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Q2 2019 Strategic Guide to Choosing Optimal Bang for Buck, High-Quality, Reliable, Matching Parts to Build the Best $1500 Custom PC for 1440p 60FPS Ultra


Guide to building the best 1500 dollar gaming PC

Our recommended 1500 dollar custom PC will get 60FPS in 1440p on maxed settings, and doubles as a fast workstation



Last Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Welcome, Padawan, to our latest sample high-end AMD gaming PC build where we explain how to strategically choose the current best bang for your buck hardware on the market right now for a super-fast 1440 gaming PC build in Q2 2019 (April, May or June).

A budget around 1500 dollars (US) allows for plenty of CPU and GPU firepower to assemble a very capable gaming machine that also doubles up as a super smooth workstation for multitasking/productivity applications, and you'll also get decent 4K performance.

These specific hand-picked parts also make for a very aesthetically-pleasing, matching white themed setup that is also super flexible in terms of future upgrades. It's also ready for overclocking should you want to trek that path, so long as you add an aftermarket CPU cooler as we discuss later in the detailed breakdown of the $1500 gaming PC build.

Current Best $1500 Gaming PC Build: Recommended Q2 2019 Parts

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 4.3GHz 8 Core
  • CPU Cooler: Stock (Wraith Prism LED)
  • Graphics: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 8GB OC
  • Motherboard: ASUS Prime X470-Pro (ATX)
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MHz 
  • HDD: Seagate 2TB (7200RPM)
  • SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 250GB
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNova G3 650 Gold
  • Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower

As explained in more detail later as well, we've opted for a great value for money AMD 2700X processor which is hard to beat in this specific price category, but the real star of the show is NVidia's RTX 2070, arguably the best mid to high-end GPU on the market to dominate 1440p gaming and get a consistent 60FPS and beyond on ultra settings.

Let's stop frolicking around with fancy words and hyping up our parts-list, and get into all the details that matter including exactly why we chose each carefully-considered component, solid alternate parts to consider instead, recommended add-on accessories and features, and everything else we think you might need to know to build the best gaming PC build under 1500 dollars right now.

We provide products links for your local Amazon store (if you're in the US, Canada, UK, or Australia), and make substitutions when necessary such as when a part isn't available in a certain country or if it's overpriced (in which case we'll link our 2nd pick). If after your ongoing research you decide to purchase one of our recommendations please consider using the links we provide as we may earn a small commission and this is how we're able to keep the site running and to continue creating in-depth objective build guides like this. Good luck with your build, and hope this guide may help a little in your planning.

See Also: Recommended $2000 Extreme Gaming PC Build (for 4K)



The $1500 Gaming PC Build (Full Parts & Specs)




Recommended $1500 Parts-List (April 2019 Updated)

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Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 8GB OC White Edition

OR

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB Black Edition




CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (4.3GHz, 8 Cores, 16 Threads, Unlocked)
CPU Cooler Stock (Wraith Prism LED) -
Motherboard ASUS Prime X470-Pro (Ryzen 2nd Gen, ATX, 4 DDR4 Slots, SLI)
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB White (2x8GB, DDR4, 3000MHz)
SSD (system drive) Samsung 860 EVO 250GB
HDD (secondary drive) Seagate Barracuda 2TB (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)
Power Supply EVGA 650 SuperNOVA G3 (80+ Gold, 650 Watts, Fully Modular)
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower

OR

NZXT H500i Mid Tower





Estimated Total:

$1420 - $1460 (US Dollars)




(Orders Parts on Amazon, Our #1 Recommended Store)


