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Best 4K Gaming PC Build Under $2000 of 2020 & 2021 (VR Ready)

Best Gaming PC Build under 2000 High End Builds.

Our best gaming PC for around $2000 is more than capable of handling 4K gaming and Virtual Reality. Both the AMD and Intel build paths will produce a high-end gaming PC that is ready to smash through your favorite games and more. The $2000 build is our best gaming PC recommendation to date and comes packed with a powerful CPU and GPU combination. For the price, this custom PC has fantastic gaming ability and will stand the test of time.

Build Overview

With a $2,000 price tag, there are no compromises. You get a top of the line gaming PC with a premium gaming experience, rendering performance, and streaming capabilities. Here’s how it breaks down:

Budget – At the $2000 mark, you are in the high-end of the gaming PC spectrum and can ensure your new build comes packed with premium features. Along with strong processors, you get the powerful GPU from Nvidia with unrivaled gaming performance. In this price bracket, you will need a strong motherboard to handle any expansion and overclocking needs you may have, so we have included robust and reliable motherboard options for both builds.

Performance – As mentioned, our build comes with the powerful RTX 2080 Super graphics card. When it comes to gaming performance, these GPUs will handle any game you throw at it, even in ultra settings! This build supports NVIDIA’s Ray-Tracing technology and will deliver for 4K and VR gaming with ease.

The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X's 12 cores run at a speed of 3.8GHz and can be boosted to an impressive 4.6GHz.

Our build features a 1TB SSD, which should be more than enough to store your operating system and favorite games on while giving you lightning-fast boot times too. The 16GB of RAM in these builds has a speed of 3600MHz, again boosting your overall gaming experience.

AMD Vs. Intel  – Overall, we recommend our Intel build as the best option for those looking to build a strong gaming PC at this price point. With both the AMD and Intel builds, we see excellent CPU performance for both gaming and your general multitasking. Of course, the AMD processor smashes the Intel CPU in the workstation department and with AMD closing the gap on single-core performance, there is no better chip for this build.

How We Choose the PC Components

Our team has years of experience behind them building PCs for a range of needs and budgets. All this knowledge combined with hours of research, user feedback, and onsite benchmarking is what goes into choosing the best components for our builds.

We look for value for money, how the components perform together and focus on gamer’s needs to make sure our builds are the best your budget can buy.

We build all these PC’s ourselves, in house, so trust us when we say we want to make them as good as possible. We actually use all these builds ourselves day-to-day in the WePC offices.

How We Test

We build each of our selected PC’s from scratch to make sure all the parts we recommend work well together, fit into the selected case, and provide the best performance possible for the price range.

Once built, the PC’s are used in the office for everyday work as well as a range of games from light to heavy-duty. While we test, we also run benchmarking tests to see how well our builds perform, all while keeping an eye on the temperature of the components themselves.

We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PC’s, so we made sure to test that out too. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to over-task your builds.

 

NOTE: Due to the ongoing effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are experiencing stock issues. WePC constantly updates our pages to reflect current availability, so if the PC you want shows as out of stock, check back later or check out these alternatives.

The Best $2000 Gaming PC Build Update:

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
cpu

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

The Ryzen 9 3950X is one of the best all-around CPUs on the market and perfect for the best $2000 gaming PC.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler
cooler

Be Quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler

This Dark Rock cooler from Be Quiet! is perfect for your needs, keeping the CPU cool even when overclocked.

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT
gpu

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT

A top-performing GPU that provides the very best gaming performance.

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz
ram

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz

16GB of high-quality RAM from Corsair.

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB
ssd

Samsung 970 EVO 1TB

A hugely popular, large SSD, that will serve you well for years to come.

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W
psu

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W

A solid PSU from Thermaltake. Here's a product that's fit for purpose, high-quality, reliable, and cost-effective.

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)
mobo

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

The X570 motherboard is perfect for overclocking purposes - with some extra features too!

Phanteks Eclipse P500A
case

Phanteks Eclipse P500A

An open layout ATX Mid Tower case from Phanteks, complete with Tempered glass panels, great cable management options, and superb build quality.

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Build Details

This high-end gaming PC is a powerhouse. We have tried to ensure this machine gives you the best results while gaming and all for around $2000!

cpu
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

With excellent single-core performance and top multithreading abilities, the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X is one of the best CPUs money can buy. With an impressive 16 cores and 32 threads, this CPU is ready to handle anything you throw its way and that’s superb value compared to the Intel Core i9-10900K.

This powerful Ryzen 5000 chip now features stronger single-core performance than Intel’s top CPU, with AMD closing the gap. This CPU features a base clock of 3.5GHz and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz.

This CPU is of the highest quality and will provide excellent results for years to come.

cooler
  • Be Quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler

    Be Quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler

The Dark Rock 4 Cooler from Be Quiet! is a large air cooler with a 120mm fan. This cooler is more than enough to handle the heat of both the AMD and Intel CPU options and even competes with some AIO coolers. This CPU cooler features a large radiator that will help keep your temperatures low and your system quiet. The radiator will be better for heat dissipation, enabling more room for overclocking and preventing your CPU from throttling.

In addition to high performance and optimized airflow, you also get the benefit of peace and quiet, with noise levels only hitting 21.4 dBa. If silent PC operation is your thing, then check out our silent gaming PC right here.

gpu
  • PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT

    PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT

Until the new GPU stock from Nvidia becomes available, the RX 5700XT still holds incredible value. For some superb graphical performance, look no further than the PowerColor RX 5700XT. To put it simply, this card is one of the highest performing GPUs to ever grace the benchmarks and will handle any game you throw at it, with incredible performance across the board.

