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!



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. Cristi says:

    Hey Colton, what is the difference between the gtx you used in the build and this one:

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Cristi,

      The card linked above has a higher base and boost clock speed for a lower price. It also has better overall cooling.

      Let me know if I can help any more as you move forward with your build, I’m all ears!

      • Henry Scarborough says:

        Hi, first off, loving this build. However, I seem to have reached a snafu in my process as I have been connecting my power supply to my various parts. The motherboard has two slots for CPU power, but when I try to plug them in one of the plugs has a 2X4 connecter that has nowhere to plug into. I had read on some forums that I could proceed without this 2×4 connecter, but my mobo states that no CPU is active, how do I fix this, will I need a converter>

        Thank you,

        • Colton P says:

          So you’re saying you can’t simply use that other connector to the other slot on the motherboard? Or am I confused at what you’re asking?

          The motherboard calls for using both of the CPU power connections? What does it say in the manual about the CPU power connections?

  2. Richard the confused guy says:

    Hey Colton,

    First off, You’re fkn incredible for replying to all these comments!!! You deserve a job well done. That’s for sure!

    So I did have a few questions which I hope you could help with. (Basically I want to try and up this build a little better, however this will be my first computer build so I’m still learning a lot haha)

    I notice that on almost all of the hardware, there’s other options listed on Amazon that seem like upgraded versions of what you have listed.

    My goal for my build is to get the best hardware possible if there’s little price difference. An ex) if what you have listed costs 150$ and the upgraded version is 189$, then I’d like to buy the upgraded version. So w/ that being said these are my Q’s. (Sorry for a long post)

    Case – I love, but in black ;). My only worry is if I try to upgrade hardware, can it still fit in this case?

    Motherboard – So, I was considering the Z170 Pro. What are the differences between the Pro and what you have listed? If price isn’t a factor, and i want the best performance should I get the pro?

    Processor – i7, perfect. I do see that they have a bundle for this with the Corsair Hydro Series H115i however so…

    CPU Cooler – I was thinking of going with the H115i since it “seems” like the best upgraded version of what you have listed here. Can you confirm this? Plus it’s just 10$ more so I would definitely want this as long as it still fits in the case. Thoughts?

    Video Card – GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G Looks AMAZING and I would love to get this upgraded version for just 15$ more. Plus, just look at it <3 lol. Just want to make sure I can still fit this in the listed case and it will work?

    Ram – I'm considering the 32GB Kit of 4. Again, considering price isn't an issue, is there a HUGE difference between what you have listed and this guy? If you can, could you rate from 1-10 how much this would make an impact? (Not just in today's world, but in the far future as well) <– I know that's a stretch lol

    Power supply – I was checking out some reviews on the GS 1050 and someone stated it was more for a silent setup. Off the bat, it seems better. +50W along with being more quiet. However, I'm not sure if this is because it's sacrificing something else? In a compare and contrast, what do you think between these two?

    Hard Drive – So Amazon is saying there's a "newer" version of this item. Not sure if Amazon is really accurate when it says that, but it has this guy listed.
    Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST1000DM010)
    ^ has no reviews, so I would probably just go with what you have listed, but do you have any comments on this?

    SSD – This one is kinda like the Ram. Not sure how much of an impact 1TB will be compared to 512GB? Any thoughts/rating on that would be appreciated! This one is a little steep for the price difference, so if the impact is a 5 or below then I'll pass.

    Blue Ray – Pioneer Electronics USA Internal Blu-Ray Writer (BDR-209DBK) is considered the "newer" version. For 15$ difference it seems worth it from what I'm reading on amazon, so I'll most likely get this as well. Just want to confirm it will work with the above set up.

    Phew.. If you read all this then THANK YOU. and if you replied, then I LOVE YOU. lol. But I'm sure other people would have some of these questions since Amazon shows a lot more options that you can easily look into.

    Again, thanks for reading!! I'll be starting this build in about 1-2 weeks, so your thoughts would be very appreciated 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      Thanks Richard, I try man! 😛

      Case – No difference between the color options. I only switched it to white because I noticed that the price changed on it.

      Motherboard – The Z170-Pro model has more USB 3.0 headers and replaces a slot with a PCIE slot instead which is only important if you know that you’re adding in different things such as an internet adapter etc. Not extremely important honestly but the biggest difference is the USB 3.0 headers. Here’s a link with more info!

