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The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build in 2021 | Jun 2021 Updated

This is latest updated guide for building a $1500 Gaming PC Build in 2021. With the help of this guide, your next gaming rig will be able to run all AAA games on Ultra settings.

This $1500 Gaming PC Build should give you a high-end gaming experience – this build does that and more! You’ll be able to game comfortably in either 1440p or 4K, VR Ready with the help of the powerful GeForce RTX 2060 OC, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM!. The following $1500 build is going to last you an extremely long time in terms of gaming desktops, and I’m pretty sure that it’ll completely blow your mind with the sheer gaming power it possesses.

In these trying times, building a PC can be a real pain. Supply shortages and inflated prices keep making builders’ lives a living hell, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.

If you’re trying to build a cheaper gaming PC, then check out my previous post: The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build in 2021

But this is one of the reasons we write articles like these — to make it easier for you to pick and find the PC components that best suit your needs and budget.

The PC parts are all picked from Amazon. Do note that Amazon prices, (especially electronics) fluctuate significantly and quite literally by the hour, so depending on when you read this guide, the price of the components might exceed the $1000 mark depending on whether a certain component has increased on price due to stock levels or demand. This Guide is June 2021 updated.

The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build - Build Overview: What To Expect?

At the $1500 mark, you get a PC that can handle almost anything, and for this amount of money, you can ensure it’s a high-end gaming experience.

With this kind of budget, you can benefit from a high-end RTX 2060 OC 6GB , which is capable of high frame rates in glorious detail.

The GPU is the Ryzen 5 5600X in the AMD path, providing you with the perfect boost, whether you are gaming or working. The Ryzen, on the other hand, will run its 6 cores and 12 threads at a speed of 4.6Ghz

The $1500 gaming PC features a 500GB SSD NVMe to take care of your operating system and games. This storage solution will give you faster boot times than your standard SDD’s and will also improve your FPS in-game too. We also see 16GB of fast RAM in this PC, which boosts the gaming potential of this already stellar build.

Full Part List

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 5600x

The Ryzen 5 5600X is a six-core, 12-thread processor with a base clock of 3.7GHz and max boost of 4.6GHz. It’s built up of a single core complex that has 32MB of L3 cache to call its own, and the same I/O die that can be found in Zen 2.

The big AMD “Zen 3” architecture we’ve been hearing a lot about is finally here, and we have with us its most affordable part, the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600X. AMD claims that the 5600X is everything an AAA gamer would possibly want, and that the processor shouldn’t get in the way of even premium 4K graphics cards. 

GPU

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 OC

Gigabyte’s GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G harnesses the strengths of Nvidia’s TU106 processor and adds an aggressive power limit to facilitate notably higher GPU frequencies. It’s cooled by a capable thermal solution, yielding quiet operation and relatively low temperatures. 

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060 has a base clock rate of 1,365 MHz and a GPU Boost rating of 1,680 MHz. Meanwhile, the GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G we were sent by Gigabyte has a similar base frequency and an 1,830 MHz GPU Boost clock. 

Motherboard

Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite V2

The GIGABYTE B550 AORUS ELITE we have today is based on the AMD B550 chipset and like all others in this series of chipsets, this board features the design in terms of CPU, RAM, and PCI-Express support and reliability. It also supports AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs.

It has a very modern design that may meet every buyer’s needs and perfectly combine with your build color. On the back panel, the Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite V2 features the Pre-installed IO shield for easy and quick installation.

Memory

Crucial Ballistix 16GB (8GBx2) 3600 MHz DDR4

Thanks to great price on mainstream RAM, we can now squeeze a whole lot of performance and capacity into your system by going with a 16GB DDR4-3200 kit. It will help you make the most of your snazzy new system, which fully supports this ultra-high RAM speed!

Storage

Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD

There’s lots of competition in the SSD market, and right now, you simply can’t do better than this awesome deal from Crucial on its SCrucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD, which uses the speedy PCIe 3.0 interface and TLC NAND to vastly outperform not just hard drives, but SATA-based SSDs as well! To install this drive, affix it in the motherboard’s M.2 slot using a jeweler’s-type screwdriver.

