The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2020

The Best $1500 Gaming PC Builds for 2019

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Last Updated: June 28th, 2020

Build Overview

Looking for a spiffy $1500 gaming pc build? Then you are in the right place. Here you will find the very best up to date $1500 budget gaming pc builds updated monthly here at Newb Computer Build. If you are in the market for a pc build around $1500, then you should be able to expect gameplay that exceeds expectations at resolutions of high FPS 2K resolutions into 4K. That is being able to play pc games at well over 60FPS at 1080p, and 1440p resolutions – so do check the type of monitor you’ll be using.

The hardware below is chosen based on two main things, performance and quality for the best possible price. All of the hardware is conveniently linked to Amazon.

Best of luck when planning your next gaming pc build and should you have any questions feel free to get in touch. If you are in the market for another budget you can also check out the other gaming pc build budgets.

The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2020

Performance: Game with Extreme settings and High FPS at resolutions of 1920×1080 (1080P) & 2560×1440 (1440p) + good gameplay at 4K

*This Gaming PC Build is powered by the AMD Ryzen 3700X CPU and an RTX 2070 SUPER Graphics Card

1 CPU - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

  • The world's most advanced processor in the desktop PC gaming segment
  • Can deliver ultra-fast 100+ FPS performance in the world's most popular games
    8 Cores and 16 processing threads, bundled with the AMD
  • Wraith Prism cooler with color-controlled LED support
    4.4 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 36 MB of game Cache, ddr-3200 support
    For the advanced socket AM4 platform, can support PCIe 4.0 on x570 motherboards

Amazon Price: $273.74

2 Cooler - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

2. Cooler: Stock AMD Wraith Prism Cooler

The Ryzen 3700X is an amazing CPU in so many ways, in that it doesn't necessarily need to be overclocked and comes with a great Wraith Prism Cooler, this saves you with a little more cash for other upgrades! Plus it's a good looking cooler for a stock cooler.

3 Motherboard - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

3. Motherboard:Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, Dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS Power Stage, HDMI, DP, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB Lighting

*Note: Some types of motherboards have been low in stock, if the recommended board here is not in stock, try searching for alternative "X570 Motherboard" at a similar cost, these will be compatible with the Ryzen 7 3700X.

    • AMD AM4 socket: Ready for 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors to maximize connectivity and speed with up to two M. 2 Drives, USB 3. 2 Gen2 and AMD StoreMI
    • Enhanced power solution: military-grade TUF components, ProCool socket and Digi+ VRM for maximum durability
    • Comprehensive Cooling: Active PCH heatsink, VRM heatsink, M. 2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert
    • Next-gen connectivity: Dual PCIe 4. 0 m. 2 and USB 3. 2 Gen 2 Type-A/Type-C.Operating system:Windows 10 64-bit
    • Gaming Networking: Exclusive Realtek L8200A Gigabit Ethernet, Intel 2x2 802. 11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO support, Bluetooth 5. 0, TUF LANGuard and technology

    *If this motherboard is not available and alternative could be:
    Asus Prime X570-P Ryzen 3 AM4 with PCIe Gen4, Dual M.2 HDMI, SATA 6GB/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 ATX Motherboard

    Amazon Price: $189.99

    4 Graphics Card - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

    4. Graphics Card: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDRR6ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 Super Overclocked 8G

    The RTX 2070 SUPER is a fantastic graphics card that provides great pc gaming performance at resolutions from 1080-, 1400p and well into 4K should you want to. The 2070 SUPER is better than the 2070, with a GeForce RTX 2080 sized cooler.

    Amazon Price: $519.99

    5 RAM - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

    5. RAM: Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB

    16GB of RAM is the perfect spot for any high-end gaming pc - included is a 16GB kit of Crucial Ballistix 3200Mhz Gaming Kit

    Amazon Price: $73.99

    6 SSD - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

    6. SSD: WD_Black SN750 1TB NVMe Internal Gaming SSD

    • An exclusive WD BLACK SSD dashboard with gaming mode improves game performance.
    • Available in capacities ranging from 250GB to 2TB
    • Ideal for enthusiasts building custom desktops or gaming rigs
    • NVMe drive not compatible with SATA interface

    Amazon Price: $134.99

    7 Power Supply - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

    7.Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W 80+ Gold SLI/Crossfire Ready Ultra Quiet Power Supply