      CPU Cooler – The H115i cooler will also work just fine, it has a thicker radiator in comparison which to me doesn’t really account to an extremely different level of performance but if you have the room in your budget and really want the newest stuff then it’d make sense to go with it! It also has customizable lighting which is obviously cool 🙂

      Video Card – That video card isn’t going to have a super crazy significant difference when looking at overall performance but if you’re going to want to be an overclocking enthusiast (because you can and should with a build like this) then that’d be the better card to go with! It’s better when you have overclocking in mind.

      RAM – I’d say to only go for 32GB if you really need it for other application or if you’re running servers. Otherwise it’s overkill really. It wouldn’t hurt anything but you’re not going to really see a difference in gaming performance and 32GB of RAM, with gaming, isn’t going to be necessary for a long time.

      PSU – 1000W is still even a bit overkill with this build as is but I share it because I also have SLI in mind. Meaning running two video cards at the same time down the road. If you’d rather go for that other supply then go for it but neither are going to emit a whole lot of sound. That and 50W extra isn’t anything to write home about. So whichever one you personally prefer really.

      Hard Drive – That new hard drive came out in September. I haven’t heard of anyone using it and I’m in the same boat – if there aren’t any reviews yet then I’d stay away and go with is already working.

      SSD – I have a 500GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive with my current build – I have loads of games installed and I’m happy that I decided to go with 500GB of SSD space. With that, it really comes down to how much space you know you’re going to use. If you feel like you need another 500GB of space that’ll load games/programs extremely quickly then go for it!

      Blue Ray – Not sure what the definite changes are but I agree, go for the newer especially when it has better reviews and what not. I’ll be updating the drive when I go to do build updates in the coming days.

      I LOVE YOU TOO! Lol, this is fun for me and I’m more than happy to help out! Be sure to keep in touch and if there is anything else I can help with as you move forward with your build then let me know! The above video also – go through it before and during the process of putting everything together. It’ll give a lot of clarity as to what/how you need to do! 🙂

      • Richard the less confused guy says:

        Colton, you’ve done it again <3

        Thanks so much for the response!!! Your confirmation has me all set now, so I'll be moving forward with this build. 😀

        I've been researching stuff like crazy in the past 4 days so your confirmation on these pieces puts everything in motion. lol

        I'm literally about to finish watching the PC build, and then order this stuff amazon prime style. So with that being said I had one last question if you have some quick time.

        I decided to go with for my motherboard. Any thoughts? I love the look along with its wifi. Everything else seems comparable to other 1151 MB's as well.

        Oh, and I decided not to get the Blue Ray. Couldn't see myself really using it, but if I need it down the line I know where to look.

        Again man, thanks so much for your time in helping me with my build! If I have any questions during it I know I'll be coming back here. 😉

        • Colton P says:

          Not a problem 🙂

          That motherboard is great, it has everything you’ll need and then some 😀

          Definitely check back here whenever you’re needing to confirm parts and what not, definitely want to make sure everything is in complete order once you pull the trigger! You’re going to have one insanely amazing build man!!

          • Richard the not confused guy says:

            Okay, perfect!! I went with that MB 🙂

            I’ll definitely be checking back here and I know I’ll be watching those build videos multiple times lol.

            If anyone asks about my build, I’ll be explaining/telling them to go here. I love the way this site is set up. Perfect for anyone trying to get the most out of their money. That’s for sure.

            Farewell my friend!
            I’ll probably be back once everything is set up. 😉
            Until then,
            Thanks Colton!

          • Colton P says:

            Sounds good, look forward to hearing about the build!

            You’re welcome 🙂

  3. Richard says:

    Wow…everyone knows so much…..
    except me. 😛

    Hey there, this is my first real real real (3 reals… wow) PC build, and I’ve only done pretty cheap ones leading up to this one. I’ve scrolled through some of the comments here and some of them say they’ve bought everything required, but something doesn’t work and they waste a whole lot of money. I’m afraid that might happen to me. So, is this a difficult process?

    P.S. Your profile photo looks dope.

    P.P.S. Santa is coming to your house a day early.

    • Colton P says:

      Those commenters either got a product DOA or they didn’t really understand fully how to get the build together the correct way. Most of the people that comment that something is wrong I’ve gotten back to to help and we’ve been able to figure out what was wrong to fix the problem to get the build going.