Playing AAA games is almost unworthy of this card’s power, but there is simply nothing better for all your gaming needs.

ram
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz

    Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz

This 16GB memory kit from Corsair offers more than enough RAM for both the AMD and Intel related builds. With this kit, you can be sure there is no compromise when multitasking, streaming, and of course, gaming. In addition to the large capacity of this RAM, we have also ensured we include fast-acting clock speeds of 3600MHz. With this speed, you are guaranteed never to be bottlenecked by your RAM, even when running RAM-hungry applications.

Quality, speed, and more than enough in terms of size, what more can you ask for?

ssd
  • Samsung 970 EVO 1TB

    Samsung 970 EVO 1TB

We’ve decided to go for Samsung 970 EVO 1TB SSD for this build as it offers lightning-quick load times and comes to shelves at an extremely affordable price point.

With sequential read/write speeds of up to 3,500/2,500MB/s, the 970 M.2 drive is one of the fastest on the market. With a hefty 1TB of storage capacity, the EVO is the perfect pairing for this already impressive build.

psu
  • Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W

    Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W

Every high-end build needs a solid and reliable power supply to keep things ticking over. While some may think more watts are better, 750W is more than powerful enough to supply this gaming rig with all the juice it needs. While you may not need the most efficient PSU out there, the gold level of efficiency for this power supply is one of good quality.

MORE: Best Gaming Power Supplies

mobo
  • Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

    Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

With great overclocking capabilities and room for expansion, the Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) is the perfect motherboard to accompany the Ryzen 9 3900X. The board comes with  USB 3.1 Gen2 slots, PCIe 4.0 support, fast RAM support, and Wi-Fi. With this product from Asus, you are getting a reliable and sturdy board that oozes quality.

case
  • Phanteks Eclipse P500A

    Phanteks Eclipse P500A

To keep all your components safe and looking stylish, we have selected the Phanteks P500A ATX PC case. This mid-tower case comes with three preinstalled 140mm fans, delivering optimum airflow out of the box.

Combining this case with the CPU cooler, your gaming PC will be running at low temperatures, even with the most demanding of games. The P500A comes with a stylish design and tempered glass panels to keep your overall build looking sharp. It isn’t just about looks with this case though and there is a reason we see “hybrid” in the name. This case features sound dampening panels, one of which sits on the front and can be removed if you would prefer an airflow focused system over silence.

Things To Consider

So you have selected your desired build path and now have a complete gaming PC ready to go but what do you do next? What do you need to consider before you make that all-important purchase? Below we have outlined a few different areas for your consideration, to ensure you make the best choice and have a smooth experience through this whole process.

Budget

Of course, all the builds here at WePC are already split into different budget categories, but it is still important to check it is the right budget for your gaming needs. For the hardcore gamers out there that just can't get enough of those AAA games, this $2000 build is going to have you covered for a considerable amount of time. You can expect this to handle any game you can think of. For the casual gamers out there that play less intensive games and aren't quite interested in 4K gaming, you may want to consider one of our other options. It is important to remember that the prices on Amazon can fluctuate and bring the build slightly over or under budget. You may wonder why we haven't just included the components in our upgrade path, and that is simply due to the compromises we have had to make to keep this build close to the budget.

Upgradability & Future-Proofing

Being a high-end gaming PC, there is little room for upgrades on this powerful rig. That being said, there are still some areas that can be improved, which will give you the future-proofing you may require. Remember, though, with any upgrade comes extra costs, which will almost always push you over budget. If your budget can accommodate said upgrades, then you should always try and improve your system to best suit your needs.

Overclocking

Being a high-end PC, we know that some of our customers may wish to squeeze extra power out of their PC with overclocking. This is why we have carefully selected products that have overclocking capabilities. Both the AMD and Intel build paths feature CPUs with overclocking potential and motherboards to handle such tweaks. Remember to consider a CPU cooler upgrade if you start overclocking your processor as it will run considerably hotter. We also recommend fast RAM, which a lot of motherboards simply cannot handle, so we have made sure to include boards that will cope with an XMP overclock to the faster speeds of 3600MHz and above. It is worth noting that your fast RAM will often come out of the box at a lower speed, so make sure you enter your BIOS settings and overclock it to its full potential.

Ease of Building

Building this gaming PC was extremely easy, as there is nothing overly complicated included. The case manufacturers that feature in our high-end builds have your best interests at heart and ensure the physical process is as simple as it can be. Of course, all the components were compatible, so there were no clearance issues while building. When it comes to building, you want to ensure you are prepared with the right set of tools. You may want to invest in anti-static equipment to protect your expensive components, and you will certainly need a screwdriver. Thanks to the case manufacturer having cable management in mind, this was very easy to tidy away these cables, improving the airflow and general look of the build. If you plan on cable managing your PC, then you may also want to invest in some cable ties and tie bases to help you tuck away those unsightly wires. While the stock coolers on AMD and Intel will have pre-applied thermal paste, you may want to consider buying yourself a fresh tube. Often applying fresh thermal paste can improve the temps on your CPU, an easy win-win. This build comes with an aftermarket air cooler to accommodate for the high powered CPU's. Like most aftermarket CPU coolers, you will get a spare little tube of thermal paste for you to replace at various intervals.

Non-Gaming Performance

So we know both the AMD and Intel builds are excellent in the gaming department, but how well do they do in other areas? Well, to put it simply, they are superb. Both processors feature multithreading and have superb ability when it comes to multitasking. Of course, the AMD build path blows the Intel path out of the water in this respect, but you can be sure to get solid performance from both regardless. You can expect both build paths to handle your media editing, streaming, and home entertainment needs without issue.

