Build the best gaming pc for $1500(4K starter)

This gaming PC is one of the affordable high-end gaming machine that will let you play any game on at least high settings at 4K. Playing games at 4K with an i5 processor accompanied by a gtx 970, 980 is a little bit difficult, so you require more power. This PC has the power do run almost any game as well as rendering applications that require high processing power.

As we now have latest Intel’s 6th generation processors, I won’t be using the 4th generation processor in this build. This build should be future proof and most powerful of all the previous generation builds. With one of the single most powerful GPU’s in the market, and with the best gaming processor right now, it will own any gaming PC below $1500. I named it “THE OVERWHELMING

Without wasting more time let’s go to the components list!

One more thing, if you don’t know how to assemble a PC or want a complete guide on building a PC from scratch, you can grab my 115 pages guide from HERE.

Processor

Intel Core i7 6700K

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Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K

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This probably declared as the best processor for gaming and I have even included it in my Best Gaming Cpu’s article. For a high end build to handle any game and any rendering application, the minimum requirement is that you processor must have at least 4 cores. This one has 4 cores and 8 threads which eventually work as 8 cores.

Games at a maximum can use 4 cores and with this processor, you will have 4 threads still remaining. This processor can handle any high-end graphics card and even supports multiple graphics cards at the same time which will help you in upgrading your system without changing to a more expensive CPU.

As compared to the previous generation processors like i7 4790K, it provides more performance per watt and has better efficiency as it operates on 14nm architecture. There is no processor out there that can beat it in gaming except the i7 extreme processors which are really not meant for gaming. So, this is the best processor for you in 2016. Definitely, go with this and you will have no problems at all.

CPU Cooler

NZXT Kraken X31

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NZXT Kraken X31

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What is better than using a CPU cooler from NZXT itself? Yes, I could have used a Cooler master hyper 212 EVO but I don’t want the overclocking of this beasty build to be limited. Therefore for the best price, I chose the NZXT Kraken X31 which comes with a radiator with a single 120mm fan. The liquid cooler is much better than any air cooler and requires less space on the motherboard.

You can mount this radiator anywhere you want as the case we are going to use has many 120mm fan slots at multiple areas. But the best location will be the rear. This cooler will ensure lower temperatures and better overlocking of your CPU. You can easily get more than 4.5Ghz without breaking a sweat. The normal temperature won’t go above 50 degrees in most of the cases.

Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI

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Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI

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I have used it on my $1250 gaming pc and Best intel LGA 1151 motherboards as it is affordable and will fulfil all of your basic needs.

For supporting high-end components like the processor and the graphics card we are using in this build a motherboard that supports multiple high-end components. It has a capacity of supporting memory up to 64gb and is fully compatible with ddr4 memories.

There are 4 DIMM slots so we can use 4x16gb sticks for memory and that’s an advantage for upgrading it easily. The other great feature of this motherboard is that it can support up to 3 way AMD CrossfireX and 2 way Nvidia SLI. We can use a high-end graphics card like gtx 980 or gtx 1070, and can easily combine two of them to get more power and the system will be fantastic for 4K resolutions.

Other features of this motherboard include lots of Sata 3 ports, USB 3.0 ports, durability and better capacitors for sound quality. For under $150, this motherboard has everything you need. You don’t need to go with a >$200 motherboard because motherboards really don’t increase fps whatsoever.

Memory

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000Mhz

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

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Memory for a high-end build like this should be 16gb. 8gb is fine but as our motive is to build a PC which is future proof, 8gb will only fulfil your need for about 1-2 years. 16gb of ddr4 memory clocked at 3000Mhz is quite fast and enough for running applications and games at 4K and even on 3 monitors. You won’t be able to play games at 4k on three monitors but applications will run butter smooth.

As ddr4 memories are much faster and more power efficient, the power consumption of this PC won’t go higher. With 2x8gb sticks in your build, you will be still having 2 DIMM slots empty for upgradations. Therefore, no need of worrying.

Graphics card

MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8gb gddr5

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MSI GeForce GTX 1070

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Perhaps the fastest graphics card for under $500 is gtx 1070. It’s one of the latest release from Nvidia’s side in the gtx 1000 series and this one is from MSI. It has already beaten gtx 980, gtx 980 ti and even gtx titan X in a few games proving it to be the “Titan X” at the price of gtx 980. It features 8gb of ddr5 memory with a core clock of 1607Mhz and a boost clock of 1797Mhz in OC mode. It has three more modes which vary in clocks and the OC being the fastest.