      Since you’re getting a very high tier build it would amaze me if something came DOA. The more you pay the higher the quality parts you’re going to get so if something arrives DOA then that would just blow my mind, these parts are of the highest quality and there is no way one would come in not working. I’m sure it’s possible but it’s such a slim chance at a budget point like this.

      As long as you go through the above video before and during, studying it and going little step by little step, you’ll be able to do just fine.

      I also dig the profile pic, thanks 🙂 and thanks for the heads up, I’ll be able to make sure the cookies are ready then 😛

  4. Ira L. says:

    Hey Colton

    I’ve never done a build before in my life and I really want to do one and after reading some comments I believe this is deff going to be the one I’m going for. Can this build run 2 monitors? If it can’t what would I need to run them smoothly and at high resolution. Lol also what are some good monitors to look into?

    I’m gearing this for wow pretty much. Thank you very much in advance.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Ira,

      A couple of things I want to point out.

      Yes, you’ll be able to run multiple monitors. However how many video ports there are on a graphics card that’s how many monitors you’ll be able to run. Since this build is a high tier build I’d recommend taking a look at 4k monitors on Amazon that have good refresh rates – 1ms would be ideal.

      If you’re only playing WoW then this build is absolute overkill x1,000. WoW is not a demanding game at all, the $400 build listed here could run it at maximum graphics settings at 1080p resolution. I’d encourage you to only get this build if you plan on playing highly demanding titles at high resolution and/or getting into heavy graphics rendering work.

  5. Ira L. says:

    I am really just now getting into the pc gaming world. I’ve only ever played 4 games WoW being one of them. I am Def eager to dive head first into gaming and I do want the best build possible for any game I happen to come across if that makes any sense.

    • Colton P says:

      If you’re looking into the highest resolution possible and also looking into the future of virtual reality gaming then this build is definitely the best suited for that. It’ll handle 4K gaming and VR gaming with ease.

      Let me know if I can help any further as you move forward with your build, I’m all ears here!!

  6. Tuong says:


    Will this video card make any significant change?

  7. Theo says:

    Hey. I was wondering if the blu-ray drive is necessary in this build, and if it is not, what would be the final price? (by the way this would be my first gaming pc)

  8. Tim says:


    Will the Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 fit?

  9. Jacky says:

    I just wanted to know if this fan will work for the i7 core, or will I have to get the one listed?

  10. Jacky says:

    Also for the SSD do you think 256GB will last me a while?

    • Colton P says:

      You’d know more than I for how long an amount of storage will last. Take about 10GB or so for Windows and then factor in your most used programs and a few of your most played multiplayer titles or other titles. Really comes down to how many games you think you’ll have installed at once.

  11. HUY DO says:

    Hi! I just bought all the parts that you recommended. Some of them are similar. I’m looking for mid tower case with led lights. Any suggestion? Thx!

  12. Caleb Peyton says:

    Hey there, I just want to say thank you very much for putting this build together, and that I’d let you know that I am gonna be building this pc build, hopefully today or tomorrow. I got all of the components, but the case I have is from the previous build, the $1500 build, and instead of the liquid cooling system here, I got what you recommended to me before which was the Corsair h60. I’ve done a lot of research, still a noob when it comes to the more technical stuff, but I know enough that I should be able to put this build together, while watching the video you have on your site of course! ^^

    Thanks again man for the awesome build here, I am very excited to put this system together and can’t wait to see the results! Wish me luck, and have a good day! 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      Hey again Caleb,

      Sounds good man! You know that I’ll be here while you’re moving forward with the build!! Be sure to keep us updated on it after you get everything put together, it’s going to be one heck of a machine!!

  13. Lukas says:

    Can it run crysis on max settings?

  14. Devo says:

    A little new to this. This case should work though correct ?

  15. I have two 24 inch BenQ gaming monitors that have 1 millisecond response time I would like a third monitor should I get another one or do you have a better recommendations I kind of like the ultra wides and then put the 24s on the outside

  16. KJ says:

    This might be a silly question but all these parts listed are fully compatible with each other right?

    • Colton P says:

      For sure KJ, all of the builds listed here are all fully compatible through and through. The only silly questions are the ones you don’t ask! 😉

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with the build, I’m all ears here!