Aesthetics

With the selected case and components, this build is already looking like a premium gaming machine, but you could expand on this and add a touch of RGB flare if you desired. Of course, this is all down to personal preference, but you can pimp your PC if you wanted to. The build features a tempered glass case that expertly showcases the components inside. If you are considering adding extra case fans, you may want to add ones that feature RGB lighting to shine through that beautiful glass panel.

Calculating The PSU Wattage

Making sure your PSU provides the correct amount of wattage to your custom build PC is an essential part of the build process. For that reason, we've created a handy PSU calculator which will work out exactly what PSU wattage your components require - no matter how many changes you make.

With the selected case and components, this build is already looking like a premium gaming machine, but you could expand on this and add a touch of RGB flare if you desired. Of course, this is all down to personal preference, but you can pimp your PC if you wanted to. The build features a tempered glass case that expertly showcases the components inside. If you are considering adding extra case fans, you may want to add ones that feature RGB lighting to shine through that beautiful glass panel.

What games can this PC run?

In this section, we’re going to tell you how this game should be able to run your favorite games.

  • Fortnite - This build well exceeds Fortnite’s required specs- 4K60FPS at Max settings shouldn’t be a problem at all.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - Unfortunately, PUBG still needs optimization work...while 4K will be achievable, you will need to turn down some settings to land at 60FPS.
  • Monster Hunter: World - At max settings and 4K, this intensive title will push your system to its limits. Expect 30-40 FPS if you don’t turn anything down.
  • League of Legends - League of Legends is optimized to run on low-spec PCs, so don’t even worry: 4K60 should be nothing for this PC build.
  • Dota 2 - eSports titles in general are well-optimized (they have to be for accessibility purposes), so 4K60 shouldn’t be a problem here.
  • Overwatch - Overwatch is a bit more intensive than the other aforementioned eSports titles, 4K60 should still be plenty achievable. You should also consider 1440p @ 144hz.
  • Rainbow Six: Siege - At max settings and 4K, you should be able to easily achieve 70+ FPS with this build.
  • Warframe - Warframe is pretty well-optimized, so at 4K and max settings you should be able to easily push 120+ FPS.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - At 4K and Ultra settings, GTAV should be playable at anywhere from 70-100 FPS with this build.
  • Team Fortress 2 - Despite being well over a decade old, Team Fortress 2 is still regularly in Steam’s most-played. Fortunately, the game should still be easily run on this PC setup at 4K and high settings, though if you play competitively you may want to turn some things down if you experience lag spikes.

Prebuilt Gaming Desktop Under $2000

For the less experienced builders out there, building a high-end gaming PC can be a daunting task. The last thing you want to do is break an expensive component by installing it incorrectly. Here at WePC, we encourage you to build your own PC as we feel it is the best for you, your games and let’s face it, your wallet. For further information on the companies behind these gaming PCs, we have listed the best custom PC builders currently in the market.

Because of this, some people prefer to order a pre-built PC instead. Here are some prebuilt gaming PC's with similar specs for around $2000:

#1
Skytech Blaze 3.0 Gaming PC Desktop

Skytech Blaze 3.0 Gaming PC Desktop

Another solid pick for a prebuilt option Skytech Blaze 3.0 Gaming PC. This PC features an AMD Ryen 7 3700X for incredible gaming and workstation performance. The CPU is paired with the almighty RTX 3080 for some of the best graphical fidelity and frame rates out there.

#2
Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop

Alienware Aurora R11 Gaming Desktop

Our top selection is no slouch, this prebuilt gaming PC brings all the gaming performance you need with some general multitasking ability too. This cheaper alternative features an Intel Core i7-10700KF and an RTX 2080 Super.

#3
CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC (SLC10200CPGV2)

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC (SLC10200CPGV2)

Finally, this selection features one of the best CPUs on the market, the Intel i9-9900K, The powerful CPU is backed up by a 2070 Super GPU, for silky smooth gaming.

Upgrade Path

With both the AMD and Intel build paths of this gaming PC featuring such high-end components, there is little room for improvement. Of course, there are a couple of upgrades that can enhance your overall experience with this build, which we have outlined below. It is worth noting that any upgrades will increase the total amount of your new gaming PC build.

Note: These will raise the price of the build!

ram

The build already has 16gb of ram which is more than enough for your average gamer. If however, you feel you need more then consider upgrading to 4 sticks of the same ram giving you a total of 32gb!

Cooler

While the Dark Rock 4 is very effective at doing its job, you may prefer an all in one hydro cooler. The Corsair H100i RGB is a stylish way to shave off a few extra degrees from your CPU temperature. This CPU cooler comes with two 120mm fans to help heat dissipate from the large radiator effectively and can be easily installed at the top of this Fractal case.

ssd

The 1TB M.2 in the build should be plenty to store your operating system and large games on but for those of you that may require a little extra space then consider the bigger brother which will give you twice as much room for all your needs!

VR Headset

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

We mentioned VR a couple times in passing, but since you have such a powerful VR ready gaming PC, it’s definitely something to consider. We recommend the HTC Vive over the Oculus Rift due to the former having superior developer support.

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

VR still isn’t cheap, though. Be prepared to shell out an extra $500, or more, for a VR headset! Still wondering what VR to get? Check out our VR headset guide here!

Operating System & Peripherals

This section is separate from the $2000 PC build, since we only factor in the cost of the base hardware and most people already have their own peripherals laying around.

If you don’t, though, that’s fine- we’re still here for you

Note: These will raise the price of the build!

Operating System

This $2,000 gaming computer is one powerful machine, but that power doesn’t matter without an operating system. To finish off your build, you’ll want to buy Windows 10 or carry over your installation from a retail license.

