If you have $2,000 to spend on a gaming PC I’m jealous. For that amount you can buy yourself a 4K gaming PC – The Devastator – that allows you to max-out the latest games at the highest screen resolutions and utilises the power of Nvidia’s flagship new card the GTX 1080.
The level of detail in 4K games is phenomenal, with the resolution offering a substantial step up in the number of pixels on screen compared to a full HD monitor (1920×1080).
Let’s take a look at this $2,000 4K gaming PC, and outline the components and skills you need to build your own.
Being able to spend $2,000 on a 4K gaming PC is a dream for most of us, but there’s plenty of people out there with the money to spend on such a custom gaming PC, and with the release of Nvidia’s latest video card the GTX 1080, there will be plenty of people dying to include it in a new build.
I’ve previously covered VR-Ready gaming PCs on the site, and you should rest assured, this build will DEFINITELY allow you to experience all VR has to offer, being fully Oculus Rift and HTC Vive ready.
I’m New to This
If you’re building a gaming PC for the first time and have lots of money to spare, you’re definitely in the right place.
These outline things like installing a CPU, and installing a power supply, as well as everything in between.
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Things to consider
As PC hardware gets better and better, you might be tempted to buy a pre-built custom gaming PC, that already includes a GTX 1080.
But wait, Don’t do it. There’s a range of benefits to building your own PC:
- you’ll save a load of money
- you can customize your PC exactly as you want
- building your own means you avoid performance-clogging ‘bloatware’ that comes bundled with pre-built systems
Changes are Coming
Virtual reality headsets the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are already taking PC gaming in a whole new direction, as the technology finally brings a credible VR experience to gamers.
As I said above, rest assured that this system will easily allow you to use a VR headset and is definitely VR-ready.
As a PC builder you’ll be happy to know that it’s a buyer’s market out there, with a huge range of components available.
Let’s look at what you need to build your GTX 1080 4K gaming PC – The Devastator build – Read on.
4K Gaming PC – The Devastator
Firstly, this build does not include a keyboard, mouse or monitor.
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For the Devastator $2,000 system we’re using a Haswell-E CPU and X99 Intel chipset.
Although an older generation of Intel CPUs, Haswell-E processors are quick and feature ‘hexacore’ – six-core – CPUs, with the Haswell-E range even featuring a super fast 8-core version the i7-5960X processor.
The version in this build is the 6-core i7-5820K, which has a base clock speed of 3.3GHz and a turbo speed of 3.6GHz, and is also a good deal cheaper than the i7-5960x, and the newly announced Broadwell-E series of CPUs.
The CPU is unlocked allowing you to overclock to your heart’s content.
The CPU supports 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and uses the LGA2011-v3 socket.
If you want to be able to do everything a bit faster, a six-core setup is the way to go.
Whether it’s gaming, video editing or rendering, the more cores you have the better.
Many will argue that most new games don’t need this many cores, but as games change this will change with more games utilising the extra cores.
To give you an idea of the speed jump, compared to a quad-core i7-4790K, the 8-core i7-5960X does everything about 45% faster.
That’s a huge difference whatever you’re doing.
Nvidia’s GTX 1080 is currently the video card to beat and will be at the top on any builder or enthusiast’s wish list of components.
It’s been a long time coming, but the the leap forward it’s provided in terms of sheer graphical power has been worth the wait.
It’s capable of handling whatever games you can throw at it at the highest resolutions possible.
The X99 motherboard chosen for this build provides plenty of power and sports a huge number of USB2, USB3 and SATA ports, providing you with enough space to connect a lot of hard drives.
Total Cost: $2,000
(Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
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