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

Updated: October 1st, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: High-End Builds61 Comments

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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 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: October 1st, 2018
  • Corsair Graphite 760T

    An awesome full tower ATX case with a huge window and tons of room for all of your hardware.
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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 8700K

    An unlocked 3.7GHz 6 core/12 thread CPU. Great for workstations and gaming builds alike.
    Does not come with a CPU cooler.
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  • Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler

    Since the i7 8700K does not come with a stock CPU cooler, you need an aftermarket unit like the the Cryorig H7.
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  • EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC2

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

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 6 core/6 thread i7 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 i7 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 8700K 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!

Graphics Card (GPU): 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. EVGA's GTX 1080 Ti SC2 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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  • Creative Sound BlasterX H7

    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 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!

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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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Hey i’m pretty new to gaming Computers and i was wondering if this pre-built gaming computer is better than what i can build/ cheaper any input would be greatly apreciated

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Hello Branton
I have a question. How long will last this system especially for 2018 i mean for the next big games like Metro Exodus. With the new far cry Ubisoft said a single gtx 1080 ti isnt enough to run this game at 60 fps max settings in 4k. I mean as long its not under 30 or 40 fps its ok. My scond option is to buy a ps4 pro with a 4k tv. It last longer but i would not have the best picture and also it would be a little bit cheaper but i dont know about it. Its a lot money thats why i am unsure. What would you recommend?
It would be great if you could help me out. Robby