The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2021

The Best $1500 Gaming PC Builds for 2021

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Last Updated: February 1st, 2021

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 for 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 2021

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 5600X CPU and an RTX 3070 Graphics Card

1 CPU - Best $1500 PC Build 2021

1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

*Note: Stock is low on this, so it may be hard to get one at the moment but February should bring more availability! See below alternative if need be.

  • AMD's fastest 6 core processor for mainstream desktop, with 12 processing threads
  • Can deliver elite 100+ FPS performance in the world's most popular games
  • Bundled with the quiet, capable AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
  • 4.6 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 35 MB of cache, DDR-3200 support
  • For the advanced Socket AM4 platform, can support PCIe 4.0 on X570 and B550 motherboards

Amazon Price: $381.45

***Alternative if no stock / Equivalent CPU option: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X ($325)

The 3700x has been included in this build for a long while and is still great, so if you want to still go with it you can, especially if you find it on sale!

  • 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
2 Cooler - Best $1500 PC Build 2021

2. Cooler: Stock AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler

The Ryzen 5600X is an amazing CPU in so many ways, in that it doesn't necessarily need to be overclocked and comes with a great Wraith Stealth Cooler, this saves you with a little more cash for other upgrades!

3 Motherboard - Best $1500 PC Build 2021

3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Elite Wi-Fi

    • Supports AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen/ 2nd Gen Ryzen/ 2nd Gen Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics processors
    • Dual channel non-ECC unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • 12+2 phases digital VRM solution with DrMOS
    • Advanced heatsink design with enlarge heatsink
    • Dual ultra-fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 with single thermal guards
    • Memory storage capacity: 1000 TB

    Amazon Price: $199.99

    4 Graphics Card - Best $1500 PC Build 2021

    4. Graphics Card: ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge

    *If not in stock: Search for other RTX 3070's in stock

    *Note: Stock on these newer GPU's has been limited, so keep checking for other RTX 3070 cards as well. The RTX 3070 is a newer graphics card that absolutely performs amazingly in all games at higher resolutions. You can also keep checking the actual listings to see if they are in stock here.

    Guestimated Price: $530

    Alternative Graphics Card: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB GDRR6

    *If not in stock: Search for other RTX 2070's in stock

    If you want a graphics card right away and there are not RTX 3070's available, an alternative could be the older RTX 2070 SUPER. *Do note, that because of the major limited supply levels in all of the newer graphics cards, people seem to also be buying up the older ones as well. This leaves you with three options - wait for stock, buy used, or pay way too much from a scalper!

    If you are having trouble finding a graphics card, here's a useful resource: Tomshardware's GPU Ranking hierarchy

    5 RAM - Best $1500 PC Build 2021

    5. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600

    16GB of RAM is the perfect spot for any high-end gaming pc - included is a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance 3600Mhz Gaming Kit - the perfect speed of RAM for this build.

    What is the best RAM speed for gaming? Learn more about the best RAM speed for gaming with Ryzen 3000 CPUs in our recent article here.

    Amazon Price: $82.99

    6 SSD - Best $1500 PC Build 2021

    6. SSD: Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD

    • Capacity: Up to 2TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2,000/1,700 MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface marks the next step in storage innovation
    • Micron 3D NAND advancing the World's memory and storage technology for 40 years
    • NVMe Standard Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (Smart)
    • Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN)

    Amazon Price: $104.95

    7 Power Supply - Best $1500 PC Build 2021

    7.Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G+, 80 Plus Gold 750W, Fully Modular PSU

    • EVGA 750 G+ - "The New Gold Standard for Performance and Value" - JonnyGURU quoted “We were promised Gold but this one did Platinum”.
    • 80 PLUS Gold certified, with 90% (115VAC)/92% (220VAC~240VAC) efficiency or higher under typical loads
    • Fan Size/Bearing: 135mm fluid Dynamic Bearing
    • Heavy-duty protections, including OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, and OTP
    • 10 year Warranty

    Amazon Price: $125.99

    *If available, I  also recommend the following instead (based on the cost of course):

