Ultimate 4K Gaming PC Build for $2000

In $1500+, Custom Builds by BrantonLeave a Comment

ultimate 4k gaming pc build featured image

Playing games at 4K hasn’t been entirely possible on a single graphics card up until recently. Thanks to the new GTX 1080 Ti, this is the first single card 4K-capable gaming PC that I’ve been able to put together!

Packing an 11GB GTX 1080 Ti, a 4.2GHz i7 7700K, 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz and 2.25TB of storage, this build comes in at right around $2000 USD. It’s definitely capable of playing AAA games at 4K resolutions with awesome frame rates, how high depends on the exact game but 60fps+ is easily possible.

That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. If this is the first gaming computer you’ve ever built, it might seem like a daunting process that only an expert could complete, but you would be wrong. Building your own gaming PC couldn’t be easier, and there are a ton of concise guides out there that will walk you through the process.

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!

In-depth Walkthrough

Instead of me typing out a ton 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.

Or, if you did want a ton of words, I’ve put together somewhat of a crash course to building your gaming PC that you might want to check out.

Keep in mind that it’s not the exact same build, but the process is really similar. There’s really only 1 way to do things, and it’s pretty hard to mess anything up if you’re being careful.

Ultimate 4K Gaming PC build for $2000

Updated: May 23rd, 2017

  • Corsair Graphite 760T

    An awesome full tower ATX case with a huge window and tons of room for all of your hardware.
    View

  • MSI Pro Series Z270 SLI

    Z270 chipset motherboard, ATX size. 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB type-c, 6x SATA ports.
    View

  • Intel i7 7700K

    4.2GHz core clock, 4 cores/8 threads, 8MB cache. Does not come with a CPU cooler.
    View

  • EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black

    11GB GDDR5x VRAM, HDMI / DisplayPort/ DVI connections.
    View

  • EVGA 1000 G3

    1000W power supply, 90% efficiency, 5-year warranty.
    View

  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    16GB dual channel 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16.
    View

  • WD Black 2TB HDD

    7200RPM, 3.5 inch, 64MB cache, 2TB HDD.
    View

  • Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD

    M.2-based NVMe SSDs are the fastest option on the market right now. 3200MB/s read, 1500MB/s write.
    View

  • Corsair H100i V2 Liquid CPU Cooler

    Since the i7 7700K does not come with a stock CPU cooler, you need an aftermarket unit like the H100i V2.
    View

Estimated
$0
At Amazon
Get This Build

DLC

Below you’ll find some suggested add-ons for this build, some I’ll mention more in-depth further down this page, but some are pretty self-explanatory like optical (DVD/CD) drives. Although not entirely necessary, optical drives can sometimes come in handy and I strongly recommended having one; if you have an old PC kicking around, it’s optical drive will more than likely work for you and you won’t need to buy a new one.

  • Windows 10 (USB Installer)

    Windows 10 is your best bet when it comes to picking an operating system. This version is a USB installer.
    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

    A lot of people are moving away from internally mounted optical drives, and it’s easy to see why! This one is definitely one of the cheaper & better external optical drives to consider.
    View

  • Inateck PCI-E to USB 3.0 Expansion Hub

    Although this build has enough USB ports for your typical VR setup, if you want to plug more stuff in you’ll need more ports.
    View

Details

This is the ultimate single GPU 4K gaming PC build, without a doubt. It hasn’t been until the release of the GTX 1080 Ti that a single card 4K build was even really possible without lowering the settings so low that gaming wouldn’t be enjoyable anyways.

Keep in mind that the price listed above is just for the core components and you will still need to add anything that you don’t already have; mouse, keyboard, audio, those kinds of things.

The case in this build is an awesome one from Corsair’s Graphite lineup. The 760T is a full sized case that has tons of room for everything in this build and any future upgrades you might want to add. It comes with 3 120mm fans from the factory, but you can always upgrade those as you see fit. As far as cable management goes, the 760T is awesome and offers a good amount of options as well as rubber grommets for all cable-routing holes.

Gigabyte’s Pro Series Z270 SLI is an awesome mobo for this type of build because it not only offers everything you need to get going, but tons of room for future expansion. It comes with 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports and 1x USB Type-C, it also has 6x SATA 6GB/s ports and support for SLI. That last part means you could run two GTX 1080 Ti!

