There’s a lot that goes into making the best gaming PC build for under $2000, and I’ve found the best parts that will make this the ultimate gaming PC.
With such an insane budget, you really will get the best components and have a build that can run games on 4k efficiently if that’s what you’re looking for.
If you’re planning on using this build to game on 2k and 1080p, then you’re more than set! Instead of you having to waste your time researching for hours on end only to end up frustrated I’ve decided to lay out a guide that provides the best gaming performance for the best price. If you want to get your money’s worth, read on.
If you’re also interested in seeing what some less expensive options we have on our site, check out our other gaming pc builds.
Who’d I Recommend This Build For?
I’d recommend this build for people who are hardcore PC gaming enthusiasts who want something that’s going to run every game flawlessly for years to come. You should expect this build to handle triple-A titles on 4k resolution and last you for years on end. This build also makes an amazing 2k build that would get over 60fps+ on anything out there. Ready to build the ultimate gaming PC? I am, let’s jump in!
Important: If you want to make changes to this build I’d really recommend you check with me before you do so that I can verify that everything works.
Why Build Your Own Gaming PC Instead Of Buying A Pre-Built One?
If you’re looking at this build, I’m sure you’re a serious gamer who want’s nothing but the best, but just in case you’re new to the PC gaming world I’m going to outline why it’s always better to build your PC.
While any gaming PC you might buy for $2000, will still be a pretty good build, you’re going to get a PC that’s gaming capabilities are more comparable to my $1500 gaming PC builds than this $2000 gaming PC build. So you’re essentially being charged a $500 fee for someone to put your PC together. Does that sound fair to you? I know not everyone is going to build a gaming PC, but if you’ve come to this site, then you’re more than capable of building a PC.
One of the biggest misunderstandings is that building a gaming PC is insanely difficult, and only professionals can do it, but I’m here to tell you that’s anything but the truth. Building a PC might be difficult if you go at it by yourself, but there’s an enormous amount of information that makes building a gaming PC super simple. If my younger brother who’s 12 can do it so can you. Last but not least, you have me. I promise that I’ll get back to any questions you may have in less than a day’s time.
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The Best $2000 Ultimate Gaming PC Build – The Beast
If you’re looking for a PC build that’s going to provide you the ultimate gaming experience, then The Beast is a fantastic option. It can easily handle 1080p, 2k and even to some extent 4k gaming. There’s not much a gamer could really want out of a gaming PC that this doesn’t provide.
This is a serious gaming PC so I recommend this for gamers who’re looking for something that’s top of the line. You will be the envy of all who lay eyes on this magnificent build. Even those who have no clue of what actually makes a good gaming PC will admire this build due to its case. I also recommend this build for gamers who want to do things such as streaming and even video editing. The CPU in this build is one of the best you can get and may even be overkill for gaming at the moment.
Compared to all of my cheaper builds, The Beast dominates! If you’re looking for something that’s going to last you for a long time, this is a stellar choice.
Case – Corsair Graphite Series 780T
The 780t is a full tower case that just looks outright amazing. It’s very spacious and has great build quality. Dimensions: 11.3 x 25.1 x 23.7 in
CPU – Intel Core i7 9700K
A CPU that can process just about anything, let alone games. For gaming, this will easily last you for years. Intel still is king for gaming.
CPU COOLER – CORSAIR HYDRO Series H100i PRO
The i7-9700k doesn’t come with a stock cooler, so we’re going to be using the Corsair H100i liquid cooler instead. This Liquid Cooler will definitely keep your build cool even if overclocking!
GPU – Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Windforce 8GB Graphics Card
If you’re looking for an absolute monster, this is it! There is so much that makes this thing amazing, but you’ll have to check the build breakdown to learn more.
MOTHERBOARD – MSI Z390-A PRO ATX
This will house all of your other PC components so it’d be a good idea to make sure it’s good. Fortunately, it’s amazing
RAM – Corsair Vengeance 32GB’s (2 x 16)
Two 16GB sticks of ultra-fast RAM that are both set at 3200Mhz. They also have led lights in them just for that extra aesthetical appeal
MAIN STORAGE – Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD
What’s the point of having the ultimate gaming PC if it doesn’t have any space to store things. Games are increasing in size year over year, you need a lot of storage space.
OPERATING SYSTEM STORAGE – Samsung 500GB SSD
This is a fast SSD option to install your OS and have some space left over for your main games to load nice and quick.
If you have a little more cash to spend, consider getting the even faster M.2 Drive from the Samsung EVO line
POWER SUPPLY – EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1
A fully modular power supply that will power this build.