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

    A great, quality power supply that gives 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 2021

    8. PC Case: Corsair iCUE 220T RGB

    The Corsair iCUE 220T has become a bit of an iconic case these days and for good reason. The Corsair 220T includes 3 SP120 RGB PRO fans providing not only great airflow as is, but also has full customizable aRGB fans that look amazing. Learn more at

    • Improve your system's cooling with a high airflow layout complete with a steel grill front panel for optimal air intake
    • Light up your PC with three included Corsair SP120 RGB Pro fans each lined with eight individually addressable LEDs around the hub (24 total)
    • The included lighting Node core controls your RGB lighting making for brilliant lighting effects right out of the box with Corsair iCUE software
    • The 220T RGB airflow’s solid steel construction and front plate ensure sturdy and resilient durability along with a striking look
    • An edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel window showcases your PC's components and RGB lighting. Compatible corsair liquid coolers-H55, H60, H75, H80i, H90, H100i, H105, H110i, H115i, H150i

    Amazon Price: $104.99

    ESTIMATED PRICE: $1530 (February 2021)

    $1500 Build Details

    The above gaming 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.

    We have now introduced the brand spanking new Ryzen 5 5600X CPU to the $1500 gaming pc build, which is AMD’s fastest 6 core processor with 12 processing threads. However, if it’s not in stock, no fret, as you can always still go with a Ryzen 7 3700X for around the same cost. The Ryzen 5 5600X is a newer CPU and has performed phenomenally in gaming benchmarks, offering a 4.6GHz max boost, which is unlocked for overclocking.

    Paired with the Ryzen 5 5600X CPU, is also a very exciting inclusion – the brand new RTX 3070 graphics card. This card can easily max games out in any game at 1440p and plays well into 4K resolution, hitting easily 60fps in some mainstream games. Since this graphics card has been one of the most popular GPU’s for 2021, it might be hard to get your hands on. However, they are coming into stock now and then so keep trying. Or if you’re impatient, you could consider an older-gen RTX 2070 Super, noting that it performs quite good, but not as good as the RTX 3070.

    The motherboard included if a GIGABYTE X570 AORUS Elite Wi-Fi, which is an X570 motherboard capable of so much. Including next-generation PCIe 4.0 M.2 (two of them), USB 3.2 gen 2, and so much more. See the full specifications at

    • Supports AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series/ 3rd Gen Ryzen™/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™/ 3nd Gen Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Processors
    • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • 12+2 Phases Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS
    • Advanced Heatsink Design with Enlarge Heatsink
    • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 with Single Thermal Guards
    • High-Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
    • Intel® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator
    • Intel® Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI & BT 4.2
    • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Supports Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
    • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors, Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
    • Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C™ Header & HDMI 2.0 support
    • Integrated I/O Shield Armor
    • Q-Flash Plus update BIOS Without Installing CPU, Memory and Graphics card

    The $1500 pc build sports a total of 16GB of Crucial Ballistix 2600 Mhz Memory. For storage, included is a Crucial P1 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 Corsair RMX 750x 750 Watt PSU. 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, that is, if it doesn’t cost too much.

      The PC case included is a Corsair iCUE 220T RGB pc case. This is a cool-looking, high airflow case that looks superb. Included is 3 SP120 RGB fans to keep the case exceedingly cool, this amazing-looking RGB style. Check out the full specifications at

      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.

      GPU Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2021
      GPU Upgrade: RTX 3080 (*New release)

      MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio

      You may have heard the hype - but NVIDIA has just released this bad boy, the RTX 3080, offering speeds of over 30% faster than the previous RTX 2080 ti for about $500 cheaper. Holy cow. The only might be hard to get your hands on!

      Cost: Starting at $1449 (Limited availability at the moment)

      CPU Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2021
      CPU Upgrade Upgrade (HIGH PERFORMANCE)

      AMD Ryzen 9 5900x *not in stock yet, coming soon!

      The Ryzen 9 5900x isn;t exactly in stock at the moment of writing this, but it will be soon, so if you are looking to get even more CPU performance out of your gaming pc - then you may want to wait for this!

