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?
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The Best $2000 Gaming PC Build For 2021
Updated: January 18, 2021
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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 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 is said to far exceed the capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 4K gaming is an absolute breeze with this card. Forget about tinkering with the settings to make your games playable; just launch and enjoy.
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 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. Thankfully, AMD is now a major player in both the GPU and CPU world, so we expect some competition-driven improvements very soon.
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 much smoother experience, and unless you’re trying to stream in 4K, you shouldn’t have to turn down the graphics settings at all, if even then. 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 breaking a sweat.
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 all upgradeability paths.
First of all, we chose an X570 motherboard that’s packed with connectivity options. You get an additional M.2 slot if you want to add another later on, and plenty of SATA ports and fan headers. We also made sure not to take up all the RAM slots on the board, so you could have the option to add more if you want. And of course, there’s the PCIe 4.0 availability.
Besides boosting the speed of your NVMe storage, PCIe 4.0 won’t make a huge difference at the moment, but it will become a much bigger deal in the future, and it’s never a bad idea to think ahead.
However, as the next generation of AMD processors won’t be using the AM4 socket, you won’t be able to upgrade the CPU without changing the motherboard as well. This is unfortunate, but seeing as we’ve had five years with the same socket, it’s not surprising that the time has finally come for it to retire.
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 make any upgrades in the future.
And, finally, while the case is quite simple it’s spacious enough to accommodate even larger components than the ones we’ve picked. It’s even got you covered if you want to go with water coolers instead of air, but more on that later.
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 GeForce 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 but the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X.
After the stellar success of Zen 2 and the Ryzen 3000 line of processors, expectations were high for Zen 3, and once again AMD did not disappoint. This time around they aimed even higher and finally conquered the market for high-end CPUs beating every single processor from Team Blue’s latest generation by a significant margin.
The R7 5800X is an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with a 3.8GHz base, and 4.7GHz boost clock speeds. It excels at both single and multi-core performance, and it’s an amazing fit for both gaming and high workloads, and all that with only 105W TDP.
Now, considering the market conditions at the moment, you might find yourself in a situation where you can’t get ahold of the new Ryzen processors in which case you could go with the Intel Core i9-10850K or the Intel Core i9-10900K. These should come at about the same price as the R7 5800X, and they are still excellent processors, so if you’re in a hurry to get a new PC, these will work perfectly well.
If you choose to do this, however, you will then also have to get one of the Z490 motherboards that don’t support PCIe 4.0, so keep in mind that that’s something you’ll have to sacrifice.
Of course, we still recommend holding out for the R7 5800, but we just wanted to point out that this is not the only option for this particular build since Intel’s 10th-gen high-end processors are also incredibly powerful.
Whichever CPU you end up choosing, you will have to make sure to keep it cool, and this also goes for the AMD processor this time since the R7 5800X does not come with a stock cooler. That said, the following section is dedicated to CPU cooling.
As we mentioned above, the Ryzen 7 5800X doesn’t come with its own cooling solution, so getting an aftermarket cooler is an absolute must.
We didn’t have to think too hard about this one considering that the Noctua NH-D15 is still the best air cooler on the market. Until recently, despite its superb performance, people used to shy away from it because of its downright ugly appearance. However, now that Noctua has released the chromax.black edition of this cooler, there are no more excuses!
The model we’ve chosen here is the dual tower cooler. There’s a single-tower variant if you prefer it, or have a smaller case, but if you’re building a PC with the components from this list then you shouldn’t have any problems since the Cooler Master MasterCase H500 is spacious enough to accommodate virtually any component you can think of.
It does look a little clunky, and some of you might prefer a water cooler instead, but the Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black is a beast that we’d recommend even for more powerful CPUs.
Finally, we’ve come to the heart and soul of this build, the ASUS TUF GeForce 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 a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti would have taken up ¾ of the entire budget!
There have been 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 this statement alone can paint a better picture of what you can expect from 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. This is great enough as it is, but combined with what ASUS brings to the table with their TUS series, it gets even better.
The TUF series of both motherboards and GPUs has always been all about military-grade components, strength, power, and durability. The TUF RTX 3080 is a full metal beast with reinforcements at every corner. It has a stainless steel I/O bracket, as well as a metal backplate and aluminum shroud.
Additionally, the cooling was improved to keep this monster of a card from overheating which isn’t an insignificant achievement. The contact between the die and heatspreader has been improved, and the middle fan made to spin in the opposite direction than the other two which is supposed to improve airflow and reduce turbulence.
ASUS didn’t make any changes to their Axial-tech fans, however, but this shouldn’t be considered a minus, since they’ve proven themselves plenty thus far.
When it comes to the actual performance, this beast can run 4K at 60FPS without breaking a sweat, and in less demanding games even 8K might be possible. Not that that means anything to the vast majority of you at the moment other than to point out just how powerful this GPU is.
