Every time I read this title I feel that it is too good to be true… but I’m wrong, this is totally true and as awesome as it can be. You can get a top-notch quality gaming computer to play all current games at Ultra settings, 4K at 30FPS or 1440p at 144FPS for less than 1500 dollars!

If you don’t get why I’m so impressed about that, try to find a pre-built computer with the same CPU + GPU as the ones you will find in this post and you will see for yourself what I’m talking about.

If you see errors, misleading information, or you just don’t agree with me I would really appreciate your comments so we all can improve this post together. Try to be nice with each other and be collaborative.

Benefits Of Being A PC Gamer

I want to encourage you to build your own Gaming PC. You will only get benefits from it!

  • The games are cheaper than in consoles
  • Almost every exclusive console game ends up coming out on PC
  • The online is free
  • It has the biggest community among all the platforms
  • You can enjoy awesome mods for your favorite games
  • You can upgrade your PC whenever you want without buying a whole new one!
  • PC gaming covers almost the 40% of the worldwide gaming market and growing every year

I’m very excited to help you build your next perfect gaming machine so you can be part of the PC Master Race! If you ever need any feedback or support regarding your future buy or your current rig, I would be more than happy to connect with you.

Things To Note

  • Nomenclature: the configurations are named according to the CPU and GPU brands they use:
    • IN: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU
    • IA: Intel CPU, AMD GPU
    • OC: the configuration is designed for Overclocking.
  • Internal storage: the best option here is to add an SSD exclusively for the Operating System. This will increase the general performance a lot. A second standard HDD can be used to store games and general data.
  • Power supply: the chosen power supplies will give you more than enough room to satisfy the computer needs. The Intel CPU + Nvidia GPU have lower consumption rates. For example, an i5-4590 with a GTX 970 can consume a maximum of 250W. And yes, that’s really low. In that cases, the recommended power supply capacity is 450W, and it could be even lower if there were the appropriate variety.
  • Component brands: you can be sure that the brands used are first brands only, just the best of the best. There are maybe some of them that don’t sound familiar to you but they are still top brands in their respective business sector.
  • You don’t need to buy all the build components at the same time: unlike consoles, you can buy the build’s components as you could afford them and once you have all the parts start to build it. You can even buy all the parts except the GPU (if you bought an Intel CPU) and add the GPU a couple of months later.

The Best $1500 Dollar Budget Gaming Build

As I said in the introduction, this build is specifically designed to play all current and future games at:

  • Ultra quality settings + 4K resolution + 30 to 45 FPS
  • Ultra quality settings + 1440p resolution + stable 144 FPS

It has been carefully designed to get the most out of the GPU while keeping the lowest budget possible. But don’t get me wrong: all the parts used, including motherboard, RAM or power supply, are from the best quality levels you will find in the market.

Lowering the budget is not about selecting the cheapest components you can find around… In my opinion, it’s all about choosing the right parts so the whole system is balanced. And that can never happen if you pair a $600 graphics card with a shitty $20 power supply, for example.

So, in other words, the MR 1500 IN is the GTX 1080 budget-optimized build. It is perfectly balanced to squeeze all the potential of both the CPU and the GPU. With this build, you probably won’t need to think about upgrading it for the next +6 years.

  • Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S
  • Motherboard: MSI Z270-A PRO
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K
  • CPU Fan: Noctua NH-U14S
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4-2400 CL15
  • GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 8GB
  • PSU: Corsair RM750x
  • SSD: SanDisk Ultra II 240GB


Intel Core i7-7700K Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 8GB
ATX 378 W

'Phanteks Eclipse P400S'

'MSI Z270-A PRO'

'Intel Core i7-7700K'

'Noctua NH-U14S'

'G.SKILL Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4-2400 CL15'

'Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 8GB'

'Corsair RM750x'

'SanDisk Ultra II 240GB'

Build Details


I don’t know why but, from this build onwards, I’ve chosen Phanteks cases… In my opinion, they have the ability to create the most beautiful cases, with top-quality materials and unbeatable prices. I guess it’s hard to find a true competitor.

And this case is clearly a winner in its price range. The Phanteks Eclipse P400S ( the “S” means that it is the Silent Edition) is a steel ATX tower with premium features at an incredible price:

  • Includes two 120mm fans, one in the front panel and another in the rear
  • All the panels (Top/Front/Side) are soundproofing
  • The entire case (exterior and chassis) is made of steel
  • Includes a 10 color RGB downlight on front panel and a switchable RGB power light

As for the interior design, it follows its price-range standards: clean interior with hidden PSU and HDD’s and cable management system to hide the cables behind the board. Also, the user can remove the HDD cage if a long PSU (> 180 mm) is needed to be installed.