    • [80+ gold and Intel C6/C7 States ready] - deliver up to 90% efficiency, Gf1 Series optimized to work with all generations of Intel's processors to achieve maximum energy saving
    • [Ultra quiet 140mm hydraulic Bearing fan] - self-lubricated hydraulic Bearing PWM fan superior cooling performance and near silent operation
    • [Smart zero fan] - auto-regulated fan speed based on power consumption for a quiet and efficient operation. Fan works only when PSU work load goes over 30%. a switch At the back of the PSU can be turned off to have the fan spun constantly
    • [16AWG wires] - Upgraded CPU/PCI E main cables (16AWG wires) for high end enthusiasts' Pcs
    • [Japanese capacitors] - 100% High quality 105°C (221°F) Japanese capacitors offer the highest stability, durability, and reliability
    • [Zero cable platform] - daughterboards are directly soldered to the Motherboard for better heat dissipation and impressive output power quality
    • [<30 mV low ripple noise] - low ripple ensures excellent performance and keeps performance-critical components, such as high-end graphic card, operating reliably longer

    Amazon Price: $116.26

    *If available, I recommend the following instead:

    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 750W , Fully Modular

    A great, quality power supply that give you all the juice you need to power this pc build - plus this is a platinum efficiency power supply, making is super efficient and it is fully modular (so no messy cables).

    8 PC Case - Best $1500 PC Build 2020

    8. PC Case: LIAN LI LANCOOL 2 Black Tempered Glass ATX Case -Black Color -LANCOOL II -X\

    Described as being a case that looks and feels way above it's value.

    • Front (multi-way fan/radiator bracket): 1 x 360/280/240mm
    • Clean interior design. Cable management 2. 0 (cable door covers). smart space utilization for ultimate flexibility
    • Upgradable - USB 3. 1 Type C, HDD hot swap
    • 4 Way open for easy access to the components
    • Material: 0. 8mm SGCC (Exterior, MB tray, and most of the interior) 4. 0mm tempered glass (both sides)
    • 3 X 120mm fan included
    • Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX

    Amazon Price: $100.99

    ESTIMATED PRICE: $1410 (July 2020)

    $1500 Build Details

    The above pc build is the best possible build you can get for $1500 for gaming, which will get you amazing performance in higher resolution pc gaming.

    So you may have noticed that Intel recently released some spiffy new CPUs under the codenamed Comet Lake, however, none of these made it into our builds this month as they don’t seem to provide the full robustness that we’ve been getting from the third generation Ryzens. This pc build offers the solid power of the Ryzen 3700X Gaming CPU, which has an 8-core, 16-thread setup with a boost clock of 4.4GhZ and included with this CPU is a stock Wraith Cooler, which can be all you need to keep this powerful build going strong. What’s also really cool is that the Wraith Cooler also has RGB lighting, which obviously adds more power — if not that, it’s a great addition to a great performing cpu.

    Paired with the 3700X CPU, we have an RTX 2070 SUPER. The RTX 2070 utilizes GDDR6 memory, which is the new generation of memory and blasts the socks of any game you’ll throw at it.

    The motherboard included is an ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus, which is a newer X570 motherboard capable of so much. Including next-generation PCIe 4.0 M.2, USB 3.2 gen 2, and Aura Sync RGB lighting. The brief list of specifications are as follows (learn more at asus.com):

    • AMD AM4 Socket: Ready for 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD RyzenTM processors
    • Enhanced Power Solution: Military-grade TUF components, ProCool socket and Digi+ VRM for maximum durability
    • Comprehensive Cooling: Active PCH heatsink, VRM heatsink, M.2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4
    • Next-Gen Connectivity: Dual PCIe 4.0 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, exclusive Realtek® L8200A Gigabit Ethernet, TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology
    • Realtek S1200A Codec: Features an unprecedented 108dB signal-to-noise ratio for the stereo line-out and a 103dB SNR for the line-in, providing pristine audio quality
    • Aura Sync RGB: Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear, including addressable RGB strips
    • TUF Gaming Alliance: ASUS hardware ecosystem ensures the best compatibility and complementary aesthetics from components to case

    The $1500 pc build sports a total of 16GB of Crucial Ballistix 3200 Mhz Memory. For storage, included is a Western Digital Black 1TB NVMe SSD, which isn’t bad for a budget NVMe drive and definitely not bad if you are used to standard SATA SSD’s.

      To power, this superb pc build, the Included power supply this month is the Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W Gold Rated power supply. Power supplies have been thought to come by these days, and this one has all the power you need and features that are nice, like being fully modular. If these are not available, try looking for reputable 650W + powers supplies. For a better alternative and only if it is in stock (as it has been harder to come by lately), you could consider an EVGA SuperNOVA 750 P2.