Windows 10

Windows 10

This $2,000 gaming computer is one powerful machine, but that power doesn’t matter without an operating system. To finish off your build you’ll want to buy Windows 10 or carry over your installation from a retail license. Of course, you can still get Windows 10 on DVD if you prefer.

Mouse and Keyboard

Peripherals are important things to have in any gamer’s locker. For some extra gaming-orientated hardware, we have a few recommendations here that deliver a high level of performance without breaking the bank.

BenQ ZOWIE EC2-B Divina

BenQ ZOWIE EC2-B Divina

If you’re prepared to pay the high price Zowie are asking for, you really can’t go wrong with the EC2-B Divina mouse. Sure they’re minimalistic in design, but they’re still built to an extremely high standard with a matched performance to boot. This is one of the highest rated gaming mice available with its high-quality sensor and premium feeling switches. This mouse is a top pick for competitive players, you can see how it stacks up against its rivals here in our in-depth mouse guide.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro wireless isn’t just considered the best wireless gaming mouse available but can hold its own against its wired rivals also. With the G Pro Wireless, you get a well thought out design that includes a comfortable shape and removable side buttons. Pairing its design with arguably the best sensor on the market makes for some seamless gaming experiences. With a weight of only 80 grams, it feels lighter than air and its high-end performance is matched by its fantastic battery life, a top pick!

Corsair K70 RGB MK2 Low Profile

Corsair K70 RGB MK2 Low Profile

For a high-end keyboard, we recommend the Corsair K70 RGB low profile. It has top-notch build quality as you would expect from Corsair, RGB lighting and all the features you should need out of a gaming keyboard. The low profile caps are super thin and look amazing with the RGB underneath. The board features Cherry MX Speed switches that have lower travel than standard RED switches meaning quicker response times. For further information on switches and to see the wide variety of quality keyboard options visit our in-depth guide.

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

SteelSeries is well known for producing quality products, most notably the QcK Edge gaming surface. The QcK range from SteelSeries is very popular and that’s largely down to the quality product and the results it achieves. SteelSeries balance control and speed well with this pad’s high thread count. The pad is one of the best and comes in a variety of sizes and the base is completely rubber to prevent any slips no matter where your mouse is. This mouse pad is a must-have but just make sure your desk is big enough first! If you would prefer a hard mouse pad then consider the Corsair MM600 as it offers a dual side, one for control and one for speed! Alternatively, if you are considering the Wireless G Pro from Logitech then why not pair it with the amazing G Powerplay mouse pad also from Logitech. The G Powerplay mouse pad will enable the ‘endless battery’ from your G pro mouse as it wirelessly charges the device whenever it is switched on!

More: Best gaming mouse pad!

Razer V2 Mouse Bungee

Razer V2 Mouse Bungee

This Razer bungee is a good purchase for those who want to eliminate cable drag and have a ‘wireless feeling wired mouse’ for gaming. If you have a wired mouse or plan on buying a wired mouse then we recommend you to get a bungee and stop getting that cable caught on your desk or other peripherals. This is arguably one of the best quality bungees available and has to be considered!

Monitor

Your monitor is essential. After all, how are you going to take in all these great graphics without a high-powered screen? Here are a few recommendations if you don’t already have a monitor.

ASUS PG27UQ 27 Inch ROG Swift 4K HDR

ASUS PG27UQ 27 Inch ROG Swift 4K HDR

ASUS PG27UQ 27″ isn’t just one of the best 4K monitors on the market, it’s one of the best gaming monitors money can buy! Not only does this monitor give true 4K resolution in full HDR but it does this at a staggering 144hz refresh rate and a minuscule 4ms response time. This G-Sync monitor is the perfect collaboration between performance and is a top monitor pick for any gamer.

 

Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27"

Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27"

If the first monitor pick is a little out of your budget for a gaming monitor then consider the Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27″. This 1440p resolution monitor has an IPS display just like the more expensive Asus monitor and also boasts a refresh rate of 144Hz. This monitor can be overclocked to 165Hz depending on your preference and it’s G-Sync compatible which makes it a great anti screen tearing option.

If you’d like a monitor with the fastest refresh rate possible then check out our Top 240Hz monitors.

Sound Options

Whether you’re listening to music or immersed deeply in a competitive game, you need the best sound quality. Here are a few options.

 

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

The Mackie’s CR series 3 monitors are some fantastic desktop speakers, these speakers deliver a high-quality sound and you won’t be disappointed with the performance. Pick up a pair today and invest in better quality sound.

MORE: Best Computer Speakers

 

 

Sennheiser Game ONE Gaming Headset

Sennheiser Game ONE Gaming Headset

If you want a high-end gaming headset, we recommend the Sennheiser Game ONE Gaming Headset. Boasting superb build quality, and a noise-canceling microphone, you should be more than equipped for competing in your favourite games.

MORE: Best gaming headset

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

We’ve opted for the Audio-Technica M30x headphones as they have excellent build quality, superb comfort, and great sound output. solid pair of headphones for audio lovers!

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Record and stream with excellent sound quality from the Blue Yeti, the ultimate USB Microphone. Yeti USB mic is ideal for podcasting, YouTube, streaming on Twitch, and music. The Yeti does not require any driver install, you can simply plug it into your computer’s USB port and you’re ready to go.

For a more budget option consider the Antlion Audio attachable boom microphone.

MORE: Best Gaming Microphone

Getting Online

Some gamers out there may not want to rely on the motherboards built-in Wi-Fi, that’s where an ethernet cable comes in.

Wired (Ethernet)

Wired (Ethernet)

High-bandwidth and low-latency applications need ethernet cables to perform at their best, so go ahead and buy an ethernet cable. Wi-Fi can cause your performance, both in-game and on your network, to suffer.

