The best gaming PC isn’t the one you buy: it’s the one that you build. Building PCs can be a very expensive hobby, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great, powerful build for a reasonable price. Not everyone needs to play games at 4K, after all. The trick is to build a PC that will offer impressive performance now, while still delivering the power needed to play games at least two to three years in the future.
And that’s exactly why today I am going to show you a very best high-end gaming/editing PC possible for $1,500.
So now with that been said, let’s start.
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00 AMD Ryzen Gaming PC Build 2017
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Now let’s check out the components and parts that I will be using for this 2000$ PC build. For cabinet I am using the MasterBox 5 Cabinet from cooler master, for Power supply I chose the corsair RM 650 X which is gold certified, for graphics I went for the 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition , In terms of motherboard I decided to go with Asus Prime X370-Pro Motherboard, As for the processor I chose the Ryzen 7 1700x coupled with 16 gigs Hyper X fury Ram, Now for cooling I selected the Hyper 212 dual fan CPU Cooler from cooler master and at last for storage I went with Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD as my primary storage and a 2TB Western Digital hard drive for storing the data.
Now starting with the processor, for this 1500$ Pc build I am using the Ryzen 7 1700X which is AMD’s new flagship processor—an 8-core, 16-thread beast with a mere 95W TDP and a sticker price that’s less than half—that of a comparable Intel processor.
The 1700X actually makes me wonder more why AMD released the 1800X in the first place. It seems to me all it has to offer over this more wallet-friendly version is a 200MHz clock speed bump that can be ironed out with a simple BIOS tweak.
The Ryzen 1700X rocks stock clock speeds of 3.6GHz, ramping up to 3.8GHz when more power is needed. You also still get the full 20MB complement of aggregated L3 and L2 cache and the 20 lanes of PCIe 3.0 throughput.
For the motherboard I used the Asus Prime X370-Pro Motherboard and It offers everything you’d expect in an Asus motherboard. There four DDR4 memory slots that can handle up to 64GB and at speed all the way up to 3200Mhz. There’s Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s. Six SATA ports offer even more storage options. There’s a USB 3.1 front panel connector along with three USB 3.1 rear ports.
Asus has also included all the features enthusiasts have come to expect in an Asus motherboard. 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 provides whole system optimization with a single click. Asus also added their own Aura Sync RGB lighting system with Lighting control, RGB strip header and lighting effects synchronization with compatible Asus products.
As for the most affordable model in NVidia’s range of ‘Pascal’ graphics processors, the GeForce GTX 1060 is the most exciting release for cost-conscious PC gamers. For this build I am using the founder’s edition of GeForce GTX 1060 which generally cost significantly more than the third-party versions and a huge shout out to NVidia for sending me this.
The card comes with all the performance, power consumption and feature benefits of NVidia’s Pascal architecture at a more modest performance level. However, the GTX 1060 is fast enough to run the latest games with decent quality settings at up to 2560×1440 pixels.
With consistently good performance at resolutions up to 2560×1440 pixels, the GTX 1060 is a great card for the majority of gamers who don’t have 4K displays or multi-monitor setups. You’ll be able to run at those resolutions with high or ultra-quality settings enabled too while averaging 60fps or higher. For decent 4K gaming you’re going to have to spend significantly more and buy a GTX 1070 or even a GTX 1080.
As for the Ram I used the one 16 Gb stick of Kingston HyperX Fury 2400 MHz DDR4 Ram. The best thing that I liked about this Ram is that it automatically recognizes its host platform and overclocks to the highest frequency possible, meaning you don’t need to tweak it by yourself.
FURY DDR4 runs at 1.2V, even at 2666MHz, so it stays cooler while you play. You don’t need to alter the voltage to reach higher speeds, which means there’s more power for other hardware in the system. FURY’s sleek, asymmetrical black heat spreader provides enhanced thermal dissipation to help keep your cool and help you stand out from the crowd.
