Best $2,000 Dollar Gaming PC Build, Prepare To Be Amazed

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If you were to put together a $2,000 dollar gaming PC build then you’d be absolutely amazed by the speed and graphical performance. That’s for certain.

How do I know this?

Because optimal PC hardware on this kind of budget sets you up for so far into the future that I can’t really even quite fathom exactly how long it would last.

Most likely for 10+ years. (Seriously.)

 

Best 2000 Dollar Gaming PC Build

 

Amazing, Optimal Performance


If you’re looking to max absolutely every single game that is out and that is coming out this year and into the next with 60+ FPS and then some then this is definitely going to be the right build for you.

You’ll not only be able to just play games, you’ll be able to create them. This build is more than capable of running game engines and 3D softwares for rendering and the such.

This build is going to take anything and everything that you throw at it so if you really do get these parts and put this build together then I applause you for your desire to have the best of the best when it comes to gaming PCs and the top of the line hardware that’s out there.

Seriously though, computers are so far ahead of the gaming consoles of today that it’s almost not even funny. PCs are able to do so much more and they’re able to show exactly how a game should look, at the top of its game. At its prime.

Only PCs have the power to do that and this specific build is a God among the rest.

 

How To Build A Computer


If you’re putting this build together then you’re obviously going to need to know how to put a computer together.

For most people, this sounds like a daunting task that can only be done by the computer nerds of the world but that’s just not true. Not at all.

You see, I’m the furthest thing from being some computer guru, especially when I went to build my first PC myself.

I was a console gamer for the longest time but I’ve always come across awesome videos of the different mods for PC games and just the PC gaming world in general. I also had some friends that were into PC gaming so that pushed me to want to build my own.

After researching A LOT about building computers and looking at a bunch of different tutorials I came across a video series by Newegg TV that fully explains step by step the process of building a computer and I’ve attached that video series below!

Be sure to watch the whole video before and during your process when you go to build this PC. Newegg didn’t leave anything out and this is the same video that I used when I built my first gaming PC!

Now, on to the good part. The hardware!

 

Optimal Hardware For A $2,000 Budget


 

Last Updated: August 1st, 2018

 

Case – Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower

 Motherboard – ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING

 ProcessorIntel i7-8700k

CPU Cooler – Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Liquid Cooler

 Video Card – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING OC 11GB

 RAM – Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 Kit

 

850 Power Supply – EVGA SuperNOVA 80PLUS 850W

Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

  Solid State Drive – SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB

 Blu Ray Drive – Asus Black Blu-Ray Drive

 

Final Price: $1,968.24

 

Build Details


This build is a God among Gods when it comes to PC builds.

You can never go wrong with running with a $2,000 budget for building an epic gaming rig.

The combination of the i7-8700k and a GTX 1080 video card gives the most ultimate experience that you could fathom with this type of budget. You’re going to be able to max anything and everything you install on the hard drive/solid state drive. You’re basically guaranteed max settings, 60 FPS.

The 8700k is the newest model of CPU from Intel and with the pricing finally making sense, it’s time to add it to this build.

I’ve included the liquid cooler because it’s needed for the 8700k. Unlike previous generations, this CPU will not come with a stock Intel CPU cooler.

Therefore you’ll need to have some kind of a cooling system in place and the Corsair H100i v2 is your best bet if you’re looking for quality. Be sure to look up different YouTube video guides for the installation of it!

The case is a full tower case I’m sure that the video card and any other big video card should be able to fit this case with no problems.

Even though the price isn’t all the way there, I currently have a GTX 1080 Ti listed for the graphics card. This is the absolute best video card  you can get on the market right now and since it fits within the budget, it makes sense to have the best of the best.

The price point for a GTX 1080 Ti is crazy high right now so if you need to go down to a 8GB GTX 1080 to get a better overall price then do so. The GPU market has been going hay wire due to Bitcoin mining farms and the like.