Notable Features Cheatsheet

Estimated Wattage (Power Draw) 79 - 334 Watts
RAM Slots 4 (2 slots free)
Max RAM Support 64GB
CPU Overclockable? Yes
Built-in WiFi? No (get wireless adapter or WiFi board like the ASUS ROG Crosshair VII Hero)
Hard Drives Supported 6 x SATA 6Gb/s Drives, 1 x m.2 SSD
VR-Ready? Yes (get excited)
Front Panel USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0 + 2 x USB 2.0 (+ tons more on rear of case)
Optical Drive Support? Yes (3 x 5.25" drive bays)
Multi-Monitor Support Yes
Case Fan Options Included: 1 x 200mm (Front), 1 x 140mm (Rear)
Max Fans Supported: 8 x 120mm OR 7 x 140mm (front), + 2 x 200mm
Case Dimensions 235 mm x 535 mm x 550 mm (W x H x D)
Estimated Total Weight (Once Core Parts Installed) ~ 24.95 lbs / 11.3 KG
Max GPU/PCI-E Card Length 347mm or 472mm if you remove the HDD cages
Max CPU Cooler Height 193mm
AMD CrossFire Support Yes
NVidia SLI Support Yes
Full Motherboard & Case Specs ASUS Prime X470 Pro  |  Phanteks Enthoo Pro

Recommended Parts for Canada, UK & Australia *

(alternate store included for Australia as Amazon AU isn't always the best price)


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Performance and 1440p Ultra Benchmarks




1080p 60Hz:

1080p 144Hz:

1440p 60Hz:

1440p 144Hz:

4K 60Hz:

4K 144Hz:

VR:

FLAWLESS!

GREAT

FLAWLESS!

GOOD

GOOD

POOR

GOOD/GREAT

Confused? 

The above is the average expected performance of this parts-list at different resolutions and refresh-rates when playing a typical, graphically-demanding modern PC game on high/ultra/maxed settings. If you're not sure what refresh-rate your gaming monitor is, chances are it's a standard 60Hz screen. Learn more here: what is the best refresh rate for PC gaming.




Average Frame Rate for 1440p ULTRA

(2700X, RTX 2070, 16GB 3000MHz)

GAME AVERAGE FPS
Battlefield 5 * 85 - 95 FPS
Battlefield 1 100 - 110 FPS
Grand Theft Auto 5 65 - 75 FPS
WoW: Battle for Azeroth 70 - 80 FPS
Monster Hunter World 55 - 65 FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60 - 70 FPS
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 65 - 75 FPS
The Witcher 3 70 - 80 FPS
Far Cry 5 75 - 85 FPS
Ashes of the Singularity 45 - 55 FPS

* With Real-Time Ray Tracing DISABLED


Side Note: How We Calculate Average FPS

The average FPS (Frames Per Second) ratings are an aggregated estimation based on carefully studying multiple online benchmark sources. Note these are averages, meaning that in the most action-packed scenes the frame-rate will go lower. For example, if we list the Witcher 3 average as 50-60FPS, your FPS may drop to 30-40FPS in the most intense scenes, so take that into account in your build planning.

Whilst we do everything we can to make these as accurate as possible, please note there's no guarantee you'll get this exact average as there are different factors that could affect your frame rate such as other hardware differences, software differences (OS, drivers, game patches/versions, etc), cooling/airflow of your build, enabled game features/settings such as Anti-Aliasing, different RAM setups you might be using, and so on.

We always err on the side of being conservative with our numbers though, so we'll round things down if we need to instead of rounding up, so you can rest assured our averages are pretty safe bets in terms of what performance you can expect from a certain setup.

Confused About Frame Rates & Game Settings?

What's the Best Frame Rate for PC Gaming?

What's the Best Settings? Is Ultra Worth It?




Hardware Breakdown and Honorable Mentions


Recommended GPUs for a $1500 Gaming PC Build

Top Pick: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 8GB OC White Edition

Honorable Mentions:
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 WindForce 8GB
EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black Edition 8GB

To maximize your gaming performance when building a computer (or more specifically to get the highest frame-rate possible for your money), you want to get the best graphics card that you can realistically fit into your budget without sacrificing on your other components too much (if at all). 

Therefore, for the best $1500 gaming PC build you're looking at buying a gaming video card around the $400 - $600 mark to get the strongest card you can, whilst still leaving plenty of your spending budget for your other parts. Throwing down more than say $600 on your GPU and you'll have to make too many sacrifices on your parts-list, whereas buying a GPU for less than $400 is not fully maximizing gaming performance.

So, what's the best bang for your buck card in this price range right now? It comes down to the RTX 2070 or the previous-gen GTX 1080, with the choice coming down to current pricing and whether you care for the new RTX rendering features. Right now the RTX 2070 is priced fairly well in the grand scheme of things, and besides the 2060 is the best value RTX card, beating the 2080 and 2080 Ti in terms of frames per dollar.