Building Tips

When building a PC, you need to handle it with care. This is especially true if this is the first PC you’ve ever built; definitely read various online tips to clear up any questions you have before starting.

Install OS Via USB

To save yourself money on shipping an OS and buying a disc drive, use any old 4GB+ USB drive you have around the house. (Or grab a cheap one from a friend.)

From there, you can create a Windows 10 installer with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. If you’re using one of the Linux distros for the time being, go with UNetbootin or Rufus.

Invest In Antistatic Equipment

Buy an anti-static wristband, and use it properly. Failing to do so places you and your components at risk of static discharge that can ruin your expensive components-- and that’s the last thing you’d want after spending all of this time working toward the best $2000 gaming PC.

An anti-static mat may also help you by providing a safe surface for you to rest your components.

If you’re unsure how to use it, then we can tell you how to properly use an antistatic wrist strap.

Watch Our PC Building Guide

Our very own PC building guide, linked above, will walk you through the PC building process step-by-step. It’s one of our favorites, and as long as you mind your manual alongside it, your building process should go fairly smoothly.

Refer to this, and check our How to Build a Gaming PC guide for a more detailed PC building guide that addresses every newbie’s needs when building a PC - from choosing a build, installing the corresponding drivers, and maintaining the computer through the years.

Closing Thoughts

So there you have it, the best gaming PC for around $2000! Both build paths are ready to smash any game you can think of, with some excellent gaming credentials. Aside from gaming, you also get some superb multitasking performance and could easily use both build paths for much more without breaking the budget. We highly recommend the AMD build path, as the new Ryzen CPU is simply fantastic with a higher core and thread count than its Intel counterpart. Aside from better overall performance, you are also giving your build a slightly greater life span when going down the AMD route.

You now have a build your friends will truly envy and all the gaming performance you could ever need! If you have any further questions or would like to share your build experiences with the team and our friends, then head over to the dayaxa.community and let us know!

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117 Comments

  1. Avatar Igor says:

    Seems an amazing under $2000 build, I wonder if I could replace the ASUS motherboard for a MSI Prestige X570 Creation. Thanks

  2. Avatar Chris B says:

    Are these still being updated? A lot of the parts are not available.

  3. Avatar royce says:

    What case would you recommend for dusty environments? My office has lots of windows and my desk is by a doorway, so dust has always been an issue for me.

  4. Avatar Christian says:

    Hi! I’ve been gathering components little by little and trying to build a PC with budget of 2000 or less. What Intel Core, graphics card, and SSD would you recommend considering I have a TUF Z390-Plus gaming motherboard. The following are the components I already have—750 G3 supernova power supply, H100i Pro RGB fans Corsair, 16 GB DDR4. AND I also have the H500i Mid tower. Would the tower be fine or do I need an upgrade for it? A response would really be helpful in completing my first PC build! Thank you

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      I’d recommend the new Intel 10600K for the CPU, a 2080SUPER or greater if you can afford, and probably stick with a 1-2TB Samsung 860Evo

  5. Avatar Youssef says:

    Hi, it seems like the power supply is out of stock…do you recommend any other ones.
    Thanks

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      We updated the build today, have a look, the PSU should now be in stock.

  6. Avatar Zaeem says:

    Hey, awesome build! Just wondering in May 2020 what would you change from the original build above to make it more cutting edge of a PC. I am assuming that this webpage was created originally some time ago, that’s why I ask.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      The builds are updated daily to keep up with pricing and performance. Thanks for the question though :]

  7. Avatar ..................………………………………………… says:

    Isn’t the 3900x WAY overkill for this gpu?The gpu is 700 and the cpu is 500!If you want to save some money get the 3700x or the 3800x(And if you want wait for the fourth gen AMD cpus or intel tenth gen cpus)

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      I dont think the 2080/3900x is a terrible combination, no. We’re trying to recommend the best possible build for under 2000, this is what we concluded with :]

  8. Avatar Gaakis says:

    my Autocorrect is changing lots of my words, thats why all those spelling mistakes, so my components are:
    Amd Ryzen 9 3900X

    ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 super ROG strix Advanced

    Corsair Venegance LPX DDR4 3600 MHz 64GB(2×32 GB)

    ASUS ROG THOR 1200, 1200W PSU(this is because it will run totally silent

    MSI Mpg X570 gaming Edge wifi

    Corsair Force series MP600 2TB M.2 SSD

  9. Avatar Sgmr says:

    Thank you for the guidelines for building a good PC!
    The power supply is not available, can you recommend otherone?
    I have seen some changes for the case, the changes have been talking based on better or preferences?
    I am new to PC gaming, do I have to buy the 8 components only and the operating system and I will be ready to go?

    Thank you again!

  10. Avatar Andy B. says:

    I am having a hard time finding the Aorus 2080 Super, but I noticed that there seem to be several versions of the same thing. One is called the Windforce OC 2080 Super. Is that the same card as the Aorus and would that work for this build?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      It is just a different cooling configurations. The Windforce has a triple fan setup with slightly different aesthetics. It is equally as powerful as the Aorus 2080 Super :]

  11. Avatar Leo says:

    Hey, I’m planning to build this PC, but I have a question.
    How exactly does it work with the RGB? How can you synchronize the lights? It will be the first time I plan to install LED. And can I add more LED strips to this build? 😀

    1. Avatar Leo says:

      Since the motherboard is from MSI and I think you control the RGB only with Mystic Light. And the other parts that have RGB use Icue. Am I wrong, or is there a way to synchronize them.
      As I said, I have never installed RGB LED before. So I’m very sorry if I’m wrong.

