The Best $1500 PC Builds for Gaming in 2017

Welcome to the collection of $1500 gaming pc builds for 2017. These builds are compiled every month and are intended for the more lucrative gamer types; with performance expectations being phenomenal at resolutions of 1440p and beyond (perhaps 4K if you wanted to), and expect super high frames per second (FPS) while gaming. There is really little reason to spend more on a gaming build as this is a perfect budget to fit in quality hardware that can guarantee high performance rates are the higher resolution range – if it gets any higher you start getting into 4K gaming, and if you want to guarantee 60+ FPS in 4K than you are looking at very expensive graphics cards well beyond a $1500 build.

Check out the 2017 $1500 gaming pc builds below for a monthly check-up on the newest available.


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The Best $1500 Gaming PC Builds for 2017

Best of 2017 $1500 PC Builds Coming this February

This build has a budget of $1300 to $1500 because the only thing in the way of the two differing budgets is the graphics card choice – you either choose a GTX 1070 or a GTX 1080. Your choice depends on both budget and at what resolutions you see yourself gaming at.

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Estimated Price : $1290 (*using the GTX 1070 Graphics Card) – (February 2017)OR

$1495 (*using the GTX 1080 Graphics Card) – (February 2017)

Processor Intel  7600K 7th Gen Core Desktop Processors

*New 7th Gen. Kaby Lake CPU!

$235.00
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan $34.93
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming LGA1151 Intel 2-Way SLI ATX DDR4 Motherboards $164.99 Gigabyte GA-Z270X for Kaby lake PC Build
Graphics Card GTX 1080: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5X, RGB LED, Graphics Card*Note: Use this for an $under $1500 Gaming PC Build for a a more powerful graphics card
Performance: Good 4K & Best VR


GTX 1070: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition, 8GB GDDR5, LED, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) 08G-P4-5173-KR
*Note: Use this for an under $1300 Gaming PC Build
Performance: Best 1440p & Good VR

$594.89


$389.89


 

RAM

$112.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $169.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 750W , Fully Modular , EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty Power Supply $119.99
Computer Case be quiet! BGW05 SILENT BASE 600 WINDOW ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $109.84

Best of 2017 $1500 PC Builds Coming this January

This is the highest end gaming pc build here in Newb Computer Build’s Gaming PC Builds of the month articles and below you will find a solid 2017 gaming pc build able to rock any game out there. And unless you are a high-rolling baller that is seriously into the hobby side of building the most extravagant gaming pc build possible, a great budget then this is generally not worth it for your standard gamer; which these articles are meant for. This build will rock a 1440p (2K) resolution gaming and able to play comfortably into 4K (even more so should you get the GTX 1080 graphics card). Also if you look a little further below there are hardware upgrades for this build that all increase performance a step further to either further solidify those higher resolutions or future games should you have a higher budget for you pc build this January 2017.

(*Note: All prices are in USD, but URLs go to your local Amazon store)

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Estimated Price : $1295 (*using the GTX 1070 Graphics Card) – (January 2017)OR

$1487 (*using the GTX 1080 Graphics Card) – (January 2017)

Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan $34.99
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboard (GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming) $155.96
Graphics Card GTX 1080: Gigabyte GeForce GTX GV-N1080G1 GAMING-8GD Video Graphics Cards $599.99
RAM $64.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $169.95
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 750W , Fully Modular , EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty Power Supply $116.99
Computer Case BitFenix Pandora ATX Core BFC-PAN-600-KKWN1-RP No Power Supply ATX Mid Tower, Black $102.43

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – October

Check out the best $1300 as the $1500 hardware and overall performance has now decreased in cost. 

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – September

The $1500 is Now Placed as a $1300 for the Same Performance

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – August

The $1500 is Now Placed as a $1300 for the Same Performance

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – July

The $1500 is Now Placed as a $1300 for the Same Performance

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – June

June 2016 is a hot month for those that have been waiting on the new Pascal graphics card releases from Nvidia, and right-fully so. These cards are faster, more efficient promising better VR capability, 4K gaming and so much more (TomsHardware has done a great GTX 1080 Pascal Review). The GTX 1080 card has been released, however the only caveat is current availability and un-predictable pricing. So you have two choices for gteat graphics cards above – the GTX 1080 for the patient individuals who can wait a tad longer, and a the GTX 980Ti graphics card for those that want to purchase right away or take advantage of the much lower cost of this card now.

