High-End Build – $1,500

A branded high-end gaming PC build for under $1500.

Replacing our competitive build is an all-new ‘high-end’ gaming PC build. This one aims to deliver performance and features that are above our ‘mainstream’ build, but not quite as bank-breaking as our no holds barred ‘enthusiast’ build.

ComponentManufacturerProductPrice (US)
CPU:AMDRyzen 7 3700X$329
Motherboard:GIGABYTEX570 AORUS Elite$199
Memory:CorsairVengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-3600 CL18$89
Storage:CrucialP1 1TB PCIe 3.0 M.2 NVMe SSD$99
Graphics Card:PowerColorRadeon RX 5700 XT 8GB$399
CaseFractal DesignDefine Meshify C TG (White)$84
Power SupplyCooler MasterMWE 650, Gold, Fully-Modular, 650W$79
CPU Cooler:DEEPCOOLCaptain 240 RGB V2 240mm AIO$59

Combing a Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core CPU with a Radeon RX 5700 XT, this machine is totally capable of delivering 1440p, ultra settings at well above 60 FPS, and even closer to ~120 FPS in many titles.

In terms of upgrades, we can’t imagine you’ll be looking for many right away, but storage is probably the first priority as it never hurts to have more. The AORUS Elite isn’t the most expensive X570 motherboard, but it’s still solid enough to handle an upgrade to a future Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 CPU, should you be so inclined. Our 650W, gold-rated Cooler Master MWE power supply should also have no issues upgrading to whichever graphics card your heart desires down the road.

In terms of monitor choices, we’d go with the MSI Optix MAG341CQ, which is a 34″, 3440 x 1440, curved, ultra-wide gaming monitor with a refresh rate up to 100Hz and FreeSync support. At $429, it’s a great deal for a monitor that ticks off a lot of very high-end features.

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