    2. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      You can get an RGB controller if you want to link all the RGB together. However, the motherboard would need to be self-programmed to work with the rest of the cases RGB.

  12. Avatar Rick says:

    Hey guys,

    What if I put a 2080TI in this build. Would there be a bottleneck?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi rick, a 2080Ti would be a fine pairing for this build. The 3900X is a very efficient CPU, you wouldn’t have any issues here.

  13. Avatar John says:

    I have a question. Would it be fine if I switched the case with a Thermaltake Level 20 MT?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi John, I don’t see that being an issue what so ever

  14. Avatar R-Systems says:

    In your build article you say that the used card in the build is RTX 2080 Ti, in the parts list it’s RTX 2080 Super. Please either change the information in the article, or the part. Both cards are not the same, have different specs, different price and so on. When you talk about “having the most powerful card in the build”, then you should not go to it’s cheaper sibling in the build itself. In most places the price for the 2080 Ti would be almost double than the 2080 Super (1300 vs 700 EUR in Greece as example). I’d say that 600 EUR difference are the least to say quite changing the budget.

  15. Avatar Cat says:

    Hey so I already bought The motherboard from before you updated it recently is there any way I can get the parts list or would the motherboard be compatible with these parts (MSI meg z390 ace)

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Cat, the MSI Meg Z390 Ace is Intel compatible, so the Ryzen 3900x would not work with that board. The old CPU was the I9 9900K, all the other parts are exactly the same!

  16. Avatar Zach says:

    Thanks for doing this work! I tried this build and am generally really happy with it except for two issues.

    One is that I had considered upgrading to 32gb of ram and ended up not doing so right now, and I’m glad I made that choice. The size of the cooling unit blocks the 1st RAM slot, and I don’t think there is any way to fit a stick of RAM into that slot with the space the cooler takes up.

    The more serious issue is that this motherboard seems to have terrible quality control. The first one I received was dead on arrival and was replaced by amazon immediately. The second one worked, but froze up every time I tried to install windows. After some research, it turned out that this board shipped with a BIOS that wasn’t compatible with the I9 9900k, and flashing the bios to a more recent update soved the issue. However, even after getting things up and running beautifully, I discovered that there were significant internet connectivity problems that caused connection to drop during multiplayer online games constantly. After more extensive research and trial and error, a network security professional friend had me use some analysis software and determined that the most likely cause is a faulty motherboard. I’m testing that with a PCI adapter network card when it arrives this week, but receiving 2 faulty motherboards in a row is pretty unacceptable. I would not recommend this board to anyone for any reason.

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Zach, great to hear you went with the build.

      Sad to hear that the mobo is causing you issues though. Have you received a replacement board yet?

  17. Avatar Chris says:

    Hey, I was wondering if the Corsair CX650M would be enough to work with this build?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Chris, That should work fine with this build.

      1. Avatar Chris says:

        Thanks!

      2. Avatar Chris says:

        Any reason not to go ahead and go with M.2 SSD with this build? You guys have recommendation for DVD drive?

        1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

          Hi Chris, funny you should say that we’ve just decided to put an M.2 SSD into this build. Usually, we go for the cheaper SATA SSD because the difference in read/write speeds is fairly unsubstantial.
          Why are you looking for a DVD Drive out of interest?

  18. Avatar mario says:

    Can someone tell if this build is all compatible please please?

    Samsung 860 QVO 1TB Solid State Drive (MZ-76Q1T0) V-NAND, SATA 6Gb/s, Quality and Value Optimized SSD

    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit – Black (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15)

    be quiet! Dark Rock 4, BK021, 200W TDP, CPU Cooler

    NZXT H500i – Compact ATX Mid-Tower PC Gaming Case – CAM-Powered Smart Device – Tempered Glass Panel – Water-Cooling Ready – White/Black – 2018 Version

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition Gaming, 11GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans & RGB LED Graphics Card 11G-P4-2281-KR

    EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3, 80 Plus Gold 650W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode with New HDB Fan, 7 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply 220-G3-0650-Y1

    GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI AMD Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 AMD X570 Mini-ITX Motherboard

    Ryzen 7 3700X 32MB 3.6GHz (4.4GHz Max Turbo) AM4

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Mario, the build looks great!

      1. Avatar Mario Paiva says:

        thanks for anwsering…but does that mean all is compatible including the ryzen 7 37?

  19. Avatar Joey says:

    So I bought this because I’m super indecisive about things and I had the money set aside, but I’ve come across a problem, on the motherboard, I can’t seem to find the ports for the usb c and the 2 case fans wires, Is there an adapter I need or am I just not seeing them?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Joey, it looks as though the motherboard doesn’t support USB-C. This is a slight oversight, what did you specifically need the USB-C for?

      As for the fan wires, they should slot into the fan headers dotted on your board (near the middle left and top right of the motherboard).

    2. Avatar Nicholas says:

      If I upgrade the Intel I9-9900k to as I9-9900KS and the cooler to the Corsair H100i RGB Playinum AIO cooler with everything still work properly?

      1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

        Hi Nicholas,
        Yes, everything would work absolutely fine.

  20. Avatar Donavan says:

    16 gigs won’t be enough for the cpu or the gpu. Consider sacrificing some features for the ram or just get a different cpu and gpu.

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Donovan, 16GB is perfectly fine for this CPU/GPU combination. 32GB is also a great choice but not worth sacrificing other features.

    2. Avatar Bruh... says:

      Umm… not sure what makes you think that, 16 gigs won’t bottleneck this build.

  21. Avatar Advait says:

    Does this Motherboard work with i9 9900K

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Advait, it does and has room for overclocking.

      1. Avatar Advait says:

        Thanks so much

        1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

          No problem, enjoy the build!

