The Best High End Gaming PC Build Under $1500

Recommended Custom Computer for 1440p 60FPS Ultra/Maxed Settings: How to Stretch Performance, Reliability, Cooling & Aesthetics for 1500 Dollars in October


Best $1500 Gaming PC Build (Q4 2018)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7GHz 6-Core
  • CPU Cooler: Cryorig H7
  • Graphics: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB OC
  • Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-A
  • 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

See Also:

Best $1000 Gaming PC Build for Good 1440p

Best $2000 Gaming PC Build for Great 4K and VR


The High-End Gaming PC Build: Overview


With this instalment of our monthly-updated recommended PC builds for gamers, things start getting real interesting as this type of price tier really gives you some options to assemble a very capable gaming machine to last for many years, and with many cool features.

This suggested build is our best shot at the current best high end gaming PC build under $1500 right now to assemble a seriously impressive system powerful enough for high-end 1080p gaming (to get super high frame rates like 144FPS+ for use with a high refresh-rate monitor) and excellent 1440p performance (60FPS maxed or decent 144Hz performance; depends on the game and settings tho).

Carefully picking the perfect parts-list for a budget around 1500 dollars allows you to build a very impressive, long-lasting gaming beast that'll have your buddies green with envy

Note that this parts-list is strategically designed for maximum gaming performance first and foremost, as well as overall build balance, component reliability, airflow/cooling, lastability, and aesthetics as well. If you have other more specific needs such as building a workstation PC for things like high-end video editing, streaming, 3D rendering/animation, etc, make sure to do further research on your requirements. We have guides on all these topics (see our menu above) which can aid you in this process.

Heck, even if you're just building for gaming purposes, still do your own research to ensure this sort of build is what you want and need. Don't ever just blindly take someone's opinion on a build on the internet without doing your own investigating; that obviously applies to any of our builds as this is simply our objective opinion based on our own experience and analysis of the current market.

The "best" build for any price tier is more subjective the higher the price tier you go, and there are many different ways to go when planning a high-end gaming PC build so I just wanted to make it clear that we don't claim to be hardware gods who know what's best for every gamer or power user out there; that's just not possible. Recommended product X and there will always be some who disagrees and will try to shame you for not including product Y instead. Case in point, we'll get some heat for favoring Intel in this month's high-end gaming PC over AMD - either have good options in this range (Ryzen 7) so it'll come down to your exact requirements and preference.

Anyway, spiel aside, you can rest assured that we do thorough due diligence on any of our recommended monthly builds though, to bring to you the very best bang for your buck, balanced PC builds that we possibly can to better help you navigate the current market. Alright, let's get into the current best high-end gaming computer build under $1500 (IMHO) including a full breakdown of exactly why I chose each carefully-selected component of this killer high-end rig that'll have you gaming in full graphical glory for years to come.


Full Parts-List and Specs/Features



Best Gaming PC Build Under $1500 (Q4 2018)

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Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Windforce OC
CPU Intel Core i5-9600K (3.7GHz, 9th Gen, 6 Cores, 6 Threads, Unlocked)
CPU Cooler Cryorig H7 (or Cooler Master 212 Evo)
Motherboard ASUS Prime Z390-A (Intel 9th Gen, ATX, 4 DDR4 Slots)
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (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

Estimated Total:

$1415 - $1435 (US Dollars)



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Notable Features Cheatsheet

Estimated Wattage (Power Draw) 98W - 399W
RAM Slots 4 (2 slots free)
Max RAM Support 64GB
CPU Overclockable? Yes
Built-in WiFi? No (buy internal/external adaptor or upgrade to Z-390-E motherboard)
Hard Drives Supported 6 x SATA 6Gb/s Drives, 2 x m.2 SSD
VR-Ready? Yes
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 Fans 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) ~ 39.32 lbs / 17.8 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 (up to 3-way)
NVidia SLI Support Yes (up to 2-way)
Full Motherboard & Case Specs ASUS Prime Z390-A  |  Phanteks Enthoo Pro


Note: Keep in mind hardware prices fluctuate often, so the total estimated cost of the best gaming PC build under $1500 above may change at any given time. To check current pricing, clicking the "Build It" button above conveniently shows all exact current prices for these parts in one go.



