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Best Gaming PC Build Under $2000 For 2020
Updated: February 16, 2020
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With a generous budget of $2000, you can expect to see some truly remarkable in-game performance. In fact, there aren’t many things that we could even think of that this PC won’t be able to handle. So it’s easier to talk about what it can handle:
If you’re looking to take your gaming to the next level by immersing yourself in the wonderful world of 4K graphics, then you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with this PC. There aren’t many titles that this PC can’t run with at least 40FPS in 4K, and that’s without turning the graphics down at all. And when you do end up having to manually tinker with the graphics options, you will usually only have to turn off some resource-intensive but entirely redundant settings like anti-aliasing.
Why not 60FPS in 4K you ask? Is $2000 not enough to get you a rig that can handle that?
It is and it isn’t.
But more on that in the GPU section.
Streaming and VR
What’s also great about this PC build is that it’s 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 while you’re doing so. Cool as this is, however, it isn’t something that you specifically need a $2000 PC for.
One of the ways to truly get the most out of this ludicrously priced 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.
And finally, there’s upgradeability.
Now, $2000 is a lot of money. Most gamers, even avid 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 or even a whole decade (depending on whether 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, you probably won’t be able to upgrade the CPU without also swapping in the motherboard for a different one, but there never was a motherboard that could see you through ten years of high-end gaming and there never will be, so this is just something you need to accept.
However, the CPU is incredibly powerful and it will be able to support future graphics cards that are more powerful than even the RTX 2080 Super without bottlenecking. And upgrading the RAM is as easy as buying a couple of more sticks. So you can rest when you’re buying this PC that it not only is the best $2000 PC around but also that it will remain as such with minimal further investments.
The PC Build
Here is exactly what you’ve been waiting for: the actual components for this $2000 gaming PC build. These parts will create a monster of a gaming rig!
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900KF
Since this is a $2000 PC, we’ve decided to pull no punches, which is why the CPU we’ve handpicked for this particular build is none other than the new Intel Core i9 9900KF.
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This CPU is a real monster as far as the specs are concerned: 8 cores, 12 threads and a base clock speed of 3.6GHz that can boost up to 5.0GHz! Those are some impressive stats.
And just in case you don’t speak computer spec, we’ll translate this into gaming: You won’t ever have to worry about any game being too much for this CPU to handle, but you’ll be glad to know that it’s also capable of overclocking should you ever need it. However, since the i9 9900KF is probably the fastest processor you’ll ever need in a gaming rig, there really is no need for that.
A quick Google search will show you several “shortcomings” of this CPU – lack of an integrated GPU, high power consumption, and lack of a stock cooler. These are all valid points, but in this case, there is no need to worry about any of those.
First of all, the integrated GPU would be utterly useless and unnecessary since we’ve already prepared a dedicated graphics card for this build, and that’s none other than the RTX 2080 Super. And anyway, you shouldn’t expect to use integrated graphics in a $2000 PC.
And regarding the other two, well, the excellent VRM on the motherboard we’ve prepared for you, and the aftermarket cooler just about take care of the other two problems.
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Cooler: Deepcool Assassin III
Speaking of the cooler, the Deepcool Assassin III is what we’ve chosen for this build.
A powerful CPU like the i9 9900KF requires some heavy cooling, and the Assassin III is easily one of the top CPU coolers on the market, vying for the No1 spot against the Noctua NH-D15. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any fancy RGB, but sacrificing a little bling for the performance you’ll be getting from this cooler is well worth it.
However, even without the RGB, the Assassin III looks stunning with its sleek black and silver design with mirror-finish details and obsidian-like heatsink spoilers.
It is on the pricier side, but for a performance like this, it’s no wonder.
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GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super Gaming X Trio
As we’ve mentioned in the introduction, the card we’ve chosen for this build isn’t the RTX 2080 Ti, but the RTX 2080 Super. And while some of you may be disappointed, there is a good reason for this.
The RTX 2080 Ti is the best graphics card on the market at the moment, but it also costs $1250. If you added to that the price of a CPU that wouldn’t bottleneck it, you’d be left with just enough money for only the most basic remaining components.
