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 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)
  • 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: July 13th, 2017

  • Corsair Graphite Series 780T

    Full-tower. Supports 2 380mm radiators! Looks great and works even better!
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  • MSI Z270 SLI Plus

    LGA 1151, 2-way SLI compatible, integrated 7.1 audio, USB 3.1 & NVMe support.
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  • Intel i7 7700K

    4.2GHz core clock, 4 cores/8 threads, 8MB cache.
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  • EVGA GTX 1080 SC x2

    8GB GDDR5x! Absolutely insane, probably even overkill amounts of power!
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  • EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G3

    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

    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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  • Corsair H80i V2 Liquid 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.

  • 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!
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  • Cryorig H7

    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.
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  • 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!
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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 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.

high end gaming pc build Corsair-Vengeance-LPX-16GB16GB 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!

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 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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The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on PC gaming and putting together awesome builds! Thanks for stopping by!

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. hi! i have a question im new to rig building you mentioned Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD
    as a potential upgrade do you mean instead of buying Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD i should buy the potential upgrade or buy them both

    1. Hey Steven,

      You could use them both, or just one if you prefer!

      Oh, just a heads up, I updated the build today to include a new 7th gen i7 7700k and some other goodies like a closed-loop liquid cooler 🙂 Hope you like the upgrades!

  10. Hey

    I plan on getting this exact build in about two weeks. im getting it to hopefully play oculus rift games once i can get that as well. i just wanted to make sure how many usb 3.0 ports does this build have and how many usb 2.0. i ask because oculus requires 3 x 3.0 usb and 1 x 2.0 usb.

    Also are their any other cases you recommend that could fit this build comfortably and have space?

    1. Hey Brandon,

      I maybe wouldn’t go with the Rift, I would maybe go for the Vive instead.. There’s a lot of stuff going on surrounding the Rift right now and it’s probably better to just avoid it imo 🙂

      With that out of the way… This build has more than enough USB ports to support a VR headset, the mobo has 4x USB 3.0 & 2x USB 2.0 and the case has 2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 which is common at this level.

      I can recommend some other cases for sure! Does the NZXT H440 look more like something you’d like? Or maybe the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5?

      Hope that helps!

    1. Yep! I’m waiting on word from the AIB partners on when their custom cards are going to release 🙂 I generally try to shy away from recommending the “FE” model cards when they’re always so grossly outperformed by what the “partners” produce for what’s usually the same cost. I’m hoping that’s going to be very soon, because I’ve been waiting for the past 6 months to buy one for myself!!!!!

  11. Dear Branton,
    I can see that u use motherboards with no on board wifi adapter.
    So i wanted to ask u if u can suggest me another motherboard for this same build with a wifi on board. I like your build, its kinda my dream build, but just that wifi thing bugs me.

    So please suggest me another motherboard supported with build, which has an onboard wifi?

    1. Hey Blank,

      There are a couple of reasons for that 🙂 For one, integrated wifi is always going to come up short (in terms of speed) when compared to a good PCIe WiFi adapter. Two, Z270 ATX boards with WiFi are few and far between, the ones that are available generally cost more than they should for what you get.

      But, if you really want a mobo with integrated WiFi, the Asus ROG Z270E is the only Z270 chipset ATX-sized board I know of that also has SLI support and is going for a semi-decent price.

      Hope that helps!

  12. Hi, thanks for the assistance in building a beast rig. Would 2 1080TI’s be overkill instead of the 1080’s on the list? Which 1080ti’s would you recommend? Is there any need for an SLI bridge?

    Cheers

    1. Hey David,

      Overkill is just a matter of perception 🙂 running 2x 1080 Ti would give you an absolutely insane amount of rendering power and you would easily be able to max everything and anything out in 4K with a bare bones minimum of 60fps; the average fps will likely be significantly higher, I just don’t have 2x 1080 Tis to test that theory. You would need an SLI bridge in that scenario.

      Hope that helps!

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