With an i5-12600K CPU, an RTX 3070 GPU, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, you’ll be able to max out anything you throw at this $1,500 gaming PC build.
If you’re looking to get into 4K gaming, or you want a high-end desktop that can handle competitive games on a 1080P 360Hz monitor, or a 1440P 240Hz monitor, then this $1,500 gaming PC will do the trick.
Below, we’ve put together a full part list to help you build the best gaming PC under $1,500 possible. And, we’ve also linked to a suitable pre-built system for the same amount, as well as to peripherals that will pair well with this system.
Or, read our guide on the Best Gaming PC Builds for more options.
$1,500 is the perfect budget to build a high-end gaming PC with. It will allow you to get a high-end processor and a graphics card that is capable of running games on a 1440P 144Hz+ display, or games at 60 FPS on a 4K display.
You also get a 240mm AIO CPU cooler, a high-end motherboard for overclocking, and a nice-looking tempered glass case with three 120mm RGB fans.
Overall, there really isn’t anything this $1,500 system can’t handle. It will pair well with a 1080P 360Hz display for competitve gamers and it will run games on higher resolution displays (like 1440P 240Hz monitors or 4K 144Hz monitors) great, too.
So, if you’ve got a decent amount to spend on a desktop that will last you a long time, the set of parts listed below should do the job for you.
*If you are interested in getting a laptop instead, take a look at our post on the Best RTX 3070 laptops.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-12600K|
|AIO||MSI MAG P240|
|MOBO||ASUS Prime Z690-P|
|GPU||Gigabyte RTX 3070|
|RAM||XPG Hunter 16GB|
|ODD||Install O.S. from USB|
Grand Total: $1,470-$1,530
*Prices on PC components change on a daily basis. Click here for the most up-to-date pricing.
**The ‘Grand Total’ price includes the parts that make up the computer only. You’ll need an operating system and Windows costs ~$100 for an activation key. However, you can still install Windows for free and it will work indefinitely without activating it with no problems—there will just be a watermark at the bottom left of your screen asking you to activate it.
We chose each of these components for a reason—but there are viable alternatives. Below, we discuss why we chose the components listed above for this build and what other alternatives there are…
While we chose the Intel Core i5-12600K for this build, you could opt for an AMD CPU instead—especially if you’re looking for better multi-core performance.
The Ryzen 9 5900X is an extremely powerful option and you could use it in this system. However, since it is quite a bit more expensive than the 12600K, you will either have to up your budget a bit, or sacrifice on other parts in this build (case, GPU, CPU cooler, etc.)
The Ryzen 7 5800X is priced slightly less higher the 12600K, but we felt the 12600K offered enough of an in-game performance advantage over the 5800X, that it was the better overall choice. The 5800X would be a worthy option, though, if you’re a streamer or editor who could utilize the additional threads.
AMD has a solid option that would work in this build: the RX 6700 XT.
The RTX 3070 that we have included in this build goes toe-to-toe with the RX 6700 XT in terms of in-game performance. However, the RTX 3070, on average, provides a small performance bump over the 6700 XT.
There are a lot of different ways you could handle storage in this build. We chose a simple 1TB SATA SSD as it offers a lot of fast storage for a fairly affordable price. You could spend more and get an NVME M.2 SSD, though. Or, for about the same amount, you could go with a 500GB SSD, and pair it with a 1TB hard drive for even more storage.
While we chose the Antec NX410 for the case in this build, there are a ton of different options out there that might work better for you. We like the Antec case because it has plenty of room to hold this system, has a grilled front-panel (for better air intake), comes with a full-length PSU shroud, and offers three preinstalled RGB fans.
And, you get all of that for under $100. But, again, depending on your own personal preferences, there might be a better case out there for you. If you do opt for a different case, just make sure that it will hold all of your components!
We use Outervision’s PSU calculator to determine the power consumption for each of our builds. Accoding to Outervision, even in the most extreme scenarios, this $1,500 gaming PC will require a a quality 500W power supply.
However, we provided plenty of headroom with an EVGA 650W B5 80 PLUS Rated power supply.
For more information on picking a power supply, check out our guide on How to Choose the Right Power Supply for Your Build.
If you’re going to be spending a significant amount on your gaming desktop, you’re also going to want to make sure that you have quality peripherals as well.
In the section below, we’ve provided you with a couple of options for a gaming monitor, gaming keyboard, and gaming mouse:
|Dell S2417DG|| ||/10|
|ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q|| ||/10|
See more affordable 144Hz gaming monitor options by following the link.
|HyperX Alloy Elite|| ||/10|
|Redragon K552 KUMARA|| ||/10|
|Razer DeathAdder Elite|| ||/10|
|Logitech G402|| ||/10|
There’s really nothing this $1,500 gaming PC can’t handle. It can work as a 4K gaming PC. It can serve as a high-end system for hardcore competitive gamers who need a machine that can push a 360Hz monitor or a 1440P 240Hz display. And, it will work well for streamers and content creators.
All-in-all, if you’re looking for the best gaming PC under $1,500, this system is worth considering.