PC gaming can be an expensive pursuit, and building your own rig even more so. Often there’s not a large price difference between one component and a step up, but applying that logic across an entire build can really add up.
Not everybody can afford a high-end gaming PC. That’s partly because PC parts generally aren’t cheap, but it can also be the result of differing ideas on what “high-end” actually means. And that why today I am going to show you a high-end PC build guide which is aimed at a price of $2,000.
So now with that been said, Let’s start.
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Best $2000 Gaming/Editing PC Build 2017
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Now let’s check out the components and parts that I will be using for this 2000$ PC build. For cabinet I am using the Infernova Z Gaming Cabinet from Gaming Circle, for Power supply I chose the corsair RM 650 X which is gold certified, for graphics I went for the 6 GB MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X, In terms of motherboard I decided to go with Aorus AX370 Gaming K5 motherboard, As for the processor I again chose the Ryzen 7 1700x coupled with 32 gigs of Ram from G.Skill Ripjaw, Now for cooling I selected the Master Liquid Lite 120 from cooler master and at last for storage I went with Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD as my primary storage and a 2TB Western Digital hard drive for storing the data.
So let’s start with processor, for this High end gaming Pc Build we are using the Ryzen 7 1700X which is AMD’s flagship CPU in the new Ryzen line-up. Now some of you may think that why I didn’t use the 1800X for this build and the reason behind this is that the Ryzen 1800 x is almost 100$ expensive then 1700X with just 5 to 7% better performance which is not a huge difference and that’s why I chose to save my 100$ with Ryzen 1700X.
Being an X-series CPU, the Ryzen 1700X is meant to be speed-binned and has a higher extended frequency range boost. It has a base frequency of 3.4GHz and a precision boost frequency of 3.8GHz. The Ryzen 1700X is an eight core processors with 16 threads and if you are into gaming or editing then I guess you know what that mean.
After careful consideration, I decided to go with the Aorus AX370 Gaming K5 motherboard. This motherboard is a full ATX affair with four DDR4 DIMM slots, three metal-reinforced PCIe slots, four USB 3.1 ports, and support for AMD’s latest Ryzen CPUs.
The board supports all AMD AM4 CPUs including seventh-generation APUs and the entire Ryzen line-up. The Gaming K5 is compatible with two-card SLI and Crossfire setups. The single M.2 slot is ready to accept PCIe x4 NVMe storage devices, to go along with up to eight on- board SATA drives. When the zoned RGB lighting is disabled, the Gaming K5 has a subdued black-and-grey look. Once the switch is thrown, the DIMM slots, PCIe slots, and other areas on the board light up in any of 16.8 million colours, controlled by Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion software.
Aorus, is positioned to readily target the high-end gaming segment with premium features and aesthetics. It also supports two-way SLI and CrossFireX configs split between its main PCI Express x16 slots. The PCIe slots have reinforcement to withstand the weight of high-end cards.
For the GPU I used the 6 GB MSI GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X which is not the greatest GPU in the market right now but I wanted to build this gaming PC under 2000$ so I chose this one and a huge shout out to NVidia for sending me this. Now don’t get me wrong, if you combine the specs you can already tell that the 1060 will be a terrific card in the 1080P domain, and even at monitor resolutions of 2560×1440 this card should hold up really well. It’s designed to be the ultimate 1080p GPU for those who want to run games at the highest possible settings. It’s also the least expensive VR-capable GPU in NVidia’s arsenal.
The graphics card has been fitted with the powerful dual-slot TWinFrozr revision VI dual-fan cooler. The temperature of this card will sit at 65 degrees under full load, and just remains incredibly silent. Next to that the card has been factory tweaked for you to a boost clock of 1810 MHz and 8.1 GHz on the memory.
As for the ram I used the dual 16 Gb stick of G. Skill Ripjaw. The two kits from G. Skill are among the most expensive on test and they’re undoubtedly the most striking when it comes to design.
The cheaper Ripjaw kit is far more extravagant than any other 2,400MHz kit here. The sticks are covered with red, angled metal that stands markedly proud of the DIMM dual in-line memory module. The 32GB memory that I used in this build is quite sufficient for video editing, high end gaming, or any other major workstation task.
As for the storage I used the Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD as my primary storage and a 2TB Western Digital hard drive for storing the data. The Samsung 960 EVO is a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD that comes in a single-sided M.2 2280 form factor with a max. Read of 3200 MB/s and max. Write 1500 MB/s this has scary fast data speeds which is quite good for gaming and editing.
- Power Supply
PC hardware doesn’t demand anywhere near as much electricity as it used to, but I’m still a firm believer in buying an efficient power supply from a respected brand. The corsair RM 650X fits the bill nicely, It’s 80 Plus Gold certified, and you don’t need more than 650 watts in a modern system with a CPU and a single graphics card.
The RM650 X is perfect for a strong gaming system because it can support two high-end VGAs with a power consumption of around 200 W each and that’s the reason why I opted for this.
- CPU Cooler
Closed-loop CPU coolers have become remarkably inexpensive, while still maintaining low-noise, high-performance designs and he Master Liquid Lite 120 is a perfect example.
The Master Liquid Lite 120 is quite similar to the Master Liquid 120, both closed-loop coolers feature a 120mm radiator and boast universal compatibility with modern Intel and AMD sockets.
The Master Liquid Lite 120 only comes with one fan, but it’s a good one. It boasts a wide PWM range of 650 to 2,000rpm, and the fan is a relatively quiet at maximum fan speed and near silent at 650rpm. Cooler Master also uses a low-noise pump that’s rated for only 8. In short, it’s likely a GPU or other system fans are going to be louder than the Master Liquid Lite 120.
As for the cabinet we chose Infernova Z Gaming Cabinet from Gaming Circle which has a tiny chassis. It features a dual sided transparent side panels which looks really cool. At the front you get the Gaming circle logo and in the middle there is an inbuilt RGB strap and it also comes with 5 pre-installed RGB cooling fans which can be controlled manually through a button which is located at the top of the of the cabinet and there are about 6-7 RGB pre-sets which you can change according to your mood.
Now let’s talk about it performance, and how it performs in real life, I build this PC 1 week ago and since then I am testing it. For a workstation PC it can easily handle rendering, streaming and other multi-threaded tasks and I think Ryzen is the best choice not only for performance but also for your wallet. As I am a YouTube content creator I mostly use this PC for rendering videos and animations and I am really satisfied with the performance. In maximum settings it can easily render a 5 minute 1080p video with a lut applied in just 6 minutes which is really great.
However, as for the gaming performance, I loaded up the assassins creed Syndicate for a quick look at the rig’s performance. I tested this game, all at 2560×1440 resolution and High graphics pre-sets, with V-sync disabled. The game performed really well and it was easily hitting 35 to 40 FPS with max setting. Now I didn’t get much time to try some other demanding games but may be in coming weeks I will do a full gaming review of this build.
Now if you guys are looking for benchmark scores then in Geek bench it has a single core score of 4481 and a multi core score of 23076 and an OpenCl score of 128747.
All in all, these are the specs that I would recommend if you’re going for a high quality Ryzen 7 PC build and this is an ideal build for those of you who want a high quality workstation and a Solid Gaming machine.
Ryzen is a lot cheaper in comparison to similar CPUs that were made with the intention for boosting performance for content creators and it is still a viable option with gaming in mind.