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

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. Especially now that newer tech has recently been released, this build is the newest of the new.

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: September 23rd, 2019

* = Optional part. More details below.

Final price includes the optional part.

 

Case – Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower

 Motherboard – ASUS TUF Z390-Plus Gaming

 ProcessorIntel Core i7-9700k

NZXT Kraken X62 CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X62

 Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 XC ULTRA GAMING 8GB

Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8 16GB RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz 2×8 16GB

850 Power Supply – EVGA SuperNOVA 80PLUS 850W

WD Blue 1TB HDD Hard Drive – Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD

WD Blue 1TB SSD Solid State DriveWestern Digital Blue 1TB SSD

 * (Optional) Blu Ray Drive – Asus Black Blu-Ray Drive

 

Final Price: $1,940.93

 

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 i7-9700k and a RTX 2080 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 9700k 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 9700k. 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 RTX 2080 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 RTX 2080 is high right now so if you need to go down to a 8GB RTX 2070 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 current listing for the above RTX 2080 has some options for brand new, though it is a bit pricier than usual.

Why not a RTX 2080 Ti? As I talked about just above, that’s part of the reason. You can also take a look for yourself as to how overpriced 2080 Ti’s are and most of the lower priced ones (which is anywhere from $1,000-$1,200 for the lower priced ones) don’t even perform at the level that they’re advertised to perform at.

Paying that much would also put you $250+ outside of the $2,000 budget range so unless you’re looking to spend more than that, a RTX 2080 is going to do fine for what this type of build should be put together for. If you’ve been browsing other build sites you’ve probably noticed the price being more than what’s said for the price point.

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 RTX 2080 with all of the other parts combined to stay within the $2,000 price range goal.

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. 1TB 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!

The reason why this drive is optional is because maybe you’re wanting to install your operating system via USB, you want a basic CD drive or neither. Understandable in any way, just be sure you know what you want to have!

 

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 RTX 2080, 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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356 Responses to Best $2,000 Dollar Gaming PC Build, Prepare To Be Amazed

  1. Diego says:

    Sorry to bother you with such a lame question but will this case https://amzn.to/337lFLJ fit everything on this list?

    • Colton P says:

      You’re not a bother at all man. After looking into that case (darkFlash T20) everything listed above will be compatible except for the Blu ray drive. The HDD will go into the bottom compartment with the PSU and then there are two SSD mounting spots on top of that. Not certain if there is an actual mount for the HDD, though. The info isn’t too clear there.

  2. Bruh Moments says:

    Are there any other CPUs you can recommend? Can’t find a place to buy the I7 CPU you listed without being able to get a warranty on it, and I always want to have those just in case anything goes wrong.

    • Colton P says:

      Bruh,

      When you add the above i7 to cart, you should be able to get some options for warranties. If not, then to be honest I’m not entirely sure where else you could go for the exact same CPU at this price and what not.

      Amazon itself has a great refund policy if it doesn’t work out of the gate and I definitely saw a 4 year warranty plan when adding it to the cart. Let me know what you decide to do!

  3. Nathanael Rice says:

    Is this PC up to date with 2019? I want to build a PC in this price range but I want to make sure I have the parts as up to date as possible to get the most lifetime out of it.

    Keep up the great work on the site
    -Nathanael

    • Colton P says:

      This specific build was updated about a month ago, I’ll be doing build updates tomorrow so if you wanted to wait until then it’ll be updated again.

      Odds are that not much will change. Definitely going to go through and make sure though!

      • Colton P says:

        Things came up man, so this update took a lot longer than I wanted it to. But it has been updated! No hardware changes, prices have changed a little bit though. Be sure to check it out! These specs will keep you going for the long haul.

  4. Alex says:

    I was wondering if this graphics card would work https://amzn.to/2Cwpn62
    Also I’ve tried to do research on it but I can’t find any concrete evidence if the rtx 2080 is good or bad.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Alex,

      I’ve actually just updated this build along with the others and currently listed an EVGA 2080 as the video card for this specific build.