It also has two fan modes. When the temperature is below 60-degree celsius, the fans don’t spin. So you get silent PC when idle or when doing non-gaming works. But when it crosses the fans start spinning according to the temperature. The more the temperature will be, the faster the fans will spin.

These clocks are massive and the card is itself massively overclockable. It is even increased in memory clock as high as 8008Mhz rather than the 6000/7000Mhz of previous generation cards. For enthusiast gamers, this is the one card that needs to be bought if they want a high-end gaming PC for $1300-$1500 only delivering awesome performance at 1440p and on 4k.

You will be able to play every game maxed out even on 4k but for smoother experience 1440p is the ideal resolution for this card as tested but on 4k, games still run on more than 40 fps constantly on ultra settings like DOOM, Rise of the tomb raider and GTA V with a little bit dip to 30’s on graphical intensive areas.

 

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Hard drive

Western Digital 1TB

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WD Blue 1TB Desktop

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1 terabyte of the hard drive will be good for storing your games, applications and movies. You don’t need a 5tb HDD to store your files. With 1tb you can store your games setup files as well as installed files if you want to. And there is always an option for you to upgrade in the future as the motherboard we chose supports several hard drives simultaneously. So, this gives you freedom to use any size HDD.

Solid state drive

Kingston digital 480Gb

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Kingston Digital 120GB

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For faster operations, an SSD is a must for a build like this. As you are investing a lot of money in graphics card and processor. Consider going with an SSD also, it is really worth the money. For the price of $150, you can get 480Gb of SSD which is 10 times faster than an HDD. It is best for installing an Operating system like windows in it as it decreases the booting time massively.

Although you will not get an increase in fps in games but you will find the difference between the loading time when you run the same game in HDD and SSD respectively. 480Gb may not be enough for storing a lot of games but it’s good for your system’s speed and you will not have to wait longer for applications to open up.

Power supply

EVGA 650 Watts GQ 80+ GOLD

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EVGA 650 GQ

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For the power supply, EVGA is one of the best PSU manufacturers and provides them at a cheaper price as compared to other brands. The power supply has 650 watts maximum capacity which will be enough for all of our components and there will be still room for further upgrades like Custom fans, radiators or Storage devices. This is not a regular 80+ power supply, it’s 80+ Gold GQ edition which has highest quality Japanese capacitors which will ensure proper and reliable operation.

Gtx 1070 doesn’t require that much power and with all components working together you will still get enough headroom for small upgrades.

As it is an 80+ Gold power supply, you will at least get 90% of power efficiency at 100% load and a maximum of 92% efficiency on typical loads. The more the efficiency the more is the power available to the components and the lower will be the heat generated. This power supply is also CrossfireX and SLI ready. Right now we are not combining two graphics card and it will be good enough for a single one. You will also get 5 years of warranty from EVGA and a good customer service.

Case

NZXT Source 530 Full Tower Chassis

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NZXT Source 530 Full Tower

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As we want to make a future proof PC, a mid tower could be a fine choice, but we will be limited to the components we could install in the case. A full tower the is best option for a high-end build especially if you are planning to do SLI in it.

NZXT cases are one of my favourites. They have a sleek and neat design with proper ventilation. The cable management and the components support of this case are awesome as it will provide you up to 34mm of clearance for cables. The case supports Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and Full ATX motherboards and supports multiple sized radiators at the top and the front.

The case is fully modular and lets you choose how you want to customise it. There is plenty of fans support in the case and you can install several 120mm/140mm or even a 200mm fan depending upon the location where you want to mount them. The back of the motherboard mounting plate has an SSD bracket that will help you in expanding your storage without making it noticeable.

No matter what component you will buy, there is a very negligible chance that the component won’t fit in it. But the only Con of this case is that the routing holes don’t have rubber grommets. It would have been better if Nzxt provided them.

TOTAL~$1530(Prices Fluctuate, Including OS)

Operating system(Recommended)

Windows 10

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Microsoft Windows 10

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Windows 10 is easy to operate and is fully compatible with the skylake processors. Getting a genuine windows is necessary because you will get updates for lifetime for free. Frankly speaking I like windows 7 more but I also liked windows 10 as the design is similar to windows 8 but this time the colour theme is blue and there are so many new features including the help assistant cortana.

Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play CSGO. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)