Estimated Build Performance by Resolution






720p:

1080p 60Hz:

1080p 144Hz:

1440p 60Hz:

1440p 144Hz:

VR and 4K:

: P

FLAWLESS

GREAT/FLAWLESS

FLAWLESS

GOOD

GOOD


The above is the average expected performance of this build 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.




Benchmarks for 1440p Ultra/1080p Ultra 144Hz


Below are aggregated benchmarks based on extensive analysis of multiple online benchmark sources to estimate what frame rate you can roughly expect from a system like this month's best gaming PC build under 1500 dollars in various AAA titles on maximum/ultra/extreme (whatever your specific game refers to it as) settings in 1440p, which is the resolution recommended for this high-end PC build, but also for 1080p should you want to see how these parts perform for a 144Hz monitor (ie to get 144FPS+).


** AGGREGATED 1440P ULTRA and 1080P ULTRA 144HZ BENCHMARKS COMING OCT 15, 2018**



Estimated Frame Rate for 1440p ULTRA/MAXED

(i5-9600K, GTX 1080 8GB, 2x8GB DDR4 3000MHz)

GAME AVERAGE FPS
Fortnite X FPS
PUBG X FPS
Overwatch X FPS
CSGO X FPS
DOTA 2 X FPS
GTA V X FPS
AS Origins X FPS
Battlefield 1 X FPS
COD WW2 X FPS
SW Battlefront 2 X FPS
Witcher 3 X FPS
Far Cry 5 X FPS


Estimated Frame Rate for 1080p ULTRA/MAXED

(i5-9600K, GTX 1080 8GB, 2x8GB DDR4 3000MHz)

GAME AVERAGE FPS
Fortnite X FPS
PUBG X FPS
Overwatch X FPS
CSGO X FPS
DOTA 2 X FPS
GTA V X FPS
AS Origins X FPS
Battlefield 1 X FPS
COD WW2 X FPS
SW Battlefront 2 X FPS
Witcher 3 X FPS
Far Cry 5 X FPS

** AGGREGATED 1440P ULTRA and 1080P ULTRA 144HZ BENCHMARKS COMING OCT 15, 2018**


Note On Our Aggregated FPS Ratings (Disclaimer):

The performance estimates above for this build are simply an aggregated average based on carefully studying multiple online benchmark sources. Note that these are averages, meaning that in the most action-packed scenes the frame-rate will go lower than the above averages. For example, if we list the Witcher 3 average as 50-60FPS, your FPS may drop to 40FPS-ish in the most intense scenes.

Whilst we do everything we can to make these as accurate as possible, including cross-checking and using as many different reliable sources as possible, please note these are just an average estimation and there is always a chance you won't get the average FPS listed above (although you could get higher, too).

There are a few different factors that could affect your frame rate such as your particular hardware differences, software differences (OS, drivers, game patches/versions, etc), cooling/airflow of your build, specific 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. In saying all that, the above numbers are a good place to start your research.



High-End Build Component Breakdown


Best $1500 PC Build: Recommended High-End Gaming CPU

A good i5 processor is a true gaming powerhouse and all you need for a flawless 1440p PC build

In terms of pure gaming performance, Intel still marginally holds the crown in the high-end tier even despite AMD's latest Ryzen Gen 2 offerings. Although don't get me wrong, as a Ryzen 5 (or Ryzen 7 although 5 is the better bang for buck for gaming in this tier) will provide almost the exact same gaming performance and is in fact likely the better choice if you're also building a PC for heavy workstation use (depends on the specific application though).

But we've given the nod for the very latest Intel i5, the 9600K, for this quarter's best high-end gaming PC build under $1500, as in most gaming situations it ends up slightly as the winner and these recommended builds are focused fire and foremost on squeezing out the highest frame-rate possible in most gaming situations.