  22. Avatar Ray says:

    Good combination of parts for this build, but you guys forgot to mention one thing: The TUF Gaming Plus Wifi board does not come with a front panel type C header to go with the H510 case. For about $30 more, the Gigabyte Auros Pro Wifi has integrated I/O panel (with type c input), Type C front panel header…and a proper 12+1 VRM Phase design.

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Ray, thanks for the comment. I’ll look into that oversight and amend it, good spot.

  23. Avatar Yeasen says:

    Can you guys make $2000 – 2500 of AMD version .

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Yeasen, thanks for the comment. We certainly will consider it!

  24. Avatar Patrick says:

    Can i switch the be quiet dark rock 4 out for a Noctua NH-D15 ?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Patrick, thanks for the comment. That should just fit in the H500 with two fans installed.

      1. Avatar Patrick says:

        Thank you very much for your response and sorry to disturb you again but I have another question regarding this build. As I mentioned before, I would like to replace the “be quiet dark rock 4” with a “Noctua NH-D15”. Would this build also be compatible with a NZXT 710 case instead of the NZXT 510, in addition to the change of the CPU cooler?

        1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

          Hi Patrick, they should fit fine. These cases look to be the next line from NZXT and are just updated models of previous cases.

  25. Avatar Sean Caintic says:

    Can i switch the RTX 2080 ti with RTX 2070 Super? But with the same compatible components… Is it good for handling 1440p 144Hz resolution?

    1. Avatar Sean Caintic says:

      sorry for the double post

    2. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Sean, good question. You can swap out the GPU for the one you prefer, yes. The RTX 2070 Super is a great card and should handle the 1440 res with ease.

  26. Avatar Sean says:

    Can i switch the RTX 2080 ti with RTX 2070 Super? But with the same compatible components… Is it good for handling 1440p 144Hz resolution?

  27. Avatar Xavier says:

    Can switch the GPU to a gtx 1080 ti? With every thing still being compatible

    1. Avatar Xavier says:

      Sorry about the grammar

      1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

        Don’t worry Xavier, I still struggle!

    2. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      The 1080ti would be a fine replacement and would be fully compatible with the rest of this build.

      1. Avatar Xavier says:

        Thanks

  28. Avatar Mario Victor do Lago de Paiva says:

    hello, can I buy theseparts and build on an nxzt h200? would that work?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Mario,
      If you’re asking about the Mini-ITX NZXT H200, then no, the motherboard is too big, unfortunately.

      1. Avatar m says:

        i bought the whole build and changed the motherboard for the GIGABYTE X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI AMD Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 AMD X570 Mini-ITX Motherboard. that works, right?

        1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

          The X570 motherboard you have purchased is NOT compatible with the CPU. I would also recommend against buying a Mini-ITX. You will have no room for future upgrades.

  29. Avatar Joe says:

    Hey guys I’m really new to pc building. I’d love if someone can explain if this 2000$ build will Allow me to run fortnite at 200 FPS while streaming.

    1. Avatar Declan says:

      Not sure why you would need 200 fps specifically, the most you would need is probably 144. However, this should have almost no problem if you’re using 1080p, and might be able to pull it off with 1440. 4k60 would be well doable as well. 🙂

      1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

        Declan knows the score, thanks buddy!

    2. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Why exactly do you need to get 200 FPS specifically on fortnite?

  30. Avatar Cian says:

    I was looking at this a couple months ago and since then it has changed, but I have all the parts for the build except the graphics card. I was wondering if the graphics card on this build would be compatible with the older build, or if it’s the same item? I’m really new to this but I really appreciated this guide. If you would be able to help me with this it would be fantastic.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Cian,
      The only thing you need to be worried about when purchasing a graphics card, in terms of compatibility, is whether or not your case is big enough to accommodate such a GPU.
      Graphics cards are built to support most older gen and all newer gen motherboards.
      I hope this helps!

  31. Avatar Noah says:

    Cause I know nothing about PCs other than the basic stuff you need to run one.

  32. Avatar Noah says:

    It’s quite all right, mate! Are you asking me what’s better?

  33. Avatar Arnob says:

    I need a 3000 doller build. Please make one

    1. Avatar Noah says:

      You spelled dollar wrong.

      1. Avatar Arnob says:

        Sorry, my bad
        Anyways I need a 2000 dollar build(guide)
        btw I am having problems choosing between the asus strix rtx 2080ti and evga ftw3 ultra rtx 2080ti. Which is better?

        1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

          ROG Strix. More efficient, especially if you’re referencing the triple fan model.

  34. Avatar Noah Vanderstappen says:

    How many Corsair RGB FANS would I need to make this a cooling beast? I’m going to be on this for about 9 hours a day. Also, can you guys make a good streaming PC build guide? Thanks!

    1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Noah. We’ve updated the build and recommend a different PC case (we have five in the office), we love the case and each of our rigs have 6 case fans in total (we replaced the stock fans) and then the Dark Rock CPU cooler. If you choose to go for the Corsair water cooler then you would only need 2 or 3 additional fans.

      1. Avatar Noah says:

        Ok, thanks! Can you maybe make a streaming build?

  35. Avatar Noah Vanderstappen says:

    How many Corsair RGB FANS would I need to fill the case?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Noah, you could get 4 x 120mm fans into this as long as you are using an air cooler.

  36. Avatar Matthew says:

    I’m in the market for a gaming desktop and I know I’ll mod some games. This computer looks amazing but I don’t want to overpay. Is this the right computer?

    1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

      We’ve recently updated the build Matthew, we are confident that this is the best computer for the price.

