Have you ever wondered what a $4000 PC Build would look like?
Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore because in this article we’ve put together some of the best and most expensive components we could possibly find, and, if we do say so ourselves, what we got looks pretty darn magnificent.
To be honest, with $4000 there are very few things you can’t buy when it comes to PC hardware, so you can be absolutely sure that the items on this list are the best of the best.
We are well aware that not many people have $4000 to throw to the wind, but even if you’re not looking to buy an entire state of the art PC, but simply upgrade one of your existing components, or just enjoy some gorgeous RGB eye candy, this build got you covered!
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The Best $4000 Gaming PC Build For 2020
Updated: November 29, 2020
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Like we’ve just written, if you have $4000 to spend on a PC, you can be pretty sure that your machine will be able to do practically anything, which is why this section is going to be short and sweet.
We almost wish there was something to complain about with this PC, but alas… This $4000 beast feels so much at home in 4K on ultra settings that it would be a real shame to set the settings any lower. But according to Nvidia, you won’t have to do any tweaking even in 4K because this card can even run 8K with a whopping 60FPS in some titles.
With the most powerful CPU and GPU on the market, this PC can run virtually any game you can think of in 4K at a comfortable 60FPS or more.
Streaming and VR
Naturally, with the CPU-GPU power couple we’ve chosen for this build, both streaming and VR will work like a charm with all your settings maxed out.
Of course, we made sure to leave you with plenty of upgradeability options as well.
Namely, we’ve made sure to leave two RAM slots open in case you wish to add more at some point, and you can always get a better GPU once they launch (provided you have money to spare).
Storage is not a problem either seeing as both the case and the motherboard have enough room to house them. You won’t have any issues if you decide to upgrade to a stronger CPU since the LGA1200 socket will support the 11th-gen Intel processors. The only way changing the CPU may become a problem is if you decide to switch allegiances at some point in the future.
The PC Build
But enough rambling, let’s move on to the actual build! Here are the components for the best PC build under $4000 right now.
This PC build was made with enthusiast gamers in mind, and it houses some of the best components that are currently being offered.
In some of our cheaper builds, we suggested getting the i9-10850K because it gives you approximately the same level of performance as the i9-10900K with only a 100MHz lower frequency for a lower price. This is still an option for this build, of course, if you want to save some money.
However, as we said, this build was created with enthusiasts in mind, so it made sense to go all out. Additionally, considering the GPU we chose, this PC needed all the processing power it could get, and the i9-10900K was the only one up to the task.
The Intel Core i9-10900K is a computing beast with 10 cores, 20 threads, a base frequency of 3.7GHz, and a max turbo frequency of up to 5.3GHz. This’s insane, especially considering that the CPU is not only unlocked, but it also has thermal velocity boost enabled which allows it to run in short bursts of power at its highest frequency as long as its temperature is under 70 degrees Celsius.
But with great power come high temperatures, so our next section is dedicated to CPU cooling.
In any other situation we would have recommended you use an air cooler. They are cheaper and despite what their price suggests, they do a great job at keeping the CPU running smoothly, especially the top-tier ones such as the Assassin III or Noctua NH-D15.
So if you prefer air coolers, or you just want to save some money, we suggest you go with one of these two. However, when money is no issue there is no reason not to go with a water cooler.
And not just any water cooler! The Kraken Z73 is NZXT’s most powerful water cooling solution. It will not only keep your CPU running at more than optimal temperatures, but it also has an amazing new feature native to the Kraken Z series – an LCD on the CPU block.
The cooler boasts a 360mm radiator with three 120mm static pressure fans and a near-silent 7th gen Asetek pump.
Some of you may be disappointed that the Z series doesn’t come with RGB fans, but personally, we think it’s not a bad compromise considering that instead, you get an entirely customizable LCD screen that can display anything from the current CPU temperature to an image or even a gif.
There are plenty of other ways to include RBG in your build, but this kind of feature is unique to the Kraken Z series of water coolers, and it’s a one-of-a-kind way to personalize your PC.
Some of you might think that a 360mm radiator is overkill for only one component, but hey, a little overcooling never hurt anyone. After all, the i9 10900K does run pretty hot, especially if you intend to overclock it. And besides, a larger radiator will give you better passive cooling which will in turn take the load off the fans and allow them to run more quietly.
We know that usually, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of water cooling are the colorful tubes and a complicated installation process. But this kind of water cooling is called open-loop and it requires you to buy all the parts separately, and assemble them yourself.