      The PC case included is a Lian Li LANCOOL 2 Black – this PC case offers phenomenal value for what it is with a clean interior design, plenty of upgrade room, and one that has been described as being a case that looks and feels well above its value. To read the full specifications, please visit Lian-Li.com.

      Upgrades for the Best $1500 PC Build

      The above build should fit nicely into a $1500 pc build budget, however, what if you have more to spend or want some upgrade ideas for in the future when you do have more to spend – well that’s where the best $1500 PC Build alternatives come into play.

      The below hardware upgrades are compatible with the above pc build should you need more CPU, GPU, memory, cooling or storage performance.

      CPU Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2019
      CPU Upgrade Upgrade (HIGH PERFORMANCE)

      AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core, 32-thread Unlocked Desktop Processor, without Cooler

      Take advantage of a higher performing CPU that offers blazing fast computing speeds with 16 Cores and 32 processing threads, The most processing power you can get in mainstream desktop.

      *Note: if you go with this CPU, you will NEED a cpu cooler as it doesn't come with one - one example is the H100i you see below, but there are more affordable ones.

      Cost: $699.99

      GPU Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2019
      RTX 2080 SUPER Graphics Card Upgrade

      EVGA 08G-P4-3081-KR, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black Gaming, 8GB GDDR6

      Think you're going to be serious about 4K resolution gaming, then consider the RTX 2080 Super. Get even more gaming performance simply by upgrading your graphics card.

      Cost: $719.99

      RAM Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2019
      Memory Upgrade: Get More RAM at Faster Speeds

      Crucial Ballistix Elite 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 32GB (8GBx4) CL16 BLE4K8G4D36BEEAK

      Think you may want more than 16GB of RAM in your $1500 gaming pc build? Then pump it up to a higher bandwidth 3600Mhz 32GB kit of RAM.

      Cost: $265.99

      Cooler Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2019
      RGB Liquid CPU Cooler Upgrade

      Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM AIO Liquid CPU Cooler,240mm,Dual ML120 PRO RGB PWM Fans,Intel 115x/2066,AMD AM4/TR4

      Looking for some custom RGB lighting and a liquid cpu cooler -- then this could do the trick. Get a more customized a better cooling experience switching to a liquid cpu cooler!

      Cost: $169.99

      Storage Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2019
      M.2 SSD Storage Upgrade - Faster & More Capacity

      Samsung 970 PRO MZ-V7P1T0E 1 TB Solid State Drive - PCI Express (PCI Express 3.0 x4) - Internal - M.2 2280-3.42 GB/s Maximum Read Transfer Rate - 2.64 GB/s Maximum Write Transfer Rate - 256-bit

      Upgrade your storage to a PCIe M.2 internal SSD to take advantage of an increase in read and write speeds of up to 3500MB./s Read and 2700MB/s Write speeds.  This Samsung 970 PRO is the best  and highest performing M.2 drive -- up your storage capacity and storage performance.

      Cost: $319.99

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      1. the prices have been jacked do you know if they are going to go down or not because most of the parts are 200$ more and also would it be cheaper to buy the parts in a store rather than offline

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          Hi Aidan, I would say that if prices for some are higher to look for variants (like the same graphics card under a different brand ex. “RTX 2070 Super”, or look in stores near you as well. It’s been a tough few months in the PC market due to supply levels and people hunkering down at home. With that being said, things should be getting a bit better – do keep an eye our for the refreshed builds coming up here for the start of next month as I do update these every month and will adjust hardware based on current costs.

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          Oh yeah Command and Conquer! I mean, even though it supports 4K and is re-mastered, the requirements are still really low. For example I saw benchmarks using an RX 5700 XT getting 700+fps at 4K. So I would suspect most newer cards capable of 4K would do the trick to be honest – and stick to more than 4GB of memory and a Ryzen 7 1700 cpu or greater and you’d do just fine.

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          Hi Jason, not at all! The more wattage won’t hurt, it just gives you more headroom. You wouldn’t typically want less wattage though.

      2. Hello.
        So im thinking about getting this build or something very similar. I wonder if it is suitable of playing DCS: World with VR? I think it could do just fine, but thought you might have a comment on it 🙂

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          Hi Joakim – the RTX 2070 SUPER shouldn’t have any issues playing DCS in VR and I mean you could bump er up to a 2080 given the cash, but price per dollar the RTX 2070 should do the trick just fine. Have a blast playin DCS World in VR!