      Cost: *Projected at $549.99

      RAM Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2021
      Memory Upgrade: Get More RAM

      Crucial Ballistix RGB 32Gb 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM

      Think you may want more than 16GB of RAM in your $1500 gaming pc build? Then pump it up to a higher bandwidth 32GB kit of RAM and customize your rig’s color scheme with 16 RGB LEDs in 8 zones on each module with this RAM kit.

      Cost: $172.99

      Cooler Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2021
       Liquid CPU Cooler Upgrade:

      NZXT Kraken Z63 280mm - RL-KRZ63-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler

      Looking for some custom RGB lighting and a liquid cpu cooler -- then this could do the trick. PLUS this cooler has the added feature of a customizable LCD Display.

      Cost: $239.99

      Best of luck building your best possible $1500 gaming pc build this 2021. If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment or simply join our Facebook Group to help grow a great gaming pc build community: Gaming PC Builders Facebook Group.

      Comments 96

      1. Awesome build! I was told that a “CRUCIAL” SSD would be a more cost-efficient option. Do you have any thoughts on this? This will be my first PC and just want to see if there may be any compatibility issues?

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          Hi Kevin, thank you! And Crucial does make great SSD’s, and the Crucial P1 NVMe SSD is a great choice and is usually the one I use in these builds except it was out of stock at the start of the month. Great value for what you get. However, if you can’t find one the Western Digital one above is equivalent as well.

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          Hi there Swayam, I’m honored to have inspired you! Overall, I would say that the build you linked is definitely already less than 4K, even with the added peripherals. The builds is good. My first thought is why the B550 motherboard over say, and X570 motherboard. but that the Asus ROG STRIX B550-E GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard, is solid. However I would probably caution at going with a more affordable X570, unless you think you will utilize ALL the features of that motherboard or need it. For the memory, I would probably just go with a dual channel 2x 16GB kit = 32GB kit of memory, instead of the fourth you have. The 4TB HDD is fine, however only get if you think you need it to store a ton of data for chap, but don’t care about how fast you can access that data. The peripherals all seem good, and the wireless G7603 is good, but you would be good or better with a wired type gaming mouse for even a little less. And finally, for the Ryzen 9 5900x and AMD 6800 XT GPU, these will probably be VERY solid choice, however I don’t know the costs or exact performance at the moment= for that 6800 XT.

          I think you’re on the right track for a super high performing PC dude!

          1. Is the motherboard in your build the one you would recommend instead? I don’t really have a preference for motherboards. Also why would I use 2 x 16 gb instead? I was planning on downloading my os and the main games I play on the ssd. The hdd would be for all the random stuff. Would games load significantly slower on an hdd? Why would wired be better or is it just preference?

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              Great questions again. Yes the one in the build above is the one I would recommend, as it is good value for the cost and all you need. I recommend 2x 16GB, as essentially it’s more efficient in dual channel that quad, so the two sticks is a better buy. And yes, games will load significantly slower on the HDD, however it’s totally fine to store whatever you like on. And in terms of the wireless mouse, there are some decent ones out lately, however I always caution on using a wired instead for gaming for consistency in performance, however you should be ok if that’s what works best for you.

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          Hi Sebax – either choice is great, however that Tomahawk is quite a bit more expensive. In my opinion, you’d probably be better off saving the cash and going with the TUF, however some added benefits going with the Tomahawk would be things like an extra M.2 drive spot o you can have two M.2 NVMe SSD drives rather than 1, the Tomahawk also supports up to 2500 MBps LAN speeds rather than 1000MBPs, but you’d need to have this capability thru your internet service, and other more premium benefits. Overall, though unless you’d take advantage of those, it’s worth saving the at minimum $40+. I hope this helps!

      2. Hey Cory, How are you? I had some Questions regarding The PC Build.

        1- Can I substitute the RTX 2070 for another powerful one? And Can you suggest me some at around the same price range?