Power Supply

EVGA 650 B5, 80 Plus Bronze 650W, Fully Modular

EVGA’s 650 B5 is one of the best 80 PLUS Bronze-rated PSUs that money can buy in its category.

EVGA’s 650 B5 power supply is based on an older Super Flower platform that offers good overall performance. Its only real weakness surfaces during our efficiency benchmarks: the 650 B3 offers mere 80 PLUS Bronze and ETA-A- certifications. Naturally, that means it gets hotter than higher-efficiency models and consequently isn’t one of the quietest 650W PSUs we’ve tested. 

Case

NZXT H510 Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case

NZXT’s H-series PC cases are some of the most highly regarded out there amongst the PC building community. These sleek cases are known for their high-level build quality, ease to build in, and value.

Today we are going to be reviewing the NZXT H510, which is technically the “base” model but this is far from basic. The H510 is essentially an upgraded H500, only with USB Type-C and is the “middle child” of the series. 

Components Breakdown

So, what exactly can you expect from a $1500 Gaming PC Build?

Our team has years of experience behind them building PCs for a range of needs and budgets. All this knowledge combined with hours of research, user feedback, and onsite benchmarking is what goes into choosing the best components for our builds.

We look for value for money, how the components perform together, and focus on gamer’s needs to make sure our builds are the best your budget can buy.

The build features a powerful GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 OC, which breezes through games in 1080 – 240 FPS, 1440p and 4K resolutions. With the card’s current price, it offers some serious value and can easily handle VR gaming.

Now that we’ve presented an overview of the build and what you can expect from it, let’s dive deeper into each component, starting with the brain of the build.

CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600x

The world’s most advanced processor architecture for gamers

AMD Ryzen 5 5600x | $1500 Gaming PC Build

Cores Threads: 6/12 | Boost CPU Frequency: 4.6GHz | Cache: 35MB | TDP: 65w | PCIe Version: 4.0 | Unlocked for Overclocking: Yes | In Box Cooler: Wraith Stealth | Socket: AM4

The new Ryzen 5000 processors are drop-in replacements for the Ryzen 3000 series. Anyone with an AMD X570 or B550 motherboard today, with the latest BIOS (AGESA 1081 or above), should be able to buy and use one of the new processors without a fuss. Anyone with an X470/B450 board will have to wait until Q1 2021 as those boards are updated.

The cheapest processor that AMD is releasing today is the Ryzen 5 5600X, but it is also the only one that comes with a CPU cooler in box. The Ryzen 5 5600X has six cores and twelve threads, running at a base frequency of 3700 MHz and a peak turbo of 4600 MHz (4650 MHz measured), and is the only CPU to be given a TDP of 65 W (~88 W peak).

The single chiplet design means 32 MB of L3 cache total (technically it’s still the same that a single core can access as the Ryzen 9 parts, more on that later), and will be put up against Intel’s six-core Core i5-10600K, which also retails in a similar ballpark.

Despite being the cheapest and technically the slowest processor of the bunch, I was mightily surprised by the performance of the Ryzen 5 5600X: similar to the Ryzen 9 5950X, in single threaded benchmarks, it completely knocks the socks off of anything Intel has to offer.

GPU – GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 OC

Ray tracing is the definitive solution for lifelike lighting, reflections, and shadows

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 OC | $1500 Gaming PC Build

Brand: GIGABYTE | Graphics Coprocessor: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 OC | Core Clock: 1755MHz | Memory Interface: 192-bit | Video Memory: 6GB GDDR6 | Output: DisplayPort x 3 / HDMI 2.0 x 1

The Gigabyte Geforce RTX 2060 OC edition features 6GB of GDDR6 192-bit memory and 2x Windforce alternating 90mm fans. This version has a core clock of 1755 MHz and memory clock of 14000 MHz and that is up from the reference model that has a core clock of 1680 MHz. The 2060 is based on the Touring architecture which has 1920 Cuda Cores and 38 RTX-OPS. This Gigabyte model also has a back plate which isn’t common at this price point. Most other companies don’t include back plates at this tier of cards. Its usually reserved for higher end models that come at a price premium.