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      3. Thank you for the information you’ve provided. I’m building my first PV and have been doing research and this was very informative.
        My question is what are you’re recommendations for monitors on this build ?
        Also do you have any budget friendly suggestions for mouse, keyboard, and HHD *I like to have extra memory 😉 *

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          Hi Sean, not a problem and my apologizes for the delay in response. For this build I would recommend a monitor that’s a 1440p with 144hz refresh monitor, which you should be able to take advantage of with this – -if you don’t have the cash you could save some with a 60hz as well. I woul dsuggest taking a look through here: https://newbcomputerbuild.com/gaming-pc-build-peripherals-2020/

          And for SSD or increased storage, take a look at the Samsung 970 PRO, or if you simply want as much storage as possible for a good prize per performance ratio, look for a high capacity SATA SSD, like a Crucial BX500 2TB

      4. Does this build come with windows preinstalled? Or will I have to buy another windows key. Im a little new to building, so sorry if this a dumb question lol

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          Mitchell – Not a dumb question at all, you will need to find a copy of Windows 10, you can buy them pre-installed on USB or you can create one yourself if you know a friend with a PC or have another PC you can use to make it – and techhhnically you can download Windows 10 and install it for free before purchasing, but you’ll simply have a message in the bottom right of your screen indicating you have to activate. Let me know if you have any further questions!

      5. Hey Corey! As you can tell, I’m new to the PC building community. I’ve decided to build my first PC because that seems way smarter and more affordable. Both the motherboards you listed seem to be out of stock, I’m looking for one that has a display port and built in WiFi. I’m not sure what kind of motherboard I could use to replace them. I really appreciate you doing this build for the newbies like me!

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          Hello Emerson! Yeah it’s seems a lot of board are in short supply at the moment. So first, to clarify you won’t need a display port specifically on the motherboard, as you will be connecting your display using the ports on the graphics card, which does have a display port. Wifi, is typically on more premium motherboards, such as the one included above – and the unfortunate part right now is you may have to spend a little more to get one that’s available. I do see the Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) is available at new egg though right now for a similar price if you want to try there. Otherwise, you could try for something a little more expensive like the MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI. All in all though, you could save by going with a cheaper board without wifi, and get wifi with a $15 PCI wificard or USB wifi stick. I hope this helps!

          1. Hey Corey! I’ve been putting together a build based on what you have here. However, I have been noticing that a lot of the things in the list are out of stock (especially the motherboards). I can’t really find much information on availability, so I was wondering if you had some insight on when things will start coming back? Side question: what would I be losing out on if I went with a MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS Motherboard instead of the recommended?

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              Hi Gavin – in terms of insight, I would say a lot of stock right now has to do with the fact that people are looking for things to do at home while isolating, so I would say stock would increase as more go back to school/work.

              In terms of the MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS, you wouldn’t be losing with that board, but gaining a bit, but it is quite a bit more expensive in comparison. The MPG X570 would allow for another M.2 SSD, slightly better audio onboard, one more usb 3.2 port, also includes wifi and some higher quality parts.

              Looking at other ones that may be available right now that could also work, the ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING 4 or the MSI X570-A PRO Motherboard – but they wouldn’t have wifi, but are significantly less.

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          Hello Scrim, yeah it can be tough as memory seems to be sold out, but most 16GB DDR4 kits should work just fine. There doesn’t seem to be a lot, but try to stick to reputable brand like Crucial, Hyper X, Corsair, G Skill etc.

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      6. This is extremely helpful! Do you have any suggests for a different power supply? Looks like it’s low stocked. Thanks again!

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          no problem! And this is tough right now as I know psu’s are on short supply. I mean you could go for a Corsair RMX, or for a lower quality EVGA 750 BQ (lower efficiency, but still ok. I would search for available 750W PSU’s, with gold rated and above and see what’s available, they seem to change daily right now. Feel free to ask if you want an opinion on any available!

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          1. what about the phanteks Eclipse P300A High Airflow Full-Metal Mesh Design, Compact ATX Mid-Tower. Would this be a better option

      7. Hey Corey so I decided on going with the 1500 build and I got everything and decided on the upgraded stuff for everything except the CPU… Except I haven’t gotten the GPU yet since I decided to go with the top of the line GPU. My question to you is there any cheap (around $100 but the cheaper the better) GPU I can buy for the time being that will get my HDMI video out working so I can use my computer for a month or 2 until I have the money together for the top of the line GPU? even one I could buy used on eBay since I am not planning on keeping it for too long. Thanks for all your help. 😁

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          Hey Matt, I hate having to wait for the final piece of hardware too, haha. I mean if you wanted to just get up and running, any standard gpu off ebay could work. Searching around, it looks like you could get an RX 570 for around $70, which would be a great deal and perform decently if you were able to get it. I saw some decent GTX 1050 Ti’s for about $70 as well or if you want to go a little further back in gpu lineage an R9 280 can be under $50 or so. Or if you went with new, AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB would be about $100. Hope this helps.

