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Welcome, 2017!  If you are looking to upgrade from your old desktop then you have come at the perfect time, we got a great selection of gaming rigs from the best brands within $1500. All of these configurations pack the most punch for the price.

1.  XOTIC PC Recon ($1399)

A major reason why XOTIC made to the top spot is the SuperClocked GTX 970. The i5 and GTX is hard to see within $1500. Let’s see what else it has to offer.

Specifications

  • Intel Core i5-6500 (3.2GHz)
  • EVGA SuperClocked NVIDIA GTX 970 (SLI Support)
  • ASUS Z170 Pro
  • 8GB Ram
  • 1TB Hard Disk with 120GB SSD
  • Liquid Cooling
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Optical Drive
  • 750 Watts PSU

Pros

Juiciest Graphics within the $1.5k Sweet Spot

Cons

They should have added the Intel Core i5-6600K

Verdict

Unarguably the best built! For under $1.5k, you are not getting any better deal, but you can complain that there is no i7, but the superclocked 970 balances it.

2. Digital Storm Vanquish 5 ($848)

This would have been the best PC if it had supported slightly better specs. For the price you pay, it’s a real surprise to see such power under the hood. Still, it’s slightly behind the Recon.

Specifications

  • Intel Core i7-6700 (3.4GHz)
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970
  • ASUS Z170-A
  • 8GB Ram
  • 1TB Hard Disk with 64GB SSD
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Optical Drive
  • 750 Watts PSU

Pros

Core i7 and GTX 970 under $1000

Cons

It needs a Stylish Touch!

Verdict

This gave the Recon a tough competition, but the lack of liquid cooling, bigger SSD, and a fancy casing cost the number one position. No one would mind spending extra $100-150 to get those features. Also, we would love a Superclocked GTX 970 here.

3. CyberPowerPC ZEUS EVO ($1375)

The Hardcore AMD Powerhouse, ZEUS EVO packs some serious power provided by AMD, and it made its way to the top 5, but can it really light a candle to its competition, let’s see!

Specifications

  • AMD FX-9590 (4.7GHz)
  • AMD Radeon R7 370 (Crossfire Support)
  • Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
  • 4GB Ram
  • 500GB Hard Disk with 64GB SSD
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Optical Drive
  • Liquid Cooling
  • 400 Watts PSU

Pros

Easy upgrade options

Cons

Good support and extended warranty

Verdict

It’s sure a treat for AMD fanboys considering the Crossfire support. However it’s not the best built around, they could have managed an R9 390 at this price, and we are keen to see the new RYZEN here.

4. Acer Predator G6 ($1462)

The Acer Predator G6 was always a fan favorite. It offers great specifications for the price, and we are glad to see improvements on the already great chassis. Let’s see what it packs inside.

Specifications

  • Intel Core i7-6700K (4.0GHz)
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 97
  • Company’s Proprietary Motherboard
  • 8GB Ram
  • 1TB Hard Disk with 128GB SSD
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Optical Drive
  • 730 Watts PSU

Pros

High-End Intel Processor and NVIDIA Graphics is a catch with the beefy chassis

Cons

Only prebuilt configurations, no customization options

Verdict

The i7 is a catch, and we have always loved the case, but we really wanted some configuration options.

5. Alienware X51 ($1128)

Dell never failed to create an impression with the Alienware. The new X51 keeps up its beefy specifications within the small size and manages to remain in the top 5 once again.

Specifications

  • Intel Core i7-6700 (3.4GHz)
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970
  • Company’s Proprietary Motherboard
  • 8GB Ram
  • 1TB Hard Disk with 256GB SSD
  • DVD/Blu-Ray Optical Drive
  • Company’s Proprietary Mode

Pros

Managed a GTX 970  with a small form factor

Cons

Limited upgrades

Verdict

The console killer is back! It packs a powerhouse beneath the small form factor, but the only problem is, its unmatched portability costs you to upgrade for more configuration options.

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