  17. JLew says:

    Quick Question,
    Do you need a GPU cooler as well?
    I’ve heard that GPU’s are apparently hotter than CPU’s and when look on Digital Storm to get an idea for my ideal build it shows alot of cooling systems that are CPU+GPU (btw this build on Digital Storm is about a $4k computer, so half the price if u build it yourself YIKES)

    • Colton P says:

      Hey JLew,

      I actually just did a review on Digital Storm computers and I saw the crazy markup that they include… crazy!

      There wouldn’t really be a need for a GPU cooler unless you wanted to overclock it to a high degree. All of the hardware is made knowing that it’s going to hit a certain temperature but if you were to notice your hardware hitting past that line then it’d be time to look into extra cooling methods.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with the build, I’m all ears here!!

      • JLew says:

        Actually i just now thought of something else lol
        When i get this build i also plan on upgrading my audio (better headphones, High quality Mic for talking with friends and possibly making video content) and one of the things i plan to get is an audio interface specifically the Line 6 Pod Studio UX2.
        So my question is since i plan on getting an audio interface and better quality headphones/mic, would i need a sound card?

        • JLew says:

          Sorry apparently u cant edit your comments so ill just make a new one
          When talking about needed a sound card, i dont plan on doing any musical related things or really even intensive sound quality things so when i ask if i would need a sound card i only mean would i actually NEED it with an audio interface/good mic. If i dont need it then i dont plan on getting one lol

          Also another quick question(i apologize) but would the Corsair 760T case would just as fine instead of the case listed? I like the way the Corsair case opens better than the thumbscrew cases

          Link to Corsair 760T:

          • Colton P says:

            Nah, there is a HD audio sound card included with the motherboard so you’d be good to go with that. And yes, that case would work just fine man.

  18. Josh says:

    Do all the cords you will need to build this come with the items?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Josh,

      Yes! Everything listed above is going to come with everything you’d need to get everything connected together. You’ll be good to go.

      Let me know if I can help with anything else as you’re moving forward with the build, I’m all ears here man!

  19. Michael says:

    What is better than the panda you show here

  20. Charlee says:

    if you could get any mother board for you i7-7700k what would it be? and what other sub $250.00, z270 motherboards would you recommend.

  21. Rich says:

    Hi Colton,I am ready to start ordering components and I have followed most of your build except I am going with the Maximus ix hero mobo and the h115I Corsair hydro liquid cooler.Really the only thing I am undecided on is the case.Will the case in your build accommodate the hero ix mobo and the h115 Corsair liquid cooler and will most full towers work for this build?Being that the only thing im undecided on is the case maybe when I see one that catches my eye I will just post it here to make sure it works.
    Thanks for the advice!

    • Colton P says:

      Hi there Rich,

      Yup, the above case would work fine for that cooler and motherboard. Most full tower cases are going to work just fine but to be sure you can always link case ideas to me and I’ll let you know!

  22. Dylan says:

    Hey Colton, we’ve spoken before. I’ve decided to build yet another badass gaming pc. This time, i set no budget. I ended up spending nearly $2400 but ended up with a pc that benchmarks in the top 10% of gaming pc’s out there. I’d like to list the specs for you.

    64GB Ripjaw series DDR4 ram
    1TB Firecuda SSHD
    Windows 10 Pro
    MSI Z270 M5 Motherboard
    Intel Core I7-7700k Unlocked CPU
    Gigabyte Geforce 1080 Extreme Gaming 8gb GPU
    The Ring 3.0 triple fan 360mm liquid cooling system
    B1000M 100w PSU
    Thermaltake Core P3 Open-flow Chassis

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Dylan,

      That’s an absolute monster of a build man! What’re you using it for? 64GB of RAM… you’re set for life! 😛

      How are you liking the experience of the SSHD? Have you compared the differences between a SSHD and a SSD?

  23. Guillaume says:

    Hey, I was thinking of using this build and i was wondering how reliable amazon is. I’ve had a few problems with them before when ordering other things and didn’t want to waste my money. Also, is this computer fairly easy to set up for an inexperienced pc builder, this one being my first pc build ever. Thanks 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Guillaume!

      I’ve always used Amazon for all of my PC parts as well as many other products. Reason being is because if anything were to arrive DOA or if something wasn’t right about the order then they work fast to make things right. I have yet to have a problem ordering through Amazon hence why I recommend them!

      As far as the build, it’ll be pretty easy to get everything installed correctly while following along with the above video! Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build, I’m all ears here 🙂

  24. Guillaume says:

    Another thing is are these components available in Australia and do you need to buy thermal paste for the processor cooler?

