Many people dream of a real PC, some to enjoy the latest game titles on steam, some to play slots and blackjack in Red Dog Casino, some need it for video editing and so on. First of all, given the situation with the chips in the world, we must clarify at what price PC is considered “high-end”. Basically, this number is about $2,000. Let’s go through all the key parts you need to build a gaming PC, considering their cost, to fit within our $2000 budget.
Names like Intel and Radeon are known to almost every PC user, but this knowledge usually doesn’t get any further. For the price of the very highest chips, you can buy a scooter for the price of this processor. For mainstream gaming, we recommend looking at Intel i5-12600K. With a price tag of under $300, it’s one of the fastest chips on the market and a great choice for a gaming rig. It allows you to enjoy the latest game titles at low and sometimes even medium settings.
We recommend looking at the Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Elite or the ASUS ROG Z690 Strix, both of which are now available on Amazon for anywhere from $200-320. They are enough for the Core i5-12600K and come with plenty of M.2 SSD slots, PCIe Gen 5, and plenty of I/O options.
We’ll look at DDR4 memory. The Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB is a good choice unless you’re a hardcore overclocker. If we have some cash to spare, you can buy a more expensive Samsung B-die kit, but it’s not a must. The LPX is available for just $72.
Now that the mining boom is over, it couldn’t be a better time to buy a graphics card. The GeForce RTX 30 series sell well below their MSRP and the same goes for AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 offerings. If you don’t want to wait for the next-generation offerings, we recommend opting for the Radeon RX 6900 XT which is down to just $799, or the GeForce RTX 3080 12GB (~$7xx)/RTX 3080 Ti (~ $9xx ). These cards are more than capable of 4K or 1440p 144Hz gaming with support for ray tracing and other DX12 technologies.
Let’s see what we have here. We theoretically built a gaming PC for just under $1,500. Well, of course it’s not finished yet. You will also need a heat sink, case, monitor, mouse, and keyboard, but we’ve covered the most challenging part in this article. And with all that added up, your total should be about $2,000. We hope that our recommendations will be useful to you and wish you good luck!