The 9600K is the latest 9th gen processor only just having been released and it builds upon the previous, very similar 8600K (which we recommended in last month's high-end gaming computer build) and offers slightly improved performance. It's an unlocked, overclockable CPU, meaning you can tweak it to run quite a bit faster than its intended speeds, but if you're perhaps a first-time builder or you're just not interested in overclocking at all, you can save some dollars by opting for a locked, non-overclockable i5 such as the i5-8400 recommended in our current best $1000 gaming computer build, which would be a better overall bang for your buck CPU selection for non-overclockers. Plus, you could save a little more by going for a locked i5 such as the 8400 'cause you don't need to buy your own CPU cooler, as locked CPUs like the 8400 come with their own stock cooler.

However, the 9600K does run faster at stock speeds than the 8400 (or the newer soon to be announced 9400; more on that in a bit), so even if you're absolutely sure you won't want to overclock your CPU later on to get a nice performance boost, the 9600K is still a good option and like mentioned will provide faster performance out of the box anyway. But for the non-overclocking beginner, whether you spend the little extra on the slightly faster (a few extra FPS here and there) and more flexible 9600K rather than a 8400 will come down to personal preference. Oh, and if you're wondering about the next edition of the locked 8400 in the 9400 - we haven't heard anything about the 9400 yet and so we don't know when it'll be released. Perhaps at the start of next year would be my best guess.


i5 vs i7 for a High-End Gaming Build? Will an i5 Bottleneck a 1080/Ti?

As for the whole issue of getting an i5 vs i7 for a custom high-end gaming computer under/around 1500 dollars or so, the truth is you absolutely do NOT need an i7 to maximize gaming performance despite what anyone tells you, even in high resolutions. You're best off putting your money towards your GPU instead of kinda wasting it on getting an i7 over an i5. See this i5-8600K vs i7-8700K benchmark as just one of endless examples where an i7 has proven to give diminishing returns in the majority of gaming contexts. Note that comparison is from the previous 8th gen processors, but it'll make no difference for the latest 9th gen (ie 9600K and 9700K) as these new gaming CPUs are the same albeit a tad faster.

If you have more to spend than $1500, then sure by all means get an i7 if you want the best of the best (or Ryzen 7 if you wanna go AMD), but if you're looking to be as cost-effective and smart with your money as possible when building or upgrading your rig, which is what these recommended gaming PC builds are all about - an i5 is genuinely all the processing power you need to achieve flawless gaming in 1440p (assuming your GPU is good enough of course).

Heck, even for 4K an i5-9600K is still absolutely fine when paired with a high-end GPU, and yes even with a 1080 Ti or RTX 2080. You're not going to get bottlenecked by an i5 in the majority of instances, unless you're aiming for abnormally high frame rates in really CPU-intensive games for use with high refresh rate displays (ie 144Hz monitors like pro eSports players mostly use). In that case, an i7 may be needed to crack your high FPS aims (and especially so for extreme gamers using 240Hz screens), but for most gamers you're just not going to encounter many (if any) situations where an i5 would hold you back.

Only reason to get an i7/Ryzen 7 for a gaming build - besides having a monster $2000+ budget for your rig and you just want the absolute best gaming CPU possible even if it's not the best overall value (that would be the i7-9700K) - is if you're putting together a more serious gaming/workstation hybrid setup such as a custom video editing computer that would actually benefit from the extra processing power and higher core/thread count. 

Again, to clarify - no, the i5-9600K will not bottleneck a GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2080, or RTX 2080 Ti in most real-world gaming situations. Anyway, long story short is that our 9600K and GTX 1080 pairing for this quarter's best gaming PC build under $1500 is a formidable gaming combination and arguably the best overall bang for your buck on the market right now considering current GPU pricing and the fact that the new RTX video cards are quite overpriced for the performance improvements they bring (and they're only suggested for those assembling a luxury system who just wanna buy the latest and greatest no matter what the cost). The top of the range 10 series GTX cards (1080 and 1080 Ti) are still killer GPUs and great value buys that'll serve you well for years, and are in no way obsolete.

