Even $1500 goes a long way these days....
Sure does, and that's counting my (then) 512GB Samsung 950 PRO NVMe SSD & EVGA GTX 1070 FTW + ACX 3.0 GPU.
Already had the Intel 4790K in another PC, so didn't count that towards the build, was purchased to upgrade my XPS 8700, although would revert back to the OEM supplied i7-4770, not a shabby CPU by any means, although a locked model that prevents any overclock.
While I initially started with 32GB of GSkill Aegis DDR3-1600MHz RAM, would later find their TridentX (2400MHz) RAM on promo for $109 per 16GB set, purchased a total of four to max out my first two Z97 builds. Not that the original was a waste, were used to upgrade other builds. I throw nothing of value out, organize spare components to be reused later. Although am considering getting rid of a couple of very old MB's, and will likely give my DDR RAM to one in need, as long as they're in the US. My SATA-1 & especially SATA-2 HDD's are now backup models, some in enclosures, smaller models used in a docking station & stored after cooling in Tupperware containers. The only 'bad' HDD is a dead one, even a couple of 80-120GB ones are used, one in a PC as the Linux Mint /home drive.
So $1,500 can go a long way, especially if one has some components to reuse, such as HDD's for data, as well as optical drives & other usable internally installed components. Not that I'm pushing the brand in the least, AMD Ryzen CPU's & MB's has dropped in price by a huge margin since released, although their latest GPU's are still priced quite high, as for now, no competition for 2048 bit bus models. I once thought my GTX 1070 FTW edition was a powerhouse, yet a 256 bit bus card cannot compete with a 2048 one, had wondered why most all of the 512 bit options disappeared, maybe for power savings. At any rate, here's the build I performed in the $1,500 range, also shown in my sig below.
And that was in 2015, my only regret was not going with the only $50 more i7-5820K, almost twice the CPU's cache, and 28 lanes rather than 16, so that I wouldn't have had to use one of my GPU slots for the Samsung 950 PRO NVMe SSD, could had used a native x4 slot w/out affecting graphics (although there wasn't a huge performance hit, link below show it). Plus could had overclocked the 6 core & soldered on IHS (rather than bonded with glue & cheap thermal paste) to i7-4790K specs & beyond.
One point away from being total UFO across the board, even with the GPU running at x8 & was held back only by processes I couldn't find.
In summary, you can build an awesome $1,500 PC, sign up on Newegg for promo codes, note that by Forum rules, we cannot post any here & would be no good anyway unless an existing subscriber. Compare other sites also, saving $15 here & $25-30 there can add up to enough for a nice keyboard.mouse set, or maybe a SSD. Note that there's also great deals to be found on eBay, just make sure to check Seller feedback & how long has been a member. Those with tens of thousands of reviews are power Sellers & wants to keep their negative feedback to a minimum. Many sells brand new components, even Newegg also has an eBay store.
Good Luck & hope to see your killer PC soon, am currently saving for my next, although won't be Intel unless they return to soldering the IHS to the chip, this makes for a 15-20C drop in temps. Plus unlike previous gens (Sandy Bridge & older) as well as AMD CPU's, one cannot stash these in a closet for 5-7+ years & install, the TIM may be long dried out & no longer fit for use until re-pasted, usage may cause the CPU to go into a one-time thermal runaway. These are things to consider when choosing components, had I known that Haswell/Ivy Bridge CPU were manufactured like this, would had surely went with the soldered together 6 core i7-5820K. I made the mistake of listening to another member here who I'll not call by name, who stated that having onboard graphics would better than none.
Needless to say, will trust my own instinct next time!