The companies that make the video cards that we gamers need are increasing the price due to the demand from the miners, this is why almost all of the GPUs pricing doesn’t make sense. It’s an odd time to be building PCs and I’m trying my best to keep everything updated as we move forward. With that in mind, let’s go over everything else with the build.

Feel free to switch out other parts of the build such as the case, PSU, etc. You can ask me in the comments below if you’re unsure about a certain part being compatible.

We can finally use a GTX 1080 Ti with the current market which is an absolutely amazing card for this current price range.

A full tower allows you to add a lot more drives to it for down the road and it just looks awesome when you have it sitting on top of a large desk.

Trust me, you’re going to need a good bit of room to be able to display this case, my favorite part about it is that it can change to different colors via the led strip that it has on it! It’s a beautiful tower.

Now unlike most of the other builds on the site this build has 16GB of RAM. There’s more than enough room in this budget for 16GB RAM and having that much memory is going to make multi-tasking a breeze. You’ll be able to run your own game server as well if you’d really like to, 16 GB RAM is very nice to have!

As far as hard drive space goes, there’s enough room in the budget to have a nice sized SSD and a 1TB hard drive as well. 525GB of SSD is going to make you extremely content with your build because a SSD is seriously 10x faster than a normal hard drive. I highly suggest throwing your operating system on the SSD along with your favorite programs/games as well. Any other files like photos/videos should be stored in the 1TB hard drive.

Now for the CD drive you’re able to actually have a Blu Ray drive! Regular CDs will work just fine on this drive, it’s a combination of Blu Ray and regular CD write so no need to worry there. Blu Ray movies have amazing quality and being able to use them with your build will be awesome!

 

Peripherals


You’re going to need a mouse/keyboard combo as well as a nice monitor to go with this high-tier build. I’ll say now that the keyboard isn’t entirely important to the point where it’s necessary to spend a bunch of money on it but I’d understand why if you’re looking for certain features that can come with a higher end keyboard.

Below are a couple of links to reviews from Logitech’s G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse and their G910 Orion Spark keyboard. Be sure to read through them and see what comes with some of the highest quality peripherals, especially in the realm of the mouse.

You definitely want a nicer mouse if you want to have optimal accuracy and overall good build quality. If you want you gear to stand the test of time then you’ll have to invest a bit for it.

 

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Optical Gaming Mouse Review – Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

logitech g910 keyboard review– Logitech G910 Orion Spark

 

As for a monitor, with the power of something like the GTX 1080 Ti, you need something that is going to show off what it is truly capable of. This means at least going with a high quality 1440p resolution monitor since you’ll be getting an insane amount of FPS with it.

The Dell monitor linked below is a great choice for 1440p without absolutely breaking the bank. There are a ton of different monitor options on the market ranging to all sorts of different price ranges so be sure to do your research but if you’re wanting to have that 1440p experience without spending upwards of $600+ then this might be the one for you.

 

 – Dell S2716DG

 

Let me know down below if you find other monitors that you think would better suit the build. I always keep the budget in mind and since there isn’t a ton of room outside of the budget range I figured to go with the best bang for your buck when it comes to a lower priced 1440p monitor.

 

Operating System And More


Now for an operating system I would definitely pick up Windows 10. Microsoft has been doing a pretty great job at keeping Windows 10 updated and it’s the most optimal choice when you have gaming in mind. Even in the VR space, Windows 10 is basically the main operating system that is in mind with developers.

If you really don’t want to dish out the extra $100 for an operating system right away (I totally get it) then I highly suggest that you check out the Linux based operating system known as Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is an open-source operating system that gives you a ton of freedom. Oh, and it’s 100% free! 🙂

You could just throw Ubuntu on your system until you’ve saved up enough cash for Windows or you could just simply use Ubuntu, there are many programs for this operating system that will allow you to emulate Steam games so no need to worry about game compatibility.

