The Ultimate 4K Gaming PC Build for $2000 in 2018

Updated: December 14th, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: High-End Builds66 Comments

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Playing games at 4K hasn't been entirely possible on a single graphics card up until just recently. Thanks to the new RTX 2080, this custom build won't have any troubles in 4K gaming!

Packing an RTX 2080, a brand new i7 9700K, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of pure SSD storage, this build is a 4K gaming BEAST! It's 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

Ultimate 4K Gaming PC build for $2000

Updated: December 8th, 2018
  • Corsair Crystal 570X

    An awesome mid-tower ATX case with huge tempered glass windows and tons of room for all of your hardware. Comes with 3x Corsair SP120 120mm RGB fans.
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  • ASUS Prime Z370-A

    LGA 1151 socket Z370 chipset ATX motherboard. Comes with RGB lighting, 7.1 audio, and 6 USB ports including 2.0, 3.1 Gen 1, and 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A and C).
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  • 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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  • CM Hyper 212 EVO

    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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  • EVGA RTX 2080 XC Gaming

    8GB GDDR6 VRAM, HDMI / DisplayPort/ DVI connections. Easily matches and can even beat a GTX 1080 Ti!
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  • EVGA 650 G3

    650W Gold-rated power supply. Up to 90% efficiency. Comes with a 7-year warranty.
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  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    16GB dual channel 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16.
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  • Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 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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  • Samsung 970 EVO 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

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, its 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.
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  • 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 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.

Case: The case in this build is an awesome one from Corsair's Crystal lineup. The 570X is a mid-tower ATX case that has tons of room for everything in this build and any future upgrades you might want to add. It comes with 3x 120mm RGB fans from the factory, but you can always upgrade those as you see fit. As far as cable management goes, the 570X is awesome and offers a good amount of options as well as rubber grommets for all cable-routing holes.

Motherboard: The ASUS Z370-A is a top-rated motherboard that's perfectly suited for this build. It has all of the ports, headers and slots you'll need for everything in this build and then some. Along with the basics, this board also boasts integrated RGB lighting, amazing 8-channel audio, reinforced PCIe slots, 3D-printing mounts and tons of other features.

Processor (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 X52!

Graphics Card (GPU): The RTX 2080 is a complete and utter powerhouse when it comes to gaming. It completely blows away the last generation GTX 1080 Ti as well as 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. EVGA's RTX 2080 XC Gaming is particularly good due to the high-quality materials used throughout.

System Memory (RAM): 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!

Power Supply (PSU): 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!

Storage: As far as storage goes, 1TB of pure SSD storage is quite exceptional. 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 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.
  • 28" Asus PB287Q

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

    Green mechanical switches, Razer Chroma RGB lighting, integrated USB 2.0 and audio pass through!
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  • Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

    Razer Chroma RGB lighting, dedicated DPI toggle buttons & rubber grips. My personal favorite.
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  • 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.
  • TP-Link Archer T6E

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

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How come you’re not using any of the RTX cards inm any of your builds?

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why doesent the 2500 build exist anymore?

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hey Branton, what do you think of the gtx 1070ti? its like $400 cheaper and it seemed to perform good. Or would you wait for the rtx and see the benchmarks?

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Hey Branton, quick question. Approximately how long will this build last? I’m not saying every game at 60 fps on ultra or 4k, but at good graphics. Do you think I should wait for the 20th of this month and wait for the new graphics or not?

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i5-8700k?!!!

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i5-8700k?

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