While it looks stunning and performs admirably, we don’t recommend you do this unless you are certain you know what you’re doing since this kind of a loop is much more prone to leakage due to human error, and you certainly don’t want that in a $4000 build.
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
And here’s the piece of hardware that will be rendering all of your games, the RTX 3090!
While this is a Titan-level card and Titans have so far been marketed and used as mostly heavy-duty workstation GPUs, this time around Nvidia’s pushing it as the gaming graphics card.
Now, we don’t know if this is just for marketing’s sake, or if there’s some change we don’t know about, but be that as it may, this is without a shadow of a doubt the most powerful GPU that currently exists and if it’s the best, then it belongs in this build.
The RTX 3090 is so stupidly powerful it can pull off 60FPS in 8K. Just let that sink in. During Nvidia’s promo, we saw Control running at 60FPS on an OLED TV, and while no one mentioned if the game ran on max settings or not, we’re pretty sure it was at least pretty close to the maximum.
Now, we know 8K gaming is not exactly the norm, and there aren’t many panels that can support it yet, but after the launch of this card we hope to see more options out there.
But let’s move on to the specifics.
The RTX 3090 has a staggering 24GB of GDDR6X memory that’s supposed to be twice as fast as the regular GDDR6! In addition to that Nvidia really went above and beyond with their RTX technology finally giving us what was promised when the 2000 Series launched.
Streamers will also have a great time with Nvidia Broadcast that can, as Nvidia says, “turn any room into a broadcast studio” thanks to its numerous effects such as background noise cancelling and green-screen effects without a green-screen, all at a click of a button. This isn’t limited to the RTX 3090, in fact, it is available for all RTX cards, but it’s a cool new feature worth mentioning.
All in all, after the amazing results we’ve seen from the RTX 3080, and now the RTX 3090, the following year promises to be good.
$4000 is a lot of money, even for the ultimate gaming PC, which means that there is room in the budget to go a little overboard. Thanks to this we were able to fit 32 GB of the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro into this build.
We chose two sticks of 16GB to reap the full benefits of dual channel memory, but also just in case, if one of the sticks ends up faulty, you’ll still have something left until the stick is replaced. The sticks also run at 3600MHz which is more than optimal, but even if you need more they can be easily overclocked.
When it comes to aesthetics, these look pretty amazing. Corsair is known for its immaculate performance and high-quality RGB, and these certainly live up to the expectations.
While 32GB should be enough even for the most avid gamers, we should still mention one important when it comes to these (or any other RAM sticks).
Namely, you should keep in mind that your RAM runs only as fast as the slowest stick on your motherboard. This means that if you’re planning on upgrading to, say, 64GB, you should make sure that you get 3600MHz sticks so as not to slow down the ones you already have in your system, otherwise splurging on the Vengeance RGB sticks would end up being in vain.
The ASUS ROG Strix Z490 E Gaming is an amazing high-end motherboard made without any compromises. It has both amazing VRMs for easy overclocking and a bunch of USB ports and other connectivity options we suggest you check out on ASUS’ website.
The Strix line of motherboards has always been made with gaming in mind and this one is no different.
The ROG Strix E Gaming has the new LGA1200 socket that supports both Intel’s 10th, and the upcoming 11th generation of processors. The VRMs are especially beefy to be able to support and overclock the next generation of CPUs that will likely boast more cores, so overclocking any 10th-gen processor, even the i9 10900K will be an absolute breeze.
Additionally, the motherboard has a 6-layer PCB allowing for more efficient heat dissipation, and three huge heatsinks, all linked with a copper pipe.
A welcome addition to this mobo is the bios flashback button on the rear I/O (that has a built-in shield). It also has a 2.5GB LAN, Wi-Fi 6, a Thunderbolt header if you need one, and an EZ debug LED.
As all ASUS boards, this one has plenty of RGB lighting, as well as 4 RGB headers, two of which are addressable.
Now, there has been debate over whether this motherboard has PCIe 4.0 or not, and this can’t be said for sure until the new generation of CPUs come out as ASUS hasn’t officially confirmed anything, but it’s very likely that the motherboard does support PCIe 4.0, but the CPU doesn’t. However, we know that the 11th-gen will support PCIe 4.0, so we may be able to see this board’s full potential only with the arrival of the new CPUs.
Nevertheless, even without that, this motherboard is a work of art that has everything you need and then some.
