Best Gaming PC Build for Under $1500, A Legendary Build

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Surfing the web for the best gaming PC build for $1,500? Well look no further because this is a legendary setup and your money is very well invested with this specific build.

With a $1,500 budget you’ll be able to add a solid state drive as well as a 1TB hard drive. This will allow you to be able to run your operating system at full speed while still having the capacity of the 1TB hard drive to store your game library, movies, music and photos.

 

Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1500

 

Be A Legend


If you’re looking to max every single game out there for years to come then this is the build for you. The processor with this build is super powered and will be able to do much more than just be able to process video games. This combined with one of the best graphics card out there makes this build one of the best.

If you’ve never built a computer before and you feel intimidated by it then I just have to say one thing. Don’t be. Building a computer from scratch is a lot easier than most people would think and there are plenty of tutorials out there that can show you step by step.

This specific build is actually going to be very easy to build because you’ll have a lot of space in the case to work with and the motherboard is pretty big so you’ll have a ton of room to make sure everything is nicely done.

 

How To Build A Computer


The tutorial that I think best shows how to build a computer step by step is the video series by Newegg. They do an excellent job showing even the complete newbie to build a computer. I have inserted the video below if you’d like to see it!

That video should help shed some light on building a computer from complete scratch. When I built my very first gaming PC I went through this video step by step before I had all of my parts in the mail and during the actual process of building it.

If you do each step that is shown in the video at the same time as actually building your computer then it’ll be a lot easier than trying to just review the video beforehand and trying to memorize each step.

With that, let’s get to the actual build.

 

Optimal Hardware With A $1,500 Budget


 

Last Updated: November 24th, 2017

 

caseCase – Apevia X-Hermes Metal Case

Motherboard – MSI Arsenal TOMAHAWK Intel Z270 ATX Motherboard

cpu2Processor – Intel Core i7-7700K

cpu-coolerCPU CoolerCorsair H60 Liquid Cooler

 Video Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC2 GAMING 8GB

  RAM – G.SKILL Flare X Series DDR4 16GB

Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

 Solid State Drive – Kingston 120GB SSD

 Power Supply – EVGA GQ 80+ GOLD 750W

cd CD Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW

 

Final Price: $1,524.91

 

Build Details


This build is legendary.

Anything you throw at this build is going to run phenomenally. Virtual reality will be experienced to its fullest with this build and you’re going to be future-proof for a very long time as far as recommended specs for the latest games go.

The Apevia-X Hermes case is a great case. Very big and open area to work inside of and comes with many features as well. Super easy to work with hard drives, seamlessly swap out drives easier than how most other cases would work. Comes with a large fan on the side so air cooling won’t be an issue at all, especially combining that with the liquid cooler that you’ll be using with the CPU.

Gaming and/or planning on heavy processing work? The i7-7700k still makes the most sense when it comes to power per dollar spent.

Having an Intel Core i7-7700k is going to put you in awe once you experience its true processing power. This processor is able to do A LOT more than just process game worlds.

You’ll also be able to use any graphics program and you’ll also be able to design your own high-end video games on this machine if you really desired to do so. Anything outside of the realm of PC gaming is definitely doable with this build, it’s beast!

Keep in mind that the CPU, unlike most other Intel CPUs, will not come with a stock CPU cooler. That’s why I’ve also included an aftermarket cooler to go with. You’ll also be able to overclock a good bit with it making the 7700k even that much better.

You also need to know, since it’s an aftermarket cooler, that you will also need some higher quality thermal paste to go with it. The cooler comes with paste and if you want to trust it then go ahead – but I suggest getting some that is higher quality.

If you’ve got VR gaming in mind then this build will definitely be what you’ll need for the far future. VR takes a lot of processing power but that worry can disappear when you have the 7700k included in your arsenal of hardware within. The future of VR is very bright so it makes complete sense to have a build that is more than capable.

If you’re trying to game beyond 1080p and/or going for the best VR experience then a 1080 is what you’ll need.

The EVGA GTX 1080 video card is an amazing card. If you’re looking to run any and/or all games that are coming out recently on max graphics settings with 60+ frames per second then this card is definitely going to be able to do that for you.

There is an insane amount of power behind this card and trust me when I say you’re not going to be disappointed by going with this card for your $1,500 build.

For the longest time the newest hardware, in terms of the GPU industry, wasn’t at a price point that made sense. Through time and supply/demand – the pricing of the newest graphics cards on the market is finally at a point that most can feel good about purchasing.

Although it’s not the perfect price point, a bit off from what was announced, it’s simply what we have to pay right now. There isn’t much going on with this level of performance as far as something even newer on the horizon but I’m sure as time continues to go on, the prices will continue to drop there.

For this specific build I have added a solid state drive (SSD) as well as a normal hard drive (HD). I’d throw your operating system and your favorite games/programs on the SSD and then store all of your other games, photos and movies on the HD. The reason I added both is because a SSD runs about 10x faster than normal HD’s and with this type of budget it just makes sense to add it to the build.

