The Best $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Build – June 2021
Critical Update: if you actually want to start gaming on a new PC any time before Fall 2021, you have two options: try to grab one of the few pre-built PCs still for sale, or build up a PC using an older GPU you have on hand. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options to you in this guide.
Looking to build the best gaming PC possible for $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!
For June 2021, the $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Build features the blazing-fast AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, an 8-core, 16-thread gaming powerhouse, which easily beats anything that’s come before it (or after it!). And it will be put to good use in this system, which is built around the Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 10GB GPU. But take note: despite being launched in September 2020, you still can’t buy one, and likely won’t be able to get one near MSRP for a very long time! But if you’re willing to run with an older GPU you have on hand for a while, you’ll be able to set up your system with great components. That includes 16GB of ultra-fast DDR4-3600 RAM, a 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, and an efficient 700W power supply. Topping it all off is a great-looking high-performance case from be quiet! and a high-powered tower cooler. Learn more about this build and ask questions in our YouTube video overview.
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 –
MSI Aegis RS 10700K/RTX 3070$2199
HOT DEAL – START GAMING TODAY! With the GPU market in turmoil, you won’t be able to get a new GPU at a decent price anytime soon, but you can start gaming now if you go with this sweet pre-built machine from MSI. Its Aegis RS is equipped with a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-10700K eight-core, 16-thread CPU, a blazing-fast GeForce RTX 3070 8GB video card, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, and a 2TB hard drive. The included MSI Z490 motherboard even has built-in 802.11ax wireless networking!The Guru’s Tip
This deal is honestly too good - grab it before everyone else does!
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X$399 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU does not come with a cooler, and even if it did, you'd still want to awesome upgraded cooler we recommend later in this guide!
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi @Newegg$188 The Guru’s Tip
This board also has a modern Type-C header, allowing you to use the Type-C port built into the case we recommend for this build.
Video Card –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 Black @EVGA$800 The Guru’s Tip
We anticipate retail availability at the MSRP won't happen until Fall at this point, so your best bet is to use any older GPU you have on hand for now.
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red$110 The Guru’s Tip
Note that we've seen a slight uptick in RAM prices lately, but Crucial has been able to continue offering the best deals, because it makes not just the modules but the RAM chips as well!
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$110 The Guru’s Tip
While this model comes with a heatsink in the box, the motherboard has an even larger heatsink pre-installed.
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX White$100 The Guru’s Tip
be quiet! was the undisputed king of quiet computing cases, but is now a serious contender in the gaming market as well thanks to the 500DX!
Power Supply –
SilverStone ET700-MG$92 The Guru’s Tip
One of the things we really like about this model that distinguishes it from cheaper units is that it has dual EPS (CPU) power connectors, allowing it to fully support all CPUs on the market.
CPU Cooler –
Scythe Fuma 2$60 The Guru’s Tip
This cooler truly has no peers at its pricepoint, and while it was sold out for much of 2020, it's been in good supply more recently.
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
The USB version of Windows sells out regularly, but you can always get the downloadable version for $10 less, and use an 8GB+ USB drive to install it.
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$110 The Guru’s Tip
For the very fastest gameplay, there's nothing better than the K60 Low Profile. Thanks to Cherry's unbeaten low-profile MX Speed switches, you get amazing response and feel, plus low noise.
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE$90 The Guru’s Tip
The SE model is able to charge on any flat Qi charger, adding to its versatility.
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$180 The Guru’s Tip
This is the headset we've used as our daily driver for over a year - still solid as a rock!
The 27-inch G-Sync Gaming Monitor –
Gigabyte M27Q$320 The Guru’s Tip
This model was designed around AMD's FreeSync technology, but Nvidia has enabled its use on GeForce cards, which means you save money versus a G-Sync monitor!
Total Cost: $1990
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 5800X ($399)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi @Newegg ($188)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 XC3 Black @EVGA ($800)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red ($110)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($110)
- Case – be quiet! Pure Base 500DX White ($100)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ET700-MG ($92)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Fuma 2 ($60)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)