For the best 1440p gaming PC build in 2019, the new RTX 2070 is a clear winner and better value than the RTX 2080

RTX 2070 vs GTX 1080

It also beats the GTX 1080 fair and square, but not by much, meaning you'll only get a tad higher framer rate with a 2070 over a 1080. So, the GTX 1080 is a good alternative for a $1500-ish gaming PC build like this, if you can find it for less than the RTX 2070 (rare though) or if you buy second hand. But for most of you who will indeed be buying the RTX 2070 for a build around this price, you won't be disappointed as this card will perform super well in 1440p on ultra settings as you can see from the benchmarks above in this guide, and is actually quite a decent GPU for 4K if you turn down the settings.

RTX 2070 vs RTX 2080

But if you're building specifically for the best 4K performance, you will want to upgrade to a RTX 2080 instead though, as included in our current best gaming PC build under $2000, especially if you want great frame rates in 4K high/ultra in the most demanding AAA titles. But yes, for less demanding titles a RTX 2070 will indeed do quite well in 4K, even though we generally recommend it for 1440p gamers.

Which RTX 2070 Model to Get?

As for the specific 2070 model chosen - we've selected Gigabyte triple fan OC model, which is overclocked out of the box to run slightly faster than stock standard 2070 editions. The triple fan means optimal cooling and noise reduction as well, and this model also has an aesthetically-pleasing crisp white design that gels well with the other parts of this build.  Our budget limit of $1500 and under allowed for this awesome 2070 model to be included in this month's build, as at the time of writing we're a tad under that mark, but if you want to shave off a few dollars on this build and don't mind downgrading to a non-white, stock standard (read: not overclocked) 2070 model (or a dual-fan model) then absolutely feel free to do so as the FPS difference will be real minimal between an OC model and a standard non-OC'ed one.


Recommended CPU for a $1500 Gaming PC Build

Excellent value high-end gaming and workstation CPU, and cheaper than an i7

Unlike the high-end graphics card market at the moment where NVidia is clearly the better choice as a gamer (though AMD compete well in the budget and mainstream/mid-range tier), the high-end CPU market is a tougher pick when building a gaming computer right now. Your current best choices right now for the best gaming processor is either an Intel 8700K (or newly released and slightly more expensive and faster 9700K), or an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X (or 2700).

Generally speaking they're neck and neck in terms of which is best to choice for a custom rig, as each has their advantages. If you want to save money, or if you want the best multitasking and/or performance with gaming and streaming at the same time, I'd lean towards the 2700X or 2700 as they're the cheaper option as well as the better multitasking option. If you don't mind spending more, as well as spending the extra for an aftermarket CPU cooler (as the 8700K/9700K don't include one whereas the Ryzen's do), or if you're building for a 144Hz monitor - I'd favor Intel.

In terms of pure gaming performance, both are good options and very close in terms of frame rate for 1440p or 4K, especially for 60Hz gaming (ie for a monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate). However, Intel does have the slightly better gaming performance overall, especially when it comes to high refresh rate gaming which relies a lot on your CPU to crank out those high frame rates needed for 144Hz screens or higher (ie to get 144FPS or more). So if you're gunning for the highest FPS possible in 1080p (or even 1440p), I'd suggest Intel.

As you can imagine, the decision is not easy, but the good news is it's hard to go wrong and either an i7 or Ryzen 7 is going to set you up for a powerful system for years to come. But yeah, if you want to get in-depth, your decision depends on exactly what you're using your desktop for, as well as your budget as Intel is going to cost more. Oh, and I forget to mention as well that AMD gets an extra point over Intel in this tier when it comes to future proofing, especially if you plan on upgrading your CPU later, as the AM4 platform will support newer AMD processors released up to a certain point (2020 if I'm not mistaken).

One of the coolest things about Ryzen CPUs? Their stock coolers, pun intended, that leave Intel stock units for dead, meaning no need to buy your own cooler - even if overclocking!

This mean you won't have to upgrade your motherboard to upgrade the CPU later on, whereas with Intel if you upgrade to a new generation CPU you'll also need to upgrade the motherboard. But this is a moot point if you don't plan on ever upgrading your CPU, which is a possibility because a high-end CPU can last you a long, long time.

