In this post, I will show you every part you need to build a balanced 4K Gaming Computer while keeping the budget as low as possible. Finding the best parts for such an expensive computer can be a daunting task.

And that is why I’ve been doing a thorough research to bring you here in one single post all the information you need to create a 4K beast that is well designed, with no bottlenecks, beautiful and powerful.

If you see errors, misleading information, or you just don’t agree with me I would really appreciate your comments so we all can improve this post together. Try to be nice with each other and be collaborative.

Benefits Of Being A PC Gamer

I want to encourage you to build your own Gaming PC. You will only get benefits from it!

  • The games are cheaper than in consoles
  • Almost every exclusive console game ends up coming out on PC
  • The online is free
  • It has the biggest community among all the platforms
  • You can enjoy awesome mods for your favorite games
  • You can upgrade your PC whenever you want without buying a whole new one!
  • PC gaming covers almost the 40% of the worldwide gaming market and growing every year

I’m very excited to help you build your next perfect gaming machine so you can be part of the PC Master Race! If you ever need any feedback or support regarding your future buy or your current rig, I would be more than happy to connect with you.

Things To Note

  • Nomenclature: the configurations are named according to the CPU and GPU brands they use:
    • IN: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU
    • AA: AMD CPU, AMD GPU
    • IA: Intel CPU, AMD GPU
    • OC: the configuration is designed for Overclocking.
  • Internal storage: the best option here is to add an SSD exclusively for the Operating System. This will increase the general performance a lot. A second standard HDD can be used to store games and general data.
  • Power supply: the chosen power supplies will give you more than enough room to satisfy the computer needs. The Intel CPU + Nvidia GPU have lower consumption rates. For example, an i5-4590 with a GTX 970 can consume a maximum of 250W. And yes, that’s really low. In that cases, the recommended power supply capacity is 450W, and it could be even lower if there were the appropriate variety.
  • Component brands: you can be sure that the brands used are first brands only, just the best of the best. There are maybe some of them that don’t sound familiar to you but they are still top brands in their respective business sector.
  • You don’t need to buy all the build components at the same time: unlike consoles, you can buy the build’s components as you could afford them and once you have all the parts start to build it. You can even buy all the parts except the GPU (if you bought an Intel CPU) and add the GPU a couple of months later.

Best 4K Gaming PC Under $2750

This build is valid for… well… everything? 4K gaming, 1440p at 144 FPS, 1080p at one million FPS… But the main purpose of this build is handling 4K games properly.

Choosing the parts to build a computer of these proportions is difficult for the main reason that, the bigger the project, the higher the chances of choosing a bad component, and therefore, creating a bottleneck.

I’ve put a lot of time and effort choosing the very best components available to build the highest quality 4K gaming computer while spending the minimum amount of money. The funny thing is that this Time Machine I’m bringing you in this post costs around the same as a 15″ Macbook Pro (~$2700)…

  • Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
  • Motherboard: MSI Pro Series RAIDER X299
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7740X
  • CPU Fan: Noctua NH-U14S
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4-3200 CL16
  • GPU #1: Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 8GB
  • GPU #2: Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 8GB
  • PSU: Corsair RM1000x
  • SSD: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 PCIe 250GB

'MR 4K 2750 IN OC'

Intel Core i7-7740K 2x Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1
32 GB RAM DDR4 SSD PCIe M.2 250 GB
ATX 598 W

'Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX'

'MSI Pro Series RAIDER X299'

'Intel Core i7-7740X'

'Noctua NH-U14S'

'Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4-3200 CL16'

'Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 8GB'

'Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 8GB'

'Corsair RM1000x'

'Samsung 960 EVO M.2 PCIe 250GB'

Build Details

Case

This is one of the most elegant, beautiful and functional computer case you will find on the market. I must adming that it is my favourite model.

The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv is it’s made of 3mm thick aluminum and it mounts tempered 4mm glass side panels (both left and right). It comes with a bunch of utilities to help you keep a clean and well-organized interior such as:

  • 2x Drop-N-Lock SSD brackets
  • 3x Modular HDD Brackets
  • 2x removable dust filters
  • Quick release panels for easy access to fans and dust filters

Also, it comes with:

  • 3 premium fans: 2x front 140mm + 1x rear 140mm units
  • RGB LED lights with illumination effects

Not to mention that it has space for any kind of graphic card and CPU heatsinks.