The cooler has direct touch heat pipes and its 2, 90mm Windforce fans spin in opposite directions. Gigabyte claims the two fans spinning in a normal configuration ( both fans spinning in the same direction) causes air flow turbulence because the 2 fans are fighting each other. So by Gigabyte spinning their 2 fans in apposing directions the result is less turbulence and better airflow pressure which helps cool the heat pipes more efficiently.

The Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 OC 6G is among the more affordable RTX 2060’s if you can call $900 USD affordable. That is crypto currency boom time prices for a mid range GPU. Not that it’s Gigabytes fault for the pricing. The Gigabyte GeForce RTX™ 2060 OC 6G is a good card overall with competive pricing for this round of GPU’s from the green team. If you are in the market for an RTX 2060 this one is worth a look.

 

Motherboard – Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite V2

Being a “gaming” type board, this board includes some RGB lighting along with the RGB headers

Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite V2 | $1500 Gaming PC Build
Manufacturer:  Gigabyte | Chipset Type: AMD AM4 | CPU Socket: AM4 | Memory Slots Available: 4 | RAM Memory: 4x DIMM, supports dual channel DDR4-5100 (OC) MHz | Supported Motherboard : ATX | Next-Gen Connectivity: Ultra Durable PCIe 4.0 x16 Slot, Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 with One Thermal Guard

The GIGABYTE B550 Aorus Elite which represents the entry-level to its Aorus series of gaming-focused boards. Some of the most notable features include a 12+2 power delivery, dual PCIe x4 M.2 slots with one Gen 4 and one Gen 3, as well as a Realtek 2.5 G Ethernet controller which is becoming more the norm now.

GIGABYTE B550 Aorus Elite Motherboard

Focusing on the aesthetic, it features a black and grey patterned PCB with black and grey heatsinks, with the chipset heatsink featuring the Aorus falcon logo. Adding a little contrast to the design is a set of orange WIMA audio capacitors, as well as some LEDs within the audio PCB separation line.  For expansion cards such as VGA, there is a single full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two other full-length slots which operate at PCIe 3.0 x+2/x+1 which is a little odd. There is also a single PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, while the board does include dual M.2 slots. The top M.2 slot operates at PCIe 4.0 x4 and comes with an M.2 heatshield, while the second M.2 slot operates at PCIe 3.0 x4. There are also four SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. The Aorus Elite includes four memory slots with support for up to 128 GB of DDR4-4733 memory.

GIGABYTE B550 Aorus Elite Motherboard Rear Panel

The rear panel includes two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. while omitting any form of Type-C connectivity. Controlling the single RJ45 port is a Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 G Ethernet controller, while a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec powers the five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output. For users looking to use Ryzen based APUs, the B550 Aorus Master includes two video outputs including a DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.1. Finishing off the rear panel is a Q-Flash Plus button.

The GIGABYTE B550 Aorus Elite is a more modest offering which keeps some of the style of the more premium Aorus models but cuts back on some features including Wi-Fi and a second M.2 heatsink. This Elite also lacks any Type-C connectivity, but it does offer a Realtek 2.5 G Ethernet controller which is more future proof than Gigabit; there aren’t many X570 models with 2.5 G and beyond so it’s refreshing to see a model like this at a lower entry price point that features it.

Memory – Crucial Ballistix 16GB (8GBx2) 3600 MHz DDR4

Offers excellent performance at a relatively affordable price

Crucial Ballistix 16GB (8GBx2) | $1500 Gaming PC Build

Capacity: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 Kit | Base Frequency: 3200 MHz |  Voltage: 1.35V | Compatibility: Tested across the latest Intel and AMD platforms for reliable and fast performance

Crucial’s new Ballistix Elite DDR4 is geared as a high-performance memory product, which would be a nice upgrade for any PC. Crucial offers the Ballistix Elite at two different speeds, with a total of 6 different module configurations. Looking at the 16GB (8 GBx2) packages, we find 3600 CL16-18-18 at the bottom of the lineup, and 4000 C18-19-19 at the top end. Compared to other companies, such as G.Skill, the lineup could be considered lacking in options. However, from our perspective, this lineup of memory is intended for high-end computers where extreme performance is needed. If it’s RGB or lower end modules you are after, Crucial offers a plethora of options to choose from on that front as well.

