$2,000 Build

Looking to build the best gaming PC possible for $2,000? This is it! Incredibly stylish, ultra-quiet, and most importantly, brutally fast, this system offers the very best balance of CPU power, GPU power, and cooling performance out of any of the PCs we profile. We call it "premium" for a reason! And take note: this PC doesn't skimp on the wheels and chassis just to cram in a "big engine". We're all about long-term thinking here at TBG, and this is a seriously long-term PC!

The May 2019 version of this build continues to feature the Intel Core i7-9700K, which offers eight "Coffee Lake" that can be easily overclocked to 5GHz, making it the best pure gaming CPU ever released. It's supporting an absolute beast of a GPU, the GeForce RTX 2080 8GB, which can easily drive any game at resolutions up to 4K, and has built-in ray tracing capabilities for next-gen effects available in cutting-edge titles like Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Metro Exodus. Also featured in this system is 16GB of ultra-fast DDR4 RAM, a 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, a 750W Gold-rated power supply, and a sleek case from Cooler Master featuring awesome addressable RGB lighting.

Take note that we've found an absolutely mind-boggling deal on a pre-built gaming PC with very similar specs, so definitely check that out in our guide below. We also list plenty of ways to accesorize your PC - just scroll down to the end of this guide to see our top picks among case accessories, gaming keyboards, mice, and monitors. If you want to see even more options, check out our Monitor Buyer's Guide and Peripherals Buyer's Guide!

We update this guide every month - to see how this build compares to past months' components and prices, flip to the $2,000 Build Archive page. Because we use real-time pricing engines, you'll always see up-to-date U.S. prices in our guide. We also provide direct links to Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, and Amazon Germany for each product, with regional substitutions made where necessary. To help support the continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide if you purchase products we recommend.

The $2,000 Premium Gaming PC - May 2019

The Pre-Built Option

    The Premium Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GLC6200CPG

    If you just want to get into your games with the least amount of work, you have to check out CyberpowerPC's latest Gamer Xtreme model. Packing in a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-9700K, a GeForce RTX 2080 8GB video card, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB solid-state drive, and a 2TB hard drive, it will get you up and running with serious gaming performance in no time.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The two areas where this and all OEM systems skimp on are motherboard features and SSD space. The motherboard is an older Z370 model, and won't have the latest upgrades. Luckily, when it comes to SSDs, you can always add more drives down the road once you see what a difference it makes!

The Build-Your-Own Option

    CPU:

    Intel Core i7-9700K

    The Core i7-9700K is the best all-around CPU anywhere near its price. Offering eight "Coffee Lake" cores, it's a true powerhouse. Even better, with manual overclocking, this chip is almost guaranteed to run at 5GHz on all cores!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Due to massive production shortfalls, Intel processors have been selling out regularly. Luckily for high-end shoppers, Intel is re-directing all production capacity to its high-end CPUs like this one!

    Motherboard:

    Gigabyte Z390 Aorus PRO WiFi

    Based on the Z390 chipset, this is a great high-end board at a mid-range price. It has ten USB ports (including a Type-C port), a full array of PCIe slots, and two slots for M.2 solid-state drives. It also offers the Fusion RGB lighting system with the required addressable (digital) RGB header allowing you to sync with the advanced lighting used in this build's case. This board even includes built-in 802.11ac wireless networking!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This board also supports dual graphics cards in SLI, which you can always upgrade to thanks to the SLI-capable GeForce RTX 2080 used in this build.

    Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Windforce 8G

    With the release of its new "Turing" GPUs, Nvidia leapfrogs itself yet again. The RTX 2080 8GB beats out the former king-of-the-hill, the still-impressive GTX 1080 Ti, while using less power and adding ray tracing cores for next-gen games.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This card comes in at nearly $100 less than most of its competitors!

    Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200

    To get the most from your system, you want high-speed RAM. This DDR4-3200 kit from Corsair will make sure you don't throttle your CPU in the heat of the battle.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This kit also has slick RGB lighting that can be sync'd with the motherboard.

    Solid-State Drive:

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    The SX8200 is by far the fastest 1TB drive under $200. It leverages the speed of the PCIe interface and NVMe protocol to easily beat every SATA drive ever released, and can keep up with most PCIe drives that cost hundreds of dollars more. That's the definition of technological progress!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to affix it.

    Case:

    Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P

    Offering up incredible style and great versatility, the sleek MB530P from Cooler Master is the way to go with this build. It includes three addressable RGB fans up front, which can all be sync'd with the motherboard we recommend, plus a 120mm fan in the rear. Plus, it offers three beautiful tempered glass panels, while still offering excellent airflow thanks to its ingenious offset front panel design.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case also has just enough clearance to install our very favorite tower cooler, a 140mm-based model from Noctua, listed later in this guide.

    Power Supply:

    Seasonic SSR-750FX

    An overclocked 9700K and RTX 2080 will use a huge amount of power (on the order of 400W), so you don't want to skimp on your PSU. We recommend this Gold-rated, fully-modular 750W model.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This unit is backed up by a 10-year warranty!

    CPU Cooler:

    Noctua NH-U14S

    The incredible Noctua NH-U14S is among the very finest air coolers ever released. Noctua has been in the game for a long time, and its premium designs command respect - they set the benchmark against which all other air coolers must be judged. To learn more about what makes the NH-U14S so amazing, see our 140mm CPU Cooler shootout review pitting the NH-U14S against a number of serious competitors.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While every cooler comes with thermal paste, it's always nice to know you're getting premium quality, and this cooler comes with a tube of the ultra-premium Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste right in the box.

    Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    PRICE DROP! Windows 10 represents a huge leap forward from Windows 8.1, and you will definitely want W10 for gaming. It includes the cutting-edge DX12 low-level API, which provides higher performance and better graphics in PC games.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This USB 3.0 version of W10 installs in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

    The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire Low Profile

    For a simply sublime typing and gaming experience, you simply must try the K70 Low Profile. There's never been any other mechanical keyboard this fast, responsive, or quiet. It uses the new Cherry MX Low Profile Speed switches, exclusive to Corsair, which are a huge generational leap compared to everything else on the market.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read our full review of the K70 Low Profile here.

    The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed

    The best all-around mouse on the market, the G703 offers lag-free wireless freedom, an ultra-high-end sensor, and an ultra-comfortable shape. Simply put, it's our favorite mouse, the one we choose above all others, and trust us, we've tried a lot. Learn more in our hands-on review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This mouse will run forever when paired with Logitech's one-of-a-kind PowerPlay charging mat. You literally will never have to charge it again!

    The Gamer's Dream Monitor:

    Acer XB271HU

    Offering a big 27" IPS panel, a 2560 x 1440 resolution, and an incredible 144Hz refresh rate (overclockable to 165Hz!), this monitor offers amazing motion clarity and image quality. But most importantly, it has Nvidia's G-Sync technology, which will help get the very most out of the high framerates that the RTX 2080 can deliver.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We also really like that this model includes a fully adjustable stand, but you can easily add a monitor arm to clamp it to your desk and get even more flexibility.