Complete Beastmode 4K+ Gaming PC Build – $2500

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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 6700K processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 2.24GB 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.

  • A couple different styled/sized screwdrivers
  • Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
  • Patience

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:
  1. Install the Power Supply into the Case
  2. Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
  3. Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
  4. Mount the CPU cooler
  5. Place the rear I/O plate
  6. Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
  7. Plug your GPU in
  8. Install any storage
  9. Plug everything into the appropriate spots
  10. Turn it on / Install OS & drivers!

Video Walkthrough

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: January 1st, 2017

  • Corsair Graphite Series 780T

    Full-tower. Supports 2 380mm radiators! Looks great and works even better!
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  • Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3

    LGA 1151, 2-way SLI compatible, integrated 7.1 audio and USB 3.1.
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  • Intel i7 6700K

    4.0GHz, 4 cores/8 threads, 8MB cache, Skylake.
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  • Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1080 x2

    8GB GDDR5x! Absolutely insane, probably even overkill amounts of power!
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  • EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2

    1000W, fully modular, 90% efficiency and a 10-year warranty!
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  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4

    3200MHz, CL16, 2x 8GB sticks.
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  • WD Black 2TB HDD

    High-performance, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, 5-year warranty.
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  • Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD

    540MB/s read, 520MB/s write.
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  • Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler

    After market heatsinks/coolers help keep your CPU cool when overclocking!
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Potential Upgrades

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.

  • Corsair H100i V2 Liquid CPU Cooler

    Instead of air cooling for your CPU, why not try a closed loop liquid cooler? Corsair’s Graphite 780T case is guaranteed to work with the H100i.
    *You don’t need air cooling if you’re choosing to run liquid cooling!
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  • Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD

    Sure, SATA SSDs are pretty fast, but they don’t come close to an M.2 SSD like the 950 PRO! Up to 270,000 read IOPS, or 180,000 more than the 850 EVO SSD!
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  • 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.
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  • 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

Details

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.

corsair-graphite-780t-2The 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.

i7-6700kSince we’re putting a Skylake i7 6700K in this beast, we have to have a good LGA 1151 socket motherboard, some budget board just won’t do for a build like this. The Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3 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 3600MHz DDR4 RAM.

2x-asus-gtx-10802x 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.

high end gaming pc build Corsair-Vengeance-LPX-16GB16GB of DDR4 3200MHz Corsair Vengeange 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.

With 2.5GB of internal storage spread between a WD Black HDD 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 problem.

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!

Operating System

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.

windows-10-homeIf 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.

Extras

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!
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  • Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum

    Romer-G mechanical switches. Customizable RGB backlighting. All-around amazing keyboard for around $120!
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  • Logitech G502 Proteus

    The G502 is a super versatile mouse fit for every gaming situation!
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  • Creative Sound BlasterX H7

    The Sound BlasterX H7 gaming headset will absolutely blow you away with amazing quality!
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  • 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″!
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WiFi

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.

  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Internally mounted WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
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  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N

    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz
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Conclusion

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 an i7 6700k, you really are at the top of the food chain. This build is kind of like 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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The first game that I ever played on a PC was Ultima Online in 1999, and since then I have been hooked on PC gaming, and putting together awesome builds. Thanks for stopping by!

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84 Comments on “Complete Beastmode 4K+ Gaming PC Build – $2500”

  1. But in theory, the titan would work on this exact build, instead of the 2X gtx 1080? I dont have great knowledge of pc components, sorry.

    1. It definitely would! And, if you’re not planning on adding another one anytime soon, you could shave off a few $ by downgrading the PSU to 700-800w.