8K might not be common, but 4K is in full swing, so we hope you’ll get a good monitor to go with this monster PC. It would be a real waste to have an RTX 3080 with improved ray-tracing in your system and complacently continue to play games in 1080p.
For recommendations on monitors that a good fit for this build, 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 ASUS TUF Gaming X570-PLUS Wi-Fi is a true gaming motherboard.
Since the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor is unlocked, the motherboard had to be capable of making full use of that feature, which is why we chose the TUF X570-PLUS Wi-Fi.
As we’ve already mentioned in the GPU section, ASUS’ TUF line of products is decidedly gamer-oriented. It has excellent VRMs capable of overclocking any Ryzen 5000 series processor, and massive heatsinks that prevent any form of thermal throttling even under the heaviest of loads.
Furthermore, it’s equipped with active chipset cooling and M.2 heatsink. It has room for two NVMe drives, both of which support PCIe 4.0. And finally, since there was a little more room left in the budget, we decided to go with the Wi-Fi version of this model.
There are plenty of great features to this motherboard, but this is not the place to cover them, so if you want to know more we suggest you visit MSI’s website linked above.
This may not be the most feature-packed mobo, after all, it’s a mid-range board through and through, but it’s also one of the best sub $200 motherboards you can find and has all the features you would need for a PC at this price. Still, if you have a certain feature in mind that this board doesn’t have, check out the link below, maybe you’ll find something to your liking.
HDDs were never an option as a primary means of storage for a PC this beefy, but we took it a step further than even SATA III SSD with the state of the art Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe! 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 build with 1 TB of storage space, which should provide ample room 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, this type of storage won’t 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 that’s better than this one for the gaming population.
Seeing as this system has both the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and Nvidia’s new flagship GPU, the GeForce RTX 3080, to say it needs a powerful and 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.
We don’t know how much wiggle room they left for improvements when they chose that wattage, but if you want to overclock it or upgrade it, you may need more. That said 850W will be plenty to keep this setup running smoothly even if you decide to push its boundaries a little.
The 80+ Gold certificate that the Corsair RMx offers is also a welcome feature since the 3000 Series GPUs are veritable gluttons, with the RTX 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.
Finally, since it could fit, we chose a fully modular PSU, but this recommendation isn’t set in stone. In fact, if it doesn’t make any difference to you we suggest you get a semi-modular one since those are a little cheaper, and you could use that money to perhaps get a better motherboard if you aren’t satisfied with our suggestion above, or even more storage depending on how good of a deal you find.
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 (included).
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 new chrome black Noctua fan.
The default mesh front panel this case has undoubtedly helps with the airflow, but you can also choose to use the transparent front panel that comes with the purchase. Granted, this will slightly affect the airflow, but it will look incredible.
Like we 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.
But that’s not all!
The MasterCase H500 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 exactly fit it in this build. Nevertheless, it’s a great option for those with a more flexible budget.
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 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 60Hz refresh rate, 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 play 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.
Now, since the GPU in this system is 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, but the image quality will more than make up for it.
There’s just one problem. All of the good 4K monitors are very expensive. This is why we went with something a little more in line with the overall budget for this build and that’s the Gigabyte G27Q.
This monitor has, of course, a 27-inch IPS panel, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. Moreover, it has an HDR 400 display and compatibility with the FreeSync Premium., but it has a 1440p resolution.
We might have said this like this is a bad thing, but that’s definitely not the case. 1440p looks gorgeous, especially if you’re coming from a lower-res monitor, but we understand if it might feel a little underwhelming if you’re already running all of those amazing components from the main build above.
That said, we mentioned our reason and we stand by it, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll leave you without any alternative recommendations should you be willing to invest a little more.
For those of you who also use your PC as a workstation, or simply want a more immersive gaming experience we suggest taking a look at the Nixeus EDG 34 which is an ultra-wide, curved monitor, with a 1440p resolution. And for those willing to go all out, the LG 27UK650-W is a good place to start if you want a 4K display.
Of course, there are plenty of great monitors out there, so take a look at the link below for more recommendations.
The Razer Viper Ultimate is the king of wireless mice. This is a 20,000 DPI optical mouse that weighs an astonishing 74g and fits nearly any grip or hand size. With the typically Razer design, it also fits snugly into your hand regardless if you’re right or left-handed.
The reason we say that the Viper Ultimate is the king of wireless mice because it manages to overcome all obstacles that usually plague wireless mice, such as heavy build, low battery life, long charging times, and untrustworthy responsiveness to clicks.
This mouse has a whole new sensor and light-based actuation which both help in registering and transmitting the clicks more quickly and reliably than ever before, so you won’t have to worry about your mouse giving out at a critical moment.
And when it comes to battery, Razer claims that the Viper Ultimate can withstand up to 70 hours. Granted, this is without the RGB, but it’s nevertheless impressive. This means that theoretically, you’d be able to hold out up to a week on a single charge.
