A $2000 gaming PC is for those that are looking for overkill levels of performance. If you’re an enthusiast or you want to start out with a PC that will stand the longest test of time for many years to come, then this is the type of PC build to go for.
If you want to know how to build a gaming pc for around a $2000 price point then you should follow the part list below. This guide will show you how to go about building it as well as share what you can expect out of a build like this.
$2000 PC Build Part List:
Last Updated: March 7th, 2023
Case – Phanteks Eclipse G360A Mid-Tower Case
CPU – Intel Core i7-12700K Up To 5.0GHz Processor
CPU Cooler – ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II
Motherboard – ASUS TUF Gaming Z790-Plus WiFi D4 LGA 1700 Motherboard
RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 X 16GB) DDR4 3600
Storage – Silicon Power 2TB NVMe M.2 SSD
GPU – XFX Speedster MERC310 RX 7900 XT 20GB
PSU – EVGA B5 80+ Bronze Modular 750W
Estimated Final Price: $1880-$2080
A $2000 gaming PC build is for those of you that want to venture beyond 1080p gaming and have extreme levels of performance.
The RX 7900 XT with an Intel Core i7-12700K processor provides performance power for the far future. From 1440p to even higher quality 4K gaming performance, this build is capable of everything and anything.
At the highest possible graphics settings at 4K: You can expect this rig to run games like Cyberpunk 2077 at 70 FPS avg, Days Gone at 100 FPS avg, Red Dead Redemption 2 at 80 FPS avg, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II at 110 FPS avg, and Battlefield V at 150 FPS avg.
This build is for those of you that want to have a high-performing PC that’s capable of resolutions that are higher than 1080p. If you aren’t planning on playing at higher resolutions then I’d recommend looking at some of the other builds instead.
How To Build This $2000 Gaming PC
I’d highly recommend following something like the video guide below when it comes to putting this PC together. It’s a great guide and it is easy to follow!
There may be some parts that are different from this build in the video embedded below and that’s okay! If there is another part that you don’t understand then you should look through the manual of that part and/or look up other video tutorials as well.
If you find yourself having trouble understanding a certain part then you should always search for the specific part and how to install it on YouTube, there are plenty of videos out there showcasing how each part can be installed.
For example, if you aren’t sure how to install your solid state drive then simply search “How to install a solid state drive into PC” on YouTube and you’ll find plenty of material to follow.
Also, you don’t have to use the above case for your build!
You can use almost any other mid tower case if the above case isn’t your style. Feel free to browse the mid tower cases on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d like to use, link it to me in the comments below and I’ll be able to let you know if it’d work or not.
After putting your rig together, you’ll need to install your operating system, drivers and other software. You’ll also need to get connected online.
There are a couple of posts here on the site that you should read up on if you need to know how to install your operating system as well as getting connected online.
Click the buttons below to learn how to install Windows 10 and get an internet connection with your build!
Have Any Questions?
Feel free to reach out to me in the comments area below if you have any questions about the build, I’m all ears!
From specific game performance, hardware compatibility, and whether or not a different case would work with this build… I’m here to help! 🙂
17 thoughts on “How To Build A Gaming PC For $2000”
If you ever update this list, can you make the 16gb ram, 32gb ram? I do really heavy 3D rendering and with my current ram and it worked fine (30-60 fps 40 average), but it crashed after. I’ve been using this build for about 1 1/4 years.
Thing is with that, is that the different parts would have to be sacrificed to stay within the budget range. Surely anyone could possibly spend a bit less on the board or the SSD to add more storage down the road to make room for 32GB RAM in the build if it’s necessary for them, which it certainly helps with that type of load, but it’s also not necessary for game performance today which is what the parts are mainly focused on.
More than happy to help with specific part lists though with that in mind! I’ve got contact information in the “about” section here anyone feel free to reach out for a specific part list based on what you need the PC to do specifically! 👍
Hi there… I see that this list was updated recently (thanks for that) but also, does this list cover everything? like everything everything? or are there smaller common sense purchases that would be necessary but not obvious to a first time builder? and are there changes you would make to this build if my needs included both gaming, AND video editing? (probably an equal amount of both)
Thanks in advance!
This is all of the hardware you need. I’ve got links for getting the build connected and getting an operating system installed – you’ll need to go over those posts as well. Other than that, it’s everything you’d need.
As for any specific changes for video editing/rendering, there’s really no need. This level of hardware will handle really all levels of rendering and editing as well as gaming at a high level. This level of hardware, it’ll handle it all! Any of today’s video editing software and the system requirements/recommendations, these parts exceed them.
