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.
- A couple different styled/sized screwdrivers
- Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
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!
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: September 21st, 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 Plus
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
Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080 Ti
11GB GDDR5x VRAM, HDMI / DisplayPort/ DVI connections. View
EVGA 650 G3
650W power supply, 90% efficiency, 5-year warranty.
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
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.
R7 1700 + Asus Prime X370 motherboard
Intels i7 7700K is still the king of CPUs in terms of gaming, but if you also use your PC as a workstation then you might want to consider going to an AMD R7 1700 processor instead. Add to Cart (Amazon)
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 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
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 Plus 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.
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. That being said, the i7 7700K is only the king of gaming, if you use your PC as a workstation as well, an AMD R7 might be the better choice for you – See the section below the build list for the R7 swap.
The 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.
EVGA’s 650 G3 is an absolutely amazing power supply that offers a platinum level of efficiency for the cost of a gold-rated supply. It offers 90% efficiency or higher under typical loads, an amazing 7-year warranty, and it also comes with a self-tester so you can test it for faults on the off chance there is one. 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!
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.
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″, 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 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.
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!