The i7 7700K is easily the best mainstream CPU for a dedicated gaming PC this far into 2017. It offers the best performance and price when compared to its competitors, plain and simple. Being a new K model CPU, the i7 7700K doesn’t come with a stock CPU cooler, but I’ve added on a Corsair H100i V2 liquid CPU cooler to keep you covered.

The brand new 11GB GTX 1080 Ti is a complete and utter powerhouse when it comes to gaming. It completely blows away the last generation Titan X Pascal as well as its little brother the GTX 1080. Simply put, the GTX 1080 Ti is the best card you could buy right now in terms of price vs performance. The new Titan Xp (not the Titan X Pascal) offers a bit more power, but that extra power comes at a cost that’s not worth it when you consider what you get in terms of gaming performance.

I picked you a 1000W power supply on the off-chance that you might want to run an SLI setup with 2x GTX 1080 Ti one day. If you have absolutely no plans of that, ever, then you can definitely drop down to a 650W G3 power supply to save yourself some $. Otherwise, EVGA’s 1000 G3 is an absolutely amazing power supply that offers a platinum level of efficiency for the cost of a gold-rated PSU. I use a G3 unit and I really think you should to!

16GB of DDR4 RAM is more than enough for most dedicated gaming PCs, even those that are aiming for 4K. That being said, I picked you a dual channel pair so you can easily upgrade to 24 or 32GB if you wanted to by simply adding more sticks of the same 3200MHz speed. If you’re feeling flashy, there’s also RAM available with RGB lighting – something to keep in mind!

As far as storage goes, 2.25TB spread across a WD Black HDD and a Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD is going to make sure that you don’t run short anytime soon. There’s also a reason for the two drives, the SSD is meant to be your primary boot drive (where Windows and your primary programs are installed) and the HDD is meant to be used as a mass storage drive (for the bulk of your games, etc); this will ultimately make your PC perform better than having everything on a single drive.

The Corsair H100i V2 liquid CPU cooler is an awesome CPU cooler for those who want liquid cooling. Closed-loop coolers have gotten pretty awesome over the past few years and the old worries we used to have are all but completely gone. That said, if you would prefer a CPU cooler on air, the Cryorig H7 would be a great choice.

This build is completely capable of playing AAA games in 4K at 60fps, less intensive games will run at much higher frame rates and you might even hit 144+ depending on the game!

Operating System

When it comes to picking out an operating system, you pretty much have two options.

Windows, or Linux.

Windows is the better of the two when it comes to out-of-the-box compatibility, but Linux is favored by lots of more advanced PC users for its heightened security and its ability to be heavily modified.

Extras

If this is your very first PC, chances are you’re lacking things like a mouse, keyboard, monitor and some kind of audio peripheral. If that’s the case, take a look through the items listed below for some of my recomendations.

  • 28" Asus PB287Q

    28″, 4K(3840×2160) 60Hz, 1ms response time – Great for gaming.
    View

  • Razer Blackwidow Chroma

    Green mechanical switches, Razer Chroma RGB lighting, integrated USB 2.0 and audio pass through!
    View

  • Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

    Razer Chroma RGB lighting, dedicated DPI toggle buttons & rubber grips. My personal favorite.
    View

  • Creative Sound BlasterX H7

    The best gaming headset you can get, in my opinion.
    View

WiFi

WiFi is never the ideal solution for a gaming PC’s internet connection. Just due to the nature of how WiFi works, it will almost always be inferior to a wired connection. That said, if you absolutely need/want to use a WiFi connection, you’re going to need a WiFi adapter.

  • TP-Link Archer T6E

    Internally mounted AC1300 WiFi adapter. Operates on both 2.4 and 5GHz bands.
    View

  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N

    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz
    View

Conclusion

This is the ultimate single card 4K gaming PC build this far into 2017. It’ll handle AAA games at 4K resolutions while putting out 60fps or better, less intensive games are going to run at significantly higher fps and you’ll exceed 144fps in quite a few.

If you came here looking for an awesome build for $2000, or you want the best single card 4K build you can find, this one is it, without a doubt.

If you have any questions about the build or the suggested peripherals, feel free to ask me in the comment section!

Order The Ultimate 4K Gaming PC Build!

Not the build for you?

Author

Branton

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!

Share it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.