The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2023

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The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2023

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Build Overview

Looking for a spiffy $1500 gaming pc build? This build is kept up to date every month so that you can get the best possible $1500 gaming PC build that's up to date.  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 2023

Performance: Game with Extreme settings and High FPS at resolutions of 1920x1080 (1080P) & 2560x1440 (1440p) + good gameplay at 4K

*This Gaming PC Build is powered by the Intel Core i5-13600K CPU and an RX 6800 XT Graphics Card

1 CPU - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

1. CPU: Intel Core i5-13600K

  • 14 cores (6 P-cores + 8 E-cores) and 20 threads. Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 770 included
  • Performance hybrid architecture integrates two core microarchitectures, prioritizing and distributing workloads to optimize performance
  • Up to 5.1 GHz unlocked. 24M Cache
  • Compatible with Intel 600 series and 700 series chipset-based motherboards
  • Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, and PCIe 5.0 & 4.0 support. Intel Optane Memory support. No thermal solution included

Amazon Price: $319.98

2 Cooler - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

2. Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition RGB CPU Air Cooler

*The 12600K needs a CPU cooler, and this is a great option for an affordable air cooling solution.

  • Sleek Finishing: Anodized gun-metal black with brushed aluminum surface finish to the top cover for a more refined look
  • Nickle Black: The nickel plated jet black also enhances radiation cooling performance
  • Direct contact technology: 4 Heat Pipe with exclusive direct contact technology effectively provides excellent heat dissipation; Air flow: 57.3 CFM; Noise level: 30.0 decibels
  • Precise Air Flow: Stacked fin array ensures least airflow resistance which allows cooler air flow into the heat sink
  • RGB LED controller: The wired RGB LED controller allows for customizable colors and effects with just the touch of a button

Amazon Price: $56.99

3 Motherboard - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B660M DS3H DDR4

*The Intel 12600K is a great CPU that can also be overclocked. If you are more of an enthusiast, you could opt for a more expensive Z690 motherboard for better overclocking, but realistically the actual performance benefits will be small when taking the differences of cost into consideration.

    • Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
    • 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
    • Supports DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 5000+(OC)

    Amazon Price: $109.99

    4 Graphics Card - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    4. Graphics Card: XFX Speedster SWFT319 ,Radeon™ RX 6800

    The Radeon RX 6800 is a FANTASTIC gaming card and will crush ANY game you throw at it. In fact, it may be too much card for most gamers, but it is a phenomenal graphics card for gaming and will push your gaming performance to be able to play at the highest settings with high FPS into 1440p and plays very well at 4K.

    If you can swing it, an alternative card that offers DLSS and DXR is The RTX 3080, However, the cost of this card bumped up a bit this month, and it will be a bit more than the 6800.

    Cost (Amazon): $599.99

    5 RAM - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

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

    16GB of RAM is the perfect spot for any high-end gaming pc - included is a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance LPX.

    Amazon Price: $57.99

    6 SSD - Best $1500  PC Build 2023

    6. SSD: Crucial P2 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Up to 2400MB/s - CT1000P2SSD8

    • Capacity: 1TB but Up to 2TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
    • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
    • 5-year limited warranty

    Amazon Price: $75.81

    7 Power Supply - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    7. Power Supply: Corsair RMx Series (2021), RM850x

    • Fully modular, so you only connect the cables that your system needs.
    • A 135mm ML fan utilizes a magnetic levitation bearing and custom engineered rotors for high performance, low noise, and superior reliability.
    • EPS12V connector for compatibility with modern graphics cards and motherboards.
    • 100% Industrial-grade, 105°C rated Japanese capacitors ensure unwavering power and reliability.
    • Supports Modern Standby sleep mode for extremely fast wake-from-sleep times and better low-load efficiency.
    • Zero RPM fan mode for near-silent operation at low to medium loads.
    • Resonant LLC topology with DC-to-DC conversion provides clean, consistent power, reduces coil whine for quieter operation, and enables use of more energy efficient sleep states.
    • Ten-year warranty for complete peace of mind.