EVGA has fantastic customer support and this particular PSU comes with a 7 year warranty.
If you want something that’s a little more in-depth, below I break down every part of the beast.
I strongly recommend you check out this build breakdown, so you can better understand what makes up the beast and why I included each component in this build.
When you think of an ultimate gaming PC, it looks amazing inside and out. The Corsair 780t not only looks fantastic, but it offers an insane amount of features as well.
Some of the main features of this case that make it vital to this build would be the fact that it has space for 360mm radiators (coolers). This means the 780t has more than enough room for anything The Beast can throw at it.
The Corsair 780t does a good job of keeping things apart and clean. The six hard drives are modular, and the three SSD slots are on the side. This separation will make the build a lot cleaner so you can quickly identify what is what.
If you want something that’s going to stand out and last for years, the 780t is easily one my top choices.
The only reason I could see you not getting this case would be the fact that it is a little pricey. Also, the case is going to be heavy, but that’s only because of its insane build quality. For those who do not want the 780t, we’ve written a post on the best full tower gaming cases.
The EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G2 is a 650 watts gold power supply. The Beast consumes a lot of power, so it’d be a good idea to get a power supply that is gold efficiency. What this level of efficiency means is that the G2 is excellent at processing and managing power. Most people could care less about this, but a bad power supply to a PC is what a bad heart is to a human, unstable.
The EVGA G2 is also fully modular which means that all cables are independently attached. The G2 being modular allows for a much cleaner build than what you get with a regular power supply that will force you to keep cables that have no point.
One of the main reasons I picked this power supply over some of its competition is the fact that EVGA has a 7-year warranty on their power supplies. Power supplies are easily the most likely PC component to cause problems in a build so having such a great policy earns them a spot on most of my builds.
A good power supply is paramount to ensuring that your build lasts a long time. The EVGA G2 is a great option and also is pretty affordable as well. The price of this power supply is excellent as we can allocate those funds to something else in this build while still making sure that our power supply is going to keep our build running efficiently for a long time.
The Gigabyte RTX 2080 Windforce is the core of this build and is what makes The Beast an ultimate gaming PC build. Before I even get into what makes the RTX 2080 stand out, let’s just quickly break down what a RTX 2080 is and what it comes with. You’re getting a card that’s built to run very cool, even without any of the upgrades to it. Nvidia’s 2080 also enables you to play most next gen VR games with no lag, which is something that a lot of older cards seem to struggle with.
While most Video cards are still using 4gbs of memory, the RTX 2080 has 8 GBs which would mean that it’s going to stay relevant for the future as well and should easily last you three years before you feel the need to make a switch. It’s also Nvidia’s new flagship, and with that comes the latest and the greatest performance bumps as they optimize the drivers for certain games.
What makes the Gigabyte RTX 2080 different from a regular 2080?
What makes the Windforce 2080 stand out? Overclocking. It’s hard to overclock a GPU for extended periods of time without it usually overheating, which is never good. Gigabyte RTX 2080 has multiple fans, which is a godsend for overclocking purposes. This system allows the Gigabyte RTX 2080 to overclock and still maintain very cool temperatures which just means it will pull around 5-10 FPS more than a non-overclocked 2080 even at higher resolutions such as 4k!
If you want to get the full use out this GPU, then you’re going to have to overclock. Even if you don’t Overclock, the Gigabyte RTX 2080 Windforce still provides an insane amount of value that will all help extend the life of The Beast with more efficient components than its base version.
If you’re looking for one of the most decked out 2080s you can find, then Gigabyte RTX 2080 is my recommended pick. Now that you know all about the root of this build it’s time to learn more about the processor, the i7-9700k.
The i7-9700k is easily one of the best-valued i7s for gaming. It’s not at the point where it’s overpriced and offers little to no increase in performance from much lower priced CPUs, but it’s right at that tipping point. If you’re looking for something that’s going to handle all of your processing needs, then the i7-9700k is it.
CPU intensive games can be a pain, but for those with an i7-9700k If you play any open world survival games or MMOs, the i7-9700k will be your best friend. You should expect to pull 80fps+ in these games with this CPU unless it’s 4k.
Overclocking is an easy way to get more out of your build which is why I recommend it so much. The i7-9700k overclocks to 4.6ghz which is much better than its base 4.0ghz, so I do recommend overclocking it. Many people seem to think this is difficult, but with Gigabyte’s BIOS all you have to do is change a few settings and your CPU is overclocked.
All in all, the i7-9700k is something that will perform at a high level for years to come. There’s not a single game out there in any resolution that the i7-9700k can’t handle at the moment. The i7-9700k wouldn’t even be a bottleneck for two 2080s, just to show you how good this CPU is. This truly wouldn’t be an ultimate gaming build, if not for this CPU.