Additionally, while you can charge your mouse via a USB cable while using it wired, there’s no need for that as alongside the mouse you also get a charging dock with its own RGB, adhesive bottom, and fast charging feature.
This is a truly impressive step up when it comes to designing wireless mice, and we hope we’ll see more similar mice in the future for an even lower price, but for now, the Razer Viper Ultimate is a perfect choice for those who don’t like messing around with cables.
The Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT offers the best in both performance and style.
This mechanical keyboard has a full-RGB backlight along with adjustable effects for every individual key. As for the switches, you can choose between Cherry MX Blue, Brown, and Silver, which we’re happy to see as it means you won’t be forced to purchase it if you like the keyboard but hate the switch or the other way around.
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, or if you’re new to mechanical keyboards you can’t really go wrong with the Brown ones. The Blue ones are very loud, and the Silver ones extremely fast, so the Browns are something like the golden middle.
Its other great design points include a plushy, detachable wrist rest, dedicated multimedia buttons, as well as a volume wheel, and six programmable buttons that can also serve as a streaming deck thanks to the keyboard’s compatibility with the Elgato Stream Deck software.
An actual stream deck is probably still a better option, but this is a cool bonus if you aren’t ready to buy one yet.
All in all, it’s a beautiful keyboard with some really cool features and excellent build quality that won’t leave you disappointed.
Your gaming setup isn’t complete without a solid headset. So get rid of your ratty old ones and upgrade to the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro. This is a top-of-the-line headset that will elevate your gameplay and make you see old games in a new light.
There are three headsets in the BlackShark series, the BlackShark V2 X, BlackShark V2, and the BlackShark V2 Pro, all of which are amazing, but the Pro version brings a little something extra to the table that makes it worthy of its name and price tag.
The three models are similar in a lot of things. All three have the exact same design except for the color and they have a volume knob and a mute button on the left ear cup. They are not the sturdiest, but they’re extremely lightweight and have memory foam padding. And finally, all three have 7.1 surround sound and 50mm drivers which allow individual tuning of mids, highs, and lows.
What sets the Pro above the others, however, is that it’s wireless with a battery life of up to 24h. The BlackShark V2 Pro is powered by HyperSpeed Wireless that gives you lossless incoming audio even if you go out into the street with it. Output audio is also great but can cause minor issues if you go too far away.
When it comes to the microphone, you shouldn’t expect to be blown away by how it sounds, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad by any means, it’s just good. The great thing is that there’s a bunch of options you can customize in Synapse, so if the default settings don’t suit you, you can always tweak them.
In any case, it’s decent enough to serve as a budget streaming option, so if you want to stream, but don’t want to spend more money on streaming equipment, this headset plus the Corsair K95 RGB PLATINUM XT keyboard with the built-in stream deck is a great starter combo.
Now, this is by no means a cheap headset, but it’s definitely worth every penny, and it actually beats many of the headsets in the same price range. Some might be bothered by the seemingly flimsy frame, but it’s actually rather bendy, so unless you try really hard to break it, you shouldn’t have any problems during regular day-to-day use.
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 desk; this can lower your gaming performance.
The HyperX FURY S 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.
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 Nvidia GeForce 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.
It often happens that the least amount of thought is given to the most important component of the setup, so in this section, we wanted to bring to your attention the NeueChair Silver.
NeueChair is a subsidiary of a renowned gaming chair manufacturer that you might have heard of – Secretlab. This is their first attempt at branching out into the office chair market, and we must say they did an impressive job. Not that anyone had any doubts.
It might not have that typical gaming aesthetic, but that doesn’t make it any less comfortable. The chair has a mesh body that’s sturdy and durable without sacrificing comfort, and it has a frame entirely made of ADC12 aluminum alloy with a shiny silver finish.
There are actually two variants of this chair, the Silver and the Obsidian, the only major difference between the two being the shiny industrial chrome finish on the Obsidian one that helps with the durability and prevents corrosion.
We suggested the Silver one simply because it’s cheaper, but for those of you looking for that promise of longevity, the Obsidian won’t disappoint.
What’s amazing about this chair is that every aspect of it that determines your comfort is adjustable, so you won’t have to worry about this chair not suiting your height or build because it literally fits everyone.
You can adjust the depth of the seat and the backrest depending if you’re short or tall. Most important of all, the lumbar support can be moved up or down depending on your height to follow the natural curve of your spine, and the height and tilt of the chair can easily be changed via the paddles under the armrests that are also customizable.
Additionally, while the chair doesn’t come with a headrest, it can be installed separately.
This kind of comfortable and ergonomic design doesn’t come cheaply, but the level of customizability and the 12-year warranty should be enough to assure you that you’re getting a chair from a reliable manufacturer that has faith in the product, and whose design will feel as if it was made especially for you.
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!