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

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!

These videos should help shed some light on building a computer from complete scratch. When I built my very first gaming PC I went through these videos 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 series 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: September 23rd, 2019

* = Optional part. Read below for details.

Final price includes optional part.


Apevia X-HermesCase – Apevia X-Hermes Metal Case

 Motherboard – GIGABYTE Z390 UD

 Processor – Intel Core i7-9700K

CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler CPU CoolerCORSAIR Hydro Series H75 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler

 Video CardGigabyte RTX 2070 GAMING OC 8GB

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8 16GB RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz 2×8 16GB

 Solid State Drive – SanDisk 480GB SSD

WD Blue 1TB HDD Hard Drive – Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD

 Power Supply – EVGA GQ 80+ GOLD 750W

cd * CD Drive (Optional) – Asus 24x DVD-RW


Final Price: $1,507.86


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.

A note about the pricing, feel free to change the power supply and/or other hardware to compensate for the final price. The market for PC hardware is at a weird spot right now, this list may not equal out exactly to $1,500 but it’s the best choices for this price range. You can ask away in the comments for other recommendations if there is a part you want to change out.

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 i7-9700k still makes the most sense when it comes to power per dollar spent.

Having an Intel Core i7-9700k 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 9700k 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 9700k 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.

A RTX 2070 is the most ideal card for a $1,500 budget range build. It matches up to the processing power of the i7-9700k – a perfect match.

The Gigabyte RTX 2070 video card is an amazing card. It’s the newest tech from Nvidia as far as video cards are concerned and based on overall performance, they live up to the hype.

They’ll be even more exciting once the new RTX technology develops further into upcoming titles throughout 2019-2020 especially.

But with a card like this, you should be planning on playing at higher resolutions or with a 144hz display since this card is completely capable of it.

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.

Even though pricing for the GPU/RAM is at a weird point right now… We’re finally at a point where it makes sense to include a RTX 2070 video card at this budget point and it feels great being able to include it! Previously we were using a GTX 1070 Ti which is still another amazing card but if we can have a higher level of performance for around the same price point then why not do so?

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.

Even with the 2070 added into the mix for the 2019 update we can still fit a solid state drive into the build list but it’s entirely up to you whether or not to add one in.

If you wanted to add in a solid state drive or more so if you have the room in your budget to then I’d definitely recommend doing it. You could install your operating system and your most played games/most used programs on it to really pump up the loading times on whatever is installed on it. I have



As for peripherals and what not that you should consider, you’re going to have different options that are recommended compared to other builds since the power here can handle a higher resolution monitor.

It’s not entirely new, released a few years ago, but if you’re looking for an optimal 1440p gaming monitor then you should definitely check out this Dell monitor review.

 – Dell S2716DG

If you’re doing other tasks such as photo/video editing and wanting to have that very perfect level of color then you’ll want to look at other options but when it comes to gaming specifically, this monitor is a steal.

You’ll learn most about it within the review but the only downfall to it is that the color gets a little off when viewing the monitor at an angle. Other than that it is buttery smooth for gameplay and is at the 1440p resolution.

For a keyboard and mouse you’ll want to go with ones that aren’t really cheap if you’re wanting to have an equal amount of performance to go with a higher resolution monitor. I’d suggest checking out these reviews.

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Optical Gaming Mouse Review – Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

logitech g910 keyboard review– Logitech G910 Orion Spark

I’m currently using this keyboard and mouse and they’re easily the best peripherals that I’ve ever used. The G910 keyboard is a bit of a stretch when it comes to the price of other keyboards and if you don’t want to spend that much, don’t.

It has a plethora of features and I can tell that it’s going to last for the long haul, it’ll most likely be the last keyboard I ever use on a main build. Keyboards aren’t nearly as important as the mouse so if you don’t want to be fancy here then keep in mind it’s not essential, just a nice touch.

As for the mouse, you’ll need something that’s going to handle 1440p and the cheaper mice just aren’t going to be able to do that. You can have whatever DPI setting you want with this mouse as well as being able to customize a lot with it so I’d definitely recommend picking it up if  you’re using a higher resolution monitor.


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! 😀


406 thoughts on “Best Gaming PC Build for Under $1500, A Legendary Build”

    • I don’t think that the above case would have enough room for the EVO. But there are plenty of other cases you could choose from as well if you really wanted to use that cooler.

