If you’re interested in what kind of PC 2000 USD can buy, you’ve come to the right place.
This is going to be the best $2000 PC build that you can buy right now. We’ve spent over 25 hours researching the best parts for this build, and we’re really happy with how it turned out.
The best part?
You don’t have to waste any of your precious time researching and trying to understand various technical aspects and compatibility issues.
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The Best $2000 Gaming PC Build For 2020
Updated: September 28, 2020
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With a generous budget of $2000, you can expect to see a truly remarkable in-game performance. In fact, there aren’t many things that that this PC won’t be able to handle.
Considering that the RTX 3080 is said to far exceed the capabilities of the RTX 2080 Ti, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 4K gaming will be an absolute breeze with this card. Forget about tinkering with the settings to make your games playable; just launch and play.
Nvidia has truly made huge strides in PC hardware development, and we as gamers couldn’t be happier. Nvidia’s new flagship is no longer available only to the select few. Although not exactly cheap, it is cheap enough to make 4K gaming more widely available, and thanks to this the future of gaming is looking bright.
We can’t wait to see what Cyberpunk 2077 is going to look like with this card, and what game developers in the future will do to make full use of the Ampere series’ capabilities.
Streaming and VR
Needless to say, this PC is fully capable of and ready for streaming and VR.
Streaming games, either for your friends or a large audience, will be a breeze, and unless you’re trying to stream in 4K, you shouldn’t have to turn down the graphics settings at all. Cool as this is, however, it isn’t something that you specifically need a $2000 PC for (but it certainly helps).
One of the ways to truly get the most out of this ludicrous build is to turn your attention to VR. Whether you’re already a VR veteran with your own headset or an aspiring newbie, rest assured that this PC will let you run any VR title at max settings without any hiccups whatsoever.
And finally, there’s upgradeability.
Now, $2000 is a lot of money. Most gamers, even devoted ones, have PCs that cost only a fraction of this. So it’s safe to say that, barring any malfunctions, this PC should have you covered for the next five years without you having to upgrade anything (provided you’re content to turn down some of the graphics sliders as the years go by).
However, this doesn’t mean that we chose the easy way out by robbing you of any and all upgradeability paths.
Granted, most of you probably won’t be upgrading to Intel 11th series processors as soon as they come out, but if you choose to do so, you will be covered. The new Z490 motherboards are compatible with both Intel’s 10th and 11th series processors, and the motherboard we chose for this build is fully capable of running and overclocking any of them.
Now, we don’t know what the 11th series is going to be like, but since they made the motherboards fully compatible, it’s safe to say this is a sure thing. Of course, if you want to switch to AMD, it’s a whole different story.
The PSU we chose for this build is also quite powerful. We made sure to exceed Nvidia’s recommended wattage for average RTX 3080 systems and pick an 850W Gold PSU, so you won’t have to worry about your power supply if you ever upgrade the CPU or decide to run more hard drives in the future.
The PC Build
Here’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for: the actual components for this $2000 gaming PC build. These parts will create a monster gaming rig!
As the RTX 3080 is the centerpiece of this build we had to choose all of the other components accordingly. This is why there was no other CPU we could have chosen for this build other than the Intel Core i9 10850K.
The I9 10850K is the next best thing after Intel’s current flagship processor, the i9 10900K. The only difference is that it is 100MHz slower than the flagship, and a bit cheaper. However, the performance is incredibly similar, even in CPU-intensive tasks, and completely indiscernible in gaming, so we couldn’t find a reason to justify getting the more expensive version that is hardly ever in stock.
The CPU boasts 10 cores and 20 threads. It has a base frequency of 3.6GHz and a max turbo frequency of 5.2GHz. Additionally, as a high-end i9 processor the i9 10850K has thermal velocity boost enabled. This is Intel’s new addition to their high-end CPUs that allows them to have short boosts of performance and run at maximum speeds as long as CPU temperatures are under 70 degrees Celsius, essentially mimicking overclocking.
As we said, this will only happen in short intervals. It’s unlikely that the CPU will be able to maintain this performance boost for longer than a minute at a time, but it’s certainly a welcome feature, especially for those who don’t want to mess with overclocking.
However, if you do want to overclock, nothing’s stopping you. The i9 10850K is unlocked, so you can squeeze more performance out of it at any time in case you need to.
One thing we assume many of you will be worried about is PCIe 4.0. Unfortunately, the motherboards for the 10th-gen CPUs don’t support PCIe 4.0 which is a real shame as it would have been great for future-proofing.