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Estimated Price : $1427.00 (June 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $33.93
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards (GA-Z170X-GAMING 5) $167.86
Graphics Card

GeForce GTX 1080 (*Newly released card – should be more widely available mid June – linked to an Amazon search of the GTX 1080)

$550.63


$ – ($599 MSRP)


GeForce GTX 1080 PC Build

RAM $59.99
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $154.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $109.99
Computer Case SilverStone Technology Performance ATX Primera Computer Case White With Blue LED PM01WA-W $109.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – May

Here you’ll find the perfect build for being able to max out games all the way up to 2K resolutions (this include 1080p!) and you’ll even be able to play games into the 4K range with settings cranked down (if you think you’ll be 4K gaming then check out the hardware alternatives table included below).  The May 2016 $1500 build has come down significantly in cost for the same performance over the last couple of months – this has now opened it up to now including a much larger amount of storage and more.

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Estimated Price : $1458.00 (May 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $240.31
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.49
Motherboard ASRock ATX DDR4 Motherboards FATAL1TY Z170 GAMING K4 $158.99
Graphics Card $599.99
RAM $68.93
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section if you feel you’d need more storage.  –
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM) $149.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $99.99
Computer Case NZXT H440 Mid Tower Case (White/Black /w Window) $109.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – April

The April 2016 $1500 build is much cheaper this month hovering in at closer to $1400 than $1500 – what this means for any newer builders is that you can get into extreme gaming at a great price. This build is capable of maxing games out with super high FPS rates from 1080p to 1440p and even will play available game titles at 4K with playable FPS. So if you are looking for a gaming pc to do pretty much anything (as in play all games on the higher of resolutions), this is it.

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Estimated Price : $1418.47 (April 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $249.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.54
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards (GA-Z170X-GAMING 5) $166.99
Graphics Card $629.99
RAM $69.99
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section if you feel you’d need more storage.  –
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) $86.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $109.99
Computer Case Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-ALPHA Mid Tower (Black/Silver or Black/Red or White/Red) $79.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – March

The March 2016 build is capable of maxing games out with super high FPS rates from 1080p to  1440p and even will play available game titles at 4K with playable FPS. So if you are looking for a gaming pc to do pretty much anything, this would be it. Now, not much has changed since last month in this build and for good reason! The March $1500 build has some of the strongest gaming hardware and as a whole, is even cheaper at the start of this month.

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Estimated Price : $1437 (March 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $249.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.74
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards (GA-Z170X-GAMING 5) $166.99
Graphics Card $629.99
RAM $69.99
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section.  –
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) $87.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $99.99
Computer Case Corsair Carbide Clear 400C Compact Mid-Tower Case CC-9011081-WW  $111.14
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – February

It doesn’t get much better then this build when it comes to gaming. I mean this build is capable of maxing games out with super high FPS rates from 1080p to  1440p and even will play available game titles at 4K with playable FPS. So if you are looking for a gaming pc to do pretty much anything, this would be it.

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Estimated Price : $1460 (Feb 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $253.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $28.98
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards (GA-Z170X-GAMING 5) $169.99
Graphics Card $629.99
RAM $84.99
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section.  –
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) $82.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $99.99
Computer Case Corsair Carbide Clear 400C Compact Mid-Tower Case, CC-9011081-WW (*new release) $109.31
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1500 PC Build 2016 – January

I have switched up the labeling of the builds to more accommodate and help you choose a gaming pc that fits your particular goals. By goals, I mean the resolutions and rough settings that you may want to be gaming at. This build is for those that are looking to max out most games with resolutions up to 2560×1440 (1440p) resolutions and even for those that want a little bit of “future-proofing” in their build.

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Estimated Price : $1514.00
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $289.89
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.99
Motherboard Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 ATX Motherboard ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards (GA-Z170X-GAMING 5) $177.78
Graphics Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti Overclocked 6GB GDDR5 PCiE Video Card Graphics Cards (GV-N98TWF3OC-6GD) $629.99
RAM $86.17
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section.  –
SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) $83.43
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2 80+ GOLD, 750W ECO Mode Fully Modular NVIDIA SLI and Crossfire Ready 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 220-G2-0750-XR $89.99
Computer Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower Chassis with Window Cases PH-ES614P_BK $89.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional (LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B)

 


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