The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build for 2023

Last Updated: February 28, 2023
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 Ryzen 5 7600X CPU and an RX 6800 XT Graphics Card

1 CPU - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

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

*Update: The Ryzen 7600X is a fantastic gaming CPU - and a switch from last month's Intel Choice of the Intel i5-13600KF (you can find this in the $1000 build now). Both CPUs are similarly great, but 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

Amazon Price: $240.92

2 Cooler - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

2. Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S Redux

*Note: This takes the place of the below alternative Hyper 212 Black Edition cooler for assured AM5 compatibility. The below Hyper 212 may need a compatibility kit.

  • 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: $49.95

Alternative (See *note above): Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition RGB CPU Air Cooler

  • 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 the 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: $57.41

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 high performance system and non-stop work

    Amazon Price: $199.99

    4 Graphics Card - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    4. Graphics Card: XFX Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

    • Memory Speed:16 GBPS
    • The Speedster series exemplifies a modern aerodynamic style though clean and elegant design. It is a thoughtful design with the sole purpose of maximizing airflow to improve cooling and performance.
    • A revolutionary new memory architecture that redefines how to deliver higher levels of performance and efficiency for 4K gaming. AMD RDNA 2 architecture elevates and unifies the gaming
    • AMD RDNA 2 architecture elevates and unifies the gaming experience from performance to visuals across consoles and PC.
    • New Ray Accelerators, handling the intersection of rays, deliver high performance hardware accelerated raytracing

    Cost (Amazon): $579.99

    5 RAM - Best $1500 PC Build 2023

    5. RAM: Crucial RAM 16GB Kit (2x8GB) DDR5 4800MHz

    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 5600MHz — 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: $65.99

    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: $70.49

    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: $149.03

    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: $94.99

    ESTIMATED PRICE (March 2023): $1,459

    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 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.

    Paired with the Ryzen 5 7600X, is also a very exciting inclusion - the RX 6800 XT. 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!

    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 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 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 Corsaier 4000D pc case. This case has been used in many a PC build, it's an amazing case with good airflow, 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: RX 7900 XT

      XFX Speedster MERC310 AMD Radeon RX 7900XT

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

      Cost: $830.70

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

      AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

      *Note No bundled CPU cooler

      • The best for creators meets the best for gamers, can deliver ultra-fast 100+ FPS performance in the world's most popular games
      • 16 Cores and 32 processing threads, based on AMD "Zen 4" architecture
      • 5.7 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 80 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, liquid cooler recommended

      Cost: $589

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

      Kingston Fury Beast 32GB (2x16GB) 5200MT/s DDR5

      • Improved stablility for overclocking
      • Increased efficiency
      • Intel XMP 3.0-Ready and Certified
      • Plug N Play at 5200MT/s
      • Low-profile heat spreader design

      Cost: $128.67

      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: $181.39

      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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