So, after all that, and way too many commas (I love my commas but they help though, right?), for this edition of the best gaming PC build under $1500 the AMD 7 2700X from the latest second generation Ryzen family gets the nod.

This build is primarily aimed for 1440p 60Hz gaming, so you're not going to see a noticeable difference with an Intel, and it fits in well with this budget as AMD is the cheaper pick. The included stock cooler that comes with the 2700X is also great, even for overclocking.

Furthermore, it also makes this custom setup a very flexible hybrid gaming/workstation/streaming machine. But in saying that, an i7 is just as good a choice for a 1500 dollar budget, or even an i5-8600K as you absolutely don't need an i7 for great 60Hz/60FPS gaming.

Btw, the stock cooler is decent and all you need if either not overclocking or doing a mild overclock, but if you're pushing your 2700X either to a medium or high overclock, you'll want to get a better cooler to keep temps low and reduce the noise levels. I'd suggest either the Dark Rock Pro 4, Noctua DH-15, or the Cryorig H7 or R1. Just be sure to check compatibility if you're opting to get a mid tower case instead of our suggested Phanteks full tower as these coolers are big beasts that'll take up a lot of space.


Recommended Motherboards for a $1500 Gaming PC Build

Top Pick: ASUS Prime X470-Pro

Honorable Mentions:
MSI Enthusiast X470
ASUS Rog CrossHair VII X470

ASUS is one of your best bets when putting together the most reliable, high-quality custom gaming computer in 2019 as they generally produce some of the best, sturdiest, most feature-rich motherboards around, and their software and BIOS is typically easy to use. Feel free to opt for a good Gigabyte or MSI board instead, but we stick with ever-reliable ASUS for this Q2 2019 of the recommended $1500 custom PC build. Specifically, the Asus Prime X470 Pro, which is a great value option for a high-end AMD Ryzen build that also looks the part, and is just fine if you're either keeping your 2700X at stock speeds or doing mild to medium overclocks.


Whilst not a high-end board, the X470 Pro has all the core features you'd expect from a modern model including 4 RAM slots (which keeps 2 free for future upgrades), good LAN and on-board audio, and plenty of expansion options and connections being a standard ATX board. It doesn't have built-in WiFi though (most motherboards don't), so you'll need to get a WiFi adapter if you want to add wireless to this build (see PCIe vs USB wireless adapters). The alternate motherboard picks we mention above do have built-in WiFi though for those willing to invest in a higher-end board.

In terms of overclocking your 2700X, the X470 Pro is most definitely capable in that regard, and has easy to use built-in overclocking software, making it a good inexpensive beginner-friendly overclocking motherboard. However, if you're doing heavy overclocking you'd probably want to invest in one of those higher-end boards that will be more reliable for that sort of thing.


Recommended RAM for a $1500 Gaming PC Build

As for RAM, we have a pretty standard option for gamers in the Corsair Vengeance LPX modules which is the latest DDR4 memory type, but the white version is usually only 10 dollar or so higher than the black and which will look nice with the white motherboard and white case. For a $1500 build we can comfortably fit the ideal of 16GB to completely maximize gaming performance. Anything more than 16GB is unnecessary for gaming in 2019, and only needed for workstation setups such as for building the best custom video editing PC build, Twitch/YouTube game streaming, 3D rendering and production, and so on.

In terms of RAM speed, which is in no way as important as RAM capacity for gaming (see our guide to choosing the best computer memory for gaming for full details), a healthy 1500 dollar budget allows you to comfortably fit high-speed modules into your build such as 3000MHz or 3200MHz, assuming your motherboard supports this which our Asus pick does. We've gone for 3000Mhz memory sticks based on current pricing. Whilst the performance difference between 2400MHz, 2666Mhz, 3000Mhz and 3200Mhz (or even higher) won't make a huge difference when it comes to gaming, the price difference between 2400 and 3000 is not huge.