  1. Would any of thes mid towers have issues with figment?

    Atlantis ATX Mid-Tower Desktop Computer Gaming Case Tempered Glass Windows With 7pcs 120mm LED Ring Fans Ice Blue Ring Fans

    Corsair CARBIDE SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case- Black/Silver

    Fractal Design ATX Mid Tower (FD-CA-FOCUS-BK-W)

    FSP ATX Mid Tower PC Computer Gaming Case with Translucent Front & Side Window Panel (CMT120)

    Phanteks Eclipse Steel ATX Mid Tower Tempered Glass Black Cases – PH-EC300PTG_BK

    • Especially since it’s a mid-tower, it’s a very high premium price point. If that’s the kind of style and quality you’re looking to have then that’s what you’ll need to pay but there are plenty of other cheaper mid tower cases that do just fine as far as compatibility and what not is concerned.

  2. Ok great well I’m pretty much sold on this PC I’m going to play some other games and it would be great to just have a pc that can play anything and i wont have a problem and this seems to be the one! But I’m just trying to figure out a good heat sink fan and some more cases I can choose from do I just look for mid tower cases? Thank you

    • I mean the Corsair H60 listed above is a great cooler, it’ll be able to handle some overclocking as well if need be. Many cases will work, I’d suggest taking a look at all of the different mid tower cases on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d like to use you can link it to me here in a new comment and I can let you know if it’d work or not?

  3. How bout a hard drive. Is there one with better build quality cause i’ve been reading reviews and alot of them are 1 star..

    • I’ve had the same Seagate hard drive for over 5 years without any issues which is why I’ve been sharing it but I see exactly what you’re referring to, it seems a bad batch for that model was swept in recently…

      I’d also recommend hard drives from Western Digital since they also have a great rep overall.

      Bad drives do sometimes happen to be shipped out. If that were to happen it’s a simple replacement through Amazon’s support.

          • Ok this might be the last question haha. What would be the max fps this thing could get? And this thing can handle anything you throw at it not physically but I think you know what I mean XD I like to play fortnite and six siege but my PC doesn’t like it to well

          • To be honest with you, games like Fortnite or Siege… This PC will be overkill for unless you planned on playing at a higher resolution.

            You’d get 60+ FPS at all times with Fortnite/Siege and other games like them at 1080p. At 1440p you’ll see some FPS drops at maximum settings I’m sure but nothing crazy. 4K is possible if you wanted to play at 30ish FPS avg.

  4. my budget is about the same. but it is flexible. i don’t want to go above $2000 but I’m ready to spend at least $1500. i haven’t made any purchases yet, but my mind is on the i5 8th gen cpu with a 1080 geforce. i feel like the i7 might be wasted on me. only wanting to use this for gaming. i would like to play on the highest settings while keeping at least 60 fps at all times. I’m wanting to be ready for whatever bethesda throws out next in their elder scroll series. like skyrim or even the fallout series. i have a nice MacBook pro that can be used for everything else i need to do including lesser demanding games.
    id like your input about my selection as well as some recommendations for almost all the core components. at least the cpu, gpu, mobo, and power supply. I’m going to use the ssd for hard drive space if i can get away with it. since i don’t plan to store media on this build. I’m new to all this. I’ve spent all of yesterday and today reading and watching. soo many brands to choose from and small differences in numbers or letters that seem to matter much more than i realize. thanks for anything you can help me with. and also thanks for the above advice already given!

    • Hey there Thomas,

      Awesome – so you’d want to use the i5-8600k then, right? If you wanted to then I’d suggest using this motherboard from MSI combined with it for compatibility. You’ll also still be able to overclock it which will come in handy whenever you decide that it’s necessary to OC it.

      For the GPU I’d suggest going with this GTX 1080 from Gigabyte mostly because of the price point that it’s currently at. Compared to all of the other models of the 1080 that is on the market, it’s definitely not a bad choice at all. Really high level of performance.

      With those changes you still have some room for the SSD and I’d recommend any of these from SanDisk since they’re available for a decent price and they’ve always been a nice choice for a SSD.

      Always here for whatever else as you move forward with your build man, let me know if I can help more!