Also if you need a good internet connection from your PC to your wifi then I highly suggest picking up a wireless network adapter. This is the same kind of adapter that I use with my gaming PC and it works wonders, it keeps connection all the time and it is extremely reliable!

It’s better to have a direct connection via ethernet for your internet but if you have to go wireless then you’ll want an adapter that definitely gets the job done.

windows 10 64bit Windows 10 64bit – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_ USB Wireless Network Adapter – Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

Those two links above are for Windows 10 64bit and for a USB network adapter for connecting to the internet. Why USB though?

Well, there’s always the option of going with an internal wireless adapter if you wanted to. Being on a $2,000 budget gives you room to really be able to use whatever parts you’d really want to use.

I’d highly suggest going with a direct connection via an ethernet cord if you’re able to since that’ll give you the best connection but if that’s not an option then you’ll definitely need some sort of a wireless adapter to get online with your build.

Also, if you need a nice gaming mouse to go with your build then I suggest checking out the Anker gaming mouse. I reviewed it just a while back and it has major customization options along with precision!

If you need a keyboard that’ll get the job done then I suggest checking out this Logitech keyboard. It has got the best bang for your buck and it was designed with the PC gamer in mind that’s for sure.

 

To Conclude


All in all, if you’re looking for the best of the best and you want unstoppable power when it comes to not only PC gaming but computing in general then this is definitely the build that you should go with.

This is going to work with everything you throw at it, and then some.

So what do you guys think of this build?

Are you going to be putting it together?

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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339 Responses to Best $2,000 Dollar Gaming PC Build, Prepare To Be Amazed

  1. Miguel says:

    Hey, again, Colton!

    Thank you for your support. Wanted to see when are you going to update because before I get the items I want to make sure I have the right ones for this build.

    Thanks,
    Miguel

    • Colton P says:

      I will be providing updates today, stay tuned! Also going all the way through to Black Friday/Cyber Monday I hope to stay on top of updates to make sure you’re all getting the most power per dollar spent.

  2. Cole Nooby PC Builder says:

    Hey Colton great guild I was shopping around and I see that there was this graphics card –
    http://amzn.to/2mSVA2x
    can you tell me what the differences are between the card you recommended and this one? Really new to this pc building stuff and was wondering if spending the extra money on the “XTREME” version was worth it.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Cole,

      So the XTREME version comes with a bit faster core clock and overclocked speeds. Either way, both cards have crazy performance. I wouldn’t say that there is a significant difference between the versions, maybe getting almost 5ish more FPS in some cases. Though that’s pure speculation, I know that the difference wouldn’t be super noticeable.

      Let me know what you decide to go with and always let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!

      • Cole Nooby PC Builder says:

        Ok sounds good! I think i have every picked out that i want but I’m having a hard time deciding on a monitor. I know i want a 27″ monitor and defiantly 2 of them at some point but I’d settle for one nice one right now then pick up the second latter. Can you please give me some recommendations for monitors? My price point would be around $350 give or take a little. So that could be for 2 monitors or just one good one.

        Thanks For Your Help,
        Cole

        • Colton P says:

          It’d be a bit over the price point but if you’re going for a high powered build then you’d need a monitor to match suit. I just reviewed this monitor from Dell and it’s the ideal one to go with when thinking of 1440p!

          Let me know what you think!

          • Cole Nooby PC Builder says:

            Ok cool I picked up on of these monitors and all of the parts are on there way! The only thing that I changed was the graphics card. I did end up getting the eXtreme version because on Newegg it was only 20 dollars more then the base version. One last question, I see you updated your part list and changed out the type of RAM you recommend. Just wondering what the reason for this was? Anyway you’ve been very helpful and i will defiantly recommend your site to friends!

            Thanks For Your Help,
            Cole

          • Colton P says:

            That was due to pricing, performance wise there isn’t really any differences.

            Exciting, keep us posted on how the build goes! It’s going to be an awesome one!

