This post recommends the best gaming pc build under $1500. This is the best gaming pc build you can build at $1500. This build is the LVL-1 Mid-Level Gaming PC build. This build isn’t our cheapest budget build, but it can play any AAA games in high to max settings getting a smooth 60fps or more in 1080p. This build also has VR gaming capability and can outperform the PS4 Pro with ease.

If you prefer pre-built options then consider the ABS Gem Gaming Desktop PCThis a great pre-built gaming computer comes in at about $1400 with free shipping from Amazon. It has an i7-8700 and an RTX 2070, great for AAA titles gaming.

Another great choice if HP’s are not for you is taking a look at this $1500 behemoth over at CyberPowerPC. It’s the CUK Stratos VR Ready Gamer PC. It has an i7-8700 and 2070 as well. 

Both of these system are GREAT for the price. Honestly, the come in a little better than the build we are sharing. Of course, you can go lower with the GPU to make this build cheaper. But, if you prefer a pre-build you can go wrong with either one of these. You can find them both at Newegg and Amazon.

Build Overview and Parts List

This is hands down the best gaming pc build at $1500. Originally crafted by this build is the best build your going to find under $1500. This build is capable of playing AAA games in high to max settings with a playable framerate between 30fps to 60fps depending on how graphically intensive the game is. This custom gaming rig is also capable of VR, and you can play some games with minor tweaks to the settings in 1440p as well.

Thankfully, this build is a PC and not a console which means that this build has a lot of headroom for upgradability. If your on a tight budget and want to play games ASAP but also want to build the best build you can build, then this is defiantly a good starting point.

Great For eSports

If your playing games such as Fortnight, Overwatch and/or CS:GO in a competitive setting then this build will be great for you. Since this build is so minimalist and built specifically only for gaming, it makes it a go-to build for esports.

This build houses an Intel Core i5-8600K and we upgraded the GPU to a EVGA GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Super-clocked. Which can play most AAA titles at high to max settings in 1080p/1440p/60fps or more with ease and 4k and VR. This build is capable of outperforming most mainstream consoles.

The Best Cheap $1500 Gaming PC Build (2019)

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Intel Core i5-8600K Six-Core CPU

The Intel i5-8600K is a step up from the i5-8400. This is a K version I5 which allows you to overclock and get more performance. Honestly, they both have similar performance but with the i5-8600K is overclockable makes it a better value.

For more information on this CPU, Checkout the official INTEL webpage.

EVGA CLC 280 RGB Liquid CPU Cooler

This is a great value for a CPU Cooler to keep your CPU cool. If you a person you likes great looks of your systems then this will be a great addition since its has support for RGB.

For more information on this CPU COOLER, Checkout the official EVGA webpage.


EVGA GTX 1070 Superclocked

This is what was considered the entry-level high performance gaming GPU in the 1000 series. The Ti version of the 1070 was the closest you could get to a regualar 1080 performance without the price expoloding higher. This is a great value and additionf or this build.

For more information on this GPU, Checkout the official EVGA webpage.


Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2400 RAM

I always recommend 16GB of ram for any and all systems. Of course, since this is budget build 8GB of ram for a “Gaming Only” system is great for the value. But in this case 16GB is Recommended because we are crossing over in the realm of Content Creation and Gaming. This is a great value for this build.

For more information on this RAM, Checkout the official Corsair Memory webpage.


Crucial MX300 1TB SSD

For this setup we wanted to go all the way since we have a bigger budget. So we went with a bigger SSD for games and other files. This is a great addition for better game load times and if your a Content Creator you will find SSD is a Godsend when video editing.

For more information on this HDD, Checkout this Crucial Review webpage.

Hitachi Ultrastar 3TB HDD

This is a second option for a HDD games drive. This is a step up from the Seagate Barracuda 2 TB. This have triple the space for basically the same price. You can go wrong with more space. 

For more information on this HDD, Checkout the official Hitachi webpage. 


EVGA SuperNova G1+ 750W 80+ Gold-Certified PSU

This is a great Fully-modular power supply that is great for the value for this $1500 build.

For more information on this PSU, Checkout the official EVGA webpage.

mSI z370 Gaming PLUS CFX Motherboard

I love MSI motherboards and this is a great one for the value in this $1500 build. It has support for 8th and 9th series intel CPUs and supports up to 4000+OC Ram which is Amazing. This board is build for gaming. Get more information if you follow the link below.

For more information on this Motherboard, Checkout the official MSI webpage.


This a great Corsair SPEC case that offers the perfect space and looks for this $1500 Gaming PC Build.

