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: November 24th, 2017

 

Case – Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full Tower

 Motherboard – ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING

cpu2Processor – Intel Core i7-7700K

CPU Cooler – Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Liquid Cooler

Video Card – Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB

 RAM – G.SKILL Flare X Series DDR4 16GB

850 Power Supply – EVGA SuperNOVA 80PLUS 850W

Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

 Solid State Drive – Crucial MX300 525GB SSD

 Blu Ray Drive – Asus Black Blu-Ray Drive

 

Final Price: $2,063.05

 

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 i7-7700k and a GTX 1080 Ti 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.

Going with the i7-7700k is still a great idea, though if rendering is your goal you may want to consider something else.

I’ve included the liquid cooler because it’s needed for the 7700k. 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.

When you go to the product page for the 1080 Ti you’ll notice that there might be a quite a few 1 star reviews. Don’t worry about this.

A 1080 Ti is going to give you the absolute best performance you can get with a budget like this.

These low reviews were due to the price point at the time that those people were looking for a 1080 Ti at the price point that it was announced at which is around $700.

It’s now at that price point and if you take a look at more recent reviews, the card is exactly what it’s supposed to be and at the correct price point now.

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 the rest of the builds on my 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!

 

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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293 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

  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.

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