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Best Gaming PC Under $1,500 for 2022 (60 FPS at 4K/1440P)

With an i5-12600K CPU, an RTX 3060 Ti 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.

I. $1,500 Gaming PC Build Overview

EVGA RTX 3060 Ti$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.

This $1,500 gaming PC comes with an Intel Core i5-12600K CPU, an RTX 3060 Ti GPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a fully-modular 650W power supply.

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.

Part List for $1,500 PC Build

Intel Core i5-12600K ASUS Prime Z690-P EVGA RTX 3060 Ti Antec NX410
CPU Intel Core i5-12600K

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AIO MSI MAG P240

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MOBO ASUS Prime Z690-P

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GPU EVGA RTX 3060 Ti

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RAM XPG Hunter 16GB

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SSD Samsung 1TB

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CASE Antec NX410

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PSU EVGA 650W

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ODD Install O.S. from USB
OS Windows

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Grand Total: $1,470-$1,530

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*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.

II. Component Breakdown

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…

1. What About an AMD Processor?

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.

2. What About an AMD GPU?

AMD has a solid option that would work in this build: the RX 6600 XT.

The RTX 3060 Ti that we have included in this build goes toe-to-toe with the RX 6600 XT in terms of in-game performance. However, the RTX 3060 Ti, on average, provides a small performance bump over the 6600 XT.

3. Storage Options

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.

4. Plenty of Case Options

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!

5. How Big of A Power Supply

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 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.

III. Peripherals & Accessories to Go With Your New Gaming PC

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:

Gaming Monitor Pick

Dell S2417DG 24-Inch Dell S2417DG
  • 1440P
  • 165Hz
  • 1ms GTG
  • 24″ Display
9.2/10

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ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q
  • 1080P
  • 240Hz
  • 1ms GTG
  • 24″ Display
9.1/10

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See more affordable 144Hz gaming monitor options by following the link.

Gaming Keyboard Pick

HyperX Alloy Elite HyperX Alloy Elite
  • Red LED
  • 101-Key
  • Mechanical
  • 6′ Cable
9.2/10

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Redragon K552 KUMARA Redragon K552 KUMARA
  • Red LED
  • 87-Key
  • Mechanical
  • 6′ Cable
8.5/10

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Gaming Mouse Choices

Razer DeathAdder Elite Razer DeathAdder Elite
  • 7 Buttons
  • 16,000 DPI
  • RGB Lights
  • 6′ Cable
9.0/10

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Logitech G402 Logitech G402
  • 8 Buttons
  • 4,000 DPI
  • RGB Lights
  • 6′ Cable
8.6/10

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Conclusion: A $1,500 Powerhouse Gaming Desktop

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.

Hey, I’m Brent. I’ve been building computers and writing about building computers for a long time. I’m an avid gamer and tech enthusiast, too. On YouTube, I build PCs, review laptops, components, and peripherals, and hold giveaways.

8 thoughts on “Best Gaming PC Under $1,500 for 2022 (60 FPS at 4K/1440P)”

  1. Hi! I love the components you used in this pc build. I hope the price in your country is same in the Philippines :(. Used gpu/cpu here is like brand-new in most first-world country. Anyways, thanks for a well composed guide. I would recommend this to my client in the future.

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  2. My son is in HS and would like to build a gaming PC. Neither of us has ever done this. Can you recommend an on-line course (like, but not necessarily, Udemy) which will take us step-by-step through the process and include info. on which parts and tools to buy?

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  3. On your articles I have read so far it doesn’t say anywhere, that I saw, what currency the prices are in. I am assuming you are USD but it would be nice to know for sure.
    Thanks, Shelby

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  4. Hey Brent,
    If i decide to go for the Ryzen 9 3900X instead, would i need to change any of the parts in the build?

    Thanks,
    Marcus

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