This $2500 build is a complete and utter beast! It’s giving you 2 8GB GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI, a brand new i7 7700K processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 2.5GB of storage split between an SSD/HDD!
I’m not going to go as far and say that this is the ultimate 4K gaming PC build, but it’s definitely way up there. The only way it could get more insane would be to go with an even crazier motherboard and run a 3-way or 4-way SLI setup, which probably wouldn’t even give you any better performance in most cases.
If you want to run a single card setup with a GTX 1080 Ti instead, check out my ultimate 4K gaming PC build!
- A couple different styled/sized screwdrivers
- Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. Building your PC is actually a lot easier than it sounds, and it’s something that you can easily accomplish by yourself. The actual build process is pretty straight-forward, and it’s about as easy as matching shapes together.
If you’re still thinking that it’s a super-difficult process, just click (or tap) below, skim through the video, and then you’ll know for sure.
Here are the basic steps that I follow when building:
- Install the Power Supply into the Case
- Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
- Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
- Mount the CPU cooler
- Place the rear I/O plate
- Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
- Plug your GPU in
- Install any storage
- Plug everything into the appropriate spots
- Turn it on / Install OS & drivers!
Instead of me typing out a ton of of words to explain this process, why not watch this video put together by EasyPCbuilder.com? He does a great job of explaining everything in detail, and is going to get you running in 30 minutes.
$2500 Gaming PC Build – Pure Insanity!
Updated: May 23rd, 2017
Corsair Graphite Series 780T
Full-tower. Supports 2 380mm radiators! Looks great and works even better!
MSI Z270 SLI Plus
LGA 1151, 2-way SLI compatible, integrated 7.1 audio, USB 3.1 & NVMe support.
Intel i7 7700K
4.2GHz core clock, 4 cores/8 threads, 8MB cache.
EVGA GTX 1080 SC x2
8GB GDDR5x! Absolutely insane, probably even overkill amounts of power!
EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G3
1000W, fully modular, 90%+ efficiency and a 10-year warranty!
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4
3200MHz, CL16, 2x 8GB sticks.
WD Black 2TB HDD
7200 RPM, 64MB cache, 5-year warranty.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
540MB/s read, 520MB/s write.
Corsair H80i V2 Liquid CPU Cooler
After market heatsinks/coolers help keep your CPU cool when overclocking!
Although not entirely necessary, some add ons like optical drives can sometimes improve your experience. If you’re installing your operating system from a disc opposed to a USB flash drive, then you’ll definitely need an optical drive.
Windows 10 (Flash Drive Installer)
You’re going to need an operating system for your build, Windows 10 is your best option when it comes to compatibility. This version is on a flash drive and doesn’t require an optical drive to install! View
Not feeling comfortable with a closed-loop liquid cooler? No problem! The Cryorig H7 is an awesome air CPU cooler that you can use to replace the H80i!
Corsair H100i V2 Liquid CPU Cooler
Looking for an upgrade to the H80i V2 liquid cooler? The H100i V2 offers a much larger radiator and far greater cooling potential! Corsair’s Graphite 780T case is guaranteed to work with the H100i V2 liquid CPU cooler. View
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD
Sure, SATA SSDs are pretty fast, but they don’t come close to an M.2-based NVMe SSD like Samsung’s 960 EVO! View
Samsung Internal 24x CD DVD±R/RW kit
Comes with mounting hardware & cables. An optical drive isn’t necessary, but if you’re installing your OS from a disc you’ll need it. View
Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW
External optical drives are quickly overtaking their internally mounted counterparts in both popularity and practicality, and it’s easy to see why! This one is definitely one of the cheaper & better options to consider. View
When it comes down to it, this build is packing more power than most people are going to dream of needing for a long time. Running 2 GTX 1080s in SLI is giving you insane levels of power that is easily capable of handling even the most demanding games with ease.
The full-tower Corsair Graphite Series 780T is not only a great looking case, but an awesome choice for a build like this one. It’ll support up to 2 380mm radiators for custom water cooling setups, and it comes with 3 fans (2 intakes in the front and 1 exhaust in the rear) that’ll help to keep those temps nice & low. On the inside, there’s a ton of room for future expansion in basically any way possible.
Since we’re putting a Skylake i7 7700K in this beast, we have to have a good LGA 1151 socket motherboard running the Z270 chipset – some random budget board just won’t do for a build like this. The MSI Z270 SLI Plus is an amazingly versatile mobo that comes with an extremely intuitive and easy to use BIOS. It features a great integrated 7.1 channel audio chipset and built-in ethernet controller, support for 2 M.2 SSDs, 6 SATA3 ports, and it’ll support up to 64GB of 3800MHz+ DDR4 RAM.
