The Best $2500 Extreme 4K/VR Gaming PC Build – November 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!
Game to the Extreme!
If you’re looking to play all the latest games on a 4K or ultra-wide monitor, you’re going to need extreme processing power. And that’s what the $2,500 Gaming PC Build delivers – every component has been selected with one and only one goal in mind: maximum high-resolution performance for $2,500, with a healthy dose of style thrown in!
This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel and Nvidia!
For November 2021, the $2,500 Gaming PC Build features AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X, a 12-core, 24-thread CPU that simply rips through games, thanks to its cutting-edge Zen 3 architecture and the liquid cooler we recommend. The 5900X is backing up a powerhouse of a GPU, the Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB. Sure, it’s selling above MSRP, but it’s actually only 50% higher than at launch, making it an absolute bargain among ultra-high-end cards!
But this build is about more than just a fancy CPU and GPU. It also includes 32GB of DDR4-3600 RAM, a fast 1TB PCIe solid-state drive, the sweet P500A mesh case from Phanteks, and a potent 750W Gold-rated power supply.
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 Guide, Peripherals Buyer’s Guide, and Speaker/Headset Buyer’s Guide for all our favorite picks!
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The Pre-Built Option
The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Siege 3.0 5800X/RX 6900XT$2600
MIND-BLOWING DEAL! Not ready to build your own gaming PC? Then step into serious ultra-high-end gaming with this awesome pre-built from Skytech. It’s packed with game-crushing gear, including the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core, 16-thread processor and the AMD Radeon RX 6900XT 16GB GPU, which matches the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB in performance but offers a lot more VRAM. Also onboard is a 360mm liquid CPU cooler, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe-based SSD, and a 750W Gold-rated power supply. The system is wrapped up in the stylish Thermaltake S300 chassis, which really brings this sweet system together!The Guru’s Tip
Prices are currently going UP on anything with a GPU inside, and this PC will certainly sell out soon!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X$484 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU doesn't come with a cooler, but the high-powered model we list later in this guide will keep it nicely chilled!
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi$185 The Guru’s Tip
This board has it all, but just note that the onboard video outputs won't be operational when used with the 5600X CPU.
Video Card –
XFX Radeon RX 6700XT 12GB Speedster QICK319 BLACK$1000 The Guru’s Tip
Even at prices well above MSRP, this card is going to be hard to find in stock. If you want a better deal, go for the pre-built PC we listed earlier in this guide.
Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 C16 Red @Newegg$186 The Guru’s Tip
You can sync this kit's lighting with the motherboard's RGB software.
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$94 The Guru’s Tip
While you could go with a PCIe Gen 4 drive, it would provide little benefit to gaming and this Gen 3 drive is a fantastic deal!
Phanteks Eclipse P500A Digital RGB$150 The Guru’s Tip
This case's ARGB fans can be sync'd with the 3-pin ARGB header on the motherboard we recommend. You'll also have full access to the case's front Type-C port thanks to the motherboard's Type-C header.
Power Supply –
Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 V2$105 The Guru’s Tip
This PSU won't even come close to its limits with this build, which will top out at around 500W fully loaded!
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB$118 The Guru’s Tip
This cooler will fit easily in the top of the case we recommend for this build and will provide a great ARGB light show!
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive @Newegg$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 has launched, but isn't for sale at retail. The only way to get it is to install Win10 and upgrade.
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$79 The Guru’s Tip
Once you try a low-profile mechanical keyboard, you won't want to go back!
The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse –
Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless$124 The Guru’s Tip
We've been using this mouse since the day it launched and we absolutely love it!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$169 The Guru’s Tip
We use this headset everyday and love it!
The 34-inch Gaming Monitor –
MSI Optix MPG341CQR$645 The Guru’s Tip
While 4K Gaming is still what people talk about, in a lot of ways, ultra-wide gaming is the real deal!
Total Cost: $2455
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 9 5900X ($484)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi ($185)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6700XT 12GB Speedster QICK319 BLACK ($1000)
- Memory – Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 C16 Red @Newegg ($186)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($94)
- Case – Phanteks Eclipse P500A Digital RGB ($150)
- Power Supply – Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 V2 ($105)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB ($118)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive @Newegg ($130)