It doesn’t come with a stock fan (A stock cooler couldn’t handle the i7-9700k overclocked), which is why I included a CPU cooler below.
CPU Cooling is not something many new PC gamers think about, but if you’re overclocking, having an effective one will provide cooler temperatures and extend the lifespan of your components. There aren’t many CPU coolers out there that offer more value than the Corsair H100i V2. The H100i Pro is a dual fan 240mm fan that just does its job amazingly well. Some other features that just make the H100i Pro all the better are the ability to monitor the CPU, adjust the fan speed, and its unique fan design.
The Corsair H100i Pro is a liquid cooler, which I know is foreign to most people who aren’t already PC enthusiasts, but installation isn’t all that different from a regular fan cooler. If you follow the instructions, you’ll be just fine and if you do have any further questions let me know in the comments below.
The biggest mistake people make when getting CPU coolers is that they don’t adequately check the dimensions of their case, fortunately for you, the Corsair 780t was specifically made with these water coolers in mind. So if you do get another case be sure to tell me so I can check to see if it’s compatible.
The motherboard houses every major component, and this is not an area you want to cheap out on. The MSI Z390-A Pro is a motherboard that’s in a league of its own. It has just about every feature one could want out of a motherboard.
When it comes to MSI Z390-A Pro’s BIOS, I’d say it’s very intuitive and straightforward. While this may be something that more tech savvy people dislike, I’m a fan of the BIOS. There’s nothing I hate more than trying to figure out what is what when I try to work on tweaking settings to my liking.
The Z390 is also excellent at overclocking which is one of the reasons I chose it for The Beast. Both the CPU and GPU can be overclocked in this build to get more performance out of them. You also have the choice of SLI and Crossfire if that’s something you want to do down the line.
With so many features I think the MSI Z390-A Pro is just a great deal, it also has a unique look that just seals the deal for me.
The RAM I chose for this build is the Corsair Vengeance 32GB. I opted to get two 16GB sticks of RAM instead of four 8GB so if you ever want to upgrade to 64 GB’s in the future, you can. If you like to keep many tabs open as I do, having 32 GB’s of RAM just feels so much better than 16 GB’s. I wouldn’t recommend 64 GB’s for gaming at this moment, but If you do any heavy editing that uses a lot of RAM while also trying to game it might be something to check into.
The Vengeance RAM I selected for this build is also clocked at 2666Mhz. This will allow your RAM to process at a higher speed which can slightly improve frame rates when gaming. It’s not a big enough deal to warrant prioritizing higher clocked RAM, but the ultimate gaming PC build gives us room to include some awesome things.
Another neat little feature about this RAM is that it has LED lights inside of each stick. This feature doesn’t add any more power to the build, but it does make the RAM look a little more aesthetically appealing.
You really shouldn’t be running out of space anytime soon with Seagate Firecuda’s 2TB hard drive. That’s 2000GB’s of space for anyone who doesn’t know their conversions. If we say that each game you have is 10GB’s, that is enough space for 200 games! Many people complain about space when it comes to gaming, with this hard drive, that’s not something you’ll have to worry much about.
The only downside to having a hard drive that has so much space is the fact that it has slightly lower RPMs than the smaller sized hard drives. What does this mean for Firecuda’s 2TB Hard Drive? While the hard drive has much more space, it runs slower than a smaller one. It’s not that big of a difference in speed, but there is one. All in all, Seagate made a hard drive that’s going to last you for a long time, and with a strong warranty, there isn’t much to worry about when getting Seagate 2TB Hard Drive
Most people neglect SSD’s due to their high price point compared to the amount of storage they offer and with good reason. SSD’s can be insanely expensive and are more of a luxury item, but fortunately, an SSD is a luxury that someone with a $2000 budget can afford.
The SSD I chose for this build is the Samsung 500 GB SSD. Samsung makes some of the best SSD’s in the industry, and I’d recommend them to any gamer. Samsung’s SSD’s can read data of up to 550mb/s and write data at 520mb/s which is insane! Samsung also offers a three-year warranty if anything goes wrong with your SSD, which is always appreciated. This SSD also offers 500 GB worth of space which isn’t all that bad. It won’t hold everything, but if you limit it to your OS and most important games, then you shouldn’t run out of space anytime soon.
One of the primary applications of an SSD is using it to install an Operating System (OS). This is because an SSD makes the OS much more responsive. There’s no better feeling than being able to start up your computer in a matter of seconds.
