The $1500 High-End Gaming Rig (Oct 2016)
This is one of our reader-requested builds from our computer hardware help service. Check it out if you want us to thoroughly research and write-up a personalized build for your own specific budget and feature-needs (and if you don't want the build published on the site for whatever reason just mention that).
- Aftermarket CPU Cooler
- Graphics Card
- Power Supply
- Standard Hard Drive
- Dedicated Sound Card
- Wifi Adapter/Dongle
- DVD Drive/Burner
Accessories/Other Parts Requested:
- Operating System
- Mouse Pad
- Wifi Adapter/Dongle
- Maximum spending budget is $1500 US Dollars
- Aim is simply to build a really good PC for gaming
- Storage minimum of 1TB
- Clear-side panel case preferred
Based on the very loose PC build requirements above, here's what we conjured up:
All prices listed above were correct at the time of writing and may change at any time.
There we go, the current best bang for your buck in terms of gaming performance and reliability for a budget of $1500 (including certain accessories). This is a very high-performing gaming PC with the lethal combination of the high-end processor in the i7 6700, and the high-end 1070 graphics card. Since you mentioned you won't be overclocking, you won't be needing an aftermarket CPU cooler and the one included with your 6700 processor will do just fine.
You've got a decent-sized SSD to install your operating system and a few other programs on for super-fast loading, and a 1TB traditional drive for all of your other stuff. There's also the wireless adapter which plugs into your motherboard for quality WiFi coverage, and a nice case with a clear side-panel as asked.
You mentioned you want a sound card so I included an inexpensive yet decent quality sound card which offers a nice upgrade over on-board sound. Although please be aware that the speakers and headset I included in your build are budget models (because you did not specify what sort of quality you were after for these accessories and so I put gaming performance as the top priority for your $1500 budget) and won't take full advantage of your sound card's capabilities. If you want to take advantage of a dedicated sound card like this then you'll want to get a higher quality headset or speakers. If that's not an option, or you don't need the best of the best in terms of sound quality, then I'd consider just ditching the sound card. These days, on-board motherboard audio is just fine. But yeah, it's totally your call.
That's about it for your $1500 high-end gaming PC build. Hopefully it's what you're looking for and good luck with it all!
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