to bring you the best build for this particular budget. All you have to do is just build the PC when you get all of the components because everything is 100% compatible within this build.

Once you have the components, you can begin the process of putting your PC together. And like I said earlier, it’s really not hard at all. Just take the steps one by one and you’ll have a completed PC in no time. I’ve made a PC building guide to help you.

And feel free to leave me a comment below if you require any help.

Find Out How To Build

What Does This Budget Range Offer

Like I have stated before, you seriously can get the best of the best with this price point.

The build I have for this budget is a monster. It features a Intel Core i5-7600K processor, a GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC graphics card, 8GB of Crucial RAM, 250GB SSD plus 1TB HDD storage, and more. The full power of this build is off the chain, and yes, I used that phrase.

The speed and performance with this build will be unbelievable. Any game you throw at will run flawlessly at 1080p which is standard resolution for almost all monitors nowadays. Literally, your eyes will thank you if you were to pair this build with a great monitor.

If you decide to get this build, you’ll never regret your decision because this build will be future ready for couple more years. So you won’t have to replace and upgrade components for a good while. You are 100% set for the ultimate gaming experience with this one.

Okay, lets actually get to the build itself now.

The Best Parts For $1,500 Dollar Budget

Updated for Jun 2017
The Build Overview
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Ram Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
CPU Processor: Intel Core i5-7600K Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
CPU Cooling: CM Hyper 212 EVO SSD Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
Motherboard: MSI Z270 SLI PLUS HDD Storage: WD Blue 1TB
Graphic Card: GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti CD/DVD Drive: ASUS Optical Drive
Total: $1,500~1,550
Note: Component prices fluctuate daily. Check the current pricing here
part case
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full
My Recommendation:
(Great Case For Price)
part cpu
Intel Core i5-7600K
Intel Core i5-7600K
My Recommendation:
(Epic Performance)
part cpu cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
My Recommendation:
(Cheap & Good)
part mb
My Recommendation:
(Great Price & Performance)
part gpu
My Recommendation:
(Super Duper Performance)
part ram
Ballistix Sport LT
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB(1x8GB)
My Recommendation:
(Best Ram For Budget)
part psu
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
My Recommendation:
(Great Performance)
part ssd
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
My Recommendation:
(Performance & Speed)
part hdd
WD Blue 1TB
My Recommendation:
(Great Storage)
part odd
asus optical drive
ASUS Optical Drive
My Recommendation:
(Just An Optical Drive)
part monitor
BenQ RL2455HM
BenQ Gaming Monitor RL2455HM
My Recommendation:
(Great Price & Performance)
part mice
Logitech G502
Logitech G502 Proteus Core
My Recommendation:
(Super Performance)
partname keyboard
Corsair Gaming K70
Corsair K70 Mechanical(Brown)
My Recommendation:
(Super Performance)
part mpad
SteelSeries QcK
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mpad
My Recommendation:
(Great Quality)
part os
window os
Windows 10
Operating System:
You’re going to need an OS to operate the computer.
part network
Wired or Wireless
Internet Connection:
I would highly recommend using Ethernet cables

Brief Detail Of This Monster Build


This build has the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case which is an outstanding case with great features that only high-end computer cases have. The best part of this case is really the price because it’s really cheap for how well designed, and how many features it has. This case is really a steal if you ask me.

The case features:

  • Easy Cable Management (with rubber grommets & Velcro ties!)
  • fan hub/controller for multiple fan setups
  • Easy install disk trays for SSD/HDD
  • PSU & disk tray covers for better looking PC
  • dust filters (a must for every case)
  • And more

To me, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case looks fantastic with it’s subtle and simple design. It just looks classy which is how I like my cases to look like.

Processor (CPU):

The 7th gen Intel Core i5-7600K is a beast of a processor and you can even decide to overclock this processor to make it even more into a monster. But whether you decide to overclock it or not, you’ll get extreme performance anyways with it’s quad-core processing.

Once you go with this CPU, you really getting the best and any other lower CPU’s will feel too slow. It’s a true beast.

CPU Cooling (Heatsink/Fan):

For a powerful CPU like the one in this build, you’ll require some good cooling. The stock heatsink and fan might be able to pull it off but the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO will be able to do a way better job at keeping your CPU cool.