Long past are the days when we had to deal with chunky, slow hard drives. Even the cheapest of PCs nowadays sport at least a 2.5 SSD, so it’s only natural that for a mad build such as this one we would choose the best possible storage, the one SSD to rule them all – the Samsung 970 Evo Plus.
Samsung has been ruling the consumer SSD market for years, and the Samsung 970 Plus is currently the second-best storage they have to offer (right next to the 970 Evo Pro), and that’s got to say something.
With the baffling 3.5GB/s read and 3.3GB/s write speeds, this is the storage you want to have if you are a hardcore gamer or a media professional. And in case anything happens, you also get a 5-year warranty from Samsung to cover any problems.
In order to keep all of the abovementioned components running smoothly, you will need a sturdy power supply, and for that, we went with 1000W of EVGA Supernova 1000 G5. You might think that a thousand Watts is a bit overkill, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
The PSU is arguably the most important component of any PC. Without it, the system doesn’t work, and if it crashes it has the potential to burn all your other components. This is why, when picking a PSU it’s imperative that you pick a quality product from a reliable manufacturer.
This particular power supply is fully modular, which is always a great help when it comes to eliminating unnecessary cables, but also when it comes to portability.
In addition to this, the Supernova is 80+ Gold certified, which means it’s more economic as it wastes less power than the non-plus models. In fact, EVGA promises 91% efficiency or higher under regular loads.
This PSU also boasts one fluid dynamic bearing fan for a near-silent experience. Unfortunately for RGB fans, this PSU doesn’t have an RGB fan (pun intended).
However, this isn’t really an issue because, for one, RGB in a power supply is rather superfluous as the fan is often installed face-down, and two, in the case we’ve chosen the PSU is entirely hidden in the back of the case, which we personally think is an amazing choice more manufacturers should aim to adopt.
A good case shouldn’t just look good, it should be well-built, have plenty of cable management space, enough clearance for all your components, and above all else excellent airflow. The case that has all of this is the Cooler Master MasterCase H500M.
This is an ATX Mid Tower with plenty of space in the main compartment for all of the abovementioned components, including the humongous RTX 3090, and enough space behind the motherboard for efficient cable management.
The case was made with excellent cooling in mind, so it comes with two 200mm RGB fans in the front and a 140mm RGB fan in the back. These are great fans that do an awesome job at keeping the air constantly moving within the case, while also staying very quiet due to their size.
This fan placement leaves room for 3 more 120mm or 2x 140/200 mm fans on top of the case, but if you use the NZXT Kraken Z73 we suggested above to cool your CPU, its 360mm radiator will take up all the space on the top. So if you want more fans to move the air through the case, you should think about using an air cooler for the CPU, in which case we suggest the Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black. However, even without this, the three fans that come with the case should be plenty to keep all your components running smoothly.
When it comes to aesthetics, you can see that for yourself. The case looks powerful more than anything else, and it truly is. It’s a steel case that comes with a tempered glass side panel and two interchangeable front panels (steel mesh and glass) that you can use depending on whether you’re more interested in looks or airflow.
So as not to make this too long, you can check out the link above for more information about connectivity, but yes, the case has a Type-C USB port and 4 additional USB 3.0 ports readily accessible, right next to the power button, and plenty of SSD and HDD slots.
The Cooler Master MasterCase H500M is overall an excellent case in every sense of the word, but it’s also quite expensive. So if this does not suit you, take a look at the link below for more options.
We really hope you liked our picks for the main build, but every PC needs its peripherals, and that’s what we’re going to be dealing with in this section.
Granted, most of you probably already have some or even all of these components left over from previous builds, and that’s completely fine.
However, what we want to do here is show you which peripherals would correspond to this build, and maximally enhance your gaming experience.
And trust us, while some of these come down to personal preference, others can make or break your immersion.
We know there are many Linux fans out there, and we completely understand that. However, when it comes to gaming we can’t in good faith recommend anything other than Windows. At least not yet.
We do admit that strides have been made in the improvement of user gaming experience with other operating systems, but Windows still stands above every other OS. This is in no small part owing to its support of DirectX 12 and its ability to get the most out of the CPU and GPU, allowing for a supreme gaming experience.
Not to mention that it also has the largest number of games available to it than any other OS.
When it comes to the version we, of course, recommend the Windows 10 Pro, mainly because the Pro offers improved data security, as well as some other neat additional features like remotely controlling your PC.