    Amazon Price: $139.97

    8 PC Case - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    8. PC Case: NZXT H510

    • New features: Front I/O USB Type-C Port and Tempered glass side panel with single screw installation
    • Enhanced cable management: Our patented cable routing kit with pre-installed channels and straps makes wiring easy and intuitive
    • STREAMLINED COOLING: 2 Aer F120mm fans included for optimal internal airflow and the front panel and PSU intakes include removable filters, removable bracket designed for radiators up to 240mm - simplifies the installation of either closed-loop or custom-loop water cooling
    • Motherboard support: Mini-ITX, MicroATX, and ATX

    Amazon Price: $59.99

    ESTIMATED PRICE (January 2023): $1420.71

    The Best $1500 Gaming PC 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 Intel Core i5-13600K CPU to the $1500 gaming pc build, which is a great bump up from previous months -- the 13600K is a phenomenal new gaming CPU that is easily the best gaming CPU for this price range giving you top-notch gaming performance and more.

    Paired with the Intel i5 13600K CPU, is also a very exciting inclusion - the RX 6800. This card can easily max games out in any game at 1440p and plays well into 4K resolution, hitting 60fps in most games at 4K. I have some good news, GRAPHICS CARDS are cheaper now, enjoy!

    If you want a card that supports DLSS then the RTX 3080 is your go-to, however, this month they are priced a tad high and stock is low, with the release of NVIDIAs newer RTX 4080 and 4090 cards.

    This month, we also have the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition RGB CPU Cooler, which is paired with the Intel 12600K as it doesn't come with a stock cooler. The Hyper 212 has been a long-standing staple air cooler and is a great pair for this build.

    The motherboard included is a Gigabyte B660M DS3H motherboard. All this build really needs is a B660, and realistically the 12600K can overclock ok, but you would get minimal boosts -- so unless you are a true enthusiast and want to pump every piece of juice out of 12600K, then you could also consider a Z690 motherboard for a larger cost.

    The best $1500 pc build of the month sports a total of 16GB of Corsair Vengeance 3600 Mhz Memory. For storage, included is a Crucial P2 1TB NVMe SSD, which isn't bad for a budget NVMe drive and definitely not bad if you are used to standard SATA SSDs.

      To power, this superb pc build, the Included power supply this month is the Corsair RMx Series 850x -- a fully modular gold-rated PSU with enough juice to power this build.

      The PC case included is the NZXT H510 pc case. This case has been used in many a PC build and replacing the previously included (also great case ), the Corsair 4000D, to trim some costs this month. Both are great cases, so if you can afford a little more and prefer the 4000D, the option is still there.

      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 2023
      GPU Upgrade: RTX 4090

      Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming OC 24G Graphics Card, 3X WINDFORCE Fans, 24GB

      Ok, so I know this card just released, but you have to admit it is an amazing graphics card -- capable of anything at 4K gaming and perhaps into 8K if that was ever on your radar. Ok, this may be overkill for the $1500 build, so one may consider this card if they are also considering other upgrades to coincide.

      Cost: $2359.95

      CPU Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2023
      CPU Upgrade Upgrade (HIGH PERFORMANCE)

      Intel Core i7-13700K

      *Note No bundled CPU cooler, so you will have to get a CPU cooler with this (see below).

      • 16 cores (8 P-cores + 8 E-cores) and 24 threads. Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 770 included
      • Performance hybrid architecture integrates two core microarchitectures, prioritizing and distributing workloads to optimize performance
      • Up to 5.4 GHz unlocked. 30M Cache
      • Compatible with Intel 600 series and 700 series chipset-based motherboards
      • Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, and PCIe 5.0 & 4.0 support. Intel Optane Memory support. No thermal solution included

      Cost: $427.99

      RAM Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2023
      Memory Upgrade: Get More RAM

      Kingston FURY Beast RGB 32GB (2x16GB) 3600MHz DDR4 CL18 Desktop Memory Kit of 2 KF436C18BBAK2/32

      *Check out our review on the Kingston Fury Beast RGB Here

      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: $127.72

      Cooler Alternative - Best $1500 Gaming PC Build 2023
       Liquid CPU Cooler Upgrade:

      be quiet! BW008 Pure Loop 360mm All-in-One Water Cooling System

      *Check out our review of the be quiet! Pure Loop 360 Here

      Impressively high cooling performance Doubly decoupled pump for quiet operation and minimal vibration Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fans combine quiet operation with high air pressure White LED illumination, all-black design and aluminum style for an unmistakable and stylish look

      Cost: $147.80

      Best of luck building your best possible $1500 gaming pc build this 2023. 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.

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