The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2023

Last Updated: August 30, 2023
The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2023

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Build Overview

Looking for a spiffy $1500 gaming pc build that will play ANY game on the market at max settings? 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 Ryzen 5 7600X CPU and an RTX 4070 Graphics Card

1 CPU - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 7600X 6-Core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor

The Ryzen 7600X is a newer fantastic gaming CPU. The Ryzen 7600X and AM5 Platform have more upgradability for the future, supporting DDR5 Memory and more.

  • Pure gaming performance with smooth 100+ FPS in the world's most popular games
  • 6 Cores and 12 processing threads, based on AMD "Zen 4" architecture
  • 5.3 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 38 MB cache, DDR5-5200 support
  • For the state-of-the-art Socket AM5 platform, can support PCIe 5.0 on select 600 Series motherboards
  • Cooler not included

Looking to save some $? Then you could consider a Ryzen 5 7600 (non 'X'), cheaper and you can overclock to achieve similar to the stock performance of a 7600X + it comes with a stock cooler saving you even more.

Amazon Price: $219.99
*On sale right now (start of August)

2 Cooler - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

2. Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S Redux

  • Streamlined, more affordable redux line version of the award-winning NH-U12S heatsink
  • Slim 120mm size for excellent case, RAM and PCIe compatibility: fits most tower cases (158mm height), doesn’t overhang the RAM slots, doesn’t block the PCIe on most ATX and Micro-ATX motherboards
  • Quiet NF-P12 redux-1700 120mm fan with PWM for automatic speed control: full cooling performance under load, near silent at idle!
  • Pre-applied high-quality NT-H1 thermal paste & SecuFirm2 mounting system for easy installation on Intel LGA1700, LGA1200, LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA2011, LGA2066 and AMD AM4 & AM5

Amazon Price: $54.95

3 Motherboard - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

3. Motherboard: MSI PRO B650-P WiFi ProSeries Motherboard (AMD AM5, ATX, DDR5)

    • Supports AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop Processors
    • Supports DDR5 Memory
    • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance
    • Memory Boost: Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best performance, stability and compatibility
    • Premium Thermal Solution: Extended Heatsink, MOSFET thermal pads rated for 7W/mK, additional choke thermal pads and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for a high-performance system and non-stop work

    Amazon Price: $184.00 

    4 Graphics Card - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    4. Graphics Card: ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 4070

    • Powered by NVIDIA DLSS 3, ultra-efficient Ada Lovelace arch, and full ray tracing
    • Boost Clock 2490 MHz, 12GB GDDR6X, 192-bit, 21 Gbps, PCIE 4.0
    • IceStorm 2.0 Advanced Cooling, SPECTRA RGB Lighting, 2x 90mm fans, FREEZE Fan Stop, Active Fan Control, Metal Backplate
    • 8K Ready, 4 Display Ready, HDCP 2.3, VR Ready
    • 3 x DisplayPort 1.4a, 1 x HDMI 2.1a, DirectX 12 Ultimate, Vulkan RT API, Vulkan 1.3, OpenGL 4.6

    Is the RTX 4070 not up to your speed? Check out the alternative graphics card suggestion for the best $1500 PC build on the hardware alternatives page.

    Cost (Amazon): $599.99

    5 RAM - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    5. RAM: Crucial RAM 32GB Kit (2x16GB) DDR5 4800MTs

    *Double the memory this month!

    DDR5 Memory is here! 16GB of RAM is the perfect spot for any high-end gaming PC -- plus this is DDR5.

    • Harness blazing speeds up to 5600MT/s — 1.5x faster than DDR4
    • Game at higher frame rates and run demanding software with nearly 2x the bandwidth of DDR4
    • Empower your system for the next-generation multi-core CPUs
    • Intel XMP 3.0 enabled for easy performance recovery
    • ECC Type = Non-ECC, Form Factor = UDIMM, Pin Count = 288-pin, PC Speed = PC5-38400, Voltage = 1.1V

    Amazon Price: $78.51

    6 SSD - Best $1500  PC Build 2023

    6. SSD: Crucial P3 Plus 1TB PCIe Gen4 3D NAND NVMe 

    • NVMe (PCIe Gen4 x4) technology with up to 5000MB/s sequential reads, random read/write 650K/800K IOPS
    • Spacious storage up to 4TB
    • Performs up to 43% faster than the fastest Gen3 NVMe SSDs
    • Rated at MTTF greater than 1.5 million hours for extended longevity and reliability
    • Backward compatibility with Gen3

    Amazon Price: $39.99

    7 Power Supply - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    7. Power Supply: CORSAIR RM Series (2021), White, RM850, 850 Watt

    • Fully modular, so you only connect the cables your system needs.
    • Triple EPS12V connectors for full compatibility with modern graphics cards and motherboards.
    • A 140mm rifle-bearing fan with a specially calculated fan curve ensures that fan noise is kept to a minimum, even at full load.
    • Zero RPM fan mode for near-silent operation at low to medium loads.
    • Industrial-grade, 105°C-rated capacitors deliver solid electrical performance and reliability.

