The Best $2000 Premium Gaming PC Build – December 2022
Treat Yourself to a Premium Gaming PC Experience!
Looking to build the best gaming PC possible for around $2,000? This is it! Incredibly stylish, ultra-quiet, and most importantly, brutally fast, this build offers the very best balance of CPU power, GPU power, and cooling performance out of any of the gaming PCs we profile. We call it “premium” for a reason! And take note: this build 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 build!
This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel and AMD!
For December 2022, the $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Build continues to feature the blazing-fast Core i5-13600KF, a 14-core, 20-thread wonder that can easily drive any GPU on the market. This chip blows away everything AMD has to offer anywhere near its pricepoint! And our GPU of choice is the newly-discounted AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB, which offers extreme performance for the price, matching the GeForce RTX 3090 at a fraction of the price. From a gaming point of view, the 13600KF/RX 6950 XT combo is nearly unbeatable, offering tremendous value to high-end gamers.
Beyond the CPU and GPU, this build includes all the other components that will give you that extra edge: 16GB of ultra-fast DDR4-3600 RAM, a 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, and a high-wattage Gold-rated power supply. Topping it all off is an extreme airflow case from Fractal and a powerful yet quiet tower cooler from Scythe.
We also list plenty of ways to accessorize the $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Build – just scroll down to the end of this guide to see our top picks among 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!
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The Pre-Built Option
The Premium Gaming PC –
Skytech Chronos 12700K/RTX 3080$2282Hot DEAL! Jump into high-end gaming today without needing to build your own rig! Featuring the ultra-fast Intel Core i7-12700K 12-core, 20-thread processor, the awesome GeForce RTX 3080 10GB GPU, plus 32GB of DDR5 RAM and a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive, it’s ready to take on the latest games!
This system is nearly as fast as the DIY build we spec out below, so don't feel bad if you decide you'd rather just skip the whole building process!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i5-13600KF$310 The Guru’s Tip
This chip runs fast and hot, so you'll appreciate (and need!) the powerful tower cooler we recommend later in this guide.
MSI PRO Z790-P WIFI DDR4$240 The Guru’s Tip
While Z690 boards could support the 13th-Gen chip we recommend, going with Z790 gets you new features and firmware guaranteed to support the chip out of the box!
Video Card –
XFX Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB MERC 319$800 The Guru’s Tip
With Nvidia cards skyrocketing in price yet again (this time due to Nvidia cutting production), it's great to have a top-tier GPU available at an amazing price from AMD!
G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19$60 The Guru’s Tip
Remember to engage this kit's XMP profile to take advantage of its insane speed!
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe$70 The Guru’s Tip
This drive is plenty fast for gaming, and while Gen 4 drives are tempting, we've allocated the budget to gear that will amp up your gaming experience instead!
Fractal Design Torrent Compact$167 The Guru’s Tip
This case's stylish ARGB lighting can be controlled using the motherboard's lighting controls.
Arctic P12 PWM PST$8 The Guru’s Tip
While it may seem like a small change, adding this fan to the back of the case as an exhaust will dramatically improve thermal performance!
Power Supply –
Corsair RM750x (2021)$110 The Guru’s Tip
750W offers plenty of headroom for this build, which will pull about 550W at full load.
CPU Cooler –
Scythe Fuma 2 Rev. B$66 The Guru’s Tip
This cooler includes the Socket 1700 adapter required for use with the latest Intel platform.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
Running Windows 11 is critical to getting the most out of Intel's hybrid architecture!
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire$110 The Guru’s Tip
Corsair's powerful iCUE software allows for endless customization of this keyboard.
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE$75 The Guru’s Tip
Sync the mouse's lighting using the Corsair iCUE software!
The Budget Wireless PC Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless$100 The Guru’s Tip
We've long believed that wireless is the only way to go with a gaming headset - no getting tangled up in the heat of the action!
The 34-inch Gaming Monitor –
AOC CU34G2X$350 The Guru’s Tip
Stepping up to an ultra-wide will give you a whole new view on gaming, and luckily the $2000 Gaming PC Build can drive it to the max!
Total Cost: $1970
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i5-13600KF ($310)
- Motherboard – MSI PRO Z790-P WIFI DDR4 ($240)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB MERC 319 ($800)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19 ($60)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($70)
- Case – Fractal Design Torrent Compact ($167)
- Fan – Arctic P12 PWM PST ($8)
- Power Supply – Corsair RM750x (2021) ($110)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Fuma 2 Rev. B ($66)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)