People seem to think that SSD’s hold no benefits to gamers, but I disagree. You can also install your favorite games on SSD’s to make them load much faster. When I play massive RPG’s like The Witcher 3 or MMO’s, I put them on my SSD and the experience is night and day compared to a hard drive. The loading times are almost non-existent which just makes things so much more enjoyable.
Sure you could always just use a hard drive, but this wouldn’t be an ultimate gaming PC build if it were running extremely slow. I know that the price might be steep, but once you go SSD, you won’t ever go back! Yes, it’s that much better.
(Optional) Optical Drive:
While an optical drive isn’t required, if you think that you’re going to be doing anything that may need a CD I’d recommend picking one up due to its insanely affordable price.
A lot of people ask me if they need an optical drive to install Windows and the answer is no. Microsoft offers a USB version instead of the CD version most people tend to use. I usually opt for that when building my PCs. So if that’s your only reason for getting an optical drive, I recommend not getting one.
I don’t have one myself as I never find myself using one as most drivers and Softwares can be found online, but I understand that many people still use CDs.
Below is my recommended optical drive for this build. This is a great cheap optical drive for basic use, but if you want a real high quality optical drive, I’d suggest you check out my post on the best optical drives.
- Allows you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs
- Power saving drive
Can This Build Handle 4k Gaming Effectively?
The Beast can play most games at 4k and still get very good frame rates, and if you’re looking for a steady 60fps then The Beast is amazing for that.
I will say that 4k is still pretty demanding even with this build. Most games this build will crush, but with a few triple A gaming titles you might struggle to get a consistent 4k 60fps gaming experience.
So to answer the question, yes this build can handle 4k gaming effectively. However, If you really want 4k, you could switch out the 2080 and get the 2080 TI instead. They’re a little more expensive than the 2080 and they limit upgradeability, but they will get you a better 4k experience.
If you’re not planning on 4k, then The Beast is a PC that will just destroy anything you throw at it with ease.
Building the best $2000 gaming PC build is amazing, but if you don’t have any peripherals, then there’s not much you can do. Below are some of my top picks that I recommend you take a look at if you’re still searching.
Recommended Monitor: Dell Gaming 2k 24-Inch Monitor
- Get stunning clarity with QHD resolution - that's close to 2 times more screen details than...
- Enhance your visual experience with optimal preset modes tailored to suit your gaming genre
The Dell Gaming 2k monitor is easily one of the best deals I’ve seen for a 2k monitor specifically for gaming. You’re getting everything a gamer could want, a very low 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and a lot of other neat features that just make gaming on this monitor very enjoyable. This monitor also incorporates Nvidia G-Sync which helps remove screen tearing and other inconvenient things so you can get the smoothest gameplay experience possible.
I’m also a major fan of Dell’s replacement program, which allows you to switch out items that are defective quickly (around one business day!), so you never have to waste your time.
While this $2000 gaming PC build handles 4k just fine, I don’t think that I’d recommend getting a 4k monitor for gaming just yet. If you don’t mind sub 60fps occasionally (around 45-70 in most cases at max settings), by all means, get one as The Beast will hold its own, but if you’re looking for a consistent 60fps+, then you’re going to need to make some adjustments to The Beast for that.
Recommended Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma Stealth RGB Mechanical Keyboard
- Multi-Award winning Razer Mechanical Switches - Razer Orange Switch with tactile bump for the...
- Extreme Durability- Razer mechanical switches are rated up to 80 million keystrokes and come...
I usually do a keyboard and mouse combo, but there just isn’t any combo that’s high-quality enough for this build. Instead, I’ve broken this down into two sections.
I think mechanical keyboards feel fantastic, but I do have one problem with them. Most of them are just too loud. That’s where Razer’s BlackWidow Chroma Stealth comes into play. Not only is it an amazingly built keyboard, but it also offers a host of gaming-specific features. The keys are fully programmable which is essential to gamers who’re competing at a high level. Razer has also stated that the Razer BlackWidow Stealth’s keys can withstand up to 60 million keypresses without a loss of quality (which is insane!)
I can understand that some of you may like the sound that mechanical keyboards make. Fortunately, there are other variants of this keyboard that will offer the feel and sound for those who’d rather not get the stealth.
If you’re a gaming enthusiast, then you’re going to love the Razer’s BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth. It’s the keyboard that I use to this day and has lasted me for years with no loss in quality.
Recommended Mouse: UtechSmart Venus High Precision Gaming Mouse
- Focus on MMO gamers: this professional MMO gaming mouse built-in up to 16400 DPI, 12000 FPS,...