        2- For the PC case, It had really bad reviews and I was hoping to find better ones. I found the 1- Corsair Carabide 275R, and the 2- NZXT H510 Elite.

        Can you please help me in finding out if all the components fit in these cases?

        Please be patient with me as I am a newbie, and I will Sure have many more questions coming!

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          Hi Omar,

          In terms of a substitute for the RTX 2070 as I know stocks have been limited – I would suggest the newer 3070. If you go direct to the NVIDIA website you should be able to see if some are available - and if not the 3070, the RX 5700 XT is still a great choice too, not quite as powerful though, but will offer great results at 2K gaming.

          For the case, if you want another option, I would definitely recommend the NZXT H510 Elite or NZXT 510i if you want something similarly priced, which also comes in either black or white and looks great. You also wouldn’t go wrong with the Corsair Carbide 275R, plus you’d save a little more and it is a bit more minimalistic. Overall, each case is compatible.

          Let me know if you have any more questions and best of luck building!!

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              Hi Omar,

              In terms off fans, I would simply build your pc first, and then if you think you’d want fans, then sure! As these can also be added on and in fact it’s always a bit fun with add to your build to increase efficiencies in the future anyhow. Is it needed immediately to run? Probably not.

              And in terms for which RTX 3070, any of the branded cards will be fine. The only thing at the moment I would look out for in terms of incompatibility would be whether it fits in your case., Take the NZXT H510 Elite case for example, it supports a graphics card up to 381 mm in length, and I would suspect they all are below that. Overall, any that are in supply at the moment, would be a good choice at the moment.

                1. Hey Corey, is there a better motherboard out there that offers wifi 6 and Bluetooth?

                  Because I haven’t seen it written anywhere that the Asus X570 has bluetooth.

                  Could you please recommend me some of the best motherboards that are compatible with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700x that have WiFi 6 and Bluetooth?

                  Price isn’t my goal, I want a nice, minimalistic, white and black PC that. doesn’t have that much flashy RGB.

                  Hope you can help me with that!


                  1. Hey Corey, Found the ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PRO Motherboard, and this is the one I want. I know that it is compatible with AMD Ryzen 3700x, but is the RTX 3070 and NZXT case compatible with it?

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          I mean, it certain can be used, however 240FPS is not going to be sustainable. Also this depends highly on your monitors (1080p versus 1440p for example) and at what settings you’re expecting to play and in what game. A month ago I would have said you would need to get an RTX 2080 T graphics card instead of the included RTX 2070 – however, with NVIDIA’s new graphics cards (RTX 3070, 3080 and 3090), 240 FPS is much more attainable on a consistent basis since the RTX 3070 is said to perform better than an RTX 2080 ti (and is MUCH cheaper). So I would keep my eye out for when the RTX 3070’s or even the RTX 3080 which was released last month if 240hz is your goal. I would also suggest looking up benchmarks for the games you play most and see if they hit close to that value.

          I hope this helps!

          1. Hey Corey, with everything I’ve researched I’ve decided to wait on the rtx 3070 to drop on the market and also for the motherboard I went with the x570 taichi and for the case I got the Asus atx mid tower case and the ssd I chose was the samsung evo plus and I went with a 850 platinum psu instead…I changed out most stuff because of the reviews but thanks a lot for the build guides Corey it really is helpful.

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              I can’t wait for the RTX 3070, and excited to see how it turns out. It looks like you did some solid research and those are great choices. Thank you and I look forward to hearing how it turns out! Best of luck building!

      3. Hello Corey, thanks for the build information. I was wondering if an MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard would work for this case, as im not sure on the measurements.

        1. scratch what I just asked, I am actually just going for a different case that I found more preferable. I actually wanted to ask, as I dont prefer this motherboard, if you had a duifferent motherboard you would like for this build. I am also willing to call it an upgrade to the build, and am willing to spend a bit more, thanks!

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            Hi Tim,

            The Tomahawk Max is an ATX board and would have fit too, but that’s great you found a different case. Is it the aesthetics of the motherboard you don’t like? As the included motherboard is more feature rich than a Tomahawk B450 motherboard. If so you could go more similar look to the Tomahawk max with something like the MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS – this would have more features.