    • Colton P says:

      You’ll have to check for shipping methods from each product page to see if they will or check Amazon AU for the same exact parts.

      For some coolers you’d need to apply thermal paste but for the cooler listed above thermal paste is pre-applied!

  25. Guillaume says:

    Thanks Colton,
    One more quick question, for the dry test should i use the stock heatsink processor cooler as it will apply it’s thermal paste to the CPU or should i do a dry run without it?

    • Guillaume says:

      Sorry, I misread the part about the CPU not coming with a cooler but on top of that would dry test with the liquid cooler?

      • Colton P says:

        By a dry test do you mean testing out the PC without a graphics card installed yet? Not quite sure what you mean there.

        You’re correct, there is no stock cooler but you’d be able to test the processor with an aftermarket cooler installed.

  26. Guillaume says:

    Sorry for more inconveniences but could you please tell me some other SSD that are either 256 or 512 GB that fit with this build as the one listed doesn’t ship to Australia everything else is fine though.

  27. Guillaume says:

    Could the “EVGA Supernova G3 850W 220-G3-0850-X1 Fully Modular Power Supply” fit into the build, it’s just the G3 version of the G2 one featured in the build?
    Thanks Colton,

  28. Ezra says:

    Hey I would like to know if this mid case would work and if not could you recommend a mid case that would fit this build thanks!!

  29. JLew says:

    Wouldn’t the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 be better considering its a better CPU for about the same price(if not slightly cheaper) than the i7-7700K?
    Obviously u would have to change the Motherboard tho.

  30. Colin says:

    Hey, looking to use this guide to build my first gaming desktop. I was wondering a few things. First, would it be better to wait for the custom 1080ti to be released and use that instead of the 1080 above and if I were to go that route, are there any changes that you would suggest/require to support it? Also any suggestions on good monitors that won’t break the bank?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Colin,

      You could if you wanted to, if you have the room in your budget and you are wanting the highest end of the highest end when it comes to gaming on the higher resolution then that’d be the way to go!

      As far as a monitor, depends on what resolution you’re looking for and how much room you have in your budget. What resolution would you prefer and how much are you willing to spend on it?

      • Colin says:

        I am not super picky when it comes to resolution. I am thinking a 144HZ monitor to get the most out of my hardware. As for budget, I want to keep it under $500. If I can get a 4k monitor and stay in that budget, I would probably go with that, otherwise I am fine with a lower resolution.

        • Colton P says:

          If your budget is $500 then you need to go with a 1080p monitor, no sense in getting something at 4K resolution with a build that costs you $500.

          You won’t be able to include a monitor into that budget if you want to stay at $500… You could get a 60hz monitor and the $500 build totaling out to a bit over $600 including everything.

          • Colin says:

            Sorry if I want clear. my total budget is around $2500. $2000 for the computer and $500 for a monitor.

          • Colton P says:

            Ahh I see, no that’s my bad man you were clear! There are many comments I’m going through so I must have mistaken your question.

            For 4K to really be viable you’d want to make sure that the screen was pretty big or that you’re kind of farther away from the screen. I would suggest looking into a 4K TV down the road when you feel like you really want to have the 4K experience. Otherwise I’d recommend getting a good 1440p monitor such as this one from BenQthis one from Asus or this one from Acer – All of those are at 1440p but they have their differences.

            The BenQ monitor has a 144hz refresh rate, it’s basically what you’re looking for but it’s going to be $50 more expensive than what you have for your budget. The Asus monitor is 1440p with a 60hz refresh rate and the Acer monitor has FreeSync for 144hz but you wouldn’t be able to use that with a 1080 so it also has a 60hz refresh rate.

            If you start looking for 1440p monitors that have G-Sync then you’ll find that they’re over $200 more than the price you’re trying to pay, G-Sync is pretty expensive.

            Let me know what you decide to do!

  31. vaughn Cordle, CFA says:

    Hey Colton,

    Thanks for all of the great info you produce. I real eye-opener. I’ve been shoping for a high end computer that runs very large excel spreadheets with lots of calcuations, esp power pivot tables.

    I’ve been getting qoutes for a high end machine – in the $4k-$6k range – and was wondering if you thought I could build one myself….?

    Also, excel 2016 is 64 bits and so is windows 10, which allows excel to use the higher end CPUs. I’m a finanical analyst that does big data analytics and things really bog down with power pivot and huge spreadsheets that have over 1 million rows and 100s of variables.