See Also: Best Video Card Deals on GTX 10 Series (Oct 2018)


Best $1500 PC Build: Recommended Aftermarket CPU Cooler

Cheap yet definitely not nasty, Cryorig air coolers are great value and make worthy sidekicks to mid/high-end gaming CPUs like the i5-9600K

When getting an unlocked "k" model Intel CPU such as the 9600K we've gone for, you NEED to get a CPU cooler as they don't come with one (for good reason as Intel's stock coolers are not too flash performance and looks-wise). 

The Cryorig H7 is a trusty choice to keep your 9600K real cool and quiet even during demanding gaming and other applications, and is even suitable for mild overclocking as well. You really don't need a better, more expensive aftermarket cooler unless you'll be doing more intense overclocking, as even a low-cost cooling solution like the H7 is going to work really well for the majority of gamers and semi-enthusiasts.

If you will be overclocking your 9600K quite a lot though, that's when investing in a better cooler makes practical sense, and you also have the option of water cooling (All-in-One CPU liquid coolers, not custom water cooling which is a whole different beast) although a high-quality air cooler is still all you need for overclocking.

Speaking of water cooling, you could of course still go for a closed-loop liquid cooler (different way of saying All-in-One/AiO liquid cooler) if you're not overclocking, or not overclocking too intensly, but keep in mind this option would be more to spruce up the look of your build and isn't necessary to keep an 9600K super cool and quiet under normal circumstances.


Honorable Mention:

Cooler Master 212 Evo CPU Cooler

Another excellent value for money, effective cooler for an i5/i7

The Cryorig coolers also look good and fit well with the other components in this parts-list (aesthetically speaking), but there are other great value picks out there such as the ever-popular Cooler Master 212 Evo which will do as good a job at cooling your 9600K and is essentially the same price. Cryorigs are a safe bet though, and just as popular as the 212 Evo, so I would simply pick whichever cooler you like the look of most (again, unless you plan to really push your CPU to the max in which case you should probably invest in a more high-end cooler such as the Noctua DH-14 or Corsair H60/H100i just to name a few good ones).

The Cooler Master 212 Evo also comes in many different variations, including pretty awesome-looking LED ones, so keep that in mind too on your hunt if you want to spice up your setup even more. But yeah, overall a $30-50 cooler is all you need for an i5-9600K (or i7) if you're not overclocking (or even for light overclocking).




Best $1500 PC Build: Recommended High-End Gaming GPU

Since NVidia's new RTX cards have now been released, there are price drops happening as we speak on the current range of GTX cards which makes them very much still worthy of consideration even with new cards on the horizon. Whether you should get a new RTX card or not is debatable, as they are indeed overpriced and not the most cost-effective cards around, but if you do decide to skip them then grabbing a discounted current-gen card like a 1080 will hold you in good stead for years to come and you can practically skip the entire next generation of cards (at least).

At the time of writing Gigabyte's Windforce OC version of the 1080 is at a very attractive price and is what we've included for this month's $1500 build. It's a large triple fan GPU which means maximum cooling and low noise, and the Phanteks case has enough room for this beasty card.


A GTX 1080 is currently one of the most bang for your buck gaming GPUs right now as the newer RTX video cards are not cost-effective


A GTX 1080 is perfect for flawless 1440p (or super smooth high refresh-rate 1080p in demanding games), and whilst it'll provide a good experience for the monster res that is 4K...if you want to play at that level and you're picky about frame-rate (as you should be; we understand) you're going to have to look into specific benchmarks for the games you're thinking of (and for the rough settings you wanna run it at as settings make a big difference on performance).

Truth is, for the absolute best high-quality 4K gaming experience stepping up to the 1080 Ti or one of the new RTX cards (2080 or 2080 Ti; see our next upcoming builds for example setups for those cards) is your best bet. You could simly throw in a 1080 Ti or 2080 into this build as-is if you wanted, as the i5-9600K is not going to bottleneck it as it's a high-end gaming CPU in its own right.