            1. Hi Corey, I am currently buying this build but while searching online I see persons saying i should get exhaust fans? I am new to building pcs and wondering where would i place these exhaust fans and which ones should get if I so need them. Thanks

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                Hi Rennaldo,

                You can easily put in an exhaust fan and it would be placed at the very back top in this particular case. The case already uses Corsair SP120 RGB Pro fans, so you could get the exact fan if you like – these run at about $25 each. You could also see if you need one if temps are a tad high and add it in later as well and there are cheaper 120mm fans out there as well.

                I hope this helps!

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                    Hi Rennaldo – while that is a good case, it is a Micro ATX case, so if you did go with the above build it actually won’t fit. You can still go with that case, but will need to find a Micro ATX sized motherboard. Just so you know!

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      4. Thanks for putting the build together here, it’s a great reference! I’m looking at SSDs and was wondering what you recommend in terms of built in heatsinks. I want to get the 2TB WD Black NVMe but I see that there are different optimal temps for reading and writing to the SSD, so the advice I’ve seen on heatsinks hasn’t been that helpful so far. I’m building a setup for my 3D design and rendering work, which tends to make my current setup run hotter than I’d like. Do you have any recommendations on whether to get the built in heatsink or not?

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          Hi CJ, thank you and great question. I haven’t personally tested heatsink temps on NVMe drives, but they can get quite hot under continuous usage, which would definitely happen with ongoing rendering, which can effect is longevity and sometimes will throttle performance. So with that being said, I would say if you are going to dish out around $500 for the 2TB 2TB WD Black NVMe, that the extra $20 may be worth it if you are going to do ongoing 3D design and high-end rendering. I hope this helps.

      5. I’m in the process of building a pc from this parts list, and I see that my power supply cpu cable is not filling all 12 holes, and I’m missing two, is this ok to do? or where can I just order something similar to fill just those four cpu holes?

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          Hi Skyler, you’ll be good to run. The included motherboard supports an additional 4-pin ATX power connector, which the Toughpower doesn’t have, but that would only be used in very extreme overclocks that would require the extra voltage. Best of luck!

      6. Hi!
        Nice build. I’m currently trying to find the best prices for this build, but unfortunately the best i could get so far was 1606€.
        Without losing quality (I’m building for the Steam index VR ) where would you cut?


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          Hi Gustavo, great question and that’s always the tricky part, trying to get the most bang for your buck in terms of performance. With the build above, you could first downgrade the case to something more affordable, which you wouldn’t lose any performance by doing. Some good options that should save you $50-$70 USD could be the Phanteks Eclipse P400, or even a little cheaper a Cooler Master MasterBox, which are both compatible (plenty of other options our there).

          Secondly, you could skimp a bit on the motherboard and go with a B550 motherboard, such as the ASRock B550 PRO4 which should save an additional $50-$60 USD or so, or if you wouldn’t mind a smaller Micro ATX B550 motherboard with less features, the MSI B550M PRO-VDH WIFI could save you even more too.

          Also search for alternative types of RTX 2070’s, as you might be able to find one on sale or at least, a tad cheaper.

          I hope this helps!

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      7. I thought the amd ryzen 7 3700x comes with a cooler built in? Am I wrong? Or if it does, why is there another cooler on the parts list?

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          Hi Skyler, you are completely correct, it comes with the AMD Wraith Prism Cooler. The only other cooler on the list is in the alternative hardware and it’s only there should someone want a higher efficient liquid cooler or if you have more to spend. Where this would make sense is either you want to get the most out of overclocking, and secondly want a more customized cooler. However, the AMD Wraith Prism Cooler is a fantastic cooler that comes with the 3700x – and it has RGB lighting etc. so also looks pretty sharp. I hope this helps.

      8. 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.

      9. 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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      10. 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:

          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

      11. 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!

      12. 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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      13. 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

      14. 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.

      15. 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!

      16. 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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      17. 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.

      18. 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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