But don’t worry!
Even though Nvidia 3000 series cards are listed as PCIe 4.0 cards, you do not need a PCIe 4.0 motherboard to use them to their full potential. In fact, all of the tests presented in Nvidia’s presentation were run on a PCIe 3.0 mobo, and Nvidia personally answered this question on their subreddit saying that the difference between running the cards on a PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 motherboards is negligible.
PCIe 4.0 is a fairly new technology, and yes, it will make a difference later on as the technology matures and more elements become capable of making use of this doubled bandwidth, but for now, and probably for a few more years, it will not be something to worry about.
What you should be worried about, however, is your CPU temperatures, which is why our next segment is dedicated to cooling.
As we’ve mentioned above, the Ryzen 7 3700X comes with its own cooling solution. And this is not just any random one, but the best stock cooler AMD has to offer – the Wraith Prism. However, stock coolers can only accomplish so much.
A stock cooler will keep your CPU running just fine at stock settings, but if you want to do any overclocking, or even if you just want to make sure the CPU’s performance doesn’t suffer under high loads when it tends to get quite hot, then an aftermarket cooler is necessary.
Having said that, since this is a high-end build we couldn’t settle for anything less than the Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black. Yes, you read it well! This is the Noctua NH-D15 that FINALLY got a makeover by the end of 2019, and it both looks and performs absolutely fantastic.
The model we’ve chosen here is the dual tower cooler. You may think this is a bit overkill, especially for a CPU such as the Ryzen 7 3700X, but too much cooling is never a bad thing.
Besides, the Noctua NH-D15 is the best air CPU cooler on the market, period. Unless you mean to run a custom water cooling loop, this cooler will have your PC running smoothly for years to come. It is an investment you will never regret.
If, however, you have a cramped case, or don’t want to spend as much money on a double fan, we suggest the Noctua NH-U12S that now also has a black edition.
This all being said, there is a third option.
If you don’t plan on overclocking, and you are satisfied with the cooling the Wraith Prism provides, you can use the money you would have spent on an aftermarket cooler to improve your existing components, and then invest in a better cooler at a later date.
Whichever option you choose you won’t be wrong, but keep in mind that lower temperatures mean smoother performance and longer CPU lifespan. That said, a few months with a stock cooler won’t make much of a difference, and who knows, you might even find this one on a discount at some point.
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
Finally, we’ve come to the heart and soul of this build, the RTX 3080.
Unexpected as it may be, Nvidia’s flagship GPU can fit in a $2000 build without any issues whatsoever. Only a few months ago an RTX 2080 Ti would have taken up ¾ of the entire budget!
Nvidia has made incredible advancements in PC hardware technology with this new generation of graphics cards, and the ones gaining the most out of it are gamers. The situation couldn’t be better.
The RTX 3080 is touted as twice as powerful as the RTX 2080 Ti, and that statement alone can paint a better picture of what you can expect out of it than anything else we might say in further text.
The GPU is equipped with 10GB of GDDR6X memory that’s, once again, said to be twice as fast as the regular GDDR6, and it has a boost clock speed of 1.7GHz.
There is no doubt that this beast can run 4K at 60FPS without breaking a sweat, which has lead to some speculations that it might even be able to run some titles in 8K, albeit at significantly lower frames per second than the RTX 3090. However, even if that were true, 8K gaming isn’t something that will become mainstream for years to come.
8K might not be very common, but 4K is in full swing, so we hope you get a good monitor to go with this beast. It would be a real waste to have an RTX 3080 with improved ray-tracing your system and complacently continue to play games in 1080p or 1440p, especially with ray-tracing becoming more widespread.
For recommendations on great 4K monitors check out our peripherals section in the text below.
The G.Skill Trident Z RGB is a fast, high-performance RAM that’s very reasonably priced, considering it also boasts some sleek and tasteful RGB.
This RAM provides not only fast performance but also years of consistency. You won’t have to worry about it failing, which means less chance of replacement costs and troubles down the line.
Now 16GB of RAM is a given for a PC this expensive, but for this build, we’ve also decided that opting for anything below 3200MHz would be rather underwhelming. RAM speed isn’t as instrumental as RAM capacity is, but at this price, you’ll certainly appreciate the added speed, be it for regular gaming or for VR.