This isn’t to say that Windows doesn’t have its downsides, and we all know what they are, but the fact remains that it’s still the top gaming OS, so if you want to have the best gaming experience possible, Windows is the way to go.
After much deliberation, we decided to go for one of the Asus Predator models. While there are plenty of good 4K monitors out there, none of them tick just as many boxes as the Acer Predator X27P.
Like we’ve just said, this is a 4K monitor. It simply wouldn’t make sense to include anything less in a build such as this one. It has a 27” IPS panel, so the colors and viewing angles as good as they can get unless you have money to burn on an OLED display.
It has a 144Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time. It also supports both Freesync and G-Sync and has a much better implementation of HDR than the previous Predator iterations.
Unfortunately, outstanding quality comes at an equally outstanding price, so if you are looking for something less expensive you can take a look at some other options from the Predator line.
On the other hand, if you really have money to burn, the OLED Dell UP3017Q is probably the best monitor you can get, period. Be careful though, OLED is prone to burn-in, so you’ll want to keep a screensaver on, or turn it off completely when you’re not using it.
As always, in the end, it all comes down to personal preference, but keep in mind that a monitor is not like a phone you’re likely to replace in a year or two, it’s something that is meant to last and serve you well. And of course, as with anything, good quality comes at a price.
Granted, sometimes that price is outrageous, but quite frankly, gaming on just any monitor would be an insult to the most powerful CPU/GPU combo in this build. There is, after all, such a thing as a monitor that bottlenecks your GPU.
Mice are one of those things a person needs to feel and choose for themselves. Or at least that’s how it usually is.
The Razer Viper Ultimate is a wireless version of the Razer Viper, and it’s almost unanimously lauded as the best gaming mouse currently on the market, and for a good reason.
Not many wireless mice can compare to the wired ones when it comes to performance and precision, and calling this one the best, well… we understand if some of you may be skeptical.
Allow us to convince you.
At 74 grams, the Razer Viper Ultimate is one of the lightest if not the lightest wireless mouse we’ve ever seen. It has a simplistic, but symmetrical design with two programmable buttons on each side, perfect for both left, and right-handed gamers.
A big change from the wired version is the Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor that can go up to 20,000 DPI! Now, don’t get us wrong, this is pretty insane, but the most important thing about this sensor is that it’s up to 25% faster and has a much more reliable connection than other wireless mice.
What’s probably one of the most exciting things about this mouse is its battery life – 70 hours of uninterrupted usage. Granted, that doesn’t include the RGB, but still, that’s mighty impressive!
Speaking of RGB, the mouse, of course, has the standard RGB Razer logo. The colors, brightness, effects, and much more can all be customized through Razer Synapse. One interesting thing about the RGB is that it shows different colors depending on how full your battery is. When on the charging station you will know exactly when it’s fully charged.
If you thought this was impressive, your mind will be blown once you find out what else this mouse has to offer.
Unfortunately, we can’t possibly go through them all here, so if you want to know more, you can check out Razer’s website or one of the thousand reviews on youtube. They will all say the same thing – objectively, this is the best quality mouse you’ll find on the market at the moment.
Do keep in mind, however, that if you prefer heavier or larger mice, this obviously won’t be your cup of tea. But we encourage you to try it out anyway, you might find yourself falling in love with it.
For a premium gaming experience, you will need a premium gaming keyboard, and the SteelSeries Apex Pro is it.
This mechanical keyboard will give you that extra edge over other players thanks to the feature which allows you to adjust the actuation on the keys.
This will enable you to adjust the keyboard to your own typing speed without having to buy one that has the specific types of keys you prefer.
When it comes to gaming you’ll be able to deepen the actuation point on keys you tend to accidentally click for example and therefore eliminate any unhappy accidents. Quite a nifty feature.
In the top right corner, the Apex Pro also sports a small OLED screen that allows you to control most of the functions on a keyboard from the keyboard itself, including recording macros.
The keyboard itself is made from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy for extra durability and sturdiness. Needless to say, it comes with a magnetic wrist rest and amazing RGB. It has per-key RGB illumination that elevates the entire look of not only the keyboard but the entire setup. It’s also incredibly helpful when gaming in the dark.
The Apex Pro is one of the best keyboards you can find on the market regarding both quality and looks, however, it does come with a hefty price tag.
So, for those of you who want something a bit less expensive, but still good enough to give you that premium feel, we suggest you go for the Razer Huntsman Elite.
