Flagship 4K Gaming Computer
This system is built around the high-powered 8th gen Intel Core i7-8700K CPU, providing a very large amount of single-core performance for gaming situations. The Intel i7-8700K CPU is capable of properly feeding the powerful RTX 2080 GPU that is also loaded.
This PC is configured with 16GB of super fast DDR4 RAM, a great motherboard to build on, and a powerful and efficient Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 video card built for high-level 4K gaming.
This system is also ready to run Virtual Reality applications at extremely high quality.
Overall System Performance
This flagship 4K gaming computer performs well in games at 4K resolution, at high visual settings. It is also a great foundation to build on.
i7-8700K | H115i RGB Platinum | Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon | Vengeance RGB 16GB DDR4-3000 | 970 EVO 500GB | Firecuda 2TB | RTX 2080 8GB | Enthoo Primo | SuperNOVA P2 850W | Windows 10 | ML140 Pro RGB
Our Flagship 4K Gaming Computer is $4000 as Currently Designed
Gaming PCs as Low as $650 are Available
System Design Rationale & Upgrade Path
We've put a fair amount of thought into how we designed this system, and would like to explain why we chose the above components. We'll also explain the various upgrades to the system, as you might desire.
We chose the i7-8700K for its overall performance in games, and near-best single-core performance (beaten only by the i7-8086K). While not very price-conscious, it is widely accepted as the best gaming CPU on the market.
System Change: If you come across a need for more clock speed, you can easily upgrade to an i7-8086K with no need to change the system otherwise. Needing more cores will require a new motherboard, and could involve more power and cooling as well.
Due to the i7-8700K tending to run hot, we've selected a very good aftermarket closed-loop liquid cooler. Water has a higher specific heat than air does, and thus cools much better. It can hold more heat energy per volume, thus moving more heat away from the source. Using water cooling allows you to push your CPU harder, while maintaining the same thermals, or run the CPU at the same settings, with lower noise (and still good thermals).
The higher-end liquid coolers such as the one selected above come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.
System Change: This case has plenty of room for cooling, and works best with a custom loop. If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.
Because this system is a higher-end spec, we chose a K series motherboard from MSI. MSI is widely accepted as one of the best manufacturer of motherboards.
System Change: Please ask us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.
We went with 16GB of fast Vengeance RGB memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips. 16GB of memory is a widely-accepted amount for gaming computers, and we only recommend upgrading to 32GB if your workload demands it.
System Change: If you come across a need for more memory, you can easily add in more sticks, with no need to change the system otherwise. The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 64GB of memory, in a 4x16GB array.
The SSD and HDD were both chosen for their low cost and high reliability. There are other cheaper SSDs of the same capacity, but they are not as reliable, and do not carry as long of a manufacturer warranty. We've also installed quite a few of this storage combination, and feel very confident in our choice.
System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise. If you want to add more drives, you may need to change the case.
The video card was chosen for its high performance in most games at 4K in high quality, and competitive price point.
System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade to two video cards with no need to change the system otherwise.
The case was chosen for its high build quality and incredible amount of cooling potential. This is a very large case, and is not for the faint of heart.
System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point. If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.
The power supply was chosen for its high overall build quality. The power supply is a bit overkill for a RTX 2080 rig, though the current wattage can sustain up to two RTX 2080s. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.
System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.