  37. Avatar Bryan says:

    I get prices can fluctuate, but this build is silly for Jan of 2019. Even pricing everything on Amazon and not price shopping, these are not the best parts for the money. Quality name brand 2080 can be had for $700. No reason at all to spend anywhere near $200 on memory. As someone else mentioned, ditch the HDD completely. I spec’d a $2100 PC today with 2.5 TB total space using 2 X M.2 drives. Also included i7 9700k instead of 8th gen. If you’re going for quality, components are way more important than the box they fit in. $170 on a case is a waste unless you just have money to burn. And if that’s the case, go for the 2080 Ti. Sorry guys, but if you’re true aim is tell help people build the best rig they can for their money, this ain’t it.

    1. Avatar Shaheer says:

      Look, the only people that would want this build, that being streamers and content creators, need 16gb of ram and Intel CPU have been criticized for having very low value for money and each generation Cpu seems to have diminishing returns for high price. You could for 7700k and still see only a very small difference. SSD are only needed for games and OS. Though I think that having 970 instead of 860 would make a lot of sense. And the case is totally worth it. This case is really good. I have a friend who has a rig in this case and he says that couldn’t have chosen better. The only downside I see is the fact this is a midtower.Lets see if you can put this in a 30$ Micro ITX case. Bad thermals and Terrible cable management to name the worst of your problems. I would advise waiting for zen 2 to come out and getting a ryzen 7 or (potential) ryzen 9

  38. Avatar Jake says:

    Case not available on Amazon.
    Do you have different suggested pick?
    Also any other part updates, I’m ready to start ordering parts but I want the most best for my hard earned money. Thank you

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Jake, thanks for the comment. Sorry, no one got back to you, did you go ahead with your PC purchase? This build has recently been updated so let me know what you think and ill be happy to help.

  39. Avatar Chas says:

    I was thinking about getting the Asus ROG swift with this build. Would that monitor choice be good and if I wanted to run the game on high settings and not 4k what would the expected fps be?

    1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

      The ASUS ROG Swift is a great monitor, I actually use the 27″ Asus ROG Swift and love it especially using G-Sync. Honestly, FPS depends on the games you are playing, but don’t expect it to be an issue, I am currently running on a 1080TI.

  40. Avatar Christian says:

    If I swapped the 2080 xc for a 2080 xc ultra would you suggest bumping the psu to 1000W?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Not necessary Christian. 1000W, for me, is pure overkill

  41. Avatar Amal Xavier says:

    How about the performance of AC Odyssey? In max?

    1. Avatar Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hello, Amal! How are you? In general, you will be playing around 60FPS at 1440p and more or less 100 FPS at 1080p gaming with this beast in max

  42. Avatar Brody says:

    Is it safe to assume that the radiator has to be mounted in the front? If so would it make sense to put additional fans in the top slots, as well as an exhaust in the back?

    1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

      Generally speaking, we would suggest putting the radiator on the front. Yes, have extra fans on the top blowing air out of the case as well as the back of the case.

  43. Avatar Noah says:

    went to order this system on amazon but says GPU not available

    1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

      Unfortunately, Amazon does suffer from parts being out of stock sometimes, if this happens please contact us directly and we will suggest a replacement for you.

  44. Avatar Oden says:

    Looking for a case that will handle any MoBo and PSU. Preferably with hot swap drive bays. Really don’t like cramped cases. Any leads on this?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Oden, thanks for the question. What motherboard and PSU did you get? Are they ATX sized?

  45. Avatar Gonzo says:

    When are you guys going to release the updated version of this build with the new RTX 2080tis/2080 cards?

    1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

      Done 🙂 these builds will be updated several times a week now.

  46. Avatar Alec Luursema says:

    When are you going to make the 4000 pc guide

    1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

      We will be working on this very soon, we are also working on offering two builds at each price point, one for Intel and one for AMD.

  47. Avatar randy d davidson says:

    is there a way to make payments thru you
    . and its a really great price how much more for a threadripper
    cpu

    1. Avatar Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Randy! As much as I’d like to make the purchase for you, we don’t do this process, unfortunately. I could, however, come up with a list of parts if you really want a Threadripper instead of the 8700K.

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Josh, great to hear you’ve bought the parts! This case is better suited for a water cooling build.

  48. Avatar JC Theunpleasent says:

    Why a FE Card? This system will pull like 500 watts peak so doubling the wattage on the PSU will get you a PSU that will likely never spin up the fans, but why with that loud ass FE GPU.

    Also that D15 is a great air cooler, but good luck getting ti to cool a 8700k. I have a D15 on my 7700k and it barely keeps up, the 8700k runs hotter.

    And this is nit picky but a SATA SSD and a spinning drive in [currentyear] just seems weird. No one wants games on a HDD and if you’re dropping 2k on a PC you’ve got a file server more than likely. Move to a M.2 SATA at 1tb and dump the HDD. But again that point is just nit picky.

    1. Avatar Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi JC! How are you? Thanks for the comments. We really appreciate it! We’re also working on updating this for the month of August so expect to see a new part list with some of your points considered. 🙂

  49. Avatar Wonderland says:

    Any build of 2018 is obsolete already if it has a legacy non-SSD hard drive. You can find 2tb SSDs now for under $400.

    1. Avatar Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hey there, Wonderland! Yeah, we’re working on updating all our builds – especially this one, so expect to see a new part list – all leaned towards heavy performance at a lower price.

      1. Avatar Chris Giddings says:

        Do you have an ETA on that updated list?

        1. Avatar Jon Springborn says:

          So..Were entering December now and Still no part update list..Would be nice to see before the new year

          1. Ben Johnson Ben Johnson says:

            We’ve just updated our PC build list for this month and we will continue to update the builds every week.

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