The Best $2000 Premium Gaming PC Build – January 2022
Due to the ongoing cryptocurrency mining craze, it’s currently impossible to buy video cards at retail prices. Therefore, you have two options if you want to game now. Either buy a pre-built gaming PC with a great GPU or build up a new PC using a GPU selling for over the retail price. We present both options in this guide. Based on current market conditions, we do not believe this generation of GPUs will ever return to MSRP, so lower prices will have to wait until late 2022 when the next generation arrives!
Treat Yourself to a Premium Gaming PC Experience!
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!
This Month’s Build, Powered by AMD and Nvidia!
For January 2022, the $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Build features the blazing-fast AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, a 6-core, 12-thread gaming powerhouse, which punches way above its price class, easily beating almost every CPU Intel has ever released. And it will be put to good use in this system, which is built around the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB. While the price is above MSRP, that’s just par for the course right now. We think it’s time to stop waiting for “normal” to return, because that’s not going to happen!
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 RGB RAM, a 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, and a 650W Gold-rated power supply. Topping it all off is a great-looking high-performance case from Corsair and a high-powered 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 High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Shiva 5600X/RTX 3070$2000
HOT DEAL!!! This system punches way above its price class thanks to the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU is comes equipped with. Also on board is the potent AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-thread CPU, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. It’s all wrapped up in the stylish In Win 101 chassis.The Guru’s Tip
The GPU in this PC sell for about 2/3 the price of the entire system, which just goes to show what a good deal the PC is!
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X$290 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, but we list a much quieter model later in this guide!
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi$185 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 –
XFX Radeon RX 6700XT 12GB Speedster QICK319 BLACK$989 The Guru’s Tip
Sure, this is selling for 2x MSRP, but that's par for the course right now. If you'd like a better deal, we suggest you go with the pre-built PC we listed earlier in this guide.
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red$92 The Guru’s Tip
Crucial continues offering the best deals on RAM, because it makes not just the modules but the RAM chips as well!
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$98 The Guru’s Tip
While you could go for a PCIe Gen 4 drive in this system, it doesn't deliver any benefits for gaming. This drive is plenty fast for that!
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511$101 The Guru’s Tip
This case's ARGB fans can be controlled using the motherboard's lighting controls.
Power Supply –
EVGA Supernova 650 G6$75 The Guru’s Tip
This PSU is a fantastic deal, with most competing models going for a lot more!
CPU Cooler –
Scythe Fuma 2$60 The Guru’s Tip
While you could get by with the stock cooler included with the 5600X processor we recommend, this will be infinitely quieter, while also allowing for higher boost levels.
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB @Newegg$140 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 has launched, and will be rolled out as a free update to all users of Win10!
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$79 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$80 The Guru’s Tip
Sync the mouse's lighting using the Corsair iCUE software!
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$340 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: $2006
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($290)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi ($185)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6700XT 12GB Speedster QICK319 BLACK ($989)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red ($92)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($98)
- Case – Cooler Master MasterBox MB511 ($101)
- Power Supply – EVGA Supernova 650 G6 ($75)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Fuma 2 ($60)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB @Newegg ($140)