We also highly advise you to go with two sticks of 8GB, since it’ll not only boost the performance a bit but also act as a failsafe should one of the sticks malfunction.
The MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge Wi-Fi is a true gaming motherboard.
Since the CPU is Intel’s high-end unlocked i9 10850K, the motherboard had to be capable of making full use of that feature, which is why we chose this motherboard.
The MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge has excellent VRMs capable of overclocking any 10th series processor, and massive heatsinks that prevent any form of thermal throttling even under the heaviest loads.
The motherboard also has Wi-Fi 6 in the rear I/O (with I/O shield) and 2.5GB Realtek LAN, as well as 2 turbo M.2 slots with Frozr shields and transfer speeds of up to 32GB/s, PCIe Steel Armor, and a 6-layer PCB. It is positively stacked.
There are so many great features to this motherboard that it would take too long to cover all of them here, so if you want to know more we suggest you visit MSI’s website linked above.
ut one more thing you might find useful is that MSI has what’s probably the best software out of all motherboard manufacturers which, besides a slew of other features, enables you to overclock with ease even if you are a complete beginner.
HDDs were, of course, never an option as a primary means of storage for a PC this beefy, but we’re taking it a step further than even SATA III SSD with state of the art Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD! If you thought regular old SSDs were fast, then buckle up because the Samsung 970 EVO is four times faster than that, with a write speed of 3.3 GB/s and a sequential read speed of 3.5 GB/s.
We’ve also stacked this PC with 1 TB of storage space, which should be ample enough for all of your favorite games and movies.
In case you need something more spacious for your hoarding needs, you can always resort to a secondary means of storage for all the file-storing that doesn’t require this level of performance. In fact, you don’t need anything faster than an HDD to store pictures and such, although you may want to explore some cloud options as well.
Of course, not even this type of storage will impact your FPS in any way, but it will drastically reduce load times, so you’d better hope that loading tips aren’t instrumental to beating any boss since you won’t be getting so much as a glance at them.
All in all, if you’re looking to build the ultimate gaming rig, you’ll want the best-performing storage to complement it, and there is no option currently available better than this one.
Seeing as this system has both the i9 10850, essentially on par with Intel’s best processor, the i9 10900K, and the RTX 3080, Nvidia’s new flagship GPU, to say it needs a powerful and power-efficient PSU is an understatement.
We like to have our power supplies stronger than necessary, so we decided to go for an 850W PSU from Corsair, the Corsair RMx 850W. Nvidia’s recommended wattage for an average system containing the RTX 3080 is 750W, but that’s for an average system. If you want to overclock it or upgrade it, you will definitely need more.
If the budget allowed us, we would have even picked a 1000W PSU, if only to make sure you’d be safe no matter how much you might torture this PC, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do that yourself if you’re willing to spend a little bit more or rearrange the budget. That said, 850W will be plenty to keep this setup running smoothly.
The 80+ Gold certificate the Corsair RMx offers is also a welcome feature since the 3000 Series GPUs are veritable gluttons, with the 3080 needing a whopping 320W to function. The Gold certificate will allow you to save some money, nevertheless, expect your electricity bill to be a tad higher than before.
Amazing airflow and spacious interior are what the Cooler Master MasterCase H500 is all about.
What we particularly like about it are the two near-silent pre-installed 200mm RGB fans in the front of the case that do an excellent job of keeping the setup cool with the help of an additional exhaust fan in the back that also comes with the case.
In addition to the bling in the front, the case also features a full-size tinted tempered glass side panel, which perfectly shows off your entire rig, and its other glowing components such as the GPU, RAM, motherboard, and the beautiful obsidian CPU cooler.
The default mesh front panel this case undoubtedly helps with the airflow, but in case you want to make this build a little more stylish, you can swap the mesh with a transparent front panel that also comes as part of the package. This will slightly affect the airflow, but it will look incredible.
Like we’ve already said, the case comes with three pre-installed fans, which are more than enough to keep this setup running cool. But if you want to max out the case’s cooling potential, check out this list to find the fan that’s most appealing to you.
And that’s not all! This case truly is a full package with the partial PSU shroud which conceals your power supply but doesn’t hinder airflow as is usually the case with full shrouds. It has two 3.0 and two 2.0 USB ports, a magnetic dust filter on the top and bottom, and even a handle at the top of the case.