Crucial created the Ballistix Elite to work flawlessly with both AMD Ryzen 3000 series and Intel Platforms, The memory uses XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup and configuration. For those curious power users out there, Crucial created their “M.O.D. Utility”, which is software for real-time temperature monitoring.

Today, we will be evaluating the 3600 MHz CL16-18-18 memory kit. In the table below, we examine the particular details of our test memory.​ 

Three times the sequential performance of your average SATA based SSD

Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD

Brand: Crucial | Sequential Read Speed: Up to 2000MB/s | Sequential Write Speed: Up to 1700MB/s | Digital Storage Capacity: 500 GB | Compatible Devices: This drive is compatible with desktops and laptops that accept M.2 Type 2280SS NVMe PCIe drives

Crucial’s P1 is the company’s very first NVMe SSD, but it is almost identical to the Intel SSD 660p we recently reviewed that came out around the same time. Just like the 660p, the P1 features Micron’s latest 64-layer 3D QLC flash and a Silicon Motion NVMe SSD controller.

The P1 breaks the SATA 6Gb/s barrier with its NVMe interface and delivers sequential throughput of up to 2/1.7 GB/s read/write, but we found that its real-world application performance is similar to the company’s SATA MX500 SSD. Coupled with higher-than-anticipated launch pricing, the P1 was a tough sell in the ultra-competitive SSD market when it was brand-new.

Its street price has slid down rather dramatically in the last several months, but so has that of its silicon sibling, the Intel 660p, as well as other competing drives. So despite lower prices the P1 is still tough to recommend, unless you see it on a sweet sale that brings the price down even further. 

Power Supply – EVGA 650 B5, 80 Plus Bronze 650W, Fully Modular

Efficient power source at an affordable price point

EVGA 650 B5, 80 Plus Bronze 650W, Fully Modular

Brand: EVGA | Wattage: 650 watts | Power Supply Design: Full Modular | 80 plus Bronze certified, with 85% efficiency or higher under typical loads 

EVGA’s 650 B3 power supply is based on an older Super Flower platform that offers good overall performance. Its only real weakness surfaces during our efficiency benchmarks: the 650 B3 offers mere 80 PLUS Bronze and ETA-A- certifications. Naturally, that means it gets hotter than higher-efficiency models and consequently isn’t one of the quietest 650W PSUs we’ve tested. So why does it bear a similar price tag as 80 PLUS Gold-rated competitors like Corsair’s TX650M? Good question. Instead of selling for $75, the 650 B3 should really be in the $60 to $65 range. Still, thanks to high overall performance, it achieves a fair value score after completing our suite of benchmarks.

The 650 B3 employs a single +12V rail and sports a 40°C temperature rating for continuous full-power delivery. Despite an 80 PLUS Bronze certification, it features a semi-passive fan mode you can toggle on or off. Of course, the problem with less efficient PSUs is that they generate more waste heat, so the fan can’t idle for very long. And once it starts spinning, the fan has to cope with elevated temperatures. As a result, we don’t think it’s a good idea to implement semi-passive operation in a power supply that’s not efficient enough to benefit from the feature. 

PC Case - NZXT H510 Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case

NZXT H510 Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case

Dimensions: 16.85 x 8.27 x 18.11 inches | Material: Tempered Glass | I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x Headset Audio Jack | Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX and EATX (Up to 272mm or 10.7-inches) | Expansion Slots: 7 | Drive Bays: 2.5”: 7 3.5”: 2+1 | Radiator Support: Front: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm with Push/Pull Top: 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm Rear: 1 x 120mm | Fan Support: Front: 3 x 120/2 x 140mm (3 Aer F120 Case Version included) Top: 3 x 120/2 x 140mm Rear: 1 x 140 (1 Aer F140 Case Version included)

There’s the NZXT H510, which for lack of a better word is the base model. However, it’s still very much a premium case in its own right. Then you also have the H510i which comes with their smart fan control system built-in. Above that, you have the H510 Elite. This is the smart version of the case but comes with more tempered glass and RGB.