    Amazon Price: $124.99

    8 PC Case - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    8. PC Case: Corsair 4000D

    • Combining innovative cable management, concentrated airflow, and proven CORSAIR build quality, the 4000D is a fitting choice for an immaculate high-performance PC.
    • The CORSAIR RapidRoute cable management system makes it simple and fast to route your major cables through a single channel, with a roomy 25mm of space behind the motherboard for all of your cables.
    • Includes two CORSAIR 120mm AirGuide fans, utilizing anti-vortex vanes to concentrate airflow and enhance cooling. Motherboard will fit in our 4000 Series cases without any issue. Mini-ITX, micro-ATX, ATX, and E-ATX form factor motherboards are all supported.
    • A spacious interior fits up to 6x 120mm or 4x 140mm cooling fans, along with multiple radiators including 360mm in front and 280mm in the roof (dependent on RAM height).
    • Put modern connections within easy reach with a front I/O panel including a USB 3.1 Type-C Port, USB 3.0 port, and a combination audio/microphone jack.

    Amazon Price: $89.99

    ESTIMATED PRICE (September 2023): $1417

    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 fantastic performance in higher resolution PC gaming.

    We have now introduced the new Ryzen 5 7600X to the $1500 gaming PC build, a switch from the Intel 13600KF (which was also newer). This is a phenomenal new gaming CPU and both the Intel 13600KF and the Ryzen 7600X are great, but the Ryzen 7600X future proofs your build and provides DDR5 memory support and more.

    Looking to save some additional cash without sacrificing too much in terms of performance -- then you could consider a Ryzen 5 7600 (non 'X'), cheaper and you can overclock to achieve similar to the stock performance of a 7600X + it comes with a stock cooler saving you even more.

    The graphics card was JUST upgraded to the newer RTX 4070. This card can easily max games out in any game at 1440p and plays well into 4K resolution - plus you can take advantage of DLSS, DLSS 3 and DXR features.

    This month, we also have the Noctua NH-U12S Redux, which is fully AM5 compatible to make way for the new Ryzen CPU in the best $1500 gaming PC build this month.

    The motherboard included is an MSI PRO B650-P WiFi motherboard. All this build really needs is a B650 AM5, which provides so so much value, including support for DDr5 memory and more (see full specifications at

    The best $1500 pc build of the month sports a total of 16GB of Crucial DDR5 4800MHz Memory. For storage, included is a Crucial P3 Plus 1TB NVMe SSD, which is a fantastically fast NVMe drive with sequential read speeds of up to 5000MB/s.

      To power, this superb $1500 pc build is the CORSAIR RM Series 850W -- a fully modular gold-rated PSU with enough juice to power this build.

      The PC case included is the Corsair 4000D pc case. This case has been used in many a PC build, it's an amazing case with good airflow and cable management, and all in all, looks great.

      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 4070 Ti

      PNY GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB XLR8 Gaming Verto Epic-X RGB Triple Fan Graphics Card DLSS 3

      • Chipset: AMD RX 7900 XT
      • Memory: 20GB GDDR6
      • XFX MERC Triple Fan Cooling Solution
      • Boost Clock: Up to 2535 MHz

      Cost: $799.99

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

      AMD Ryzen™ 9 7950X3D 16-Core, 32-Thread Desktop Processor

      *Note No bundled CPU cooler

      • 16 Cores and 32 processing threads, combined with a massive 144MB of cache
      • 5.7 GHz Max Boost, Unlocked Memory Overclocking, DDR5 support
      • For the state-of-the-art Socket AM5 platform, can support PCIe 5.0 on select 600 Series motherboards
      • Cooler not included, liquid cooler recommended

      Cost: $659.00

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

      Crucial RAM 64GB Kit (2x32GB) DDR5

      • Harness blazing speeds up to 5600MT/s — 1.5x faster than DDR4
      • Game at higher frame rates and run demanding software with nearly 2x the bandwidth of DDR4
      • Empower your system for the next-generation multi-core CPUs
      • Intel XMP 3.0 enabled for easy performance recovery
      • ECC Type = Non-ECC, Form Factor = UDIMM, Pin Count = 288-pin, PC Speed = PC5-38400, Voltage = 1.1V

      Cost: $154.32

      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: $119.99

      Best of luck building your best possible $1500 gaming pc build this 2023. If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment below and we'll be sure to help you out. Best of luck building your best gaming PC for $1500.

      Comments 7

      1. this motherboard and documentation and support is the worst and most unstable bios wise piece of computer equipment i have used since working with service on computers in hospitals for 25 years.

        if you are going to just run gaming in windows 10, you may be able to eek by, but if you want to, for example, implement a raid component, my experience is if you can find the documentation, it is sparse and incorrect, and if your answer is not on the half page, the support is basically – “its all in the sheet and you can send it in for repair if you want”.

        its my new lifes work.