And if you plan on overclocking, you’ll most definitely need a CPU cooler like the Hyper 212 EVO or better. You don’t want to fry you’re expensive CPU. 😉

Motherboard (MOBO):

The MSI Z270 SLI PLUS motherboard is a new Z270 chipset motherboard that supports the new 7th gen processor. You get great features and qualities with this Gigabyte board. The look of this gaming motherboard is awesome and has a great color scheme.

This board will be able to handle every component in this build. It even supports SLI so you can add in another graphics card in the future if you wanted too. Seriously though, two GTX 1080 ti cards would make any gamer’s jaw drop. Just remember if you do SLI, you might want to buy a power supply with extra wattage.

Graphics Card (GPU):

Now, the graphics card in this build is really the true beast inside this build. The GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC is a new monster in town, you get nothing but great performance with this one. Any game you play will literally bow down to you… seriously.

You’ll run games at 1080p on MAX with amazing FPS. But you really want to be playing on 1440p with this card though. There is really no doubt about this one.

Memory (RAM):

At this budget, you can get 8GB of RAM as a standard option. This will be well enough for gaming and daily computing. You won’t need to go any higher unless you really wanted too.

And if you need more ram you can always get the 16GB set of ram. Whatever you decide it’s both plenty for gaming.

Power Supply (PSU):

The EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 power supply is a great choice for this budget and it’s fully modular. I personally love fully modular power supplies because they make installing and cable managing so much easier. You only have to use the cables you need.

Overall, this power supply has all of the great qualities that make it an effective high-end PSU.

Storage (SSD + HDD):

For storage, this build has 250GB of SSD storage as well as 1TB of HDD storage. That is plenty of storage for games, photos, programs, etc. The 250GB SSD is where you would want to install the OS for the superior boot time and 1TB of HDD will hold other storages like games and programs.

Optical Drives (ODD):

Don’t worry to much about getting the best optical drive because the one in this build is good enough. You really don’t need an expensive ODD because most of the times you won’t be using it anyways. The ASUS optical drive is actually good in quality and is the one I have too.

Operating System & Peripherals

My advice for an operating system is always Windows because it’s what almost everyone is used too. You can decide to get whatever Windows you like but if you want my recommendation go with Windows 7 64bit or Windows 8.1 64bit. Then later on upgrade to Window 10 once all bugs are fixed.

(Note: I don’t recommend pirated or bootlegged version of any Windows. It’s literally not worth the risk because you don’t know what other files have been added to it.)

Picking peripherals for your setup is completely up to you. But if you decide to go with any of the ones that I suggested in the peripheral options, you won’t regret it. They’re all great products with good performance and quality.

Oh and you can ask about other peripherals if you like in the comment section.

Internet Connection (Wired or Wireless):

Wired Ethernet connection will give you the best performance while gaming. It’s also the cheapest option compared to wireless. You can use an Ethernet cable that you already have or buy a new one with the right length.

However, if you plan on going wireless with PCI-E adapter or USB adapter, then you should consider getting a good router if you don’t have one already. It will make your connectivity so much better.

My Overall Thoughts

If you’re able to build a PC at this budget you seriously won’t regret it. The raw power, performance, and quality is simply amazing. You’ll get the absolute best gaming experience ever.

This build is truly a monster.

What do you guys think? If you guys have any questions leave them below and I’ll be happy to answer them.

2 thoughts on “Best Gaming PC Build for $1500, Elite Gamer’s Must-Have PC

  1. Hello Chris.

    Are computer parts in the US, a lot cheaper then in the U.K.’England’?
    As searching the parts you’ve displayed, and considering the pounds – US dollars ratio, it’s a lot more in pounds.
    If I brought from the US, would I get charged a lot tax for importing the items from the US?


    1. Hello David,

      Yes the cost of computer parts vary between countries. But I’ve noticed that they are cheaper in the US. However, I probably wouldn’t recommend buying it from US if you live in UK. The shipping cost will be a lot more, plus, some headache if shipment gets lost. Another thing is electronics are mass-produced so there will be chance of defects which means you’ll want to return the item if possible.

      If you let me know what components are available in the UK, then I’ll try to help you out with the build the best I can. Hope that answers your questions.

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