Check the Cases Guide to see other models within the same price range.

Motherboard

As we said before, for this build we will need an Intel X299 motherboard so we can use an Intel LGA 2066 processor. The model I’ve chosen is the MSI Pro Series RAIDER X299, which will also allows to install multiple GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in case more power is needed in the future.

This ATX board supports all the latest technologies such as USB 3.1 Gen2, PCIe Gen3 M.2 interface, U.2 devices or Quad Channel DDR4-4133 RAM.

Check the Motherboards Guide to see other models with the same chipset.

Processor

The best option to get the most out of a multi-GPU setup is getting one of the latest LGA 2066 processors. All the models belonging to this socket family, which includes Skylake-X and Kabylake-X CPUs, are specially designed for extreme workloads like video editing or 4K gaming.

And that’s precisely what we need for this build, for which I’ve chosen the Intel Core i7-7740X, featuring 4 cores (8 threads) with a base frequency of 4.3 GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.5 GHz. It supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-2666 MHz.

Check the Processors Guide to see other models with the same socket.

Graphics Card

Nvidia has done a big step forward with the new Pascal architecture. And if we look the models available out there from Nvidia and AMD, we can easily conclude that Nvidia owns the high-end graphics card’s market.

Now, if you want to enjoy a stable and pleasant 4K gaming experience, you need to pair a couple of GTX 1080, and the model I choose for this build is the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 G1 Gaming 8GB.

As you can deduce from the model name, it has 8GB GDDR5x of VRAM. Regarding the connectors, there are three DisplayPort 1.4 outputs, one single HDMI 2.0b and one DVI-D connector.

This board comes with a custom software from Gigabyte that allows users to change the LEDs colors, as well as the working frequencies, range, depending on the estimated workload:

  • OC mode: 1721 MHz / 1860 MHz
  • Gaming mode: 1695 MHz / 1835 MHz

Check the Graphics Card Guide to see other models within the same price range.

4K Gaming Peripherals And Extras

If you are building a gaming computer from scratch you will probably need a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, extra storage or even a Windows 10 copy.

'Extras & Peripherals - 4K'

4K 60 Hz Monitor Mechanical Keyboard
PCIe Wifi Adapter 1TB 7200 rpm HDD

You are interested in building a 4K computer so you will need a 4K monitor (if you don’t have one already). My recommendation here is the Acer XB280HK BPRZ, a 28-inch 4K TN monitor, with a 1ms time response and a refresh rate of 60Hz. Although this is a 4K monitor, it doesn’t mean that it must be necessarily more expensive than all 1440p models. You can find several 1440p 144Hz monitors at the same price (around the $520).

Ad for the keyboard, I included a compact mechanical keyboard, with Cherry MX Brown switches, RGB LED lighting with per key customization, programmable keys, double injection keycaps and 6 key rollover (to avoid hosting). Say hello to the Excalibur Spectrum G7SFL keyboard, from Tesoro.

And last but not least important, the mouse. The Razer Abyssus V2 is a versatile gaming model designed to comfortable play all game genre styles. The V2 comes with an all-new 5.000 DPI optical sensor with improved sensitivity and responsiveness compared to the previous version.

How To Build a Computer

There are tons of tutorials and video tutorials out there about how to put together the different PC parts. The Newegg guys did a great job with a series of video tutorials which I highly recommend. It’s an easy process if you follow the process step by step and you will feel like a god when you see that you build your Gaming PC from scratch!

If you have never built a computer before don’t worry, I know the idea of putting together all the parts and dealing with all the cables can be overwhelming. That’s OK. If I can do it you can as well. What would I recommend you is to have a quick look at the following video so you can get an idea of what’s this about. And if you have any question feel free to comment at the end of this post :)!

 

How did you find this build? Do you think it can be improved in any way? What would you change? Do you want to go for it but not sure about something?

Comment Below!

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Adrian Benavides

I've been always an avid gamer with limited resources. This led me to learn how to build the best gaming computers within tight budgets. Now, I want to share the knowledge I've acquired over the years with the world!

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