      • Thank you. Well I’ve already ordered my stuff and got it in. Currently trying to put it all together. I actually got that exact graphics card for the same reasons. I got a Samsung SSD. My MOBO is ASRock Z370 Killer SLI/ac. Hopefully that’ll be good enough. I honestly didn’t know if you would respond so I jumped the gun. Is there a very detailed video for the wiring/cables. Doing process of elimination and looking at other videos.
        Anyway I really love the case I got. It’s the Corsair Vengeance C70 army green case. I’ve got the psu, cpu, cooler, ssd, and mobo installed so far. Graphics next. Wish me luck. Thanks for the reply

        • Were you able to get it completed? Enjoying it? The specs are very high-end!

          As for videos, the above one is getting a bit old but most of the steps are the exact same. The only difference is if you have a different cooler really but the paper instructions should be easy enough to follow with whatever you ended up getting. Let me know!

  5. Can I go to a 1080 gpu instead and keep everything the same? Would it affect the performance? Is there a case that is just as good, but different? It’s not really my type and I’m worried about compatibility.

    • For sure you could! Though depending on what type of case you’re wanting, it may or may not fit. Odds are, any mid tower case you find is going to be able to fit all of the above hardware.

      I recommend checking out the mid tower cases over on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d like to use, link it to me in a new comment and I’ll be able to take a look and see if it’s compatible or not with the parts you want to use?

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  6. Hey Colton

    I am not that good with pc or computers and don’t know what most of the parts are but what kinda things would I need for mine craft and fortnite. And I need something for recording. ? Thanks in advance.

    • Minecraft and Fortnite are both extremely well optimized games so it comes down to how well you want the quality to be while you’re recording since really any PC here $600 and above is going to run them well.

      I’d say if you spend around $800 or more you’ll have a pretty decent recording experience. Also depends on what you’re using to record.

      Let me know what you decide to do! 🙂

  7. would this graphics be compatible with this build?
    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8GB GDDR5X VR Ready Gaming Graphic Card, DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0, Dual-link DVI (ZT-P10800H-10P)

  8. Awesome, thank you!

    So apparently NewEgg has a deal going on RAM.

    The Ram I was going to purchase was on Amazon for

    Amazon has Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin – BLS2K8G4D240FSB (Gray) for $174:

    Newegg has G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model F4-3000C15D-16GTZR for $189:

    Would it be better to get the G.Skill on Newegg? The deal ends on Thursday, and for $15 extra dollars to have a full CAS Latency of 15-16-16-35 instead of 16-16-16, is that worth it?

    Or should I possibly go with another option like the G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVR for $172 on Newegg? (It’s cheaper than Amazon, and includes free shipping too).

    • Update:

      Newegg had another deal same Ripjaw Memory, but in Blue for $164!!!

      G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15D-16GVB

      I can’t seem to find any difference, so it seems like this would be the best option to buy since it’s much cheaper than all the other options.

    • The difference would be 1-2 frames, 45 seconds faster on an hour long rendering project etc. Up to you if it’s worth that tradeoff with the RAM and the difference in latency.

      The last memory you mentioned would be compatible and seems to be the cheapest for a couple of dollars less!

  9. Hey Colton,

    The Processor I was going to pick up was a bundled one with the Corsair H100i v2. It seemed to be a better price bundled on Amazon.

    Also, I’m always adverse to dust and I try to understand the positive airflow thing to make sure dust is limited. I guess it truly can’t be negated (can it?) but with the current build I stated in my last post, do you see any issue or potential problem with airflow in the case or with the standard stock fans it comes equipped with?

    As always, thank you so much for your support!

    • Hey there Alexander,

      If you found a decent deal using that cooler then I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to go for it!

      Just to be sure, you plan on using this exact case then, right? If so then no, you won’t have any problems with airflow and what not. There isn’t any real way to fully get rid of dust build up over time, but the fact that the case comes with removable dust filters… that’ll help more than you’d think! Be sure to clean it out more often than not and you won’t run into any issues.

    • That’s because there isn’t one included in the list, Wilson. I’d recommend any of these from SanDisk if you wanted to add in a SSD.

      The reason why there isn’t one listed currently is because with this price range I’d rather be certain to use a GTX 1070 in the list. By adding in a SSD, the price would be too high to be around the ~$1500 mark even though it’s a bit past that anyway with it not included.

  10. Hey Colton,

    Soooooo, EVGA had a quick restock on their EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 08G-P4-6583-KR SC2. I picked it up (w00t!).

    Now that I finally have the card ordered I can start building the new PC! I already have the power supply (EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W). So my question is, how does the rest of this setup sound and does it look to be compatible, or do you have a different suggestion (Also, it looked like Amazon had the best price on all these parts as well).