Now, we know that not everyone uses air-cooling, so for those who wish to equip this PC with water-cooling instead, we cannot recommend the Lian Li O11 Dynamic highly enough. It is one of the best cases out there for water-cooling, and even for air-cooling, except it comes with no fans, so we couldn’t in good conscience recommend it for this build.
Whether you already have functional peripherals from an older build, or you’re looking to get an all-new set for your shiny new PC, we’ve got you covered!
Here are some peripherals that go well with this PC and that will make your ultimate $2000 build even better.
When it comes to operating systems for gaming, Windows always wins out. Especially since you’re investing in a $2000 gaming PC.
When you use Linux or macOS, the majority of games aren’t compatible with nor are they optimized for these operating systems. This means that in order to play your favorite games, you’ll need to make a hard drive partition and emulate Windows first.
Avoid having to go through the troubles of partitioning and just pick Windows from the start.
In the GPU section, we’ve already mentioned how important monitors are for gaming. FPS is important, yes, but even if you have the best graphics card in the world, and your game reads 300FPS, if you have a monitor with a refresh rate of 60Hz, it will only be able to show you 60FPS.
Don’t get us wrong, 60 is not bad by any means, in fact, it’s widely regarded as the sweet spot for gaming, but you would be able to see a big difference in that same game if you had a 144Hz monitor.
Similarly, if you’re playing competitive games online, and you have a monitor with a 1ms response time while your enemy has one with a 5ms response time it could mean the difference between life and death as you would be able to see them before they saw you and attack first.
We didn’t say this to encourage you to buy a 144Hz monitor with 1ms response time (unless you’re playing competitively perhaps), but simply to illustrate the impact a monitor can have on your gaming.
Now, since the GPU in this system in insanely powerful and it can run games in 4K smoothly, the best thing you can do is get a 4K monitor. This means that you won’t be able to get a refresh rate higher than 60Hz unless you pay through the nose for it, and you won’t be able to get a lower response time than 4ms as that’s reserved for TN panels.
Instead, you’ll be getting a gorgeous IPS panel with vibrant colors and a 4K display for maximum immersion. In order to get one thing you often have to sacrifice another when it comes to gaming monitors, but in this case, it’s totally worth it.
We’ve been going on about monitors in general, but let’s take a look at the Acer Predator XB271HK.
This monitor has, of course, and IPS panel, 60Hz refresh rate, and a 4ms response time. Moreover, it’s a 27 inch UHD 4K monitor with a noticeably gamer-oriented aesthetics.
The Acer Predator XB271HK is an amazing monitor that will give you the immersion both you and this PC deserve. There are, of course, larger monitors with higher refresh rates, but they will cost you much, much more. In our opinion, this is the best, relatively affordable monitor (for this type of a build) that will be able to use the system we put together above to its maximum potential.
Although the Logitech G502 came out in 2013, the design is so slick that it’s still the mouse of choice for many gamers. With a maximum adjustable DPI of 16,000, you’ve got more DPI than you could ever imagine using. You’ll definitely have plenty of room to play around and figure out which DPI setting is ideal for you.
The mouse itself weighs 121 g, which makes it a bit heavier (and larger) than most gaming mice. It’s ideal for people who have big hands and have trouble finding suitable mice because of that. There are five additional 3.6 g weights you can use if you prefer an even heavier feel for your mouse.
If you’re a fan of key binding, you’ll be pleased to know that this mouse has 11 fully programmable buttons. By pushing these buttons, you’ll crouch, run, and switch weapons in a split second without having to think twice. On the flip side of things, this is more buttons for you to accidentally mash, so if you’re clumsy, you may not have such a great time with the Logitech G502.
The HyperX Alloy Elite offers you the best in both comfort and style. This mechanical keyboard has a red backlight and switch choices of Cherry MX Blue, Brown, and Red. Because it has three initial switch choices, you have more options when compared to other gaming keyboards.
You won’t be forced to purchase it if you like the keyboard but hate the switch. If you’re not sure what switch you’d like, you can try some keyboards out at a store to figure out which one works for you.
Its other great design points include a detachable wrist rest and USB passthrough. If you find yourself wrestling with the wrist rest, you can simply take it off. With the USB passthrough, you won’t have to climb under your desk to access your USB ports only to find they’re all taken up already; all you have to do is stick the USB into your keyboard, and you’re set!
For your WASD and 1234 keys, you get some fancy silver keycaps. If you like to level up your keyboard aesthetics, you can replace these keys straight away. Otherwise, you can save them and use them as spares should those vital keys get damaged or worn out.