The design on the refreshed NZXT H510 case is still as sleek as its predecessor, with a matte black, grainy finish. Of course, this texture is one that can attract dirt and often struggles to hide scratches but it is so much better than the glossy alternative you get with many cases. The Elite model features a tempered glass front to show off included RGB fans, whereas this version is a clean featureless panel that oozes class.

Features

  • With a USB 3.1 Gen2-compatible USB-C connector on the front panel, it’s easier than ever to connect smartphones, high-speed external storage, or the latest peripherals to your PC
  • The clean, modern design, iconic cable management bar, and uninterrupted tempered-glass side panel showcase your stunning build.
  • Cable management can often take more time than assembly. We designed a cable routing kit with pre-installed channels and straps, for intuitive and easy wiring.
  • Two Aer F120mm fans* are included for optimal internal airflow and the front panel and PSU intakes include removable filters. Includes a removable bracket designed for radiators up to 280mm simplifies the installation of either closed-loop or custom-loop water cooling.*Case version fans and specs vary from retail version

How to Build a PC?

If you’ve never built a computer before, then you probably want to take some time to learn the basics before getting ahead of yourself. The best way to learn is by following those steps from a reputable tech channel on Youtube.

What Games will it Run?

First of all, there’s the in-game performance.

For a $1500 Gaming PC Build, you shouldn’t settle for anything short of extraordinary, so we’ve made sure that this PC is ready to take you into the realm of 4K, VR gaming, and with excellent framerates count.

You shouldn’t expect fewer than 55 FPS in 4K in virtually any modern AAA game. And 240+ FPS in most competitive videogames.

The RTX 2060 is a beast that can run most AAA titles in 4K 60 FPS at max settings. For ESports players they can experience smoothness easily running most games at 1080p – 240 FPS

How to Upgrade this Build?

Even though this is a $1500 gaming PC and considered high-end, there is still some room for improvement. Upgrades in the right areas can potentially give you an improved gaming experience, and a greater life span out of your PC build, so certainly worthy of consideration. Upgrades will come at a significant extra cost for that boost in performance, but if you can accommodate it, go for it! For a significant upgrade, at a little extra cost, consider our $2000 gaming PC.

Below are our most recommended upgrade options that will boost your in-game performance exponentially. The products below are fully compatible with the above build and can be swapped out with no ramifications. 

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

The first and probably most influential (in terms of performance) upgrade for this build is the CPU. If you’re looking to seriously bolster the computational power this thing has then we recommend the Ryzen 7 3700X as it offers hugely improved performance 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop with Wraith Prism LED Cooler. Now, even though this is a wise move and not too painful on the wallet, this upgrade does come with a few conditions.

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 12GB

The RTX 3060 is the first card equipped with the GA106 GPU and it’s the most affordable Ampere GPU released to date, and here we have the MSI Gaming X version on hand for review. 

It’s a twin fan card that’s well suited to the thermal and power consumption characteristics of the GA106 chip. The RTX 3060 comes with 3,584 active shader units, or CUDA cores. 

READ MORE: Best Graphics Cards 2021

Crucial MX500 1TB SSD

This Seagate Barracuda drive is amazing for backup storage and always comes at a great price. The 500GB SSD NVME that currently sits in this build is ideal for your O/S and some primary games. However, sooner or later, it will struggle to accommodate your growing library. For that reason, this additional 2TB HDD from Seagate is the perfect backup storage solution for those who need it.

Pheripherals & Accesories to Add

When it comes to gaming builds you’ll need more than just the essential pieces of hardware to game on a PC, so we also have to cover the matter of peripherals. The peripherals of a computer system greatly affect the feel of it, and that is why we are suggesting the best-valued peripherals for your system, although these products will raise the price of your computer system.

Mouse - Logitech G502 Hero

The Logitech G502 HERO is a great wired gaming mouse that feels well-made and has a premium look. It has a ton of programmable buttons, low click latency, and a wide customizable CPI range. Though it’s rather heavy, it comes with five removable weights to allow you to customize the weight to suit your preference. 

