Best $2500 Extreme gaming pc build

If you're looking to play all the latest games on a 4K or ultra-wide monitor, you're going to need extreme processing power. And that's what the $2,500 Gaming PC Build delivers - every component has been selected with one and only one goal in mind: maximum high-resolution performance for $2,500!

For January 2020, the $2,500 Gaming PC Build gets a complete overhaul, moving from the aging Intel Z390 platform to AMD's robust, future-proof new X570 platform. It all starts with the amazing Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread CPU. Simply put, it's insane that this much computing power is now available for under $500! It's backing up the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU, which of course is the fastest gaming GPU on the planet. This duo can easily handle any game on the market at full 4K or ultra-wide resolutions, and will also slice through any VR title you throw at it. The $2,500 Gaming PC Build also sports 16GB of RGB-lit DDR4-3200 RAM and an ultra-fast 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, ensuring that it'll be super-smooth, no matter what you're using it for. Completing the build is a new 240mm liquid cooler from SilverStone, a fully-modular Gold-rated 850W power supply, and the ultra-high airflow Cooler Master H500P case.

As always, to see our previous part picks and prices, just flip to the $2,500 Gaming PC 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 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 Build - January 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

    We've thought long and hard about the right CPU for a 4K gaming PC Build as we head into 2020, and frankly, AMD is the only way to go. The 3900X is an incredible CPU, packing in 12 cores and 24 threads, and is built on the brand-new Zen 2 architecture and X570 platform. AMD has promised at least several more generations of CPUs will work with the X570 chipset, which is a far cry from what Intel has today: an obsolete platform that won't accept any new CPUs, whenever they might arrive!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Another advantage of AMD over Intel at this point is that AMD's CPUs can actually be found at retail, while Intel has basically shut down its retail CPU business due to production problems.

  • Motherboard:

    ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

    This board features plenty of high-end features, despite a mainstream price. It has a robust power delivery system, seven USB ports (including a cutting-edge USB 3.1 Type-C connector, the future of I/O connectivity), and two M.2 slots for high-speed SSDs, which of course operate at PCIe 4.0 speed thanks to the cutting-edge AMD X570 chipset!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model even includes built-in 802.11ac wireless networking!

  • Video Card:

    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Ventus GP

    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 least expensive 2080 Ti on the market, which makes it an absolute bargain!

  • Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200

    This awesome 16GB 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:

    Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe

    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe interface, this SSD is by far the fastest drive available for anywhere near its pricepoint. In fact, most of the drives it competes are ancient SATA models, which it easily blows away in terms of performance!

    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:

    Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White

    Offering unbeatable performance and style for the price, the H500P has no competition. It features a glass side panel, dual 200mm RGB front fans, and a 140mm rear fan. It will chill your components with a constant wall of air. And the RGB lighting can easily be sync'd with the motherboard we recommend.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The huge cutout in the roof of this case allows for the use of seriously-large CPU coolers like the one we recommend in this guide!

  • Power Supply:

    Corsair RM850 Gold (2019)

    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:

    SilverStone PF240-ARGB

    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 the new Permafrost 240mm from SilverStone, which is back with a vengeance, offering up great cooling performance and unbeatable looks for the price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We suggest you pick up some Noctua NT-H2 thermal paste to unlock its potential!

  • 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 Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)

    For the very fastest gameplay, there's nothing better than the G915 from Logitech. Harnessing proprietary new low-profile switches with an ultra-short throw, you can't possibly miss a keystroke with this board. And unlike every other mechanical keyboard on the market, this one is wireless!

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full hands-on review here!

  • The Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed w/Hero 16K

    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! This new version of the G703 has an upgraded sensor (now offering up to 16K DPI!), along with a lower weight (an amazing 95g!).

    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:

    AOC Agon AG352UCG6

    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 Ti 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 High-End Wireless Headset:

    Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

    Want an awesome gaming headset to complete your system? Then go for Corsair's new Virtuoso Wireless, which features solid metal construction for a seriously premium feel, subtle RGB lighting, and up to 15 hours of battery life.

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review right here!