So it was with this in mind that we’ve opted for the 2080 Super whose $500 cheaper price left enough room in the budget for us to fit some top-of-the-line components in this PC for an overall more balanced build.
However, if you are dead set on gaming in 4K on settings cranked up to ultra (because that’s the only place you’ll notice any difference), and that’s the only thing that matters to you, definitely go for the 2080 Ti. However, keep in mind that you will either have to sacrifice the quality of your other components or spread your wallet a little wider.
With that out of the way, let’s get into what the RTX 2080 Super can do.
To put the PC really to the test, we figured we should see how it fares in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – a notoriously unoptimized game. At ultra settings in 1080p the game ran at a stable 76FPS, and in 4K at 42FPS, and that’s with anti-aliasing maxed out.
This is incredibly good considering that this is likely as low as it will go. And keep in mind that if you’re gaming on a 4K monitor, chances are you won’t need anti-aliasing at all, since the pixel density will be so high it will render it obsolete, so the FPS could easily exceed the numbers above.
In the introduction, we also mentioned VR gaming. You’ll be glad to know that this card is everything you could hope for and more. In fact, we’ve personally tested it in VR and can confirm that it performs exceptionally well.
In games such as No Man’s Sky and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice the framerates go up to 95 and 135 on the highest settings respectively, and that’s the case with a lot of other names as well. There is absolutely no need to worry about this card failing on you in VR. After all, it beats every other card on the market with the exception of the 2080 Ti.
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RAM: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB 3200MHz
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 not only provides 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 dual-channel here, since it’ll not only boost the performance a bit but also act as a failsafe should one of the two 8GB sticks malfunction.
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Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi
And to tie all these pieces of hardware together we give you the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi.
You may be wondering why we chose this motherboard in particular.
Well, the three main reasons were this:
- It allows for overclocking which matches the overclockable CPU
- It’s part of the new 390 series which is completely revamped and has a new chipset
- It’s got amazing VRM as is usually the case with Gigabyte motherboards, which is especially desirable with power-consuming CPUs like the one in this build, and which will allow you to overclock any Intel processor without any kind of thermal throttling, which of course includes our i9 9900KF
The motherboard also has crazy memory support of 128 GB of DDR4 RAM, plenty of USB ports, an 802.11 AC dual-band Wi-Fi with a transfer rate of 1.73 GB/s, a Thunderbolt 3 connector, and many, many other things.
If you wish to know more details about the motherboard’s connectors and other amazing features, check out this link or the link below, but before that, we’d like to highlight three other awesome features on this board.
First of all, it has an ultra-durable PCIe armor. Second, it has M.2 dual thermal guards. And third, it has extremely high-end audio enhanced with WIMA capacitors. This allows for a crystal clear audio and, what’s even more amazing, a super deep bass that will enhance your movie and video game experience!
This motherboard has so many great features, we simply couldn’t hope to cover them all here, but you can trust us when we say that this motherboard is a beast!
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SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB
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 the 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 this, 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 second 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.
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Power Supply: Corsair RMX 650W 80+ Gold
And as for the thing that’ll keep the juice flowing to all the other pieces of hardware we’ve listed, we give you the Corsair RMx 650 Gold. Corsair is without a doubt one of (if not the) most well-renowned PSU manufacturer, but then again, you probably already know you’re dealing with a supremely well-made piece of anything when it comes complete with a 10-year warranty!
This is a fully-modular PSU as well, so it’s quite easy to work with. (Full disclosure: we normally go for semi-modular PSUs because the fully-modular ones are only significantly more convenient if you’re looking to make the most portable PC, so if you can find a semi-modular variant of this PSU, go for it.)
This PSU is also tuned for low-noise operation, so it should be all but inaudible at low and medium loads, and even at full load, it will be kept at a minimum.
And, of course, you’re getting the 80 Plus Gold certificate that’ll not only guarantee your other components aren’t at risk but help reduce your electric bill. And since this is a 650-Watt power supply, you’ll certainly appreciate the extra effort.
As it stands, this PC should require about 450W to operate, but PSUs like to take it easy and they operate best when they’re giving it between 50 and 80% of their maximum effort, hence the higher Wattage.
