One of the core highlights of the next-gen consoles is in-game 4K support. Although the Xbox One X already manages to run many titles at UHD, these are mostly upscaled or suffer from FPS drops into the low 20s and don’t exactly make for a smooth experience. When it comes to PC gaming, 4K has been a very possible scenario for several years now. Of course, it doesn’t come cheap but it’s still well worth it if you can afford it.
Best CPU for 4K Gaming: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
|Memory Support||DDR4 3200|
At 4K, the CPU is more or less inconsequential. Still, it’s better to go with a capable chip, just in case you plan on switching to 1440p 144Hz at some point. The Ryzen 5 3600X consistently beats the Intel Core i5-9600K while offering the same level of performance in non-gaming workloads as the Core i7-9700K. It’s the ideal CPU for gamers.
Best Graphics Card for 4K Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
|Memory Clock||15.5 Gbps|
|GPU Length||270 mm|
Although the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the optimal graphics card for 4K gaming, it costs a fortune (north of $1,200). The RTX 2080 Super comes in a close second offering within 15% of its performance while costing half as much. Here are some benchmarks for reference:
Motherboard: ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING 4
The ASRock X570 Phantom is the best budget X570 board out there. You get all the features of the new chipset: PCIe 4.0, 4000MHz RAM support, eight SATAIII ports, and dual M.2 slots. It also comes with a powerful 10 Phase VRM (5+1 using doublers but impressive nonetheless), ASRock’s Elna Audio and addressable RGB headers.
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)
You can get a high-speed 3600MHz memory kit for under well under $100 these days, so don’t cheap out on the memory.
Storage: SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB
An NVMe drive can have a massive impact on loading times and overall system performance. The boot time is cut to less than a couple of seconds and games that usually take up to a minute to load start-up in less than 10 seconds!
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX850
Corsair HX series has some of the best power supplies. 80 Plus Platinum Standard, Fully Modular along with Japanese Capacitors that ensure long-term reliability, you probably won’t need to change the PSU anytime soon.
Cabinet: Phanteks Eclipse P300
The Phanteks Eclipse P300 is one of our favorite cases and we’re recommending it for this 4K build as well. It has enough pizzazz and comes at a decent price.
Monitor Suggestion: LG 32BL75U
|Display Colors||1.07 Billion|
|Color Gamut||DCI-P3 (95%)|
|Response Time||4 ms|
|Connectors||2x HDMI 2.0|
1x DisplayPort 1.4
|Adaptive Sync Technology||FreeSync Compatible|
Summary: Best Budget PC Build for 4K Gaming
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600X||$202|
|Motherboard||ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING 4||$155|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super||$749|
|Memory||G.SKILL Sniper X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)||$74|
|Storage||SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB||$90|
|Power Supply||CORSAIR HX850||$180|
|Cabinet||Phanteks Eclipse P300||$50|