Positioned a notch above our configuration at less than € 1,500, we now have our gaming PC for a budget of 2500 USD. Here, no concessions, and no game should be able to resist you.
The current configuration is based on an Intel Core i7-10700K processor and a GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. It also comes with one of the fastest NVMe M2 SSDs on the market for storing both your operating system and your favorite games.
LIST OF COMPONENTS
|Intel Core i7-10700K
|Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite AC
|Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro (4×8 Go @ 3600 Mhz)
|1TB NVMe SSD – Sabrent Rocket
|Arctic Liquid Freezer 240
|Corsair 4000X RGB
This type of PC is obviously intended for players wanting the best in the industry, whether for games over 144 FPS or to enjoy the latest AAA titles in 4K at 60 FPS.
As you can easily imagine, a $ 2500 gaming setup is approaching the best in the industry. With such a machine, you will be able to enjoy all your games, whether in 1080p, 1440p, or even 4K.
Players limited to Full HD resolution will be able to play in maximum detail while maintaining excellent framerate. What really take advantage of a 240 Hz screen and get the best possible fluidity on certain FPS. CS: GO and Overwatch fans should appreciate it.
In 1440p, the contribution of the RTX 3070 will also allow you to play in excellent conditions all the current titles, and this without making concessions on the graphics or the FPS. Want to rediscover PUBG in 1440p @ 144FPS? This configuration is made for you!
Finally, this gaming PC for less than 2500 USD will also delight gamers wishing to try their hand at 4K. Thanks to the power of the 3070, you can rediscover most of your favorite games while maintaining an average framerate above 60 FPS. What to take full eyes without sacrificing at the level of the fluidity of the image.
Processor- Intel Core i7-10700K
Available under the $ 400 mark on Amazon, the recent Intel Core i7-10700K is one of the most powerful processors if you’re looking to build a $ 2500 gaming PC.
With its 8 Cores and 16 Threads design, it is able to climb up to 5.1 GHz via its Turbo mode and even outperform the previous Core i9-9900K. At present, only the i9-1900K is above, but its price is still excessive.
If you want to build such a powerful machine for gaming as well as heavy tasks like video editing, maybe prefer the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, in 12 Cores / 24 Threads. More versatile, it can be found around 500 USD.
Motherboard- Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite AC
To accompany our 10700K, we start on the excellent Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite AC. It is available for around 245$, it is one of the best models on the Z490 chipset, and its price remains relatively affordable.
The motherboard has the advantage of offering excellent VRM, allowing you to overclock the 10700K without a hitch. Ditto if you opt for a 10900K, even more powerful.
For the rest, the model is particularly complete with 3 M.2 PCIe 3.0 ports, 6 SATA ports, 4 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1, or even 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2. We also benefit from the integrated WiFi and Bluetooth.
If you decide to go for the 3900X rather than the 10700K, we recommend the MSI B550 Tomahawk.
Graphic card- MSI GeForce RTX 3070
Despite the large budget of our configuration, it is impossible to move towards the best current graphics cards, like the RTX 3080 or the RX 6800 XT. With the current shortage, these two models are difficult to find below the 1200$ mark.
With models regularly displayed around € 600-800, the RTX 3070 fits our budget and allows us to enjoy performance quite close to that of an RTX 2080 Ti. You can play in excellent conditions in 1440p Ultra and enjoy your favorite games in 4K without difficulty.
Memory- Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro
RAM side, we decided to move towards a kit of 4 x 8 GB of DD4 at 3600 Mhz to gain versatility. With this Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB kit, there is no risk of being limited when gaming. We also benefit from a good memory resource for heavier tasks such as video editing, photo editing, or even 3D creation.
If your PC is only intended for gaming use, you can save a hundred dollars by staying on a 2 x 8 GB kit. Enough to free up a little more budgets for your other components.
SSD- 1TB NVMe SSD – Sabrent Rocket
The choice of storage will again be based on your own needs. For this example, we consider that a single 1 TB SSD will be more than sufficient to install its OS, its main applications, and its favorite games.
We start with an NVMe compatible M.2 model, with the excellent Sabrent Rocket. It is more affordable than most of its competitors with a price of around 180$; it is nevertheless part of the leading pack in terms of performance.
Capable of reaching 3450 MB / s in reading and 3000 MB / s in writing, it isn’t easy to find faster unless moving towards PCIe 4.0 models, which are in any case not compatible with our current CPU.
Cooling- Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240
The Core i7-10700K can tend to be very hot, and we recommend opting for efficient AIO water cooling if we want to be able to take full advantage of it.
We opted here for an Arctis Liquid Freeze 240, a 240 mm model offering excellent performance and controlled noise pollution. Sober and efficient, it is sufficient to cool our CPU of the day and especially benefits from an excellent quality/price ratio below the 100$ marks.
If you are looking for something a little more “sexy,” you can opt for an AIO water cooling from Corsair or NZXT.
Power Supply- Corsair RM750X
This PC Gamer configuration at 2500 $ requires a power supply worthy of the name, and we opt here for a Corsair RM750X.
In addition to its 750W power, it stands out for its tranquil use and excellent performance with its 80 PLUS Gold certification. It is available for around 180$, it is fully modular and allows you to use only the cables you need for this configuration. What to facilitate cable management.
You can find some interesting alternatives in our selection of the best power supplies for PC Gamer.
Case- Corsair 4000X RGB
The choice of the case will be made as usual according to your own preferences, but make sure you can install at least a 280 mm water-cooling. For the rest, you can consult our selection of the best current PC cases.
To avoid exploding our budget, we opted for a great classic, the Corsair 4000X RGB, one of the best models under 110$. You can also go for a Phanteks P360X, a BeQuiet! Pure Base 500 or a Fractal Design Meshify C to stay in the same price range.
Modify Your Configuration
As with our previous configuration, the possibilities for upgrading this Gamer PC to less than 2500$ are currently limited.
With such a budget, you already have a machine capable of running the vast majority of games at full throttle. If, however, you still want to grab a few more FPS, here are some avenues for improvement.
An even more powerful GPU
If the current configuration is already equipped with one of the most powerful graphics cards in the sector, a model will still be positioned above: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.
On the AMD side, the RX 6800 XT is also an excellent candidate to take it to the next level.
However, we do not recommend the RTX 3090 and RX 6900 XT models, which are far too expensive and not necessarily much more efficient for gaming.