This Dual GTX 1080 PC Will Crush 4K at 144Hz*
Got $4,500 to drop on a serious gaming PC to dominate 4K gaming? First, well done. Second, check out this awesome dual GTX 1080 PC build, that will crush games at 4K resolutions (and when available) 144Hz refresh rates.
That’s the only problem with this epic build, it’s so good the technology to make the most of it and give your eyeballs the high frame rates they crave, hasn’t been built yet.
But don’t worry – manufacturers are working on a 144Hz-capable 4K screen – so sign up to the newsletter to find out when they’re released.
Anyway, this is a minor detail, and on buying this system you can rest assured your rig will be future-proofed for the next 3-5 years – minimum.
Building a Gaming PC
Before we move on to the specific components this build uses, let’s take a moment to look at the processes involved in bringing this dual GTX 1080 PC build – code name: Dominator – to life.
Don’t worry if you haven’t built a PC before. It’s easy. And once you’ve done it once, it will be second nature and you’ll be dying to spend another $4,500, so you can do it all over again (seriously).
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Building a gaming PC is a great skill to have, and more than anything it’s fun. You’re creating something and learning new things at the same time.
If you’re a little unsure about where you should start, take a look at the below video playlist. It’s designed to be as simple and straightforward to follow as possible.
Click the menu box in the top left of the below window to cycle through all the videos from installing a CPU fan to adding a hard drive.
I deliberately made the videos short and clear, to help make the learning process as straightforward as possible.
If you need tips and hints about putting all of these high end components together for your custom gaming PC build, hit me up in the comments section, or tweet me directly.
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The Next Level
I’ve previously written about custom gaming PCs designed to allow you to get maximum enjoyment (and frame rates) from the latest games.
When buying a new video card my advice would be to put your money towards a GTX 1080, GTX 1070, or – if you’re working with a smaller budget – AMD’s RX 480.
These cards use the latest 14-16nm manufacturing processes that make them a generational leap forward compared to video cards such as the GTX 980Ti and GTX Titan.
In a nutshell, the improvements mean manufacturers can put more power in smaller chips, which generate better graphics and use less energy to do it.
Let’s Build It
The Dominator features not one, but two GTX 1080 video cards, running in a multi-GPU SLI setup.
The build also features one of the best 4K gaming monitors available on the market, ACER’s XB280HK 28″ screen.
As mentioned above, screens to allow you to game at 4K at 144Hz are not yet available, but this will certainly keep you gaming until they are.
As always, be aware the prices of parts that make up this build are subject to daily ups and downs. Check back if you’re unsure of prices.
For recommendations on individual components please check out my blog, it’s updated regularly with reviews of hardware and gaming components.
If you do have any questions let me know in the comments section below or tweet me here.
The Dominator Dual GTX 1080 PC Build
Total Cost: $4,500
(Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
More than VR-ready
I’ve covered VR-Ready gaming PCs pretty extensively on the site, with a wide range of builds for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Rest assured, this build EASILY meets the minimum requirements to enjoy VR gaming, and will provide you with a seamless virtual reality experience.
As PC games get better and better and the hardware to run them advances at an ever quicker rate you may be tempted to buy a pre-built custom gaming PC.
STOP! Don’t do it. There’s a range of benefits to building your own PC:
- you’ll save a tonne of money
- you can customize it exactly as you want
- you avoid ‘bloatware’ that comes bundled with pre-built systems and clogs up performance
The good news is it’s a buyer’s market with a massive range of components available to builders and building a gaming PC is easier than many realize.
If you can put together a Lego kit you can build a computer. It’s that easy.
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If this dual GTX 1080 PC build is out of your league, please check out my other guides, or for the latest news and reviews head to the blog.
There are so many different PC systems you can build. Check out a few ideas below.
So, is this build a little TOO over the top? What do you think?