The Ultimate 4K Gaming PC Build for $2000 in 2019

Updated: May 21st, 2019Author: BrantonCategory: Gaming PC Builds, High-End Builds92 Comments

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If you're trying to build yourself the best possible 4K gaming PC for around $2000, this is it! It's packing more than enough power to completely destroy 4K gaming and easily get 60fps+ in practically all of your favorite games.

This build is packing an RTX 2080, an insanely powerful i7 9700K, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1.5TB of pure SSD storage. This build is easily capable of playing most AAA games on great settings in 4K at 60fps without a problem.

If you have any questions about this build, feel free to ask me in the comment section

Prebuilt Option

If you'd rather skip the build process and just order a PC that's ready to go. Here's a prebuilt gaming PC with similar specs. The parts used probably won't be of the same quality and the price might be different, but it'll be ready to turn on the second it arrives!

CYBERPOWERPC SLC10060CPG

  • i7 9700K + Z370 motherboard
  • RTX 2080
  • 32GB DDR4 RAM
  • 2TBHDD + 240GB SSD
  • Windows 10 installed

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Ultimate 4K Gaming PC build for $2000

Updated: May 21st, 2019
  • computer case

    NZXT H500i

    An awesome mid-tower ATX case with a tempered glass side panel and tons of room for all of your hardware. Comes with a built-in RGB/fan controller + 2x 120mm Aer fans.
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  • motherboard

    Gigabyte Z390 Aorus PRO

    LGA 1151 socket Z390 chipset ATX motherboard with built-in RGB lighting. Comes with high-quality 7.1 audio, 10x USB ports including 2.0, 3.1 Gen 1, and 3.1 Gen 2.
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  • i7 processor

    Intel i7 9700K

    An unlocked 4.9GHz 8 core/8 thread CPU. Great for workstations and gaming builds alike.
    Does not come with a CPU cooler.
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  • cpu cooler

    CM Hyper 212 Black

    Since the i7 9700K does not come with a stock CPU cooler, you need an aftermarket unit like the this one.
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  • graphics card

    Asus RTX 2080 ROG Strix OC

    8GB GDDR6 VRAM, factory overclocked by Asus. 2x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, and 1x USB Type-C display connections.
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  • power supply

    EVGA 650 G3 80+ Gold

    650W Gold-rated fully-modular power supply. Up to 90% efficiency. Comes with a 7-year warranty.
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  • system memory

    16GB HyperX Predator DDR4 RAM

    16GB dual channel 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16. Has RGB lighting.
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  • ssd storage

    Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA SSD

    SSDs are without a doubt the way forward. HDDs are quickly becoming obsolete and there’s no question why!
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  • nvme ssd storage

    Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD

    M.2-based NVMe SSDs are the fastest option on the market right now and the 970 EVO is especially fast.
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The tools you need:

That’s really all you need to assemble your new desktop. All of the mounting hardware and cables will come with the parts listed above. The only time you might need something extra is if you’re modifying the build on this page.

Recommended Add-ons/upgrades

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 and your operating system.

  • windows 10

    Windows 10 (USB Installer)

    Windows 10 is your best bet when it comes to picking an operating system. This version is a USB installer.
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  • intel i9 9900k

    Intel i9 9900K

    Instead of running an i7 9700K, another option would be the even beefier i9 9900K.
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  • graphics card upgrade

    Asus RTX 2080 Ti ROG Strix

    They’re expensive, but an RTX 2080 Ti is the best GPU on the market right now.
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  • aio liquid cooler

    NZXT Kraken X62

    Instead of air cooling, another option is an all-in-one liquid cooler like the 240mm NZXT Kraken X62.
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  • optical disc drive

    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.
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Build Breakdown

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 anyway.

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.


nzxt h500i Case: NZXT's H500i is an upgrade on their previous S340 - one of the best cases of previous years. The H500i improves on the old design and offers great airflow options as well as a great layout that caters to clean cable management.

It comes with a built-in RGB/fan controller, 2x Aer F120mm fans, and RGB light strips to add some feature lighting. It's built entirely from steel and although that makes it heavy, it also makes it very durable and gives it the high-quality feel this case deserves.


gigabyte z390 aorus proMotherboard: The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus PRO is a high-end LGA 1151 socket, Z390 chipset, ATX motherboard that's perfectly suited for this build.

The Z390 Aorus PRO has all of the ports, headers and slots you'll need for everything in this build, and then some. Including built-in 7.1 audio, an Ethernet controller, a total of 10x USB ports, 2x M.2 slots, numerous case fan headers, support for custom watercooling, and even built-in RGB lighting.


intel i7 9700kProcessor (CPU): Intel's brand new 8 core/8 thread i7 9700K is a complete and utter beast when it comes to pretty much anything. It's unlocked, so you can overclock it if you wish, but you won't have to because it readily blows the old i7 8700K out of the water and is an all-around incredible CPU regardless of what you're using it for. When it comes down to it, the i7 9700K is undeniably the best CPU you can use for gaming.