In terms of storage I used the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD as my primary storage and a 2TB Western Digital hard drive for storing the data. The 850 Evo is the second SSD from Samsung that uses a 3D vertical flash memory cell meaning you will get insane read and write speed which is ideal if you are into gaming or content creating.
- Power Supply
You don’t need to buy a fancy or an overpriced power supply in a build like this. Get one from a reputable manufacturer with 80 Plus Gold certification and you’re good to go. And that exactly what I did, I chose the corsair RM 650X which nicely fits the budget and the 2 best thing about this power supply is that its modular and it is 80 Plus Gold certified that means it’s 90% efficient at 50% load.
It is also very silent because of its relaxed fan profile and semi-passive mode feature, which only enables the fan when the unit’s internal temperature reaches a rather high threshold.
The RM650 X is also a perfect choice for a strong gaming system because it can support two high-end VGAs with a power consumption of around 200 W each and that’s the reason why I opted for this.
- CPU Cooler
As for the CPU cooler I chose the Cooler Master Hyper 212 turbo which is our go-to for folks who want a solid CPU cooler without breaking the bank and this one is the dual fan version which provides better cooling then the previous model. It supports sockets from intel as well as from AMD and it is fully compatible with latest AM4 sockets.
For a budget cooler, it’s certainly presentable and the quality of the fans on the front and back certainly adds a lot with its LED lighting and transparent black blades.
The cooling tower is quite slim, which should greatly improve compatibility with taller ram modules, and while it’s fairly plain in terms of design, it also looks neat and tidy and should blend in with most builds with ease and this one is the dual fan version.
For the cabinet we are using MasterBox 5t from cooler master. The MasterBox 5t is a mid-tower style case featuring a unique design, from the two-tone colour scheme to the carry handle on top. This case appeals to the first time builder, as well as the veteran who needs the flexibility that the MasterBox 5t offers. The overall design is fairly simple – and I like that. It can work as a gaming case, a workstation case, or just a general use case. The front acrylic panel is flanked on either side by vertical intake vents trimmed in red metal mesh. The acrylic front has a mirror finish and while it has a dark smoke translucence, there is no doubt that any LED fans you use up front would really look nice.
Right away, the motherboard tray and PC components are visible through the large clear side window. Now I am a big fan of red and black themed components, so when I first pulled the case out of the packaging, I was hooked. Of course, not everyone is a fan of the red and black combination.
The front panel consists of the standard items like the hard drive activity LED, reset button, two USB 3.0 ports, and headphone and microphone jacks. The main power button is front and centre. Off to the right is a little extra something – a two speed fan control switch for case fans through which you can control the speed of the installed fans.
Now if we talk about the performance then I think the overall performance of this Build is really great and a perfect bang for your buck as I am testing this since almost 10 days, and it doesn’t matter for what you purpose you are going to use this PC either for Gaming or for video editing this is handle anything very easily.
The Ryzen 1700X is a very good multi-tasking processor which outperforms every Intel processor at its price range in every rendering and video encoding application. However, in gaming also it performed really well but if you spend a little bit more and buy a GTX 1070 or 1080 then I think there would be a significant improve in the frame rates. But if you are one of those who would use a 1080p monitor then you don’t have to worry about the frame rates as in my testing I was easily hitting more the 60 frames in my 1080p monitor at max settings and the gaming experience was really good.
Now if you want to see how GTX 1060 performs in 4k monitor then in my next build I am using a 4k monitor from LG and that video is set to release tomorrow so stay tuned.
The operation of this processor is much faster. When I switch tabs of chrome or switch from Games to desktop or vice versa, it takes almost no time and doesn’t even tend to hang when I run applications like adobe premiere pro, after effects, photo shop etc. at the same time
Overall, this is a great looking PC that has 8 cores and 16 threads and good overall gaming performance for around $1,500. But If you’re building something similar and you are quite concern about gaming performance, then you should probably opt for a different GPU like may be GTX 1070 or 1080. But if you are a video editor and want to use thing as your editing work station then GTX 1060 is enough.
So guys what do you think about this 1500$ PC build do let me know your thoughts in the comment section.