Best 4K Gaming PC Build Under $1,500: Feb 2020

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

Price: $209|Rs. 19,049

Base Clock3.6GHz
Boost Clock4.2GHz
L3 Cache32MB
Memory SupportDDR4 3200
PCIe Lanes16

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

Price: $749|Rs. 59,899

Boost Clock1830MHz
Memory8GB GDDR6
Bus Width256-bit
Memory Clock15.5 Gbps
Power Connector8-pin
GPU Length270 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:

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti vs RTX 2080 Super vs GTX 1080 Ti
NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti vs RTX 2080 Super vs GTX 1080 Ti

Motherboard: ASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING 4

Price: $155|Rs. 13,350

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)

Price: $74

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

Price: $90|Rs. 6,025

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

Price: $180

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

Price: $50

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

Price: $500

Refresh Rate60Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors1.07 Billion
Color GamutDCI-P3 (95%)
Brightness400 cd/m2
Response Time4 ms
Connectors2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.4
Adaptive Sync TechnologyFreeSync Compatible
HDR SupportHDR600

Summary: Best Budget PC Build for 4K Gaming

CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600X$202
MotherboardASRock X570 PHANTOM GAMING 4 $155
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super$749
MemoryG.SKILL Sniper X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) $74
StorageSAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 500GB $90
Power SupplyCORSAIR HX850 $180
CabinetPhanteks Eclipse P300$50

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have been writing about computer hardware for over seven years with more than 5000 published articles. Started off during engineering college and haven't stopped since. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Divinity, Torment, Baldur's Gate and so much more... Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com
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