Ok, so what exact performance are we looking at for a GTX 1080 in 1440p? Can you max out a 144Hz screen (ie get 144FPS)? Depends on the game, but in many games - yes. For example, you're not gonna get 144FPS on maxed settings in 1440p with a 1080 in Witcher 3. But that is Witcher 3 after all, the most demanding title I can think of right now (along with Tomb Raider and the new Dues Ex not too far behind), and even though its besides the point there's no real reason for a slower-paced game like Witcher to run on 144Hz (high refresh rate screens really only make a nice difference in fast-paced games).

So with a GTX 1080 in 1440p on a 144Hz screen to get 144FPS high/ultra settings (if you're confused don't worry you won't be the only one) you're pretty good to go for the most part with this $1500 build unless you're running ultra settings in a highly demanding game. Remember that even if you dip under 144FPS on a 144Hz screen, you're still seeing those extra frames. So if you get 110-120 FPS in a certain situation or game, that's still a smoother experience than 60FPS on a 60Hz screen. So overall a 1080 is essentially the perfect card for super smooth 1440p gaming.

However, for super picky gamers, note that 144FPS 1440p is super tough on your system and so in some games you would need to a 1080 Ti to get the job done in all situations (AFAIK - check benchmarks for your particular game). You might even need an i7 as well, as high frame-rates can be real taxing on CPUs as well, although the i5-9600K is absolutely no slouch and might be all you need for high refresh-rate gaming. But yeah, achieving 144FPS is no joke, and whilst fairly easy for 1080p, 1440p is a beast for that refresh-rate when it comes to the most demanding (ie CPU intensive) games.


Best $1500 PC Build: Recommended Reliable Motherboard

Asus along with Gigabyte would have to be your best bet when putting together a high-end gaming computer as they generally produce the most reliable, high-quality boards on the planet (it does depend on the specific model, though). The Asus Prime Z390-A is an excellent, popular selection for a gaming build of this nature with sturdy quality and a great design, not to mention many expansion options and a solid feature set. If you want built-in WiFi in your gaming computer, get the Rog Strix WiFi edition instead which is a little more expensive. Otherwise you can just get an internal wireless card or external USB dongle if you want WiFi capabilities on your new battle station.


A high-quality, feature-rich and aesthetically-pleasing reliable base for your new battle station that's not too pricey. Can't go too wrong with Asus boards


Best $1500 PC Build: Recommended High-End Memory

For a high-end gaming build you may as well go for a fairly high speed set of memory modules such as 3000MHz or 3200MHz (assuming your motherboard supports this which our Asus pick does) because whilst the performance difference between 2400MHz, 2666Mhz, 3000Mhz and 3200Mhz (or even higher) won't make a noticeable difference when it comes to gaming, the price difference between 2400 and 3000 is not huge.

Therefore, you might as well get 3000Mhz and be done with it, because in some cases it will make a slight difference overall (especially if you'll be doing demanding non-gaming stuff). But if you do find a great deal for 16GB of RAM at a slower speed, don't fret and feel free to include it instead of a super speedy 3000MHz kit if you want to cut costs on your high-end build.

As for the amount of memory, which I logically should have mentioned first as it's much more important that speed when selecting the best memory for your gaming computer, 16GB is a no-brainer in this price tier and the ideal amount for high-end gaming. 8GB is the sweet spot in terms of value for builds under $800-$1000 or so, but 16GB makes a whole lot of sense for top-tier builds. Any more than 16 is overkill for gaming though, and 24 or 32GB is not going to make any difference whatsoever. Only reason to go higher than 16GB is for things like high-quality video editing, 3D rendering/animation, high-quality streaming of demanding games, and so on.

Corsair Vengeance RAM is also very safe bet and hugely popular for a reason; great reliability and quality from a top memory manufacturer. Crucial, GSkill and Patriot are also great brands too. The particular model chosen for this month's best high-end gaming computer is the "LPX" version which is at a solid price and has a nice design that'll fit with your motherboard and overall build design nicely (although these modules will look great in pretty much any setup to be honest). They're also not huge sticks like some others which can interfere with larger CPU coolers etc, so they're versatile and will fit most setups without issues. 