Check the Cases Guide to see other models within the same price range.


The MSI Z270-A PRO is the perfect choice if you want an overclockable system (CPU, GPU, RAM). Include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want. Its core features are:

  • Supports 7th / 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4-3800+(OC) Memory
  • DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • M.2 port and Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • X-Boost: A Great tool to boost your USB & Storage performance
  • Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high-quality components for best protection and efficiency
  • Click BIOS 5: A super easy to use and friendly BIOS interface

Check the Motherboards Guide to see other models with the same chipset.


In order to use the all the GPU potential, you will need a powerful processor. My recommendation is to pair an i7 with a GTX 1070 or greater. For this build we will use a GTX 1080, so the best option to avoid bottlenecks is the i7-7700k, featuring 4 cores + 8 threads at 4.2 GHz.

In case you need more power from the CPU, you can always overclock it to increase the clock speed, but you will rarely need to do that to play any game at 4k@30 FPS or 1440p@144 FPS.

Check the Processors Guide to see other models within the same price range.

Graphics Card

Let me introduce you the latest Nvidia’s graphics card flagship: the GTX 1080. This component will be the core engine, the heart of your computer, so you better take care of it like if it were yours. Well… not literally, you can feed it with what it loves most: a powerful CPU and a stable power supply.

This GPU is the key part that will allow you to play your favorite games at 4k@30 FPS or 1440p@144 FPS, including Witcher 3, Fallout 4, GTA 5, (continue the sequence).

Check the Graphics Card Guide to see other models within the same price range.


With great power comes great responsability. The CPU and GPU are the leaders, but they won’t be nothing without their loyal comrades, one of the most important being the RAM.

For this build, I’ve chosen a combo of two 8 GB DDR4 modules at 2400 MHz, which is more than enough to handle any kind of game, application or usage… unless you want to edit videos or do some heavy stuff like that, where you will need a minimum of 32 GB.

Why shouldn’t I use one single RAM module? Learn all about choosing the best modules in the RAM Guide.

Storage Unit

All you need to enjoy lightning loading times in both games and the operating system is a SSD. The Sandisk Ultra II 240 GB is a top quality solid state drive with the best read/write speeds and also a remarkable durability.

Do you want to learn more about SSDs and the different options currently available in the market? Read the SSDs Guide.

Power Supply

What can I say about PSU’s? A cheap / bad-quality power supply could put in serious danger the whole system. Believe when I tell you that this part is the most important one if you want to keep your computer alive and working at full potential as long as possible without degrading the CPU and GPU.

And that’s why I’ve chosen the Corsair RM750x, a fully modular 750 watts PSU with 80+ Gold certified that will keep your computer safe from over-voltage and over-current peaks. It also includes protection against over-power and over-temperature.

Why are PSUs so important in every computer? Find it out in the Power Supplies Guide.

Don’t Forget About The Peripherals

'Extras & Peripherals - 1440 & 4K'

1440p & 4K Monitors Mechanical Keyboard
PCIe Wifi Adapter 1TB 7200 rpm HDD

As this build could be of interest for people that are looking for a 1440p@144FPS gaming computer as well as for those that want to build a 4K@30FPS computer, I thought that I should add the best monitor for each case.

If you want to play at 1440p and 144 FPS, the Asus MG278Q is your choice. This 27″ monitor features a 2560 x 1440 TN panel, with 1ms response time. And for those who may want to install (or already have) an RX 480 GPU, you can take advantage of the built in AMD’s Adaptative sync technology: FreeSync.

On the other hand, if 4K gaming is what you want, you may be interested in the Acer XB280HK BPRZ, an affordable 28″ 4K monitor. It also mounts a TN panel with 1ms response time but in this case, the adaptative sync technology used is the Nvidia’s G-Sync, which you can enjoy with the GPU used in this build, the GTX 1080.

How To Build a Computer

There are tons of tutorials and video tutorials out there about how to put together the different PC parts. The Newegg guys did a great job with a series of video tutorials which I highly recommend. It’s an easy process if you follow the process step by step and you will feel like a god when you see that you build your Gaming PC from scratch!

If you have never built a computer before don’t worry, I know the idea of putting together all the parts and dealing with all the cables can be overwhelming. That’s OK. If I can do it you can as well. What would I recommend you is to have a quick look at the following video so you can get an idea of what’s this about. And if you have any question feel free to comment at the end of this post :)!

How did you find this build? Do you think it can be improved in any way? What would you change? Do you want to go for it but not sure about something?

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Adrian Benavides

I've been always an avid gamer with limited resources. This led me to learn how to build the best gaming computers within tight budgets. Now, I want to share the knowledge I've acquired over the years with the world!

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