Recommended Cases for a $1500 Gaming PC Build

Top Pick: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower (either White or Black)

Honorable Mentions: (and checked for compatibility with the $1500 parts with the stock AMD CPU cooler but double check compatibility if using a large aftermarket cooler)
NZXT H500i Mid Tower
Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Mid Tower
InWin GR One Full Tower

When assembling the best computer build around the $1500 mark, you have a plethora of great case choices, but the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is one of the better overall value picks without a doubt. Just make sure you have the room for it as it's a full-tower size, but the extra space within is great for maximum airflow, and also for accommodating pretty much any type of system you can imagine, including support for full custom water cooling loops should you wish to undertake that challenge (definitely not recommended for your first build though). If you do drop down to a smaller mid-tower case instead, just make sure all your parts will fit, especially if you're getting a large triple fan GPU and/or a large aftermarket cooler.

The Enthoo Pro also has easy cable management options, and is easy to work with for beginner builders which is always something we look for when recommending cases for our PC builds as a fair portion of our readers are first-time builders. It's also sufficient for hardware enthusiasts, with flexible water cooling radiator support, and support for a range of extra case fans.


A high-end gaming PC case for a mid-range kinda price. Highly recommended. Both the white and black models look stellar

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case Fan Setup

Speaking of cooling, this case has plenty of space for efficient airflow and comes equipped with 1 extra-large front fan (200mm) and a 140mm in the back, which believe it or not is actually an adequate fan setup for this particular parts-list as they are high-quality Phanteks-brand fans. If you want more cooling and/or some nice lighting, adding an extra 140mm fan would serve you well such as an AF140mm from Corsair would serve you well (blue LED would look nice with the white theme IMO, but any color could work well with white I guess). There's really no need for 4 or more fans unless you're doing some extreme modifications to this rig or you're super LED hungry.

Overall, it's hard to fault the Enthoo Pro at its current price around 100 US dollars (a little more for the white edition), and even though it's been around for quite a while now it's still a relevant choice today that would make a safe bet for a headache-free first or second build. It is on the larger side though being a full tower, so make sure you have the room for it and/or don't mind having a beast of a rig sitting beside you. 

Case selection is one of the more subjective choices when choosing parts though, hence why we've listed a few good quality alternatives that would fit this parts-list well. For example, the NZXT H500i is our second pick and might be more your style, and is a great modern case with plenty of features that's also easy to work with like the Phanteks Enthoo Pro.


Recommended PSU and Storage for a $1500 Gaming PC Build

Last but definitely not least as a good PSU will form the backbone of your build, and for the Q2 2019 $1500 gaming PC build we stick with the trusty EVGA SuperNova G3 which is a high-quality, efficient (80+ gold) PSU at a good price. EVGA produce some of the best value PSUs around these days, but they don't skimp on quality - at least not with the SuperNova G3 which is a very solid model with enough quality and reliability for a high-end build like this.

Also, 650 watts - when coming from a good-quality unit like this one - is actually plenty for a parts-list like this, even with fairly powerful components like the RTX 2070 and Ryzen 7 2700X, and you still have plenty of wiggle room for more upgrades later believe it or not. Many newbies overestimate how much power they actually need. However, not that we recommend SLI (doesn't scale well) to 99% of gamers, in the odd case that you're considering that as a potentiality down the track - get a bit more power such as 750 watts (or if you're planning other out of the ordinary upgrades).

Lastly to storage, which is a very subjective choice in a custom PC as everyone's usage is slightly different, and our example is a safe-bet combination of the well-priced 2TB 7200RPM HDD from Seagate and a standard 250GB Samsung SSD for fast loading of your operating system and other frequently used programs and games. Feel free to get a larger SSD if you value storage/loading speed and want to stack a whole heap of stuff on there, as the 500GB version of the 860 Evo is actually not much more than the 250GB model at the time of writing. Oh, and we chose the 860 Evo from Samsung as they're a nice middle ground between performance and price. If you're a hardcore production machine or creator, you'll want to consider investing more into a m2 SSD for even faster performance, but for a gaming computer it isn't necessary whatsoever. 



Recommended Software and Accessories


Note: For our recommended add-on case fan, see above under our case breakdown.


Recommended Operating System and Optional Applications

As with all our current recommended custom PC builds, 64 bit Windows 10 is what we recommend when building a $1500 custom PC, unless you have a good reason to get Linux. You have a few options with buying and installing Windows for your shiny new system:

Option A: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit (Flash Drive Edition)

Option B: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit (DVD Disc Edition) (buy if you're getting an optical drive for your gaming build)

Option C: Buy Windows from Microsoft and download it to an existing computer/laptop, then put it on a flash drive, then use that flash drive when booting up your PC.