    1. Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K) & Corsair Hydro H100i v2 Liquid CPU Cooler Bundle

    2. GIGABYTE GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming LGA1151 Intel 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboard

    3. Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis PH-ES614P_WT White

    4. Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin – BLS2K8G4D240FSB (Gray)

    5. Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST1000DM010)

    6. Asus Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray Drive (BC-12B1ST)

    7. SanDisk Ultra II 500GB SATA III SSD – 2.5-Inch 7mm Height Solid State Drive – SDSSDHII-500G-G25

    Cheers, and thank you!

    • Looks like you’re all set and ready to go except for using a CPU cooler! Since you plan on using a 7700k you’ll need an aftermarket cooler since it doesn’t come with a stock cooler.

      I’d recommend going with the Corsair H60 or the Corsair H100i v2 depending on how much you’re able to move around with your budget. Either cooler will work great, if you plan on doing any heavy overclocking with the CPU then the H100i is a must.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  11. Hi Colton,

    I am having a heck of a time finding a graphics card in stock anywhere, but I did find the following for $730:

    MSI GeForce® GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5X Graphics Card

    Will this work, and fit, in this build?


    P.S. There is also the following card available for $1000

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING 11GB 352-Bit GDDR5X Graphics Card

  12. Hey Colton, I got inspired by ur build and decided to change some things up. Anything I should change?

    CPU- Intel Core i5-8600k
    Cooler-Corsair H60
    Motherboard- MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS ATX
    Ram- Crucial Ballistix Sport LTX 16gb (2×8)
    SSD- Kingston A400 120gb 2.5″
    HHD-Seagate Barracuda 4tb 3.5″
    Graphics Card-Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8GB
    Power Supply-EVGA – SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
    Optical Drive-Asus – DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer
    All wrapped up in a DIYPC ATX FULL TOWER CASE

  13. Hey Colton,

    So many years ago in preparation for Skyrim I built a beast of a machine. Then, over this past Summer, I got a free upgrade to Win10, and that somehow killed my machine. Couldn’t run any games any more, and if I did it was a mess, everything was slow/hitchy/and just felt like a slide show, and so I went through the process of switching out parts, which left me to the point of saying it’s either the Processor or the Mobo. The computer works fine, with simple things like internet browsing and some streaming like Netflix, but that can get a bit choppy some times….

    In any case, I’m wanting to build a new rig, and as much as I would wish to transfer some of the parts, the only thing I think I will be transferring would be the power supply and putting an older one in my current pc and use that for a secondary working computer.

    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2, 80+ GOLD 750W (should be compatible, no?)

    Also, I always was a big fan of ASUS boards, but I was just curious was the reason to go with the MSI board purely on price? And if so, what would be a good/compatible MOBO from ASUS?

    Also, with the 1080 Graphic Card, do you think there might be a better card with a 1070?

    Thank you very much!

    • Hey there Alexander,

      Yeah there was a large percentage of people that upgraded to Windows 10 that had problems right out of the gate… For most, updates for the OS fixed a lot of issues but I remember that there were a few where the problems persisted even with the updates… I’m sure today everything has been fixed though.

      You’ll be fine with that power supply for sure. I’ve used MSI boards a lot in the past and they’ve always been good for me, though I’ve also used a lot of Asus boards with no problems at all so I completely understand why you’d also be interested in using an Asus board. MSI usually has a lower price point with good performance hence why I recommend it at times. Depends on the markets.

      I’d look into this one from Asus if you’re wanting something that is still compatible with this build, it’s packed with awesome features.

      A 1070 isn’t as good as a 1080, though I’d understand going for a 1070 due to current pricing. A 1070 would still be a pretty decent card even with 1440p in mind, I currently have a 1070 and it’s perfect for VR and high frame rates.

        • No problem.

          I actually have that exact motherboard from Gigabyte in my current build! It’s a pretty good board, has the features you’d expect it to have for overclocking and what not. The Asus board will have a better interface for sure as well as an extra USB port. Other than that it has the same PCI/PCIe slots…

          I’d go for the Asus one on interface and features alone. I haven’t had any issues with the Gigabyte board and it has a bunch of setting to mess around with. The lighting with the Asus board I’m sure is better than the Gigabyte one.

          Let me know what you decide to go with!


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