  3. saeed almansoor says:

    would this fit into the phanteks enthoo evolv atx tempered glass edition

    • Colton P says:

      You’re looking at using this exact case then, right?

      It’d be able to work but keep in mind that there isn’t a slot for the CD drive. If you know what you’re doing when it comes to installing your OS via USB and your drivers online then you’d be good to go!

  4. Nicholas Tobin says:

    My dad just got PC parts today since it’s cyber Monday. Can you guide me through the build some how? I know some stuff but I’m confused on how liquid cooling works.

    • Colton P says:

      Have you checked out the above video and/or have you gotten on YouTube to see how others have used the same exact cooler? Also directions should have came with the cooler.

      How far have you gotten? Or have you finished up the build? Let me know!

  5. JLew says:

    Quick Question about the CPU Cooler, im currently working on a build for a family member and they want a beefy CPU so they dont have to worry about ever getting a new PC unless something just breaks. So im getting them the i7-7700k BUT with no GPU (if they need a GPU in the future will probably just pick up a ~$100 one since they dont game or anything) so with just the CPU is there a need for a Liquid Cooler or would the Stock cooler work perfectly fine?

  6. Payton P says:

    Colton, what is your perspective on cases with built in liquid cooling system vs the one you referenced above. I know it’s quite a price hike in the case price compared to what you listed. But I’m more interested in performance, looks, and ease of build.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Payton,

      It comes down to whether or not you plan on overclocking your build. A liquid cooler is able to maximize the performance and ease when it comes to overclocking. I’d go off of reviews for the cases that have liquid cooling pre-installed, did you have one specifically in mind?

      Let me know!

  7. Payton P says:

    Also, any take on this graphics card over the one above? http://amzn.to/2iNC42V

    • Colton P says:

      I dig the RGB lighting and the OC right out of the gate, though with the above card you’d be able to reach the same level of performance with the OC for sure.

  8. Wylie Allmon says:

    Hey Colton, I’m planning on building a very similar computer to the one you recommended. I’m getting all the same parts except instead of a 7700k I was thinking about getting a 8700k (for the 6 cores and better overclocking?), and too go with that I would upgrade to a 3rd gen motherboard.(Asus ROG STRIX z370-E)
    Would that work, and if so is it the best option to go with for the price?
    Thanks, Wylie

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Wylie,

      So you’re referring to this exact motherboard then, right?

      If so then yes, you’d be good to go using that and combining it with everything listed above! Let me know what you decide to do.

      I think that if you’re looking for the features that motherboard has to offer then it’s a good bang for your buck.

  9. Wylie Allmon says:

    Yeah I’m planning to copy the exact build above with the exception of the motherboard and processor.
    Thanks for the

    -Wylie

  10. Michael Perkins says:

    If I want to do gaming and video editing what do you recommend

    • Colton P says:

      I mean these specs are going to be good enough for whatever you’d want to try and do. The hyper threading with the above i7 is great for content creation, especially after overclocking.

      Though you might also want to entertain the idea of going with Ryzen since there are more cores to work with. If you wanted to do that I’d recommend using the Ryzen 7 1700 with something like this motherboard from MSI for sure.

      Keep in mind that the 1700 comes with a cooler that will still work for overclocking so you don’t need the above liquid cooler. If you still wanted to use it you’ll probably need a separate adapter or simply go with a different liquid cooler.

      Let me know what you decide to go with!

  11. Super says:

    Thank you man for this build guide. This will be my first build. Any tips before i start building?

    • Colton P says:

      You’re welcome!

      Simply make sure to watch the above video before and during the actual process of putting the PC together. It’s going to help out ten fold, that and if you have any questions and what not as you move forward with the build then feel free to give me a holler!

  12. Super says:

    Hey colton,I was wondering does this build contain a certain theme i want to go with a themed build.Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Well sort of, you’re able to change the LED colors from the case to match up with whatever you want if that’s what you mean. Otherwise we’d have to take a look around for compatible parts that go with the theme that you’d want to go with.