 

Operating System And More


Now if I were you I’d go ahead and throw Windows 10 on this build for an operating system. If for whatever reason you don’t have the cash flow to grab Windows right away then I’d suggest just grabbing Ubuntu, an open-source Linux based operating system that is really super easy to work with, oh and I forgot to mention that it’s also free to use! 🙂

You can just use Ubuntu until you have the cash for Windows or you might just end up sticking with the Linux based operating system because once you get used to it it’s hard to go back to Windows!

windows 10 64bit Windows 10 64bit – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

Also, as far as internet connection is concerned, you should take a look at the Panda network adapter below. It keeps a pretty solid wireless network and you simply plug it into any USB port on the PC!

Unless you’re able to go with a direct connection with an ethernet cord – you’re going to need some sort of a wireless adapter to connect to the internet.

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_ USB Wireless Network Adapter – Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

 

To Conclude


All in all if you’re looking at getting a build together that’s going to give you the absolute motherload of experiences in what PC gaming can provide then this is definitely the build for you.

This build is literally going to max everything you throw at it and run it at extremely high frames per second. 🙂 (I WISH I had this build…)

So what do you guys think of this build?

Are you going to be putting this build together for yourself?

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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324 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build for Under $1500, A Legendary Build

  1. Justin says:

    Hi, Does the build above allow 4k graphics? Thank you!

  2. Justin says:

    If I get the MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard (Z270 SLI PLUS). All I need would be the 4 rams, and two video cards?
    Thank you! 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      Justin,

      It wouldn’t be essential to have two video cards and 4 sticks of RAM, but you’re able to have that if you want to! I’d recommend starting out with the RAM above and a single video card and then whenever you deemed it necessary to add more then go for it! 🙂

  3. justin says:

    When I looked up some of the pc cases online, I stumbled across a lot of reviews that detailed about problems with the component parts fitting into the case. And that some of the people who had the case had to redo some of the things. Would there be any tips to help prevent that?

  4. justin says:

    Hi Colton! Could you tell me if you like this build with these components?
    CPU: Intel Core i9-7900X
    Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 9
    Graphics Cards: 2 x GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
    Extra Graphics Stuff: Nvidia HB SLI Bridge( increase performance)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2667 32GB Kit (4x8GB)
    Primary Storage: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 NVMe
    Mass Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 2TB SATA
    Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Tempered Glass)
    CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro H115i

    It’s going to be a lot, but I hope it’s going to be worth saving for. 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      That’s one beast build… Everything looks compatible to me, everything should work together. What are your plans with the build? Surely it isn’t jus for gaming?

      • Justin says:

        No, not just for gaming. Programming(in future), streaming, etc. More monitors as well.

        • Colton P says:

          Makes perfect sense then. If you were only gaming then I would have tried to have you stray away from that level of power!

          It’ll definitely be worth it in the end when using it for processor heavy tasks.

  5. justin says:

    Hi, Above says something about a liquid cooler. So that means I would have to purchases radiators, tubes, custom water loops, etc.?

  6. Cody P says:

    Started buying parts for this build 2 months ago. Finally completed it today and loving it so far. Thanks for the build man!

    • Colton P says:

      Glad that you’re digging it Cody, feel free to check back here and there to see what’s up! Also do other reviews on games and what not and it’d be cool to hear from ya down the road.

  7. Justin says:

    For the Corsair Hydro H115i , it would be considered a sealed liquid cooler? Would I be better of with a custom cooling or the pre-installed Corsair Hydro H115i cooler?

  8. justin chen says:

    Colton, do you think all of these parts –
    CPU: Intel Core i9-7900X
    Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 9
    Graphics Cards: 2 x GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
    Extra Graphics Stuff: Nvidia HB SLI Bridge( increase performance)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2667 32GB Kit (4x8GB)
    Primary Storage: Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 NVMe
    Mass Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 2TB SATA
    Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i
    Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe (Tempered Glass)
    CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro H115i

    Would fit in a Thermaltake Core P5 Black Edition ATX Open Frame Panoramic Viewing Tt LCS Certified Gaming Computer Case CA-1E7-00M1WN-00?

    • Colton P says:

      You’re referring to this exact case then, right?

      Most, yes. The liquid cooler would not be compatible, you’d need to go with something else. And depending on the length of the video card some drive bays might be blocked off but you should be able to fit everything you’re going for.

      • justin says:

        Hi Colton,
        Do you know any liquid cooler for that would be compatible similarly to the corsair hydro H115i that would be able to fit in the Thermaltake Core P5 Black Edition ATX Open Frame Panoramic Viewing Tt LCS Certified Gaming Computer Case CA-1E7-00M1WN-00?

        • Colton P says:

          No, a liquid cooler needs a place to mount the radiator and that case doesn’t have any pre-installed loop coolers that would be compatible. Maybe a custom cooling setup but that’s costly and not really in my realm, can’t help much there.

          You could go with an air cooler like the Dark Rock Pro 3 if you wanted something that’s higher quality!