Since the i7 9700K does not come with a stock CPU cooler, I've added on a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler to keep you covered. It's an awesome air CPU cooler and will keep your 9700K cool, even while lightly overclocked. If you would prefer a closed loop liquid cooler instead, I'd suggest checking out something like the NZXT Kraken X62!


asus rtx 2080Graphics Card (GPU): The 8GB GDDR6 RTX 2080 is a complete and utter powerhouse when it comes to gaming. It completely blows away the last generation's GTX 1080 Ti and especially its little brother the GTX 1080. Simply put, the RTX 2080 is one the best cards you could buy right now in terms of price vs performance.

Asus's RTX 2080 ROG Strix OC is absolutely no exception. It comes factory overclocked and features some of the best cooling you could have on a GPU. For connectivity, it has 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, and 1x USB Type-C. It also features RGB lighting.


hyperx predator ddr4 ramSystem Memory (RAM): 16GB of DDR4 RAM is more than enough for any dedicated gaming PC. With that in mind, I picked you out 16GB of Kingston's HyperX Predator RGB RAM at 3200MHz.

If you feel that you might need more than 16GB, maybe because you want to try streaming or something like that, I'd suggest grabbing the 32GB kit instead.


evga 650 g3Power Supply (PSU): EVGA's 650 G3 is an top-level fully-modular power supply that offers a platinum level of efficiency for the cost of a gold-rated supply. It can reach 90% efficiency (or higher) under typical loads, and boasts heavy-duty OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, and SCP protections.

At only 150mm long, the 650 G3 can easily fit inside of practically any case you might want to use. Its fully-modular platform allows for clean and concise cable management. On top of all of that, it even features a lengthy 7-year warranty just in-case something not-ideal were to happen.


Storage: As far as storage goes, 1.5TB of pure SSD storage is either really excessive, or not excessive enough. Depending on which way you see it, this build has an insane amount of potential in terms of storage configurations. So, feel free to customize it as you see fit!

There's also a reason for the two drives, the faster NVMe SSD is meant to be your primary boot drive (where Windows and your primary programs are installed) and maybe a couple of your more load-intensive games. Then, the SATA SSD is meant to be used as a mass storage drive (for the bulk of your games, etc). This type of setup will ultimately make your PC perform better than having everything on a single drive.


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 with programs and games; but Linux is favored by more advanced PC users for its heightened security and its ability to be heavily modified.

The choice comes down to which one you prefer. Generally speaking, I'd recommend going the Windows 10 route unless you're already familiar with Linux.

Peripherals

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.

  • 4k monitor

    BenQ EL2870U

    A great 28-inch 4K monitor with HDR10, Freesync, and a 1ms GTG response time. Has both HDMI and DisplayPort.
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  • mechanical keyboard

    Corsair K95 Platinum

    Cherry MX RGB Brown mechanical switches, per-key RGB backlighting, made from aircraft-grade anodized aluminum!
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  • mouse

    Logitech G502 HERO

    Easily one of the best mice you could be using. The G502 HERO features a high level of accuracy, 0 smoothing, 0 filtering, 0 acceleration, and customizable weight.
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  • headset

    Kingston HyperX Cloud II

    The best gaming headset you can get, in my opinion.
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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.
  • internal wifi

    TP-Link Archer T6E

    Internally mounted AC1300 WiFi adapter. Operates on both 2.4 and 5GHz bands.
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  • external wifi

    TP-LINK TL-WN722N

    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz
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Conclusion

This is the ultimate single card 4K gaming PC build this far into 2018. 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!

CaseNZXT H500i
$96.53 USD
MotherboardGigabyte Z390 Aorus PRO
$179.99 USD
ProcessorIntel i7 9700K
$406.99 USD
GraphicsAsus RTX 2080 ROG Strix OC
$830.48 USD
Power Supp.EVGA 650 G3 80+ Gold
$98.99 USD
RAM16GB HyperX Predator RGB @ 3200MHz
$123.99 USD
SSD 1Samsung 860 EVO 1TB (SATA)
$137.99 USD
SSD 2Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB (nVME M.2)
$117.99 USD
CPU CoolerCM Hyper 212 Black
$36.99 USD

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Hi branton
I am planning to build a very good pc for around 2500 Euro plus the accessories monitor, keyboard, mouse, headphones and I would like to have inside i7 9700, one very good gpu with rtx 8gb and 32 ram can you recommend any setup for me for everything

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Hey what kind AMD prossecer would work with this build at about the same price and could u answer my case question

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I know u litterly Just answered my case question thx

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Hey wanting to get into PC gaming. I know that I want to be able to run ark survival evolved would this pc be able to run it on max or close to max settings?

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btw if the case doesnt work could you recoomend a case that has a tempered glass front to show off some rgb fans

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Do you get paid to use HyperX ram?

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I understand that PCs that you build on your own are cheaper and more reliable, but if I got the MSI trident x for 2000$, it would have the same GPU, CPU, and a decent motherboard and SSD too. Why should I build my own pc when I can get a prebuilt one for about the same price?