2x GTX 1080s in SLI is a serious amount of gaming power. There’s really no game that won’t perform flawlessly on this build. That said, some games won’t even benefit from an SLI setup, and that’s something to keep in mind for sure. You could very well get by with a single GTX 1080 (or a Titan X) and still have an extremely enjoyable experience, then add another down the line when more demanding games are released. It really just boils down to what you see yourself doing with this build down the line.
16GB of DDR4 3200MHz Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM is everything you need, and then some. Running 16GB of RAM or more opens doors for multi-tasking and quicker computing in general. For a build at this level, you will without a doubt benefit from running 16GB over 8GB of RAM.
The power supply in this build is easily one of the best and most reliable units you can get right now. The 1000 G3 from EVGA has received nothing but amazing reviews everywhere that it’s been reviewed, and it’s really easy to see why when you start to dig into the finer details of what makes it tick.
With 2.5GB of internal storage spread between a Seagate BarraCude and a Samsung 850 EVO SSD, you shouldn’t run short on space anytime soon. Definitely install your operating system to the SSD, as well as any games you plan on playing regularly, everything else can go on your HDD without a problem. The NVMe SSD in the potential upgrades section would work as an amazing upgrade to the 850 EVO, or you could run them both – it’s entirely your call!
As far as cooling goes, I picked out a Corsair H80i V2 closed-loop liquid cooler because it’s what I use and I know it works amazingly with the i7 7700K. If you’re uncomfortable with a liquid cooler, definitely swap it out for the Cryorig H7 that I suggest in the potential upgrades section. Or, if you want a bigger liquid cooler, check out the H100i V2!
If you’re looking to get an absolutely mind-blowing gaming PC build to make everyone jealous, you’re in luck, because this setup is exactly what you’re looking for!
When it comes down to which operating system you’re going to use, Windows is always going to give you the best results in regards to overall compatibility. But, with that said, Linux-based operating systems are generally more secure.
If you don’t mind shelling out an extra $100 for a copy of Windows, that would be your best path to the most compatibility with programs, drivers and stuff like that. I mean, you just spent $2500 on a gaming PC, you might as well go all the way and grab a copy of Windows to boot (ha, get it?).
However, there is a free alternative, if you’re looking for that path, and that’s Ubuntu. It’s a Linux-based OS which is actually compatible with the bulk of programs and games. As Linux is becoming more and more popular, more dev studios are extending their support out to Linux-based operating systems as well.
Buying an absolutely amazing gaming PC like this one means you’re probably the kind of person who likes to have the “best of the best”, and to do that, you’re also going to need the best peripherals.
Things like a keyboard & mouse can make, or break, your gaming experience, and if you decide to cheap out on something crucial like your mouse, you could find yourself getting your a** whooped a lot more than you should. For this reason, it always pays to not only educate yourself on what you need, but to think quality over quantity. A good mouse might cost you between $50-$150, but it’s going to last for a couple of years, where a cheaper alternative might only last for 6 months.
ASUS PB287Q 4k UHD 28-inch
3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz, 1ms respond time, AMAZING fidelity! Under $500!
Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
Romer-G mechanical switches. Customizable RGB backlighting. All-around amazing keyboard for around $120!
Logitech G502 Proteus
The G502 is a super versatile mouse fit for every gaming situation!
Creative Sound BlasterX H7
The Sound BlasterX H7 gaming headset will absolutely blow you away with amazing quality!
Reflex Lab Mouse Pad
Super smooth, very accurate, and extremely comfortable to use! Reflex Lab mouse pads are available in 4 sizes from your basic 9″ x 8″ right up to a whopping 36″ x 18″! View
If you plan on using a WiFi connection, then you’re also going to need some kind of WiFi adapter as very few motherboards come with it built-in.
You have a couple of options, either a USB-based WiFi adapter, or one that mounts internally, but you only need one. USB is more convenient and much cheaper in most cases, but they’re often less reliable than an internally mounted unit.
At the end of the day, this is an absolutely epic gaming PC build to make all of your friends green with envy. No matter what game you load up, you’ll be running it maxed out in 4k @ 60FPS or higher. A build like this is guaranteed “future-proof” for a seriously long time.
With 2x GTX 1080s in SLI and a brand new i7 7700k, you really are at the top of the food chain. This build is the Maserati of custom gaming PCs, only you get to build it yourself so you know that everything is perfect and exactly the way you want it.
Feel free to ask any questions down below!
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