      The thing with the new RTX cards is that they’re indeed better than the last generation which should hopefully be a given from Nvidia. However, I personally feel that they’re a little overpriced but even with that we are still able to fit it into the budget range.

      You could use the 2080 that you had in mind or the one above, I like the one above more simply because it’s a more reputable brand and I personally always go with EVAG because of never having any issues but that’s your call! RTX cards will be able to take advantage of ray tracing as well as having better overall performance so the short answer is yes – the RTX cards are good, especially if this is a brand new build that you’re putting together.

  5. Snuffles says:

    I See you usually have Seagate Hard drives in your build.
    Just curious if theres any reason for that (is seagate like the best brand or whatever) or if it just doesnt really matter and Seagate just happens to be good enough and usually cheap.

    • Colton P says:

      Basically I’ve always used Seagate. I’ve used WD for some builds on friend’s/family’s PCs and, to my knowledge, they’re still using the same hard drives.

      I’ve used the same 1TB Seagate hard drive for over 6 years now so from personal experience I love recommending them. Never had any issues. And yes, they’re right on par price wise with WD as the cheapest hard drives on the market currently.

  6. Brad says:

    Hey Colton,

    Is there any significance to the tower size? Preplanning for a build in the spring, but I prefer the Apevia Hermes over the Phanteks as far as look/style goes.

    Also, Thinking about starting with this motherboard/cpu build, but starting with a lower end gpu to start with a tight budget and then upgrade to the 1080 TI as I save up money. Any suggestions on a good gpu to use as a starter?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Brad,

      You’re referring to this exact case then, right? If so then yes, you’d be able to use it with the above build.

      The GPU to go with for now depends on what level of gaming you’re wanting to do in the mean time. I’d say a good middle ground would be something like this GTX 1050 Ti since it’s ideal for base level 1080p. Don’t expect it to run ultra on everything or for higher resolutions like what the 1080 Ti is made for but for med/high graphics at 1080p it’ll get the job done until you’re ready for the upgrade!

  7. Jessica says:

    One more question that I didn’t add before –

    He wants a 2080 video card, would that be compatible with this?

    • Colton P says:

      Alright, with the 2080 in mind then you’d still be able to go with the $1,500 build while replacing the video card listed there with the 2080. It’d be more than enough performance power for everything that he’d plan on doing with the PC.

  8. Jessica says:

    Hey Colton,

    My son built the $500 build 3 years ago, when he was 9, and he’s outgrown it. He’s pushing for the $2000 build for Birthday/Christmas this year, but I wanted your opinion on whether the increase from the $1500 to the $2000 will be worth it.

    His 12th birthday is coming up, so I want to get him something that’s going to meet “his needs” and grow with him for a few years. He currently has 2 monitors set up, but would like 3 – which isn’t a priority in my eyes, but he wants to make sure it will be compatible for 3 if he can sucker his grandma into getting him another monitor.

    The games/programs I’ve heard him talk about lately – Fortnite, Black Ops4, Minecraft, Twitch, Discord…other random gibberish I don’t get. He wants to be able to play, edit, stream, all while having a movie, music or youtube streaming on one of the other screens.

    I’m ok with the extra $500, if you think it will be worth it for a 12 year old mega gamer. What do you think?

    • Colton P says:

      If he’s planning on streaming higher quality games then yes, a higher quality PC build is going to be essential to have a nice quality stream while also multi-tasking.

      The $1,500 build is a very high performing PC. The difference between that and the $2,000 build would mainly be whether or not he’s gaming at a higher resolution which may or may not be the case. He’s more than likely gaming at 1080p.

      With that said, as long as he’s got a high refresh rate monitor (aka it’s higher than 60hz, he should know what his refresh rate is) then a higher quality build like that would come in handy. And keeping the next few years in mind, the $1,500 build seems like the best bet.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

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