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 brand new i7 8700K, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 2.25TB of storage, this build comes in at right around $2000. It’s definitely capable of playing AAA games at 4K resolutions with awesome frame rates and blowing your mind at the same time!
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: June 20th, 2018
Corsair Graphite 760T
An awesome full tower ATX case with a huge window and tons of room for all of your hardware.
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). View
Intel i5 8700K
An unlocked 3.7GHz 6 core/12 thread CPU. Great for workstations and gaming builds alike. Does not come with a CPU cooler. View
Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler
Since the i5 8700K does not come with a stock CPU cooler, you need an aftermarket unit like the the Cryorig H7. View
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
11GB GDDR5x VRAM, HDMI / DisplayPort/ DVI connections. View
EVGA 650 G3
650W Gold-rated power supply. Up to 90% efficiency. Comes with a 7-year warranty.
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM
16GB dual channel 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16. View
WD Blue 2TB HDD
2TB 7200RPM HDD with a 64MB cache. 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
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. 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
Alternative Prebuilt Desktops
Not interested in building your own gaming PC? No problem! Take a look at these hand-picked desktops that offer similar performance to the DIY build listed above – only you don’t have to assemble anything!
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.
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.
Intel’s brand new 6 core/6 thread i5 8700K 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 7700K 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 8700K is undeniably the best CPU you can use for gaming.
Since the i5 8700K does not come with a stock CPU cooler, I’ve added on a Cryorig H7 CPU cooler to keep you covered. It’s an awesome air CPU cooler and will keep your 8600K cool, even while overclocked. If you would prefer a closed loop liquid cooler instead, I’d suggest checking out something like the NZXT Kraken X52!
The 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. MSI’s GTX 1080 Gaming X is no exception and it’s easily one of the best options on the market.
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 Blue 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.
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 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.
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 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!