The Logitech G502 HERO is a very good mouse for FPS games. It has low click latency, and a wide customizable CPI range and adjustable polling rate. It also has 12 programmable buttons, feels very well-made, and is quite comfortable if you can get a good grip on it. 

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Monitor - ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ

The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of the best gaming monitors because it’s heralding a new age of panels. It combines the high refresh rates of Nvidia’s G-Sync tech with 4K resolution and HDR (high dynamic range) support for exceptional image quality. You will also need a very powerful machine to run it. If you don’t have an Nivida 1080 Ti or higher, you really will struggle to hit 4K at 144 frames per second. And, of course, if you have an AMD card, you won’t be able to make use of the G-Sync features.

Read More: Best Gaming Monitors 2021Guide

Keyboard - SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL

SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL – SteelSeries is one of the most popular brands in the world of gaming and its peripherals. Their Gateron switches are brand of the house and this time they have been encouraged to go one step further with the SteelSeries Apex Pro, a keyboard with switches with Omnipoint technology that promise to allow us to adjust the activation point of the switches to our liking. 

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Prebuilt Gaming PC Options Under $1500

Trying to level up your game but feel overwhelmed with possible choices or don’t know anything about gaming PCs? We got your back. In 2021, the market landscape started to change, thanks to the cryptocurrency boom causing graphic card prices to skyrocket to unprecedented levels.

Now, in 2021, it’s nearly impossible to actually find a quality graphics card that won’t break the bank, and that’s why we recommend buying a pre-built gaming desktop instead of building your own right now.

Buying a prebuilt gaming PC is much more comfortable and convenient than building your own. With that idea, be aware that most companies that produce gaming PCs try to maximize their profits by using cheaper parts. For example, if the motherboard is not mentioned in the description, it is often the most inexpensive. It is also a much better idea to buy from brands like iBUYPOWER and CYBERPOWER, instead of big manufacturing giants such as ACER and HP.

Anyhow, all brands can charge much more than the PC is worth, so here is our top picks of the Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Options under $1500:

1. IBUYPOWER Gaming PC Computer Desktop Element Mini 9300

4.5/5

9.5/10

If you are looking for a budget-friendly gaming PC with a small footprint, then the IBUYPOWER Element mini 9300 is a perfect fit. Coming in at a little over 25 pounds, the IBUYPOWER Element mini 9300 stands out from the word go thanks to its RGB-lit design.

It’s built into a black steel frame tower, and features a three-panel tempered glass design flanked by three RGB-lit fans which add a rather fascinating aesthetic bit to the design. What’s more, the RGB lighting has sixteen color options which can be controlled by a remote. Generally, this unit is designed to be the most compact gaming desktop you’ll come across in the market, but with superb performance. 

KEY FEATURES

  • AMD Radeon RX 550
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3100
  • 240GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home

SPECIFICATIONS

  • RAM: 16GB
  • CPU Speed: 3.6GHz
  • Hardware Interface: USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
  • Brand: Skytech Gaming
Pros
Cons
9.5/10
4.5/5

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IBUYPOWER Gaming PC Computer Desktop Element Mini 9300

2. SkyTech Blaze II Gaming Computer

4.3/5

9/10

Skytech has quite the reputation of manufacturing gaming desktops under a budget. The Blaze II features a series of ports at the front of the desktop and the rear. Therefore, there are enough ports to charge and connect peripheral devices.

There is a port, USB 3.0 at the front, and two USB 2.0 alongside a headphone and microphone jack. The rear has 4 x USB 3.1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, as well as a D-Sub port. It is inclusive of other ports such as DVI, HDMI, and display port.

The desktop runs on the AMD Ryzen 5, 2600 processor, which works alongside the Nvidia GTX 1660 graphics card. Thus, the computer doubles up well for both gaming and regular office use.

It has a base speed of 3.4 GHz, which can be boosted to 3.9 GHz. Hence the AMD Ryzen 2600 does well in usages such as heavy productivity tasks, moderate photo-editing, and web browsing.

The unit features an 8G RAM, which is impressive when dealing with gaming as well as heavy productivity workloads. It also has a 500GB SSD for storage, which is more than enough. On the SSD, you can save your internet files, games, and multimedia.