- Venus MMO wired gaming mouse with multiple programmable buttons (included 12 side buttons), 5...
UtechSmart’s Venus Gaming Mouse is just amazing for the value. Not only does it rival gaming mice that are double and even triple the cost, but it also surpasses some of them.
People like to label the Venus an MMO or MOBA mouse due to the programmable buttons, but it works just fine for other games as well. It has adjustable DPI settings and even allows you to change the weight of the mouse itself.
Sure there are better gaming mice out there and if you want me to help you find some just leave a comment below, but this provides so much value that I’d recommend it even for someone building a $2000 gaming PC build.
Recommended Headset: HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset
- Studio grade sound stage
- Signature HyperX memory foam with premium leatherette
Have you ever played a game with sound on mute? It’s usually not very enjoyable and also tends to break immersion. Audio is almost as important as visuals when it comes to gaming which is a good reason you don’t want to cheap out on it. Fortunately for us, getting great sound has gotten a lot more affordable in 2019.
The headset I’ve chosen for the beast is the HyperX Cloud Revolver. These have to be some of my favorite headphones under $150. Usually, when you get gaming headsets you give up quality sound for other features, but the Revolver’s sound just as good as some studio-grade headphones. They feature directional 50mm drivers that also have enhanced bass for those lows, so you totally get sucked into whatever you’re playing. The Revolver has memory foam that makes gaming with these for hours a very enjoyable experience. The mic is also very clear which is always a pro.
The build quality of the HyperX Cloud Revolver is excellent as well. The frame is all steel which is very rare as headsets that cost much more than this still use reinforced plastic.
For people who want to take their audio to the next level with their build, the HyperX Cloud Revolver will get you there. You’re also getting something built to last and has an excellent mic for gaming. On top of all that these have to be one of the most comfortable gaming headsets ever created. When it comes to gaming, it’s hard to beat the HyperX Cloud Revolvers for the price.
Recommended Ethernet Cable or Wifi Adapter:
In order to connect to the internet you either need a wired connection via your modem or router or a Wifi adapter.
My first choice would always be to go for the wired connection using an ethernet cable if possible. This is because ethernet provides a much more reliable connection as you’re directly tied in. You also get lower latency in online games.
This doesn’t mean that WiFi adapters are all that bad as they aren’t. It’s just that wired connections are better. Below is my top wifi adapter and ethernet cable pick.
If you’re looking for a WiFi PCI Network card then check out our review of the best PCI cards available.
- CAT6 / CAT5e: Supports both Cat6 and Cat5e applications. The RJ45 connector used for this cable...
- CAPABILITY: Mediabridge Cat 6 cables can support up to 10 Gigabits per second (10 times the...
Really affordable and long enough to get to most people’s modems or routers.
- Provides an extensible design that enables Service prioritization for data. Network Standard :...
- Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and...
An amazing WiFi Adapter that will establish a very strong connection to the internet should you not be able to run an ethernet line.
Get Windows; I know that there are a lot of operating systems out there, but if you want to game at your full potential there isn’t another viable choice at the moment. This is because developers have to optimize games for each and every OS they support. Windows is run by around 83% of all computer as of December 2016. Then after windows is the Mac OS which isn’t geared for gaming as only Mac users can utilize the OS (Yes I know about Hackintosh) at 11%. That’s 94% of all users using those two operating systems. Most developers see this and would rather not optimize their games for such a small minority. This is the reason why I don’t really see this as much of a debate anymore. Windows is the only viable option for a gamer who wants to get the most out of their build.
Which Version Of Windows?
Windows 10 is becoming much more stable as Microsoft releases new updates to it.
Below are two copies of Windows 10, one is the CD version which you should get if you are getting an optical drive and the other is the USB version which is for those who’re not going to get an optical drive.
- Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection including antivirus, firewall, Internet...
- 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
What About The Steam OS? While the Steam OS is a very nice Linux based OS I still don’t think that it beats Windows. Game Developers might do the bare minimum to optimize their games for the Steam OS, but there are still a lot of glitches with this OS, and you’re also very limited with this OS compared to Windows. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want to turn your PC into a console. And if that’s what you want then you might as well go ahead and get one.
I really hope this $2000 Gaming PC build helped you out. I spent days making sure that this is the best gaming PC build you can get for under $2000. With such a large budget, you really are getting the best of the best.
I understand that many of you have never built a gaming PC before, so I just wanted to let you know that I am here for you! If you need any help I will go out of my way to make sure any problems or issues that you may encounter are fixed. Also, if you just want to make any changes to the build, leave a comment below. It’s better to be safe than sorry, when it comes to PC components.