Help with buying/building gaming PC within $1500

Hi all,

I am trying to buy/build semi decent PC for gaming but only have around $1500 to spend.

With GPU shortage, is it still possible to get a PC with RTX 3000 series graphic card with my budget?

Is it better to get a pre-build PC? I saw some really good deals for pre-build PC from BPCTech/TechFast with RTX 3060 PC around $1500ish a while back, seems cheaper to get pre-build PCs than to build your own.

Any advise on place to get best deal at the moment? Please help, thanks!

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  • +1 vote

    I am in the same boat as you OP. I know nothing about PC gaming.

    Would you be open to looking at a 2060? There’s a few of these prebuilt systems coming in at $1500

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      Yes, please let me know where I can look into those pcs. Thanks!

  • +4 votes

    Probably best to keep an eye out at the usual places Techfast, BPC Technology and Virco for a Sub $1500 system

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      This is the only way pretty much. Get lucky with a deal on ozbargain. Dell is worth considering in this climate. Maybe a ps5/xbox. I know there used to be groups that had upto date information on graphics card stock, I think maybe discord. but nothing new is really less than $900 if you're lucky. Second hand card might be worth considering if you can get your hands on one for cheap.

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    If you don't know about it, prebuilt can be your best option. Specially with the parts shortages and stupid current prices.

    Assembling a PC from parts is not rocket science and only takes hour or 2 taking your time.
    Most parts only go into 1 place (CPU, RAM, PSU etc)

    I like building my own, but sometimes you wonder how they can sell prebuilts for the price and still make a profit.