If you’re one of those people who demands top of the line gaming performance, it’s time to start gearing up for 2017! Games are becoming more demanding than ever recently, due to developers trying to push the envelope as much as possible (Both in terms of visuals and gameplay). This naturally means that there is going to be more of an emphasis on beefy, high-end builds over mid-range rigs. If you’re here right now, you’re probably ready to kick it up a notch and grab the ultimate gaming PC build.
If so, you’re in luck – The build I’ll describe below is the definitely the best gaming PC build for under 1500 dollars. This is an extremely high end gaming PC that’s fully capable of dominating any new titles for years to come – on max settings, at 1440P, with a smooth 60+ FPS. Barring any game optimization problems, of course (I’m looking at you, Mafia III & Dishonored 2), which are often fixed relatively quickly.
The bottom line is, if you have a $1500 gaming PC build budget, this build is the way to go!
Dominate The 2017 PC Gaming Scene
As I mentioned before, this build will have absolutely no problems wrecking any new games in 2017. However, it even goes beyond that. This rig is powerful enough to handle virtual reality as well – at the highest resolutions, and the highest settings.
The problem many people face with building a gaming PC is that their builds are often obsolete within a year or two. That is not the case with this build. While I can’t predict the future with 100% certainty, judging by past experience (And the current rate of innovation and growth in the gaming industry), this build will likely be running games on high (Or maxed) settings for at least 3-4 years, slowly tapering down to low-medium settings afterwards.
Yeah, this build is pretty insane. 😛
New To PC Building?
No problem! I’ve got you covered. If you prefer written guides, you can find my full guide right here. Otherwise, I recommend checking out the video series from the guys over at Newegg below.
If you are new to PC gaming, the #1 piece of advice I could offer you is this: relax. The process isn’t nearly as intimidating as it seems at first, and you’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment when you finish your build (Usually within a couple hours for first time PC builders).
Trust me, there’s really no difference between assembling even the best gaming PC build under 1500 dollars versus, say, a $500 gaming PC build. Parts are parts, and unless you’re doing something fancy (Like installing it onto a wall or inside a tank of mineral oil), things will pretty much remain the same no matter what.
If you already know what you’re doing, or simply feel like you’re ready to move on, let’s get started!
Best Parts For a $1500 Gaming PC Build
Recently Updated (12/3/2016)
Motherboard – ASUS Z170-E DDR4 ATX
CPU Liquid Cooler: Corsair H75 Hydro Series Liquid Cooler
RAM/Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB)
HDD/Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM 3.5″
SSD/Solid State Drive: PNY 480GB SSD 2.5″
GPU/Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
PSU/Power Supply: EVGA SuperNova 850 B2 (Bronze Certified)
Optical/CD Drive: LG Electronics G24NSCoB
Total Cost: $1,366.46
This build will dominate EVERYTHING in 2017!
As I’ve said before, this build can handle almost anything that’s thrown at it in 2017. That means its fully Virtual Reality ready, and it can handle any new PC game as well (Again, barring any major optimization problems on the side of the developers) at a gorgeous 1440P, and at a smooth 60FPS. You should even be able to push it up to 4K gaming in many cases! Yeah, this is an extremely high performance gaming PC.
This is 100% the best gaming PC build for $1500, hands down.
Anyway, let’s get down to the nitty gritty – the hows and whys of me putting together this build. I won’t cover every little detail (Such as why I picked a certain power supply over another, or a certain CD drive over another – the answers to those “whys” is simple: price and reliability!), but I’ll cover the major decision points in detail, to provide you with as much of my reasoning as possibler.
First things first, the video card – the bread and butter of any gaming rig, but even more so for our $1500 gaming PC build. I had two major choices here – the GeForce GTX 1070, or the 1080. Going with the 1080 would have been too expensive for this build, and would have required me to compromise on other important aspects of the build (Such as the SSD, the water cooler, etc.) – something I wasn’t willing to do.
Another decision I had to make here was which GPU manufacturer to go with. There’s MSI, EVGA, and tons of others. In the end, I went with ASUS because they’ve always been reliable in the past, and their version of the GTX 1070 was the cheapest.