Option D: Reuse your copy of Windows if your edition is eligible for this.


As for other software like security/anti-virus, hardware monitoring, overclocking programs, and other helpful utilities, see our guide on What to Install on a New Gaming PC Build in 2019.


Recommended Gaming Monitors (and 1440p 60Hz vs 1440p 144Hz)

However, one accessory I wouldn't go too cheap on to supplement this slick $1500 custom PC is your display, as you'll want a decent quality one with a low-enough response rate (< 5ms; see our gaming monitor buying guide for full details). Remember that this rig is targeted for 1440p resolution gaming, so you'll want a 1440p monitor. It's a waste to run 1080p for a setup like this, though not if you're gaming in 1080p 144Hz which is another story.

But as for whether you should get a 1440p 60Hz (or 75Hz) monitor or a high-end 1440p 144Hz monitor for this build, that's going to come down to your budget. If you get a 1440p 144Hz screen, you're not going to reach 144FPS on ultra settings in 1440p with this setup, but in less demanding games (and/or if you tone down the settings) you very well could. Plus, if you have the cash for it, a 144Hz screen is an investment for the future and you don't need to get all the way up to 144FPS to take advantage of the faster refresh-rate. But for most people, a more affordable 1440p 60Hz-75Hz gaming monitor is the best option, especially if you don't care for high refresh rates (which only really really matters for fast-paced FPS eSports like CSGO or Overwatch etc).

Here are a some good value, good quality monitors and peripherals we can safely recommend for this build:

Recommended Overall Value 1440p Monitors (60-75Hz)

Recommended Value 1440p 144Hz Monitors (no GSYNC)

Recommended High-End 1440p 144Hz Monitors


Recommended Accessories

In an ideal world you'll want decent peripherals too for a $1500 gaming computer, though if you know where to look you won't have to spend too much to get quality models that get the good job done. There's nothing wrong simply getting an inexpensive keyboard, mouse and headset/speakers that just gets the job done - even for a fairly high-end $1500 PC build like this. This will allow you to focus most your budget on your hardware to build a more future-proof, high-performing system and you can always upgrade your accessories later on. You only need to invest in high-end peripherals if you're a pro or aspiring pro gamer who wants every little extra edge that you can get.




Tips on Building the $1500 Gaming PC


If you're ready to assemble the 1500 dollar parts-list, see our full installation guide to build a PC, which covers the install of a budget build but the overall steps and principles are the same for a higher-end setup. Or if you prefer learning by video, see the YouTube tutorial recommended in our newbie guide to your first PC build.

You might also want to find specific videos on installing in the Phanteks Enthoo Pro case if you're choosing that one, though this isn't necessary as a generic PC build tutorial along with the manual should be fine for most people. Here's an okay one I found anyway, but there are tons out there:

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Overview + Component Install

As for case fan setups in this case, see what we said earlier in the hardware breakdown. Enjoy - if you're assembling your first custom gaming weapon, it's a memorable experience and a ton of fun, especially if you're putting together a killer PC like this super awesome 1500 dollar rig if I do say so myself.





Comparing Similar Prebuilt Desktops


Let's do a quick comparison of the best custom gaming PC build under 1500 dollars/pounds/euros compared to the best prebuilt gaming desktops we could find on the current market that have the closest specs. This DIY vs buying comparison may help because:

  • You can find out exactly how much money you can save building your own PC compared to buying a premade computer, as well as seeing the higher level of component quality and reliability that you get when choosing your own parts (if you investigate all the parts of a prebuilt, more often than not the brand/model quality won't be as high as a custom build).
  • Secondly, if you would rather just buy a pre-made PC even if you're aware that 9 times out of 10 it'll cost you more, these are the premade desktops we can recommend. We're obviously 100% for custom builds here at BGC (even if you're a total noob 'cause it's easy), but buying a prebuilt computer isn't the end of the world as some gamers simply don't have the time, patience or interest (*gasp*) to build their own despite understanding and appreciating the many benefits of the DIY path.


