The Best $2,000 Premium Gaming PC Build – September 2021
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 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!
For September 2021, 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 AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB GPU. It’s finally in stock, after launching way back in March of this year, and while the price is above MSRP, that’s just par for the course right now, and 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 750W Gold-rated power supply. Topping it all off is a great-looking high-performance case from be quiet! and a high-powered tower cooler from Scythe. 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 –
Zotac MEK Hero G1 5800X/RTX 3070 @Newegg$2200
HOT DEAL! Zotac, a leading manufacturer of Nvidia GPUs, jumps into the pre-built race with its awesome MEK Hero G1, which undercuts most of the no-name manufacturers with an awesome price and top-notch components. It packs in the unbeatable AMD Ryzen 7 5800X eight-core, 16-thread CPU that clobbers Intel’s offerings (and AMD’s previous-gen CPUs as well), along with a Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 8GB video card. Also on the component list is the premium EK 240mm AIO liquid cooler, four EK Vardar S ARGB case fans, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive, and a 1TB hard drive for plenty of game storage space. It’s built up in a classy Thermaltake S100 mATX case and powered by a Thermaltake Gold-rated 700W power supply. Note that this one’s a Newegg exclusive, so that’s where we’re linking to here!The Guru’s Tip
The RTX 3070 has been virtually impossible to buy ever since it launched in October 2020!
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @Newegg$273 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend an awesome upgraded cooler in this guide to guarantee flawless performance!
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi$190 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 –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB Red Devil$850 The Guru’s Tip
Look at the price this way: it's way less than the 2080 Ti was in mid-2020, despite offering the same performance!
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Black$110 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 –
Samsung 980 1TB$130 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!
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 ST75F-GS-V3 Gold$101 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 Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 is coming soon and will be a free upgrade to owners of Win10!
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$90 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 @Newegg$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$160 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$297 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: $1982
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X @Newegg ($273)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi ($190)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB Red Devil ($850)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Black ($110)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 980 1TB ($130)
- Case – be quiet! Pure Base 500DX White ($100)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ST75F-GS-V3 Gold ($101)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Fuma 2 ($60)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)