For more information on this Case, Checkout the official Corsair webpage.

ESTIMATED COST = 1470.00 at Amazon

Price May Vary From Different Retailers. Also, Prices Might Decrease or Rise Depending On Time Of The Year!


What games can this PC run?

In this section, we’re going to tell you how this game should be able to run your favorite games.

  • Fortnite – At 4K and Epic settings, Fortnite should be playable at roughly 40-50 FPS. We recommend making some settings adjustments if you’re playing at 4K, or turning down to 1440p Epic instead.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG is fairly demanding, and may not be playable at 4K60 with max settings. With some settings adjustments or a downgrade to 1440p, however, you should have a great gaming experience with this PC build.
  • Monster Hunter: World – Monster Hunter: World is a pretty massive performance hog, so 4K 60 will require a lot of compromises. We recommend adjusting resolution scaling or turning down to 1440p with this game.
  • League of Legends – League of Legends is a lightweight eSports title and this build destroys it in just about every way. You won’t have problems playing at 4K60 with this PC build.
  • Dota 2 – Dota 2 should be playable at 4K 60 FPS with plenty of room to breathe- as high as 130-140FPS, in fact. We highly recommend playing with a 1440p/144hz monitor with this build and this game.
  • Overwatch – At 4K with Ultra Settings enabled, you should generally be sticking right around the high 50s and low 60s in Overwatch. If you find yourself dipping more often than you like, consider adjusting some settings or your resolution scaling.
  • Rainbow Six: Siege – At 4K, you may need to make some settings adjustments to maintain a stable 60 FPS. In 1440p and Max settings, though, you should experience anywhere from 70-80 FPS in this game.
  • Warframe – This build is more than powerful enough for playing Warframe at 4K, Ultra settings and 120+ FPS.
  • Grand Theft Auto V – Playing at 4K, you should be able to achieve 40-50 FPS with Very High settings. You may want to adjust your settings or turn down the resolution to achieve 60 FPS, however.
  • Team Fortress 2 – TF2 is primarily a CPU-centric game, so running this game at 4K60 should still be quite feasible with the i5 in this build. However, if you experience spikes of bad performance, you may need to turn down some settings.

*Note* Most games can play on this budget rig, but of course upgrading to at least a $2000 Top Tier High-Level Build will be a better choice to get most games at a smooth 1080p/1440p 60FPS. Honorable mentions such as Tom Clancy’s The Division, Destiny, ETC. Now for new titles such as Anthem, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Im not sure, but you should be able to achieve a playable framerate of 30FPS. More testing will be administered. *Note*

Potential Upgrades To Think About

As I consider this an entry-level build. I choose builds that are upgradable and have good headroom for great upgrades. Below are some potential upgrades to consider. Also, upgrading to a better build is a choose as well. We have builds that range from this Tier 1 $400 Budget Build to Tier 1 and 2 High-End Builds. We categorized everything in tiers in their respectable categories ranging from Budget Builds (Entry-Level) To Mid-Level to High-End Level or Higher. This in turn will make it easier for you to find a good starting point build and add to it.

Potential Upgrades

  • SSDs – SSDs are just recommended. This helps you system run faster with your ram. Also if you make your games drive a SSD then you will see better game load times and better responsive play.
  • Internal Graphics Card (GPU) – Adding a separate GPU instead of using the included one on the CPU die can help as well. You can pick up a EVGA RTX 2080 TI 8GB at a good price over at amazon. This will help with more positive FPS and gameplay quality.
  • Coolers – You can addition Case fans to help with air flow. This helps your CPU and CPU and other components from overheating. This will prevent skips and stutters while playing games at high settings or whatever you system is capable of.

Of course, there are other upgrades that can be made for inconvenience such as going fully modular with your PSU and adding a bigger HDD (2TB) and more. Other upgrades to consider is Windows OS itself, unfortunately MOBO doesn’t come pre-installed with windows. It would be cool if they were.

You can also consider a good monitor, Speakers, gaming mice and keyboard, etc. This is more for a better experience but are by no means required. Other than the monitor is the only required upgrade you need if you don’t have one already.

For a great build video on a $1500 budget build check out the video below. This isnt the same build but you gonna learn that building and part picking is all the same. The finished product is what is different. Enjoy the video.

This is hands down the best custom pc build at $1500 bucks. You not going to find better than this, unless you raise your budget.

I hope this $1500 Budget build helps you guys out. If you have any issues or second thoughts please leave them in the comments below. I will get back to you ASAP.

Robert Gee (Founder/Admin) 


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