If macro columns are something important to you, you may want to sit this keyboard out, as it lacks in this department. But if affordability and great design are your main concerns, the HyperX Alloy Elite is what you want.
Here are some other “nice-to-haves” if you’ve still got some cash to spend.
No serious gamer can fully enjoy the charms of gaming without a decent controller. There are plenty of good controllers out there, but out of all of those, the Xbox Series 2 Controller is, in our opinion, the best.
This is a real enthusiast-level controller that has everything you ever thought you needed, and a few things you didn’t, but will be grateful you got.
First of all, this is not just a refresh of the Xbox One Elite. The Xbox Series 2 now comes with a USB Type-C port and a portable charger that can be used within or without the case (you can charge the controller straight from the case, just like you would your phone).
Moreover, the controller has a built-in battery that Microsoft claims will last up to 40 hours, several different magnetic thumbsticks and D-pad replacements, 4 paddles, the ability to adjust thumbstick tension and hair-trigger depth, 3 fully customizable profiles you can switch between, and an amazing addition everyone is sure to love – a designated shift key.
Namely, you can designate the shift function to any key on the controller, which immediately makes all the other keys gain an additional function.
Some of these things were added after paying attention to community feedback, but some are completely new and innovative. For this, we think Microsoft deserves a round of applause.
We mentioned in the beginning that the RTX 3080 elevates VR to a whole new level, and if there are no titles that can fully utilize its power, there certainly will be. So if you’re into VR, and you want the best experience money can currently buy, there is no better headset than the Valve Index.
Not only is this the best VR headset in terms of hardware with its amazing audio, new and improved controllers with finger-motion sensors, fully adjustable lenses, and a 1440p resolution, it’s also a headset made by Valve, a company that owns Steam.
This means that it’s fully compatible with Steam, and you’ll be able to make good use of your existing Steam library as it’s well-known that some of the titles on Steam can be played in VR via Valve’s headsets even if they weren’t exclusively designed for VR.
Moreover, if you are upgrading from an older Valve model, namely the HTC Vive, and already have the mounts in place, you won’t have to change your setup in any way. Just replace Vive’s base stations with Index’s and you’re ready to play!
Maximum enjoyment for minimal effort.
Your gaming experience isn’t complete without a solid headset. So get rid of your ratty old ones and upgrade to the Razer Nari Ultimate. This is a top-of-the-line headset that will heighten gameplay. The THX Spatial Audio will give you accurate sounds from 360 degrees, which gives you a huge advantage against other players.
The headset is also wireless, with controls right on the headset, so you don’t have to mess around with wires. And for your comfort, there are cooling, gel-infused cushions that block out sound so you can enjoy uninterrupted gameplay.
When you’re not using your headset, you’ll still want high definition sound so you can get a good feel for your gaming environment. These Logitech G560 speakers have integrated DTS:X Ultra surround sound to completely immerse you in your games.
Again, if you love cool aesthetics, these speakers’ lights will rock your world. Not only do they have built-in LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting, but the lighting also responds to the audio in your games.
You may not give the mouse pad much thought, but having an oversized one can make a huge difference when it comes to games that require low DPI and sensitivity settings. Because this involves a large sweeping motion, you probably find your mouse running off the pad and onto the table; this can lower your gaming performance.
The Corsair MM300 Extended is made specifically to accommodate this problem. This soft cloth mouse pad is long enough that you can fit your keyboard on it as well. Plus, its anti-fray material ensures a durable, smooth surface that won’t affect your gameplay.
And finally, we wanted to give you one more recommendation for a peripheral that’s far from necessary, but that is such a great quality-of-life addition to your setup, that once you try it, you’ll never be able to go back to a bare-bones keyboard.
The HyperX Wrist Rest is a quality-made cushion for your wrists that doesn’t break the bank.
It’s made of gel-infused memory foam that will allow your wrists to stay comfortable and cool at all times avoiding any more painful cutting into the skin, cramps or calluses caused by the sharp edge of your keyboard. The one thing we would have preferred is if it were magnetic, but we can overlook that sue to its amazing comfort and design.
So there you have it – the best gaming PC under 2000 USD right now.
Prices for each individual component may change over time, but the overall price shouldn’t fluctuate too much. Although you can browse online to get the best deals, you may want to stick to just one website for your purchases to keep things simple.
So what are you waiting for? Get to shopping and building your new gaming PC!