      8. You guys always do an amazing job. Thank you for all your dedication and hard work. I want to know would anyone be willing to provide me with a list of items that are equal or greater than the $1500 build upgraded version utilizing all gold parts?

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          Thank you Mark, much appreciated! I don’t have a ton of time to piece something at the time of responding at the moment, but if I do a little later I’m sure I could think something up. Otherwise, I’m sure there are some folks on reddit or other that could hive mind something for you!

      9. I’m new to computer building so I’m wondering if this would run with windows 10 so it could support the valve index

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          1. Hi I am brand new to pc’s and building them but I was just wondering the specs and frames for this build and I am also wonder what the frames would be for Fortnite and cod. This build is mainly for my son and I just want to make sure that he is going to like it he has saved up for a very long time and I dont want him to be dissipointed.

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              Hi Aidan, this build will run Fornite and COD not a problem. And really depends on resolution but can easily push frames in Fornite around 250-270 FPS and COD at similar frames, maybe tad less. I’d suggest looking for benchmark videos using the current CPU and video car din this build “3700X and 2070 Super with Fortnite” for example.

              1. Hi thanks for letting me know and also the prices have been jacked do you know if they are going to go down or not because most of the parts are 200$ more and also would it be cheaper to buy the parts in a store rather than offline

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            It’s capable of running Windows 10, but when you put the build together there will be nothing on your Solid State Drive, so you do have to install an operating system – such as Windows 10.

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      10. Preface:
        Sorry this comment was long but I wanted to explain everything so you could help me and have all the info 😁

        Hello Corey it seems you are very good at replying to comments and I was trying to leave this comment under the $1k build but I couldn’t find where to leave a reply on that page. Anyways, I was wondering if the motherboard on that $1k build has a built in GPU that has an HDMI output on it. Because my laptop is slowly becoming crap and I’ve been saying I want to build a gaming PC but now I am finally being forced to get a new PC so I figured start now. But I use my PC for everything including streaming Netflix and things and I literally don’t have a monitor yet just a regular TV. Anyways I’m wondering if it’s worth spending money on a GPU before I have a shiny new monitor or what you’d recommend if I want a new PC that will pretty soon have a high res monitor and stuff but doesnt yet but I’d like to stream stuff on my TV while I’m waiting on the money to afford the good peripherals to go with the machine. I don’t have any exact games I want to play right at this moment because I’ve got all my games on Xbox that’s why I’m not sure if I should just build that whole PC if I’ll end up later realizing I spent nearly $400 on a GPU that’s 3 generations removed in 4 months because technology moves fast lol. Thanks very much.

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          Hi Matt!

          First, thanks for the comment and stopping by — and for recognizing comments were disables on the $1000 page, I didn’t know! It’s active now.

          To clarify, the motherboard itself doesn’t have a gpu on it, but if anything would have a built in graphics, it would be the cpu, (known as integrated graphics or an APU). In the case of the $1000 build, it uses a Ryzen 5 3600, which doesn’t have integrated graphics, so you would need a graphics card for it to work. So if you think you can’t afford one right now, I would say you can either get a slightly lower quality graphics card, or purchase a cpu with integrated graphics. One option would be to go with a AMD Ryzen 5 3400G. which would allow you to go without a graphics card, game some and act like a normal pc – you could then plunk in the gpu later. The 3400G is also compatible with everything in that $1000 pc build. Further, I would even though technology changes fast, the graphics card now will still be really relevant in 3 months, so completely up to you. Also nothing wrong with gaming on the tv in the meanwhile!

          I hope this helps!

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          Hey there Aiden, I’m not sure to be honest as I’m not familiar with hardware costs in Singapore or what shipping would cost to get it there from Amazon.

      11. Would the Thermaltake H200 RGB be a good substitute for a case in this build and would it need another cooler since it only has one fan pre-installed? Thanks for making these as well! 🙂

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          Hi Ryan,

          Great choice! The H200 would work without a problem and would fit everything just fine. It probably wouldn’t hurt at some point to put in a couple 120mm fans at the top and one or two in the front as well, but you could gauge after building as it does at least have the one exhaust. The 120mm fans can probably be purchased for well under $10 each (especially when purchase in packs) unless you get some matching RGB sort of ones.

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