Next up, the CPU. Why did I go with a 6700K? Why did I go with Intel? The answer to both of those questions is because it’s the best around. The 6700K, in my opinion, offers an insanely good value for its price. It’s fully capable of handling even 4K gaming, and that’s what we’re looking for here. I could have gone with the 6700, but I felt that the extra performance the unlocked version gave us was worth it (Especially considering we have a liquid cooler to keep things running smoothly).
I went with Intel because AMD just doesn’t really have a comparable CPU yet, and Intel is generally more reliable (In my opinion).
Another important decision I made was whether or not to opt for an SSD. In this case, our budget allowed for it (Even after picking the beefiest, most expensive parts), and the ridiculous increase in speed an SSD offers over an HDD is just too amazing to pass up. I still threw in a fairly speedy 1TB Western Digital hard drive as well, but that’s mostly just for miscellaneous storage – the SSD is where you should be installing your games, and your operating system.
Last but not least, the memory. I went with 16GB of memory over 8GB because more and more games are listing 16GB of memory in their recommended requirements, and the extra memory will give you a lot of freedom in daily computing tasks, as well. You’ll be able to have more windows open in your browser, and just generally do more stuff at once. Remember, we’re going for a dominator, not a bottom or mid-tier rig. We need something that will not only meet the minimum requirements (Which often don’t list 16GB of RAM), but absolutely blow past them with flying colors.
That’s about it for the most important aspects of this build – everything else is pretty minor and self-explanatory. Let’s move on to a few other important peripherals to consider.
OS & Connectivity
With the important stuff out of the way, let’s move on to a few minor components of any good gaming PC – an operating system, and the ability to connect to the internet!
For the former, you can either install Ubuntu (A free distribution of Linux), or buy a Windows OS. I recommend going with Windows 10, personally, because more games are compatible with it, but if you just need time to save up a little more dough, Ubuntu will work just fine in the meantime.
For network connectivity, you can either go the wireless route or the ethernet cable route (Direct connection). As far as my recommendations go, I’ll list a good wireless adapter and some great ethernet cables below – if you don’t already have them.
Operating System: Windows 10 64-Bit (OEM/Disc)
Wireless Adapter: BrosTrend WNA016 (600MBPS)
Ethernet Cable: Cable Matters 5-Pack
Finally, you’re going to need some peripherals to actually interact with your PC! The peripherals you’ll need are a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. Which peripherals you get (You likely already have these things lying around your house) are entirely up to you.
You can find a cheap mouse and keyboard combo for under $20 on Amazon, and you can probably get them even cheaper at your local Goodwill or computer store. No need to go for flashiness, functionality is the most important thing to consider. As long as a given mouse and keyboard is comfortable to use (Decide whether or not you want a mechanical or membrane keyboard, most importantly) and reliable, there’s no reason for you to spend $80+ on “Gaming” peripherals unless you really want to.
As far as monitors go, the same thing applies, really. You don’t need anything fancy, you just need something that looks reasonable good and has a big enough screen for your needs. However, I do recommend that you put a little more care into choosing a monitor than you would a mouse and keyboard, because out of the three, it’s going to have the biggest impact on your overall gaming experience. You should try to pick a monitor that has vibrant colors, and doesn’t have any major backlight bleeding or dead pixels.
I’ll list my own personal recommendations below, but again – it is entirely up to you. This is your build, not mine, after all. If you have any questions or want some more alternatives, just let me know in the comments!
Monitor: Acer G226HQL 21.5″ LED
Mouse/Keyboard Combo: Redragon S101 Vajra/Centrophorus Combo
And that’s about it! That’s all you’ll need for your build.
All that’s left to say now is congratulations for making it this far! If you’ve already built your gaming PC (Or you’ve started to), then enjoy your journey into high end, HD gaming.
If you haven’t purchased your parts or started your build yet, feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have. I’d love the opportunity to help you out in any way I can.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my build guide, and I hope it was helpful to you.
Got any questions or comments?
Let me know in the comments section! 🙂
See you all next time!