$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 November 2019, this build features the Intel Core i9-9900K eight-core CPU, backing up the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU. For gaming, there's nothing better - 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. This 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 brand-new 240mm liquid cooler from SilverStone, a Gold-rated fully-modular 850W power supply, and the ultra-high airflow Cooler Master H500M 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 CyberpowerPC that offers exceptional performance for less than $2,500.

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 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 - November 2019

The Pre-Built Option

    The Premium Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8080A6

    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 latest Gamer Xtreme VR from CyberpowerPC. 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 i9-9900K eight-core processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This system even throws in nice add-ons like a WiFi card, a mouse, and a keyboard.

The Build-Your-Own Option

    CPU:

    Intel Core i9-9900K

    The Core i9-9900K is 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!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This CPU is selling out constantly due to Intel's production shortages. Grab it if you can!

    Motherboard:

    Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

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

    The Guru's Tip:

    Want WiFi? Just add the TP-Link Archer T6E PCIe card!

    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:

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB 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 under $150. It competes with SATA drives in price, but blows them 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 H500M

    Offering unbeatable performance and style for the price, the H500M has no competition. It features glass front, side, and top panels (four in all!), giving it a super-premium look. And with dual 200mm RGB front fans, your components will be cooled by a wall of air. And the RGB lighting can easily be sync'd with the motherboard we recommend.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The H500M includes a mesh front panel, which you can use in place of the glass to maximize airflow.

    Power Supply:

    Corsair RM850x Gold

    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 this new 240mm model from SilverStone, which is back with a vengeance, offering up amazing cooling performance for the price, along with stellar ARGB effects.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This cooler's ARGB lighting 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 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:

    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 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 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!