  2. well its up; went straight to board temp, so no post problems.
    today i am getting Fallout4 installed and we will push those cards a little bit. I will be back to let folks know how that works when i apply a bit of Load.
    i do have the spinning drive yet to initialize but that will not be much of a problem it shows up in one place and doesn’t in another.

    so lets break this down a bit.
    1. I am in no way a tech person. I play games but thats not a primary use of this build for me. my job is solid fuel mass stove design.
    2. this is the first computer i have built since 1996; so almost all of what i know is very outdated.
    3. this was the cheapest way to get what i needed to use the design and rendering software.
    so the thought that you cant build this thing because you do not know how is not true. its an easy build.
    some things to watch for are the confusing bits because most of the set up sites and instructions are a bit confusing. there is minutia that is not very well explained and most of it is illustrated badly.

    this being said; you can figure this out, if you are patient and draw or write the confusing bits out and look at multiple sources for the explanations. the writing on the MSI board is very hard to read so i would suggest for even young builders to get a magnifying glass.

    for example getting the case plugged in to the mother board is unclear. the orientation of the board in the case puts the connection point at the bottom of the case. one would think that this would mean the lettering on the connectors would be up. nope! the lettering faces down.

    I have no complaints about the build, but a little bit of detail would have made things much quicker and less stressful. after all a 25000 dollar pile of junk wouldn’t be an easy thing to swallow.

    HUGE!! thanks go to Branton for his patience and help on this. its not easy to educate someone who hardly speaks the same language (each trade has its own language and Brantons language is about as far from my normal language set as one could get). Dont fear this build its so easy even a guy who spends quality time with rocks can do it. I will put one more post here after i run my game and play with the rendering software. so in about a week.

  3. Hello Branton.
    For over a year I’ve been educating myself about building gaming pc. A few days ago my current set-up became a “terminal case”, then I came here looking for a budget PC to buy and build ASAP. But my major problem is that I live in Japan and my Japanese is mediocre, so I’m helpless cause most english guides have US or UK in mind, and Japanese websites are a nightmare. After all that, here’s my question:
    If I buy a couple parts at a time, getting the set before next year, will it still be a beast?
    I plan to make good use of Black Friday and every season sale I find to get lower prices and maybe already buying the ‘potencial upgrades’. Also, if I buy only one GTX 1080, can I instal the second one later on without difficulties?
    I appreciate the time you took for all this and Thank You for helping people like me!

    1. Hey Luis,

      Ah, that’s quite the situation you’re in! I feel for you!

      You can definitely buy the build bit by bit and it’ll definitely still be a beast by the time you’re done! Yep, you can add a second 1080 at any time you feel it’s necessary, it’ll be as simple as plugging it!

      I hope that helps! If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

  4. is there any build that could beat this that you could find? curious and would love to see what you come up with.

    1. That depends on a lot of variables, there are lots of different ways one could invest $2500 into a PC depending on how they wanted to use it. In terms of 4K+ gaming, however, this build would be pretty hard to beat without spending significantly more on a pair of Titan X (Pascal).. which would cost almost as much as this entire build does 🙂

    1. Hey Acydcat,

      In terms of gaming, 128GB is so overkill that there should probably another word made up just to effectively describe exactly how overkill it is 🙂 Honestly, Intel makes their mainstream i7s and i5s compatible with a max of 64GB of RAM because even that’s overkill and won’t be used up 99.999% of the time.

      If you’re interested in what it would take to actually run 128GB of RAM (it requires different components) I explain it over in this reply that I fired off about 12 days ago regarding 128GB of RAM in another build.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Hi would 32 gbs of ram be okay? i was thinking of going with this ram would it be compatible im still new to this Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2666MHz (PC4-21300) C16 memory kit for DDR4 Systems. Also i have a msi z170 m7 motherboard.

  6. Whats the best keyboard in your opinion, the Razer Blackwidow Chroma or Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum? And why?

    1. Hey Jerry,

      Honestly, it really boils down to personal preference. Some people will prefer the clicky keys on the BlackWidow Chroma, and some people prefer quieter keys like on the G810 Orion. At the end of the day, they’re both really solid keyboards with great features, but I prefer the BlackWidow Chroma, it’s what I use as my daily driver.