Corsair Vengeance...can't go wrong with these bad boys


Best $1500 PC Build: Recommended High-End Case

You have quite a few great choices when it comes to choosing a quality case for a super-fast, long-lasting gaming computer like this, but the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is easily one of the better overall value picks. This chassis is totally awesome, but make sure you have the room for it in your room or office as it's a full-tower size. The extra room is great for cooling though, 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 (not recommended for your first build, if ever for most gamers: it's just not that practical overall and pretty much mainly for aesthetics).

Speaking of cooling, this chassis has good overall airflow as-is and comes equipped with 1 extra-large front fan (200mm) and a nice 140mm in the back which is adequate for most people's needs, especially if you'll be sticking to the parts I've listed for this particular build. You only need extra case fans if you'll be overclocking or adding another GPU, etc. Or, if you simply want to and you'll be adding a set of cool LED fans or something like that.


Hard to fault in its price range, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro is a high-end case for a mid-range price


Overall, it's a quality-constructed case with great cooling, excellent cable management capabilities, great looks, plenty of room - and usually very well-priced. Can't go wrong with it, and it also comes in a tempered glass version if that tickles your fancy, but of course pick a case you resonate with most as there are plenty of great options $80 and over that'll serve you well. Building the best PC for your budget is part art, part science, with your case selection most definitely falling a lot more into the former, and one of those parts that not everyone will agree on. 

Just keep in mind if you drop down to a mid-tower case size make sure it has enough room for your GTX 1080 as it's a triple-fan long-form edition. Plus, do your homework on things like cooling, cable management, sturdiness, etc. You don't want to pick a dud case for a quality, long-lasting $1500 gaming build.


The white edition is awesome too and would also fit these parts well (aesthetically speaking)


Best $1500 PC Build: Recommended High-End PSU & Storage

When assembling a top-tier, powerful high-end gaming system you really want to get a high-quality power supply, and the 80-Plus Gold EVGA unit included in this setup is definitely that. EVGA produce some of the best value PSUs around these days, and the G3 unit we've picked is no exception. It's also a fully modular PSU which means less messy cabling and better cable management when it comes time to build.

650 watts, when coming from a reliable good-quality unit like the G3 EVGA, is actually plenty for a build like this packing powerful parts like the 1080 and 9600K and still has room for more upgrades later believe it or not. 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 for your build down the track - get a bit more power such as 750 watts. Otherwise, even with upgrades, 650 watts of good power is fine. 

As for storage, not much to say there except a 2TB standard 7200RPM HDD from Seagate, and a nicely sized SSD for super fast loading of your OS and other frequently used programs and games you put on there. Feel free to get a larger SSD if you value storage/loading speed and want to stack a whole heap of stuff on there. 



Recommended Operating System and Accessories


Windows 10 is what we'd recommend for most people, which if you need to get new comes in a handy USB/flash-drive version or a disk version if you want to make your own bootable flash drive from that (since this build doesn't have an optical drive as they're totally optional these days: feel free to get one, though). Linux is also an option but we don't recommend it unless you know what you're doing, so if you're a newbie just stick with Windows. 

See our top value for money picks of the best mice, keyboards, screens, headsets, etc, in our peripheral buying guides (see the top menu) should you need to buy these new and you're not reusing old ones. These parts will all come down to personal preference, and of course how much more you have to spend on top of your core components.



Building the $1500 High-End PC and Questions


That wraps up our best high-end gaming PC build under $1500 for Q4 2018 (as of October 2018, and IMHO). I hope it serves you well as-is or as a base for your build research. If you're putting together your first PC, fear not as it's very simple to do these days and in 2018 if you can build Lego you can build a PC no problems.

See our PC installation guide if you prefer a written guide as opposed to video (otherwise search YouTube as there are plenty of guides out there). Good luck out there and enjoy your brilliant new battlestation of gaming gloriousness. Post a comment on our hub Best Gaming Builds page if you need any help and I'll gladly help out where I can, and feel free to share any feedback that you might have on the high-end build. Cheers guys.











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