Let me know if you need any help as you move forward with the build, all ears!
Any updates to the list given this is now 1.5 years old?
After the initial shortage of parts, these lists kept getting more and more tedious to keep up with the changing parts over and over again and I’m also working on other projects as well.
I plan to do full updates to each build list, slowly, but for sure… It has been so long because, for the longest time, the lists were a pain to keep fully updated. I hear you and will look into updates in the near future. ?
Is there a build you would recommend for a $3000 budget? Or even a $4000 if I could get a good monitor for it? I’m really trying to future proof myself as much as possible – though I don’t know if it’ll work given how fast tech seems to advance these days – and would really appreciate any feedback.
Hey there Dylan,
You have to ask yourself what you’re truly planning on doing with the build if you’re spending over the $2,000 mark because even at around the $2,000 mark it’d be a PC build that would be overkill even for today’s standards…
I understand the idea of wanting to future proof your PC as much as possible but with the level of performance we see with today’s newest hardware, there isn’t much out there in terms of gaming to “upgrade” to something significantly better. More things you could do would be to add more RAM to the build, maybe have a higher wattage power supply for overclocking needs down the road, add more storage devices etc.
Because how I see it, gaming hardware has advanced to such a high level that it doesn’t really make sense to try and “future-proof” your PC much further than a build like this. Anything more expensive and what not than this build and it’d be more so a computer for other needs as well other than gaming alone.
So like I said earlier, it comes down to what you’re planning to do with the build and you could add in some extras depending on what it is that you’re trying to do. Newest hardware advances is the absolute biggest jump we’ve seen in hardware and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’ll have high performance levels for many years to come.
Let me know what you think and/or if you’d like to discuss further about it, I’m all ears! ?
A lot of my worries about future-proofing my computer were simply because my last pc was built only a few months before a jump in tech, and I hoped to prevent that again since it was a bit demoralizing the first time. Aside from that, I figured anything over $2000 would be overkill, but I just wanted to be certain. I’ll definitely be taking my time for this build and be sure to cover all my bases!
Thanks for your time, you’ve been a great help! Merry Christmas!
I hear you on that, there are times where I question if it’s worth getting a hardware upgrade because something could be just around the corner… thankfully this time around the new Ryzen CPUs and both AMD and Nvidia showing the specs and tech behind the newest cards… it’s the most significant jump that has happened. And it just happened meaning that within the next month or so there should be plenty in stock.
I suppose someone could argue that the hardware jumps are significant for every time they develop new tech but this time really is a crazy huge leap of performance increase.
Always here for whatever man and I hope you had a good Christmas!!
Also, completely forgot to ask before, but what PSU would you recommend for overclocking? I don’t think I’ll overclock this build, but I’m planning to get a liquid cooler and PSU for it just so I have the capability.
The EVGA PSU listed in the part list is a great pick for this build because it’s still a bit more than what would be required for minimum (mainly because the newer GPUs use a lot more power now) but really anything that is at least Bronze certified and at least 750W would be great. If you aren’t using the newest GPUs (RTX 3000 series or 6000 series XT cards) then you could get away with a lower wattage… but 750W would be a safe choice. I’ve always gone with EVGA personally but there are other great brands as well.
You really only need more wattage than 750W if you plan on doing super heavy overclocking with the CPU and the GPU.
Hi, I actually built my first PC years ago using your build list before, and I’m still using it today, so I can say I love your recommendations! My question is, should I get a liquid cooling system with this build, and if so, which one would you recommend, or any other cooling system. Thanks!!
What’s up Caleb! Glad that you’re still enjoying the build.
I’d really only recommend liquid cooling if you plan on wanting to push the CPU to its limits. A liquid cooler isn’t going to be necessary if you aren’t planning on doing heavier overclocking to the CPU.
With that said, I’d recommend going with something like this AIO cooler from NZXT or this AIO cooler from Corsair if you plan on overclocking and wanting to keep it as cool as possible. The main difference is the software that either cooler uses, either one would do a great job keeping things cool with your CPU.
This is also assuming that you’d be using the above case – the Thermaltake V250 case – with your build. Some cases aren’t going to be compatible with a 240mm radiator so be sure that you’re using a compatible case for whichever AIO cooler you end up wanting to go with.
I don’t know that this price range is possible anymore with the ridiculous price of graphics these days!
Prices will eventually come back down but yes I agree, it sucks right now for the higher price ranges. Nothing is ever in stock, makes it really hard to keep up to date with the different builds here :/
Well, the prices crashed now.