    1. Hey Kudara,

      Performance-wise, they’re pretty much the same thing. It came down to price vs. performance, the Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 jumped up to almost $750 /each and they’re just not worth that much.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Im really retarded when it comes to this stuff but ive seen things about a lot of games not having good sli support so would it be better to just have a single titan x

    1. There are pros and cons to both. A single Titan XP will perform more consistently, but 2x 1080s will definitely outperform the Titan XP in those games which actually make good use of SLI.

      1. what would you say is the better choice because ive been stuck on this decision for awhile i was also thinking further down the line with the titan that i could just throw in another one

        1. It’s a tough call, Vincent.

          Generally speaking, most people will go for a strong single card over an SLI setup as you’ve mentioned – but there is without a doubt a noticeable difference in performance in certain games at higher resolutions. Using The Witcher 3 maxed out in 4K for example, the Titan XP would run it at ~50fps on avg, where SLI 1080s can do 60fps+ in the same scenario. But, there are definitely other games where the Titan XP will beat the SLI 1080s simply due to bad SLI scaling.

          It’s hard to say which one is the better choice for you, it reeaally depends on what you see yourself doing with this build.

  8. You went with 2400 Mhz ram. Does an upgrade to 3000 or 3200 provide enough of a benefit to warrant the price? Great part selection.

    If you do light video editing and heavy gaming would you recommend going to x99 or will this rig be preffered?

    1. Hey Dave,

      That was a typo, my bad, there is (or should have been) 3200MHz RAM in this build, I use the 2400MHz Vengeance LPX in quite a few of my other builds and must have been typing w/o thinking 🙂 There’s a bit of a difference between 2400MHz and 3200MHz, definitely worth the $7 difference in a build of this caliber!

      You would get faster render times and such out of something like the i7 6800K and the MSI X99A SLI Krait for sure, but it wouldn’t necessarily translate into better gaming performance compared to the i7 6700K and the Z170 mobo above.

      Hope that helps!

  9. hi i’m thinking about getting a rig like this one, i have a couple questions, can i use 2 EVGA instead of asus GPUS? and would this be fine to play 2 monitors at 1080p?

    1. Hey Jose,

      You definitely could! You can use any brand that you like the most, they’ll all perform basically the same in the long run.

  10. Hey Branton,

    I know I am a kinda late but I don’t know a whole lot about pc and been using mac for my whole life. I am looking to get this build for my birthday in Jan and would like to ask if I only got one Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1080 will it still be a beast? and will it still be able to run most games on max settings with good fps?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hey Sunny,

      Oh it will definitely still be a beast with just 1 GTX 1080 – you’ll still be able to max most games out with a high FPS, especially if you’re playing at 1440p and not 4K. In 4K, a single 1080 might not be able to max completely everything out.

      Hope that helps!

  11. Hey thanks for the fast reply I saw it just didn’t reply. I think I’m only going to get one Gtx 1080 and can you recommend a monitor for only one gtx not 4K. Another thing, sorry is a alternative to theEVGA SuperNova 1000 G2 because I can find all the parts except that one.

    Sorry for bad english

    1. Hey Mike,

      As far as I know, all Skylake mobos (LGA 1151 socket) equipped with M.2 ports can boot from NVMe, including the Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 3.

      Hope that helps!

  12. hey Branton, which mouse will you recommend me? Razer DeathAdder Chroma or Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. I play mostly FPS and little bit of MOBAs, but not sure which mouse is better.

    1. Hey Jerry,

      Personally, I prefer the DeathAdder over the G502 – but the G502 has way more buttons (11 vs 7). Other than the button count, they feel very similar in terms of accuracy and performance, but the G502 is noticeably more “angled” when you’re holding it.

      So, if you want a comfortable but basic mouse, the DeathAdder is for you. If you want more buttons with a more angled feel, the G502 is what you want.

      Hope that helps!

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