      2. I USED THID BUILD IT WORKED PERFECTLY EXCEPT I UPGRADED TO WINDOWS 11 and the BIOs on this motherboard crashes the pc running windows 11. If the company had told me this on my first call (when i still had Windows access) I would have saved about 30 hours post build for diagnostics (by downgrading to windows 10) and about $50 so far shipping and added equipment. I think the probs are 1) current bios cannot handle win 11 new file structure, also 2) win 11 hides the bios screen and when it does the screen blacks out when you try to hit F2 or Del. When my system finally died completely they then finally told me they were having multiple calls about this. I had to de and reinstall multiple items multiple times during the diagnostic process. Other then that the system worked perfectly so i am hoping nothing else was damaged in the process. In total, I cannot use my new pc for a month and a half, d4 will have to wait :(. Also hopefully the working bios i hopefully get back will survive the downgrade process to Windows 10. I added all the listed upgrades to my new system. This is my experience I am interested to know if others have experienced this.

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          Hey Jay, great to hear the build was working well until now — was is MSI you’ve been in contact with? The board above should be fully compatible with Windows 11 and first I’ve heard of issues, so would be interested in if this is an issue confirmed by MSI. And how come you have to wait a month are they shipping you a new board? Just started doing some D4 myself, so I feel you on the wait. Good luck!

          1. Hi Corey,

            First system I built, I was so happy when it didn’t burst flames upon plug in :).

            Initially the bios said something about corruption, but it lasted a sec and then worked perfectly. It worked for about 3 weeks. After that, the splash screen went away on startup for bios. Windows 11 worked great. F2 or DEL to display bios resulted in a never ending black screen.

            I called MSI who said I needed to be able to access bios.

            They also told me I could externally flash bios on my board. We tried it didn’t help. Support said they liked windows 10 better (sounded like a personal preference). Pretty sure the manual said update to latest bios, but msi said I may have damaged the bios when i originally updated to newest version, they said to RMA it or check return window. I really didn’t want to break it all back down, send it back, etc and i did a lot of research and when i tried flashing again (I spent about 10 hours doing all this) the bios splash screen came back.

            At any point in here I could have easily downgraded the system to Windows 10.

            For about a week and a half everything was peachy (I was droning through lilith altars to help get my necro past lilith for seasonal).

            Then I installed a four TB SSD and down went the splash screen again. I called MSI back, and they walked me through some different stuff to no avail. Again they recommended RMA it (by now the month return window had passed).

            I retried research and removing and the drive I had added among many other things. The research suggested msi bios had problems with new win 11 file structure (which adds available partitions, and different support for multi TB drives), and that windows 11 works to hide the bios splash screen (this is google so what do I know, it made sense). At one point I tried to open windows 11 startup screen and it resulted in the same ole black screen.

            I was also having troubles because windows 11 lost my handshake and I could no longer access internet on the system without opening windows. At this point I called msi back and went right to a manager because I was a little upset. I told him all this and he basically told me to RMA it. Out of conversations of that call with MGR and tech I gained the strong impression that, for now, you are better off running windows 10 with this BIOS. I sent it back six days ago, they do not have it yet. Shipping was $48 (tracking#, signature as per msi), at least a week to do whatever, and will probably take a week to return.

            When I get it back I carefully preserved the thermal paste on cpu and cooler and my plan is to just glump it all back together?

            If I have issue after it is returned I’ll let you know.

            My plan is to use a boot up usb for windows 10. I have a clean 2TB SSD where I plan to load it. I will after that reinstall and and reformat my 2 tb pci drive for gaming content then reinstall and reformat my 4 TB pci drive unless this may be a bad plan?

            Are you playing seasonal?


          2. They started to repair my motherboard yesterday. It can be 3-15 days to repair, then the seven day ship back. If I have the same problems when it does arrive, do you have a second manufacturer board you recommend I could purchase that would trade out easily? Have you run Windows 11 on this board? I personally would not recommend this MSI board at this point. I think given the circumstances, a better company would have simply replaced the board.

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              Hey Jay, thanks for the update. Hopefully they get it repaired — not sure why they wouldn’t just replace either, makes no sense, suppose it’s because you were over the month? For other boards, its a bit limited around the same budget, but an ASUS one could be Asus PRIME B650-PLUS, or you could go with the better X670 chipset, but it will cost you more, such as the Asus PRIME X670-P. Let me know how it goes.

              And w/ regard to D4, playing off season right now as a 45 necro, as I’ve been playing on and off since launch when I have time and want to get through the campaign first lol.

              1. Hi Corey,

                It was after a month that I added the 4TB SSD that I think caused an issue with msi bios and Win11 OS.

                re d4 – I am about lvl 45 necro hunting lilith alters to up my specs before Lilith. Until I get new pc back in action, I am playing D3 HC SEAS with grandson on my old alienware alpha antique.

                I really appreciate your site to include your feedback post build!!! All the pieces worked and fit perfectly together the first time I turned it on, I love the new pc.

                I’ll update when i plug it all back together.


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