Best $2500 Extreme gaming pc build

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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 under $2,500!

For April 2020, the $2,500 Gaming PC Build featuring AMD's robust, future-proof Zen 2 platform. It all starts with the amazing Ryzen 7 3800X 8-core, 16-thread CPU, which boosts to 4.5GHz out of the box. Backing it up is a full-featured X570 motherboard complete with PCIe 4.0 for blazing-fast SSD speeds. On graphics duty, we have the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU, which of course is the fastest gaming GPU on the planet. It 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 mind-blowing DDR4-3600 RAM to turbo-charge the Zen 2 platform's Infinity Fabric speed, plus an ultra-fast 1TB PCIe 4.0-based solid-state drive, taking advantage of the advanced X570 board. Completing the build is a 240mm liquid cooler from SilverStone, a fully-modular Platinum-rated 850W power supply, and the king of ultra-high airflow cases, Cooler Master's H500P Mesh.

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 2020 Ryzen PC Assembly Video, 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 - April 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

    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 3800X is an incredible CPU, packing in 8 cores and 16 threads, and is built on the 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)

    Based on the X570 chipset, this is a truly full-featured board. It has seven USB ports (including a Type-C port), ultra-high-end audio, and two slots for M.2 solid-state drives. It also offers the RGB lighting system with the addressable (digital) RGB header allowing you to sync with the advanced lighting used in this build's case.

    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 card is currently the least expensive 2080 Ti available, by a long shot - grab it while you can, it will sell out fast!

  • Memory:

    Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 17-19-19

    This awesome 16GB kit will provide more than enough capacity for any game today and for years to come, and thanks to its mind-blowing DDR4-3600 speed and 17-19-19-39 timings, it will keep your fast CPU fed with data.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Running at DDR4-3600 turbo charges the AMD Zen 2 platform by pushing the "Infinity Fabric" speed to its maximum of 1800MHz.

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Corsair MP600 1TB PCIe 4.0

    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe 4.0 interface, this SSD is by far the fastest drive available, period. For just a bit more money than a PCIe 3.0 drive, it offers up to 50% more performance, and makes SATA drives look like absolute dinosaurs! Plus, the massive heatsink isn't just for show - the massive throughput of this SSD requires a heatsink to prevent throttling during heavy loads!

    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 set the standard for high airflow gaming cases since the day it was released. It features a tempered glass side panel, dual 200mm RGB front fans, and a 140mm rear fan. It will keep your components nicely chilled thanks to a constant wall of air. And the RGB lighting can easily be sync'd with the motherboard we recommend.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about this case in our full hands-on review!

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone PS-ST85F-PT

    Offering 850W of ultra-efficient power, this Platinum-rated, fully-modular model is simply the best deal going in ultra-high-end PSUs. It offers a zero fan mode at loads under 170W, and critical for getting the best performance out of a high-end Ryzen-based system, it has dual EPS (CPU) power cables, which most cheaper PSUs do not include.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We've used this model extensively in our test systems, and it's never let us down! We particularly appreciate that it's just 140mm deep, making it exceptionally easy to install.

  • 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:

    Windows 10 on USB recently sold out at Amazon, which is likely because Microsoft is preparing its spring update release. You can also get it via download from the same product page if you don't want to wait. All you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the download onto.

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 Super-Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor:

    AOC Agon AG493UCX 49" 5120 x 1440

    At 5120 x 1440, this massive 49" ultra-wide monitor may not be a true 4K screen, but thanks to its awesome 120Hz refresh rate and FreeSync capability (which now also means G-Sync compatibility), it is the best gaming monitor anywhere near its price, and a perfect match for the RTX 2080 Ti video card.

    The Guru's Tip:

    If you simply must have a full 4K screen capable of hitting high refresh rates, go with the Asus PG27UQ, but be forewarned - it costs a lot more per inch!

  • 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!