However, the reasonably large SSD’s significant advantage is the fast boot time and the less time it takes to launch your game or load the next level. 

KEY FEATURES

  •  Ryzen 5, 2600 processor
  •  Nvidia GTX 1660 with 6GB graphics card
  • 8GB RAM and a 500GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home Operating system
  • 21.2 pounds

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen Size: Desktop
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Hard Drive/Memory: 500G SSD
  • Brand: Skytech Gaming
Pros
Cons
9/10
4.3/5

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SkyTech Blaze II Gaming Computer

3. HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer

4/5

8/10

While most gaming PCs rely on Intel CPU and AMD silicon, the HP Pavilion Gaming PC uses AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. Its configuration offers outstanding value. HP Pavilion can smoothly play recent AAA titles at 1080P resolution, maintaining visual quality settings. This is among the best features you can enjoy from a mid-price gaming computer.

The HP Pavilion is a four-processor PC and measures 29.1 x 7 x 20.6 inches. It is ideal for placing in compact places and hits the scales at 11.5 pounds, making it easy to carry to another room if need be.

Its case is majorly made of metal. Its interior components are hidden behind the visible CPU cooler and rear fan. The panel is secured with slotted screws, which are quite challenging to remove. The interior is a DDR4-2666 SDRAM that supports 32 GB RAM in different 16 GB configurations.

HP Pavilion obtains its power from AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, which is a quad-core processor. The processor is powerful enough to handle any mainstream tasks promptly. It comes with a black HP wired keyboard with volume control capabilities and a wired optical mouse. It also features a 1 TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive and 128 GB SSD. 

KEY FEATURES
  •  Ryzen 5 2400G Processor Speed 3.6 GHz
  •  16GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • HP 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • DisplayPort; HDMI; USB 3.0
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Screen Size: Desktop
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Hard Drive/Memory: 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD
  • Brand: HP
Pros
Cons
8/10
4/5

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HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Computer

4. IBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Revolt 29330

4.3/5

8.5/10

The IBUYPOWER Pro Gaming Revolt 29330 can be best described as a showstopping gaming monster. For some people, it looks like a fancy, hi-tech toaster, and for others, it is more of an alien piece. Whichever of the two groups you belong to, we can all agree on one thing, this gaming PC is a fancy piece of tech.

It has a pair of unique, sharply angled white side panels and a transparent plastic top lid which, through fancy LED lights on either side of the interior, gives you a glorious view of your GPU in action. Note, you have up to 16 LED light color options. So, whether you want it to glow in one uniform color all day or looking to create a unique, hypnotizing RGB light show, you have more options than you can exhaust.

It weighs about 18 pounds and measures just 18x17x9inches, making it quite a compact model. Although you can see your GPU and even access it via the easy-to-open, transparent plastic lid, you cannot swap it out, so you don’t have to worry about someone randomly exchanging or stealing your GPU. There’s also much to go around in terms of connectivity. This is because the IBUYPOWER Pro Gaming Revolt 29330 features four USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and wireless compatibility.

The performance is also quite impressive. It offers the best frame rates at 1080P and can take on heavy gaming titles such as Rise of the Tomb Raider at ease thanks to performance specs such as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 super graphics card, 8GB RAM, and a core i5 intel processor. 

KEY FEATURES

  •  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics Card
  •  Intel DDR4 SDRAM Processor
  • 240GB SSD
  • 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 4 USB 3.0 Ports

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Screen Size: Desktop
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Hard Drive/Memory: 1TB hard drive
  • Brand: IBUYPOWER
Pros
Cons
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4.3/5

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IBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC Computer Desktop Revolt 29330

Conclusion

That’s pretty much everything you need to know about the custom build and the hardware it comes with. We can’t promise that the price of the build won’t fluctuate, but we’ll make sure to keep the article updated even though these trying times so that it presents the best possible value at all times.

If you’ve followed our guide from start to finish, you’ve just assembled what we consider to be the a High-End $1500 Gaming PC Build, Congrats! You now have a PC with the ability to play any game out there in high settings. The rig supports both 4k and VR gaming and up to 240FPS + in competitive settings this rig has all the future-proofing you’ll need. 

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