So, these are the closest (in terms of specs) prebuilts at the best price we could find right now, and that would make acceptable alternate buys to the above USA gaming PC build:


SkyTech Oracle Gaming Desktop (~ $1500)

(GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, Liquid-Cooled Ryzen 7 2700X, B450 Motherboard, 16GB DDR4 2666MHz, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 64 Bit Home, 700W 80+ PSU)

This prebuilt is worth considering if you really don't want to build your own as it's got similar specs to our $1500 custom setup and it's one of the best value prebuilts at the moment. Whilst component quality isn't as high across the board as our custom build example, it does have some features our custom build does not.

It has the same RTX 2070 8GB and Ryzen 7 2700X GPU and CPU pairing, but with slower 16GB RAM (2400Mhz compared to our 3000Mhz), and a slower 2070 model. This means our custom setup will outperform this prebuilt, but only marginally; we're talking a few frames more here or there depending on the game. 

Pros that the prebuilt has would be built-in WiFi, Windows 10 included (no need to buy separate), a larger SSD (1TB compared to our 240GB), 4 built-in RGB fans, and a 120mm AiO CPU liquid cooler.

But the downsides compared to our recommended $1500 custom gaming PC build is a lesser quality power supply (700 watt 80+ compared to our 650 watt 80+ gold rated), slightly lesser quality motherboard (though same B450 platform and same general specs), not as good a case (though case on the prebuilt is nothing bad), no HDD, and like mentioned slightly slower GPU and RAM.


SkyTech Omega Gaming Desktop (~ $1650)

(GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, Liquid-Cooled i7-9700K, Z390 Motherboard, 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 500GB SSD, Windows 10 Home 64-Bit, 700W 80+ PSU)

A tad more than our recommended best $1500 gaming PC build, but a good deal overall if you want a pre-assembled machine instead. In this prebuilt you get a slightly stronger gaming CPU, the i7-9700K, which isn't as good for multitasking than our custom setups's AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, but the 9700K will get you higher frame rates for 144Hz gaming if you're using a 144Hz monitor. In this prebuilt you also get a 500GB SSD, although there's no HDD. 

Other disadvantages to our custom system is not as good a case (In Win 303, still a decent case though not as good as the Phanteks) and slower RAM with 2400Mhz of 16GB DDR4 compared to our custom build's 3000Mhz. The motherboard and power supply also isn't as good quality as our custom build's components: for example, our PSU is gold-rated whilst this prebuilt simply has a 80+ certified PSU.

You do get built-in WiFi though, 4 built-in 120mm red LED fans though, as well as an included keyboard and mouse, but don't expect anything fancy. Overall, for a prebuilt gaming computer, this is a solid deal, but our $1500 custom setup is higher quality and more flexible.


ZOTAC Gaming MEK Ultra Gaming Desktop (~ $2000)

(GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, Liquid-Cooled i7-8700K, 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM, 240GB NVMe SSD, 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home 64-Bit, WiFi, 1000W Gold PSU)

A higher-priced RTX 2070 computer from Zotac, but you get a faster gaming CPU, the 8700K, which comes with a liquid cooler, slightly faster 16GB RAM (3200MHz, but you'd hardly notice the difference between 3000Mhz), and it also has built-in WiFi and a huge 1000W power supply to accommodate any type of upgrade you can imagine.


Honorable Mentions:

CyberPowerPC RTX 2070 AMD 2700 Gaming Desktop
iBuyPower RTX 2070 Intel 8700K Gaming Desktop




References

- Overclockers: GIGABYTE RTX 2070 Gaming OC Video Card Review
- TomsHardware: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Gaming OC 8G Review: Faster Than Nvidia's FE Alternative
- Techspot: NVIdia GeForce RTX 2070 Review
- Techspot: Battlefield V PC Graphics Benchmark
- Tom's Hardware NVIdia GeForce RTX 2070 Founder's Edition Review
- AnandTech Phanteks Enthoo Pro Case Review
- Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 8GB OC White Edition Specifications
- AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 2nd Gen Processor Specifications
- ASUS Prime X470 Pro Motherboard Specifications
- Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory Kit Black Specifications
- Saumsung 860 Evo 250GB 2.5" SSD Specifications
- EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Modular Specifications
- Phanteks Enthoo Pro Specifications





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