It’s no Apex Pro, but it does have some interesting features that are worth checking out. However, we won’t be going into that here since we’ve already reviewed it on our website, so if you want to find out more, feel free to check out that review.
While you probably play most of your PC games on a keyboard and mouse, you must have noticed that some games work a lot better with a controller. These are often games that were created for a console and later ported for a PC.
Now, you don’t have to have a controller to enjoy PC gaming. However, we’d be lying if we said it wouldn’t significantly improve your gaming experience in some cases.
So yes, controllers can be very useful and convenient, but it doesn’t help to choose just any controller. We think enthusiast gamers would find the Xbox Series 2 Controller incredibly comfortable to use, and not just because of its ergonomic design.
The Xbox Series 2 Controller is an improvement on the Xbox Elite, but it’s not just a simple rehash.
This controller now finally has USB Type-C port for charging, a 40-hour battery life, a portable charging station that can also be used within the case itself, several different swappable thumbsticks and D-pads, four paddles for the back of the controller, thumbsticks with adjustable tension, hair-triggers with three different depth levels, 3 completely customizable profiles you can switch between whenever you like, and the ability to designate a shift button.
We would have ran out of breath if we had to say all of that out loud.
The abovementioned shift button is a very nifty feature which allows you to designate a shift button, and by extension gain an additional function for every other button besides that one. If you know what a shift button does on a keyboard, it’s essentially the same.
Now, let’s be clear. All of these are not functions that you need, but they are functions you’ll be able to appreciate fully if you’ve ever used a cheap controller. So if you’re finally ready to treat yourself to something that will elevate your gaming to the next level, then the Xbox Series 2 Controller is the right place to start.
Do you remember the time when we all dreamed of getting lost in a virtual reality world, not just following our favorite video game heroes, but actually being them? Well now that the technology has advanced enough that we can actually have that it would be a real shame not to use it to its full potential.
We present to you the Valve Index. Made by the company that gave us Steam, it’s a reliable piece of hardware that offers life-like experience in the virtual world. It’s also cool that you can play your games via Steam.
It’s a bit of a heavy contraption compared to many other headsets, but still comfortable enough to allow you to play for hours on end without feeling it in the neck. It has a 1440 x 1600 per-eye resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate paired with amazing audio for a better-than-reality virtual experience.
One cool thing is that, if you’ve used a Vive in the past, the Valve index will work with the base stations you already have. If not, however, you will have to get them along with the headset, but we would recommend you that anyway since the new beacons increase the “playing field” which will also increase your immersion.
No true gamer can function without a proper headset which is why we’ve made sure to pick the best we could possibly find.
That isn’t to say there aren’t others that would work perfectly fine, but the HyperX Cloud Revolver S combines all important features from aesthetics and comfort, to sound and mic quality in one magnificent package that we simply can’t help but recommend to enthusiasts.
We won’t be going too in-depth with the description of this headset since we already have a review of it on our website that you can check out in the link below, but here are a few snippets just to give you a general idea of what you can expect.
First of all, the Revolver S contains memory foam padding that makes prolonged use incredibly comfortable. The sound is truly top-notch with a 12Hz to 28kHz frequency range, and new and improved drivers that offer studio-grade audio for the ultimate gaming experience.
But it’s not only the sound that’s amazing on this device. The Cloud Revolver S has a detachable mic with a noise-canceling feature making your voice crisp and crystal clear, without any interference. No more misunderstandings with your teammates!
The keyboard we suggested above does come with a wrist rest, but we thought we’d suggest another one in case you don’t find that one satisfactory.
The HyperX Wrist Rest is probably the comfiest cushion we’ve ever laid our hands on.
It’s made of gel-infused memory foam that’s both incredibly comfortable and keeps your wrists cool during heated gaming sessions. It has an anti-slip grip, so it’s pretty stable, and of course, it fits all full-sized keyboards. It would have been better if it was magnetic, but aside from that, it’s a clean 10/10.
And that concludes our ultimate $4000 PC Build. In our articles, we strive not only to put together the best systems we possibly can but also provide snippets of additional information you might find interesting. Having said this, we sincerely hope you’ve found something you like, and if not we at least hope that you’ve learned something new.
In case you want to take a look at some of our other PC builds, check out our “Builds” section at the top of the page. There’s everything from budget builds like for example the $600 PC Build to extremely high-end build such as this one or the $3000 Build. Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it there.