    This is what I had in mind (specs by one of the brand name builders:

    M.2 SSDSAMSUNG 960 PRO NVME M.2 SSD ( 512GB M.2 )

    • Colton P says:

      You’re on the right track with a build like that Vaughn but I wanted to be sure to point some things out to you.

      Some Intel X99 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Broadwell-E CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions. I’m not 100% certain on this as I haven’t been able to work with that type of motherboard and processor personally but odds are that you’ll have to deal with getting the BIOS to update using that exact processor.

      Also there won’t be any need for video card thermal paste, unless you’re maybe adding cooling to it? Though I don’t see why you would. There is no need to, also I would recommend this thermal paste from Arctic Silver if you’re wanting something high end for the CPU.

      I do believe you could build it yourself if you wanted to, the above video should be able to help out ten fold! Be sure to check it out before and during the actual process of putting everything together.

  32. vaughn Cordle, CFA says:


    I’m looking at your various systems and think they will work for my needs which is running big data analytics using large excel spreadsheets and power pivot tables.

    Would like to know how your fastest machine performs using a excel speed benchmarking test. A fast test can be had by using the test in the following link. Can you send me the results of one of your typical machines. I’m interested in a machine with a i7-6950X@ 3 GHz or 6900X CPU.



  33. This is what mine ended up looking like made some adjustments.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Thatcher,

      You need to know that some Intel X99 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Broadwell-E CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.

      I would recommend going with what is above, the 7700k and the Z270 motherboard to go with since it’s all the newest tech that’s out and you’d be able to avoid having to run into BIOS update issues. I can’t know whether or not a specific motherboard is going to need an older CPU for the BIOS update or not which is why I’d recommend going with what’s above instead.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  34. Neal says:

    My son bought all the items above from Amazon and I helped him build the PC. Neither of us are by no means PC experts. Anyways, everything is working great except for the video card above. When we use the HDMI output on the motherboard it actually runs games better than the installed video card. We installed the card, connected power to it and installed all the drivers from the CD that came with it. It lags/slow very bad when we plug HDMI cable directly to the card. Are there settings we are missing? Please help and advise.

    • Colton P says:

      That is very odd… Did you try using the DVI port on the video card as well? USing Geforce Experience for the latest drivers? The video card is plugged in all the way and is recognized?

      Let me know, also try messing around with some settings in a random game to see if performance increases significantly. If problems persist, you might have to look into getting a replacement from Amazon.

  35. Steve Moses says:

    Can the corsair hydroseries h100i v2 liquid cooler be used??

  36. AJ says:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($117.49 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270X-UD5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Team Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($107.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Corsair Force LE 960GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($299.74 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC Black Edition Video Card ($699.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S TEMPERED GLASS ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($137.99 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1992.16

    Would something like this be good? I think the H100i v2 is the newer version of the item, so would that work? I picked a motherboard with more features for future proofing. I changed the RAM because this one was faster but a cheaper price. So instead of 1TB HDD and 512GB SSD, I think I would be better off with with a bigger 960GB SSD. For the Case, I chose a cheaper one (with tempered glass though ( ͡ ͜ ʖ ͡ )) because IMO full towers are too big. I chose a Platinum PSU because I want better efficiency, and the best part was, I got a 1080 Ti in budget! Are these part choices good? You seem to be the master (:D) so I am taking advice from you.

    P.S. Your profile pic is dope. 😀

    • Colton P says:

      Hey AJ,

      That’s an extremely good build. What do you plan on doing with it? Are you a heavy content creator or wanting to game at 4K?

      Whatever it is that you plan on doing, you’re going to be able to do it. That’s for sure! Everything would work together just fine and I dig the combination of parts! 🙂

      • AJ says:

        Thanks! 😀

      • Joshua C says:

        Personally, I prefer performance over aesthetics but I do try to add something here and there. In the build, AJ listed above, instead of the Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler I would rather get an NZXT Kraken x62, would it make a difference in performance though? Also the build you listed on this forum, which one do you suggest. ( I’m pretty new to this so feel free to respond however you like. Critique without mercy. ). I also want a monitor but I don’t want to go over budget, what monitor would recommend ( anything under 400$, if possible even less )?
        Thank you for your time ! :)))

        • Joshua C says:

          I was also considering to add about 4 or 3 NZXT Aer RGB fans that add up to about $120 and along with that, i’d have to get the HUE + which is 60$ and adds up to 180$ in total. I had this added up already, I just wanted to tell you just in case.

