$1500 Gaming PC Build Guide
$1500 is an excellent budget to make yourself a computer to last a decade. Now, spending every penny of your money to the last drop is what we are going to do today. Therefore, today is all about choosing the best out of the best parts to make a system that crushes the AAA title. Welcome to the $1500 Gaming PC build guide.
Before we begin, we would be spending all of the money on the parts to make the computers and none on the peripherals. Therefore, please get ready to spend some extra few dollars to buy the monitor and the peripherals. Finally, I would also like to warn you about the bad times we are facing through. You might find that a lot of parts on the list are not available due to high demand or shipping problems. This is no reason to get out of your house and buy parts. Please remember your life is more important than a computer.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the guide!!
What to choose: Intel or Ryzen?
The build had me wondering about two options for the processor: Ryzen 3700X or the famed i7 9700K? Simply looking at the benchmarks, I would sadly say for those people who though intel, that ryzen wins. Moreover, it does not win by an inch but rather it crushes the i7 like a fly.
The ryzen is obviously powered with more cores and more power. Rendering, video editing, and streaming is a piece of cake for this little beast.
Now, proceeding to games we find that there is absolutely no difference between using these chips and it completely depends on the GPU. You would rather freak out if you found what GPU we chose, hence stay tuned.
Finally, I would like to add that choosing the ryzen brings you that awesome CPU cooler AMD includes. You don’t need to buy extra stuff or spend money on cooling.
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Going over the Parts for $1500 Gaming PC Build
Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
This little baby comes with 8 cores and 16 threads! Can you believe 16 threads! This gives me immense pleasure to tell you that you are about to get the best performance out of a processor. Video editing, rendering or gaming, this processor can take it all.
Moreover, the processor is rated to work upon 65W under full load. Therefore, this is also a nice power saver. It supports for 3200 MHz memory and has 32 MB of cache memory.
That bazooka of a cache ensures faster response and performance. It is double the size of cache memory on i7 9700k
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Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B450-F
The Ryzen needs a good motherboard to work it all. As the B450 is reserved for Ryzen chips, the Asus Strix Motherboard is an excellent choice.
The motherboard has 8 USB ports, out of which 3 are USB 3.0, whereas 2 USB 3.1. This ensures that you get faster speeds and multiple options to connect. This cool motherboard has a replaceable nameplate and RGB support.
2020 without RGB is like food without a dessert. Therefore, this is an optimal choice for our build.
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Every time I make a build guide, I always like to give out choices. It is well suited for anyone to buy the GPU that they desire considering the price and performance.
In this build guide, there are no choices. It is because we have chosen the best of the best. You cannot buy a better GPU because it hasn’t been released to this date! YEP, you GUESSED IT RIGHT, BEHOLD RTX 2080!!!!
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
If you ever felt that you needed a GPU that can run any game at 4k, then the wait is over. The RTX on this build is not just the plain and base model. It is the RTX 2080 Super. This part is the most expensive part of this build and almost costs half the build!
Now, coming to gaming performance…..Well, you get the best. There is no other way to break it down and explain this lovely technology. Throw in any Game that is release or going to release this has it covered. The beast comes with 8GB of VRAM and GDDR6 memory.
RTX supports ray-tracing and which is why we have this card. Obviously, we cannot beat the $1300 priced RTX 2080 Ti but considering the budget, you cannot expect anything more over here.
This is the heart and soul of the $1500 Gaming PC
RAM: G.Skill RipJaws V Series 16GB
Many people would undoubtedly question, Is 16 GB enough?
Well, the answer depends on the work you do. If you are going to stick to gaming, then the answer is yes. You do not require more than 16 GB currently to play any title. The GPU will make sure you have the game running properly.
Furthermore, the RAM runs at 3600 Mhz which is literally very fast. Finally, considering the stupendous RAM usage by regular day to day apps such as chrome, this is the only part you might want to upgrade in the coming years on this $1500 Gaming PC
Lastly, don’t forget to trip that XMP profile after you make the build.
Power supply unit: EVGA 80+ Gold GQ 650W
Now comes on the part to choose the perfect power supply unit. The EVGA 80+ Gold rated power supply unit is an excellent choice. The 650W ensures that every component works fine under load. It is very important to make sure that you choose the Power supply unit from a reputed brand with Gold certification.
This ensures power savings and other benefits. It has a nice five-year warranty to top off. It is the optimal choice for our $1500 Gaming PC build.
I always recommend to have SSD while building computers. A Solid state drive is much faster than your usual hard drive that has a P N Junction diode. It is used to store the data and is much faster to retrieve than the conventional discs.
Instead of suggesting a blend of SSD and HDD like I always do in every build guide, today we are only going for SSD. The $1500 Gaming PC will not cut any compromises in storage as we have chosen an excellent SSD
Samsung (MZ-V7S1T0B/AM) 970 EVO Plus SSD
This SSD is tons and tons faster than a normal hard drive. To get you a nice reference, it is almost 10 times faster, period.
To make things easier with the installation we have chosen the Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVME SSD. You just need to plug this straight onto the motherboard. There are no cables and frustration to connect because it is plug and play.
After this installation you will find faster boot times, faster loading times and excellent video editing and rendering performance.
CASE: Phanteks PH-EC416PTG_WT Eclipse
Choosing a case is always a tough job and I leave it completely to your styling to choose one that you like. Make sure not to compromise on the price because having an expensive case includes pros like better cooling and cable management. The PC should also look good from the inside.
The case includes perks like better air flow and proper cable management. It is always nice to have a sturdy case and this one fulfills our requirement perfectly.
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Optional: Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R ARGB
Having an RGB computer gives you the power to change how a computer looks. What is a better choice by completing it by adding an RGB fan?
Therefore this is a recommendation to complete the build with these superb RGB fans that top the look of our $1500 Gaming PC. Better airflow also ensure better performance and longer shelf life. It is always recommended for keeping your system cool and dry.
To conclude, $1500 in 2020 can get you the best Gaming PC you deserve. Whether you are a designer, editor or a gamer it doesn’t matter. This machine is ready to fulfill your every demand.
The RTX 2080 Super would ensure you have the best gaming performance at 4k 60 FPS. As always, stay safe and Happy Building!!