  9. Jack says:

    Just got my first job out of college and I’ve always wanted to build a PC for gaming, but I’ve been somewhat nervous about the idea. My question is: if I have a 4K 120hz tv, would I be able to use that basically as a monitor? Not sure if that’s a dumb question but if I could run on it that, i thought it’d look good.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Jack,

      With a build like this yes, you’d be able to do that. It’s able to be at 120hz at 4K? That’s an awesome TV! Granted that you’re right about those specs, it sounds perfect for a build like this.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build, I’m all ears.

  10. Nick says:

    Can u recommend a cpu that does come with a stock cpu cooler for this build? This is my first build and i will feel more comfortable with less steps and parts needed. Thank you

    • Colton P says:

      Sure, you could also use the i7-7700 if you didn’t plan on overclocking or anything like this. With that in mind, I’d also switch over to this motherboard from MSI since that CPU wouldn’t be able to use the overclocking features of the above board.

      Note: The “Processor Only” option actually does comes with a stock Intel cooler. The other options are upsells. Let me know if I can help more man!

  11. Reisswald says:

    Hey colton,

    I’m a little unfamiliar with rams but the one specified above says it’s intended for ryzen builds.
    Just wanted to check and see if that will fit the build or if there was an error going on there?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Reisswald,

      RAM compatibility is predicated on the motherboard being compatible with the type of RAM, in this case DDR4 RAM. It’s compatible, I think that they have “For AMD Ryzen” in the title for marketing purposes.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!

  12. Sully says:

    Hey Colton,

    So I am new into PC gaming and I was wondering how efficient this build would be using 4k gaming. In other words, what would the average fps be running this build on 4k and would it be able to run max settings on games in 4k as well?

    • Colton P says:

      Sully,

      It depends on the game. Some games aren’t well optimized while others are very well optimized.

      For the most part, an 8GB GTX 1080 is going to be able to run games at 4K/max settings with above 40+ FPS. Some games more, some games less. I’d also take a look at benchmarks on YouTube for specific games that you’re interested. Always here for more feedback as you move forward with your build!

  13. Dystl says:

    Hey Colton!

    I am an upcoming game designer in university that also uses VR. I want to make a PC that would be able to run everything from both playing to creating. I don’t exactly know where to start.
    I always had laptops but this would be my first desktop since about 6th grade. I would like some advice on what to get.
    Thanks. 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      A setup like this would definitely get the job done but you might also want to take a look at Ryzen CPUs. Maybe venture into YouTube and compare performance overall with the programs you plan to use?

      Then you can always check back here and if you need help to be put in the right direction then I’m here! I bring up Ryzen because when it comes to overall content creation and rendering that’s the better choice.

      Let me know!

  14. Zack Zaleski says:

    Will this specific build work if I am using an MSI GTX 1060 graphics and a 650W EVGA power supply? Turns out I ordered the wrong power supply on Cyber Monday and I would like to know if it will affect anything.

  15. Reisswald says:

    Hello colton, I’m having a massive issue with the case that you recommended and I’m panicking hard with the build.
    The video card slots of this case doesn’t have any included screws and the video card doesn’t reach the screw slots.

    Moreover, the monitor I bought only showed no signal when I tried to boot the pc, and I noticed that the blue cable included with the monitor doesn’t match the socket on the motherboard.

    Finally the motherboard back panel plate doesn’t fit the sockets snug into place when I attached the motherboard to the tower and the USB at the top portion is not aligned to the tower.

    Please help, I’m freaking out since this is my first build..

    • Colton P says:

      Reisswald,

      You sound like me and my first build man… I rushed through everything and got pretty frustrated. Don’t let yourself get worked up, you can figure this out!

      The screws came with something, either the case has the screws or they’re packed away somewhere and you’re not seeing them. Otherwise there isn’t one special type of screw for the video card, as long as it fits it’ll work for using it. Try out the different sizes.

      You won’t be using the motherboard for visuals, that’s the video card’s job. So you’ll need to be sure to have the video card mounted onto the motherboard correctly and use it. When it’s plugged in it completely overrides the motherboard.

      Yes… The back panel definitely fits. You just need to take your time and push it in. Are you following the above video as a guide?

      Happy to help, again don’t let yourself get worked up! It’s usually something small that is an easy fix 🙂

  16. Reisswald says:

    I made a huge mistake of not cleaning the nozzle of the thermal paste and it dripped into the green part and a little bit underneath onto the motherboard. *tried to fix this by cleaning it out, got most of it off but I didn’t dare take the gpu off.

    the case I bought didn’t have any video card screws included and my video card can’t reach the screw slot unless you force it there.

    the monitor I bought is this http://amzn.to/2BL8YJy But the blue cable included had a different type of slot than the one intended for the monitor itself, I connected an hdmi cable however. I also use the same monitor with my ps4.

    PLEASE HELP…

    • Colton P says:

      You could take the GPU out carefully to ensure you’ve cleaned it well enough, definitely not good to have the paste on the board itself but if it was only a little bit and it’s coming off easy then you should be fine.

      Are you sure? Because I never hear about someone not having the video card screws included… If that’s the case then this kit should have 6/32 type screws which should so the trick.

      And right, you wouldn’t want to use VGA anyway. It’s an old output. So HDMI is the best you’ll do! Just remember that you need the video cable plugged into the monitor from the video card as it overrides the motherboard.

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