  13. Super says:

    Hey Colton, So i changed a bit of parts of this build please tell me if the case has a slot for an optical drive **I AM LAZY TO FIND OUT**
    http://amzn.to/2CXsh1X

    and also changed my graphic card to http://amzn.to/2BXzpP5
    I think its a pretty good case and a pretty good graphic card. Yet again thanks Colton

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Super, yes you’d be able to use a CD drive with that case and it’ll work for the card you’re going for and everything else as well! Let me know if I can help with anything else.

  14. Cole Nooby PC Builder says:

    So the build went smooth, everything went together very well but I had some problems with windows. I think it was due to a corrupt driver but I’m not sure. I wiped my ssd clean last night and will be trying to get a fresh download of windows onto it tonight and hopefully that will fix it. Ill update tomorrow with the results!

    Thanks,
    Cole

    • Cole Nooby PC Builder says:

      So after a $45 RAM Test from a computer shop, they determined that both of my RAM card were faulty D’= . So after talking to newegg they will replace them for for free. After taking the computer into the shop to get tested they had recommended me upgrading to 32GB 3200MHz RAM. I’m rather new to this and was wondering if this is actually worth it. If it is can you make a recommendation of what kind of RAM you would think would be the best value with those specs?

      Thanks,
      Cole

      • Colton P says:

        I’d simply get a replacement. I think they tried to recommend that to sell you RAM, though maybe I’m wrong there. Sometimes parts come in faulty man, it happens once in a blue moon but at least you were able to get a test done. Sucks that it cost that much…

        I’d get the replacement and see how it goes. If you don’t want to do that then you could go with something like this RAM kit from Corsair instead.

    • Colton P says:

      Any news? How’d it go?

      Glad that putting it all together went smoothly!

  15. Super says:

    Hey Colton, can you recommend another mother board ? The one choosen is out of stock and i want something like it.

  16. Super says:

    Hey Colton, I am scared that some part will be DOA how much of a chance i can get a DOA part and can you link me a good guide on how to boot a new built pc , Thanks colton!

    • Colton P says:

      The video above is what I’ve always used/share with others. It doesn’t use the same exact parts but the process is always about the same. Then for something like the liquid cooler there are step by step instructions that come with.

      As long as you take your time and don’t rush you’ll be fine! If something were to come DOA and you got it from Amazon then the return/replacement process is a breeze.

  17. Mason says:

    Hey Colton, I would like to know if this build would fit in the Corsair CC-9011101-WW Crystal Series 460X RGB ( http://amzn.to/2CQRjU7 ) and also if I could use the Apevia X-Hermes Metal Case that you used in the 1500 build

    • Colton P says:

      If you don’t plan on using any kind of CD drive then that Corsair case would work fine, if you wanted to use the Hermes case then you’d have to use a different aftermarket CPU cooler.

      Let me know what you decide to go with!

  18. Caleb says:

    Hey Colton thanks for the guide. With the recent crazy GPU prices do you think I should hold off on building a computer. Do you think the prices for the GPUs will drop in the near future? Plus where can I even find a gtx 1080 ti? Seems like everywhere I check they are either $1100 or out of stock. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Caleb, no problem!

      Honestly man nobody really knows when or if the prices are going to go down for GPUs… it’s mainly due to cryptocurrency mining and it looks like this is going to be a huge year for crypto, miners aren’t going to slow down to companies have adjusted their pricing to make more money from these miners.

      I’ll write a short post today about today’s hardware pricing, there really isn’t anywhere else I can recommend as everywhere I’ve checked have the same issue going on… Might want to hold off or look into some pre built PCs in the meantime.

  19. Payton P says:

    How would this build change (supporting parts) with an 8700k? I’m not sure which motherboard you’d recommend with that. Price really isn’t that much of an issue, expecting $2500-$3000 with this upgrade.

