Updated 4/24/2018, newer generation processors and motherboards to go with them. Did not change the pictures to save time photo shopping. Links are the new product.
Today I bring you the high end PC builds list for my Creating the Ultimate PC Gaming Setup series. This post is for if you want to build the best possible gaming PC you can, for maximum performance, utilizing the best CPU and Graphics Cards, for under $2,000. If you want to spend less check out my Medium Price or Budget PC Build posts. Note that this is meant for beginners or intermediate PC builders, so I won’t be going to maximum depth on the parts. Although, there can be something to learn for those of you who have more advanced knowledge of the topic. This is just a guideline to make sure you pick out the right parts to build a good PC. To actually build the PC, you will want to do some research on your own to make sure you do everything correctly, but I’ll hook you up with some good sources to start out if you are new. To start out, check out this How to build a PC beginners Guide, or this Video. Also, a great source of information is the YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips, but note that Linus is more advanced.
The two options for best performance
So instead of making just one build, we have made two. This is because the term “best” can be used differently. Many would say that the best possible gaming setup gives the highest FPS while gaming. So obviously, one of the two builds is exactly that. The other build, is for excellent gaming performance, with better performance at everything else, like multitasking, streaming, and so on.
Maximum FPS Build
Update- New gen processor in link, using old image
The maximum fps build uses the Intel Core I7 processor. Is well known and comes with a steep price tag, but it does its job well. I wont bother going into all the fine details, but the key aspect is that it has the highest core speed. At the end of the day, this processor gives the best gaming fps on the market. If you want the maximum possible gaming fps, this is the processor you should be looking at.
Best Build For Streaming and Multitasking
Update- New gen processor in link, using old image
There’s another option to the I7 out these days. The Ryzen 7 by AMD. It has slightly lower core speed so it doesn’t get quite as high fps, but it is significantly better at streaming and multitasking. While the I7 is only four cores with hyper threading to imitate eight cores, the Ryzen 7 has a true eight cores and goes up to SIXTEEN threads with AMD’s SenseMI Technology. This easily makes up for the slightly reduced gaming fps, which is only a very slight decrease. This processor can easily run any game out currently on max settings no problem.
Graphics Card – GeForce GTX 1080 TI
Edit- Thanks to cryptocurrency miners, the card has shot up in price. If you don’t want to spend an insane amount on a graphics card, check out our medium budget build post and get the GTX 1060. It is significantly cheaper and still runs well. You can upgrade to a top tier card later when their price is less extreme. You could also SLI 1060’s (run two at once) but I don’t overly recommend it due to commonly having issues. But it could help give the performance that the 1060’s would lack compared to the 1080.
This graphics card comes in with a massive price tag. That being said, is an amazing card. Nothing else on the market can compete with it for gaming performance. Its so good that I don’t feel the need to say any specs, but if you don’t want to spend this much on a graphics card feel free to check out my intermediate level PC build and use its graphics card (a 1060), or a GeForce GTX 1070 for something in between.
Update- New motherboard for new processor, old image
The I7 build uses a ASUS ROG STRIX Z370E Motherboard. It is a premium motherboard that supports any later things you could wish to do with your build and all the features you would expect from a premium motherboard.
Update- New motherboard for new gen processors, old image
The AMD build requires a different motherboard. As you may or may not know, the motherboard needs to match the processor, so Intel and AMD aren’t interchangeable. We have chose a GIGABYTE X470 motherboard. It is a premium board with all the features you could want.
For these builds we decided to go with premium fan coolers. For the ultimate performance you could chose to use water cooling and overclock, but as a beginner friendly guide I don’t want to recommend that due to being more difficult and having higher risks. If you have the knowledge go for it, but if you are new I would avoid water cooling and overclocking, these builds will run fine stock.
The coolers are also specific for the processor. We chose the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. This is actually the cooler I use. Its not very expensive but it does its job well. One note is that the included fan may or may not have the longest lifespan so I advise that you buy a upgraded one to put on the cooler with the money saved on the cooler being lower cost then the AMD builds cooler.
For the AMD build we chose a Noctua NH-U12S cooler. It is the same cooling design as the Coolermaster, but fits the AM4 socket.
These builds also each use different memory
The I7 build uses G.skill Ripjaws V Series 2×8 GB ram. You could get more ram if you really wanted, but 16GB is more then enough.
The AMD build uses CORSAIR Vengeance memory that is meant for AMD Ryzen. Like the I7 build, uses 2X8 GB memory.
The remainder of the parts are identical for both builds due to not being Intel or AMD Specific.
Solid State Drive
Both builds use a Samsung EVO 250GB solid state drive. A solid state drive is very important to have in a high end computer build because it significantly ups your startup speed and the launch and loading speeds of any games you have. You wont want to put everything on it due to lack of space, but having your favorite games on it significantly increases loading speed.
2TB Hard Disk Drive
For the rest of your storage the build has a WD Black 2TB hard disk drive. A premium drive with a lot of storage space.
Both builds use a EVGA SuperNova 750W power supply. It is 80 plus gold certified, and is a high end power supply to support and power all of your high end parts.
To finish it off I picked out the case I use. The Cooler Master Master Case H500P. It looks amazing, the cooling is great, tons of USB ports, easy to detach panels for cleaning, and so on. This has the room to do anything in the future you could want.
Parts summary and links
Intel Core I7 Max fps Build
AMD Ryzen 7 Max streaming and Multitasking Build
In conclusion, there are two options for maximum performance gaming PC Builds. The Intel I7 giving maximum gaming fps, while the Ryzen 7 is better for everything else while still giving excellent gaming performance.
If you have any comments opinions or suggestions feel free to leave them below, and thanks for reading!