$2500 Build

If you're looking to play all the latest games at 4K or get the most out of your Vive Pro VR kit, you're going to need some serious processing power. And that's what this build delivers - every component has been selected with one and only one goal in mind: maximum high-resolution performance for $2,500!

For July 2019, falling prices on nearly every component in this system mean that the $2,500 Extreme Gaming PC is more powerful than ever. It all starts with the mighty RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU. For gaming, there's nothing better - it can easily handle any game on the market at a full 4K resolution, and will also slice through any VR title you throw at it. In the CPU department, this system got a mid-July upgrade thanks to a huge price cut on the brand-new Intel Core i9-9900KF processor, which in this build is liquid cooled with a 240mm cooler from Thermaltake. It should easily hit 5GHz with a bit of overclocking. Despite being loaded up with all this ultra-high-end gear, this build still sports 32GB of RGB-lit DDR4-3200 RAM and an incredibly-fast 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive. Completing the build is a Gold-rated fully-modular 850W power supply and the stylish, high-capacity Phanteks Enthoo Pro SE case. With that said, for high-end gamers who decide building a PC isn't for them, we also list a comparable pre-built system from HP that offers exceptional performance at the $2,500 pricepoint.

As always, to see our previous part picks and prices, just flip to the $2,500 Build Archive. Also note that we highlight our favorite accessories for this build in the optional components section at the end of this guide, including the best high-end peripherals and monitor. If you're looking for more options, feel free to browse our Monitor Buyer's GuidePeripherals Buyer's Guide, and Speaker/Headset Buyer's Guide for all our favorite picks! By the way, if you'd like to help building this system, we strongly encourage you to check out our brand-new 2019 High-End Assembly Video Series, which will walk you the process of building a system nearly identical to this one. 

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The $2,500 Extreme 4K Gaming PC - July 2019

The Pre-Built Option

    The 4K Gaming PC:

    HP Omen 880-191 Gaming PC

    If you decide you'd like to skip the PC building process and just start gaming as fast as possible, there's no better option than the Omen from HP. It packs in the best components you'll find in any OEM system at this pricepoint, including the incredible Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU, the Intel Core i7-9700K eight-core processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, and a 2TB hard drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This system is a bargain considering it comes backed by one of the biggest names in the PC industry.

The Build-Your-Own Option

    CPU:

    Intel Core i9-9900KF

    PRICE DROP! The Core i9-9900KF is the gamer's chip we've all been waiting for. Packing in all the power of the original 9900K, it simply drops the onboard graphics (which you don't use for gaming), while also dropping the price. It's destined to become a legendary gaming chip. With eight high-speed cores plus Hyperthreading, it can chew through any game engine, and with the massive 240mm liquid cooler we recommend in this guide, it should overclock to at least 5GHz! There's truly never been a better time to be a gamer!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this model is more expensive in some regions, in which case you should stick with the Core i9-9900K. Don't go for the "9900" which is not overclockable unlike the 9900K and 9900KF.

    Motherboard:

    Gigabyte Z390 Aorus PRO WiFi

    This board features plenty of high-end features, despite a mainstream price. It has a robust 12+1 phase power delivery system, ten USB ports (including a cutting-edge USB 3.1 Type-C connector, the future of I/O connectivity), two M.2 slots for high-speed SSDs, and ultra-high-end ALC1220 audio. It even has built in wireless networking.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that the 9900KF CPU needs a massive power delivery system for any chance at serious overclocking, which is what this board delivers!

    Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition Gaming

    The mighty RTX 2080 Ti has dropped hundreds of dollars since its release, meaning we can finally fit it into this build. That means you'll get awesome framerates in every game, even at 4K. The RTX 2080 Ti is over 30% faster than the RTX 2080!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is the actual model we use in our PC test builds, and it's fantastic for the money!

    Memory:

    Corsair 2x16GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200

    This awesome 32GB kit will provide more than enough capacity for any game today and for years to come, and thanks to its high DDR4-3200 speed, it will keep your fast CPU fed with data.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This high-end kit comes with the added benefit of a very cool RGB lighting system, which can be controlled via the motherboard.

    Solid-State Drive:

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge 3D TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe interface, this SSD is by far the fastest drive available for under $200.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Thanks to this drive's sleek M.2 format, it requires no cables at all! Just note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to install it.

    Case:

    Phanteks Enthoo Pro SE

    Offering unbeatable features and style for the price, the Enthoo Pro SE has no competition in its price range. With a meshed front panel, dual 120mm RGB intake fans, plus a 140mm exhaust fan, it offers great cooling. It also has a sleek white interior, plus a hinged tempered glass side panel, which makes entry into the case very easy. Most other cases use a clumsy screw-on design.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Be careful about going with alternative cases - almost every other case in this price range will have insufficient space for a liquid cooler, which this build uses.

    Power Supply:

    Seasonic SSR-850FX

    Offering 850W of ultra-efficient power despite a price that competes with far less capable models, this Gold-rated, fully-modular model also offers a zero fan mode at loads under ~350W.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This awesome unit is backed by an incredible 10-year warranty and the best name in the PSU business!

    CPU Cooler:

    Thermaltake Water 3.0 ARGB 240

    To overclock a high-powered CPU to the fullest extent, you need extreme cooling, because you'll be pouring a lot of voltage into that chip. We suggest you go straight for this new 240mm model from Thermaltake, which offers fantastic performance and quiet operation.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This cooler features Thermaltake's latest ARGB fans and ARGB pump head, which look fantastic and can be controlled via the motherboard we recommend.

    Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    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 will install in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

    The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire Low Profile

    For the very fastest gameplay, the latest K70 RGB Rapidfire has no equal. Harnessing Cherry's new low-profile MX Speed switches with an ultra-short 1mm throw, you can't possibly miss a keystroke with the board. And unlike every other mechanical keyboard on the market, this one is nearly silent!

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full hands-on review here!

    The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed

    Step up to our favorite gaming mouse ever, the G703. With a classic shape, an ultra-high-performance sensor, and the best wireless system, it offers all the responsiveness of a wired model, with none of the drag! You can see our full review right here!

    The Guru's Tip:

    If you want to total package, pick up Logitech's wireless charging mat, which allows this mouse to charge while you're using it, no wires required!

    The 35-inch Widescreen Monitor:

    Acer Predator Z35P

    At 3440 x 1440, this ultra-wide monitor may not be a true 4K screen, but thanks to its awesome 100Hz refresh rate (overclockable to 120Hz!) and G-Sync capability, it is the best gaming monitor on the market! It's the perfect match for an RTX 2080 video card.

    The Guru's Tip:

    If you simply must have a full 4K screen capable of hitting these refresh rates, go with the Acer Predator X27, but be forewarned - it's not cheap!

    The Premium Wireless PC Headset:

    Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Headset

    Want an awesome premium headset to complete your system? Then go for Logitech's G935 Wireless, which features impressive 7.1 surround effects, RGB lighting, and up to 12 hours of battery life.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read our full review right here!