        • Colton P says:

          Hey Joshua,

          You’re referring to this exact cooler then, right? If so then yes, you’d be able to use that and it’s going to have similar if not a bit better performance in comparison, it’s newer as well I believe.

          I’m going to be updating all of the builds soon so be on the lookout for that, have been away and haven’t had time to get back to the builds for an update. As for a monitor, you’d want to at least go for something at 1440p resolution. I’d recommend something like this monitor from Asus since it has good specs for gaming in mind and it’s well under your price point.

          Here for whatever else going forward 🙂

  37. Joshua C says:

    – ” Also the build you listed on this forum, which one do you suggest. ” by this I mean the one AJ posted or your’s.

  38. uN1K says:

    Any link where I can buy all this stuff with this price ?

  39. Mdogtitan1 says:

    Is there a link yet on a new build? I have a 2200 budget and this is my first build. And I am wanting near top end. So any tips and suggestions. The current hardware list looks nice but you menchioned an updated list so I can hold off for a couple days.

    • Colton P says:


      I’ve updated it at the end of April, another update to the builds will be coming soon and it’ll be on this same page. Stay tuned for that within the next dew days, possibly even today or tomorrow!

  40. Dan says:

    Hi I’m building my first setup based on your guide mate but just wondering if I’d be able to swap out the graph card for something else an still have awesome gameplay as I live in AUs I can’t find any cheaper th n 1200 for this one you listed

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Dan,

      You could go down a bit if you’re wanting something that still works well without breaking the bank? I’d recommend going with this GTX 1080 from EVGA since you’re still getting awesome performance but it’s a good bit cheaper than the Ti. What’re you planning on using the build for?

  41. Damian R says:

    HI i’m kind of worried about the cpu cooler since i found that it has quite a lot of negative reviews. Im wondering if i should get this cooler or a different one.

    • Colton P says:

      Seems that most of the reviews are from those who found out it’s not compatible with whatever they decided to go with. With the above build, you’d be good to go to use it. I’d still recommend it for sure!

  42. Bart says:

    I am concerned about the mother board there are a bunch of negative reviews about it saying its dead within arrival or a couple weeks after arrival is it still a good choice?

  43. Richard the confused guy says:

    Hello Everyone!!! Richard the confused guy here again lol.

    I can verify that the case, cooler, RAM and hard drive are still up and working 🙂

    Everything else has been updated with a newer/different item, but that’s to be expected with time.

    One thing for sure is that Colton knows his stuff!! So whatever he puts, I would trust it 100%. If I wanted to (Because I don’t need to) upgrade my stuff I’d go right back here and see what Colton’s got. This page is bookmarked for life. lol

    My build has almost lasted me a year now, and I’ve been able to run everything on the highest settings. The most current game I’ve played with excellent graphics is Mass Effect Andromeda.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey again man!! Good to hear from you! 😀

      I’m happy to hear that you’ve been digging the build thus far, one heck of a beast that’s for sure. Always here 🙂

  44. Rick says:

    Hey, Colton! I’ve decided to save up for this build, I was looking at the 1500 dollar build. But, I want to get a beast for my first build ever. I have a few questions, though.

    Which one of these MB’s are better:


    Also, I’m looking at other vid cards, found two but want your opinion on which is better, and if they’ll fit the case and motherboard:


    And last but not least, I would like to know if any of these cases would work instead:



    I like the first case the best, but if it doesn’t work, would one of the other two? And if so, which would be better? I do also intend to go with a 4T HDD rather than a 1T, it just makes sense cost wise. And also, sorry for the length of the post. Just want some advice, as this will be my first ever build. Thanks in advance!


    • Colton P says:

      When it comes to the board, look at how many PCI slots you think you’d need. Adding in wireless networking? Bluetooth? You’ll want to factor that in. Other than that, both boards are going to give you similar features as far as overclocking and etc… Both very good choices with the MSI board having more slots for adding in extra pieces.

      Either video card is great, the difference isn’t going to be anything super significant. The Asus one has cooler custom lighting in my opinion, but both Asus and EVGA makes amazing cards. Similar performance with both.

      Any of those cases is going to work just fine with any of the parts, full tower cases have a crazy amount of room! You’ll be able to add in a lot using a full tower so you could go with the first one that you said you liked the most.