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Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500
Amazing airflow and spacious interior are what the Cooler Master MasterCase H500 is all about. What we particularly like about it are the two pre-installed 200mm RGB fans in the front of the case which produce much less noise than the regular 120mm ones and do an excellent job at 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 silver and obsidian CPU cooler.
The default mesh front panel this case has certainly 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.
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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.
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You may have some peripherals already since this PC isn’t your first. Or maybe you had a laptop before, so you don’t have an existing monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
Whether they’re a necessity or you just want to make this your ultimate gaming PC, here are some peripherals that go well with this PC build.
Operating System: Windows
When it comes to operating systems for gaming, Windows always wins out. Especially since you’re running 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.
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Monitor: Dell 27” LED QHD G-Sync S2716DGR
Your gaming PC has one of the best video cards available, so do it justice by getting an appropriate monitor.
Screen tearing, display stutter, and input lag won’t be things to worry about. By synchronizing the refresh rates between the GPU and display, the G-Sync technology on this monitor will give you the smoothest gameplay you’ve ever seen.
This Dell monitor also has a super-fast response time of 1 ms. This means the pixels can change colors quickly without streaking, blurring, or ghosting. Both intense gameplay and vibrant cutscenes will look amazing.
The refresh rate also contributes to the visual fluidity of your gaming experience. With a refresh rate of 144 Hz, you won’t ever want to go back to the standard 60 Hz.
No matter how much in-game action there is, this quality monitor can always keep up. If you’ve been looking for something to give you an edge whenever you play online, this is it.
Now of course, since you’ve already got yourself a 4K-capable graphics card, you may want to get the most out of it with a 4K monitor. Granted, you’ll be locked into a 60Hz refresh rate, but that’s fine since 4K is all about immersion.
High refresh rates are great, but if you want to be truly mesmerized by the game worlds you visit when you game, you’ll require nothing more than a 60Hz 4K IPS monitor. The most crucial part here is the IPS panel since it lets the colors really pop. In which case, you’ll want something along the lines of the magnificent 27-inch Acer Predator XB271HK.
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Mouse: Logitech G502 Hero
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.
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Keyboard: HyperX Alloy Elite
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 make a purchase if you really 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.
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Here are some other “nice-to-haves” if you’ve still got some cash to spend.
VR Headset: HTC Vive
It was mentioned earlier that this PC-rig is fully VR-ready, so you’ll definitely want to consider getting an HTC Vive. With the PS5 set to continue support for the PSVR and games like Nostos hopefully kicking the VR gaming scene out of the tech-demo funk it’s been stuck in for a while now, things are definitely looking up.
In case you’re not up to date with VR, here’s a link to our list of the best SteamVR games currently out. Hopefully, it will give you a good idea of what you can expect from this technology.
And as for the VR headset of choice, we’re still sticking to the HTC Vive, primarily because of its Steam support and the fact that most of you probably already have expansive game libraries on Steam. What’s more, SteamVR can even run certain games in VR even if they weren’t developed for it, so it can let you get extra mileage out of some games that you may have thought you were done with.
On a technical level, however, it isn’t all that better than the Oculus Rift, so if you wish to support the godfather of VR, then, by all means, do so.
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Second Monitor: ASUS VS247HR 23.6″
A second monitor can come in handy if you like to multitask. Whether you’re getting on a Skype call or looking up strategies for the video game you’re playing, having that second monitor can make a world of difference.
Because it’ll be used for non-gaming purposes, you don’t need a big fancy 4K monitor. This modest 23.6-inch monitor will do just the trick, and at a very low cost.
Headset: Razer Nari Ultimate
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.
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Speakers: Logitech G560
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.
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Mouse Pad: Corsair MM300 Extended
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.
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Wrist Rest: GoldenClaw WR1
You can’t build a $2000 gaming PC without buying a wrist rest for around $10. Protect your wrists against serious syndromes you may develop over prolonged use of the keyboard and mouse.
The comfortable GoldenClaw WR1 Wrist Rest pad is your best choice right now. It includes wrist rest pads for both your hands and it is super comfortable with memory foam on the inside.
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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 look around 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!