    • Colton P says:

      All you’d have to do is switch out the motherboard with something like this one from Asus – I usually recommend using an Asus board because they’ve been extremely reliable over the years and they’re always packed with cool features.

      Let me know what you decide to do and if you need any more help as you’re moving forward with your build!

  20. Mason says:

    Would a regular Gtx 1080Ti or a Gtx Titan X fit in this?

  21. Ron Ottaway says:

    Would that motherboard be able to work with and i9 intel core instead of an i7?

    • Colton P says:

      Nope, if you want to go with an i9 then you’ll have to use the next generation of motherboards. For example, if you planned on using the i9-7900X then you’d have to go with a X299 motherboard such as this one from MSI – only recommend doing that if you plan on doing the heavy type of work which requires something like an i9.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  22. Jake says:

    I See the I7 7700k processor has a newer model available the 8700k can you use this in this build without any problems? The price difference is only 34 dollars.

    • Colton P says:

      For sure you could Jake and I’ll actually be updating this build with the 8700k soon, in the past the boards were much more expensive but now they make more sense.

      You’ll need a compatible motherboard using that processor since the above one wouldn’t be. I’d recommend this one from MSI for sure! Let me know what you decide to do!

  23. Sal says:

    hey thanks for the info. good stuff! so I’m planning on using most of this build but was wondering what you thought of AMD graphics cards and if there’s a comparable one I can use? they seem to be a bit cheaper and was wondering if you had any experience with them over Nvidia. thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Sal, I’m glad that you’re enjoying the site!

      As far as the RX 580 and what not, they aren’t nearly as powerful as the listed GTX 1080. If you’ve been looking at Vega GPUs then you’ll see that they are a bit more expensive than a GTX 1080 right now and performance wise, they’re very identical.

      Let me know if you need any more help as you move forward with your build!

      • Sal says:

        thanks for the response. went with the 1080. just got all the parts I need so building is next! pretty much got the above build but swapped out the storage for a mSATA SSD and upgraded the HDD to 2TBs. thanks again!

        • Colton P says:

          You’re welcome and awesome, it’s going to be an amazing rig when it’s all put together! Be sure to use the above video as a guide if need be, it’s a very detailed video for each step.

          Let us know how it goes!

  24. Imbooki says:

    Hey do you know what kind of monitor is good for this? Cause I have this project that is due today, and really need to know.

    #Very-Anxious

    • Colton P says:

      It’s definitely overkill for a 1080p monitor. You’d be best off going with a G-Sync monitor at 144hz and 1440p resolution. This is also capable of 4K gaming, though it makes more sense to have a monitor with better overall specs at 1440p to have the smooth experience.

      Something like this monitor from Asus would be perfect! What kind of project are you working on?

  25. BruceW says:

    Can you suggest a decent monitor for this build? Like I don’t want something super high end just something that takes advantage of the power and is budget friendly.

  26. First timer says:

    Hey man I wanted to build a 4k gaming PC and here’s my build

    I am looking to being down the price a bit like around 2k or 2.5 k is that possible?

    • Colton P says:

      There isn’t too much room for lowering the overall price if those are all the exact parts you’re looking to have. There are some cheaper 500GB M.2 on the market. Other than that, since you’re wanting a 4K rig with that monitor then that’s the price you’ll have to pay.

  27. JLew says:

    So i’m really loving the looks of this PC Build, however im planning/thinking about getting a 1TB M.2SSD instead of the one you have listed (Yes maybe 1TB is overkill but i want it lol)
    and on PC Part Builder with the M.2SSD and this Motherboard it says

    “The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. When the M.2 slot is populated, two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports are disabled.”
    So i was wanting to know if this is an issue and if so what Motherboard would u recommend for an M.2SSD

    • Colton P says:

      The above motherboard has 6 available SATA ports, so as long as you have enough for the drives that you plan on using then the two won’t matter. Simply keep in mind how many SATA ports you’ll be using with your drives and you’ll be good to go!

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