      Let me know what you decide on bro!

  45. Rick says:

    Hey again, Colton! Don’t mean to be a bother, but, you might here from me a few more times whilst I piece this whole thing together before I begin saving up for it. Anyways, thanks for a timely response, you’re a cool dude and love the site, it’ll be saved for life! And, let me ask, what can you tell me about this CPU cooler?

    Would it even fit in those cases I mentioned previously? What do you know of it? I do intend to go with that first case and know it has a place to fit your suggested cooler. I’ll also go with the ASUS GPU, still deciding on the MB’s, I know the ASUS one has like 6 usbs, 3 of each, but unsure how many the MSI has. If you could clarify that for me as well, it’d be appreciative.

    Thanks in advance!


    • Colton P says:

      You’re not a bother at all man, that’s what this area is for!

      So you’d be wanting to use that cooler in this case then, right? I have a friend that uses that same exact cooler actually and he’s able to pull off some really good overclocking from it. It’s a HUGE cooler… but it’d fit just right in that one case you wanted!

      The ASUS board actually has 9 in the back part and if you’re wanting to base it off of how many USB ports you’ll have access to then I’d suggest going with the ASUS board then. Plenty of USB ports and all of the bells and whistles you’d need going forward.

      As always, here for whatever else you need help with as you’re moving forward with your build!

  46. Rick says:

    Hey, again! I had a couple of follow up questions.

    Why would I need more PCI slots? Aren’t those where I’d install the GPU? Why would I install multiple cards?

    And, which of those two coolers would you suggest? Liquid or the V8? If I went liquid, how long would it last before I had to buy a replacement?

    And, will this set of RAM sticks work?

    They’re a bit cheaper, but still look awesome. I’m going with a red and black color scheme, that’s why I intend to also get Razer Chroma components for the mouse, mouse mat, keyboard and the headset. I think it’ll look sick, so I’m trying to factor that in as I build. I want it to look as badass as it plays. So, just a few more clarifications would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!


    • Colton P says:

      PCI slots are used for more than just gaming, can also install sound cards or wireless network adapters for wifi/bluetooth if you wanted to. Comes down to whether or not you’d need to use the slots for different adapters.

      Both are fantastic coolers… I’m a bit bias since I’m using liquid cooling on my current build and I’ve enjoyed it thus far. But a friend of mine has used that V8 cooler for a long time and also has no problems with overclocking at higher levels. Whichever one you’d rather have, go for it.

      Yeah, that RAM is still compatible. I understand going with a theme like that, that’s going to be pretty awesome! Let me know what you decide to do!

  47. Rick says:

    Hey, again, Colton!

    Want to update you a bit, I’ve decided on the Corsair cooler, as the case I intend to get supports the cooler perfectly. I’ve also changed the MB to the ROG MAXIMUS IX Code by ASUS, as it seemed to be the best one, with built in wifi adapter. I also intend to go with the ROG STRIX 1080 ti card by them, as well. And of course, the 4 T HDD, I’ll need the space, lol. Anyways, that’s just a little update. I do have one question, if I were to get an independent sound card, rather than use the one on the MB, what is your suggestion, for the best for this build? I’m budgetting in a 2500 dollar budget for this build. Thanks in advance.


  48. Rick says:

    Higher quality sound, hook up surround sound. The pc will be used for both gaming and watching movies on.

  49. Rick says:

    I’ve been shopping around, and looking after viewing the Xonar, what can you tell me about this sound card? I’ve also looked at surround sound set ups, as well, to go with it. Sorry if I’m messaging too much, or asking annoying questions. I’m new at all this, and you seem to be someone who knows. Thanks in advance.


    • Colton P says:

      Not going to lie man… when it comes to sound cards, their differences and what makes a sound card a good sound card I’m not too knowledgable. I have never had to use a sound card with the builds I’ve done so I don’t have any actual raw experience.

      I dig that there’s a controller, Sound Blaster is a very well established/trusted brand in the space and it has what you’d need for 5.1 surround sound

  50. Miguel says:

    Hello Colton,

    Me and my Dad are going with this build. Its the end of October and wanted to know with this build are this items still good for me to play games coming out in 2018..?


    • Colton P says:

      For sure Miguel, it’s the ideal build if you’re wanting something completely future proof.

      I’m going to be updating the builds either later today or tomorrow, I would wait for that update before making any purchasing decisions. Let me know what you decide to do!

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