Gaming machines are not too cheap these days because of the increasing price and the newer technology coming into the market. Users who got a budget of $2000 for a gaming build can get some high-end processor and graphics card. When all components are packed in a gaming build, you can get exceptional performance in modern games. We’ve got the previously launched RTX graphics card, and this will be the best RTX 3080 build.
This build is not just limited to gaming because of its exceptional performance but also on stream and can do some creative work on this machine. I’ve researched a bit and pick all of these components under this budget. I’ve chosen the Intel components, but if you want an AMD processor, you can replace the motherboard with some X570 chipset board and the processor you want.
Intel recently crashed the Comet Lake processors and excited their users with impressive power and value over the AMD Ryzen processors. This series’s most powerful processor is i9 10900K, a refreshed model of i9 9900K, but high power consumption and costly price take it away from enthusiasts considerations. We’ve got something different for this build, namely, i5 10600K, which is a gaming champion and comes with six core and twelve threads. Intel has targeted this processor for both, i.e., gamers and enthusiasts, and can enjoy their favourite titles on it and can tune in such a way to get the maximum performance out of it without getting some premium components. The overall lower thread pricing of this processor makes it a considerable choice for this build.
Intel cut off hyperthreading and increased the physical cores, which was right in some sense, but with these processors, Intel remained the cores the same but increased the threads and included Hyper-threading without a price increase. This might be because modern games require multi-core performance the most, and they optimized this CPU for both single-core and multi-core applications. The base clock of this processor is 4.1 GHz, while on max turbo, it reaches up t 4.8 GHz, which is good, but the more exciting thing in it is its overclocking headroom. If you found this processor’s price a bit high, you can consider the KF model, which lacks the integrated graphics, but you can save up to USD 30.
The downside of this processor is it Comet Lake CPUs don’t support PCIe Gen4 slots, while almost every Zen2 processor is compatible with that as it only found in x570 and B550 motherboards. Intel again changed the socket and chipset means you can’t use the previous boards with these processors, and they’ve also excluded the bundled cooler. The reason why I’m suggesting this processor is firstly the budget of $2000 for this build, and there is no need for i7 10700K unless you are targeting some high resolution with ultra settings and high refresh rates.
The features of MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Edge Wi-Fi might be slightly less than the Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi, but believe me, this motherboard still comes with enough features for your gaming build. This motherboard is good in terms of aesthetics and performance, and I’m sure it will never disappoint you. This motherboard’s primary features include the two full-length PCIe x16 slots, six SATA 3 GBPS slots, and Wi-Fi 6 with 2.5G NIC.
This motherboard’s overall design is bit identical to the Gaming Carbon series, but the black colored base and the heatsinks of it look lit. There are some RGB lights underneath the chipset heatsink, and it might be very pleasing for those who are building some fancy rig. It has two PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards, which supports multiple graphics cards configuration and two PCIe x1 slots, and one has MSI STEEL Armor for big graphics cards. This motherboard’s storage demands are powered by six SATA 3 GBPS slots and two M.2 slots with a heat spreader on it, which gives an impressive cooling performance. More interestingly, this motherboard has four RAM slots that support memory up to 128 GB at a clock speed of 4800 MHz.
The rear IO panel of this motherboard has plenty of ports from which the most important one is USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C port, which offers a data transfer speed of 10 GBPS. A couple of other USB ports, including USB 3.2 Gen1 and USB 2.0 ports, and pair of Display Output ports. The 2.5G Ethernet port and the Wi-Fi 6 supports make this motherboard much premium, and the 4800 MHz memory supports undoubtedly impressive. Building a single graphic card build, this motherboard is unquestionably excellent, and with its outstanding overclocking performance, you will never get disappointed.
With every graphics card released in the market, we’ve to see a couple of aftermarket models, and that’s the same case with RTX 3080, but there each vendor has released at least four or five graphics cards in different lineups. This makes it hard to decide what card will be best for us, and we can get the full performance out of it. You don’t have to worry about that anymore because we’re here to guide you about that.
We can consider any aftermarket model of RTX 3080 in this build because they will not affect the overall performance much. However, we’ve to see a couple of other things like the thermal design of graphics cards, clocks, and build quality. One of the top vendors that I would suggest you buy for this build is the MSI GamignX Trio, which is good enough to overclock and has a reliable power delivery design for high voltages.
Starting with this graphics card’s thermal design, MSI has revamped the previous thermal design, and there you are getting a massive heat sink with three fans that allow this card to run on low temps. MSI Gaming X Trio will enable gamers to get the best performance and overclockers to get the maximum possible clocks it can reach. The additional 8-Pin power connector will allow you to overclock this graphics card at very stable power.
This graphics card is USD 50 more expensive than the founder edition, but for that additional price, you are getting a completely new thermal design, three fans cooler at the front, and a backplate, which helps in cooling excess of heat. This graphics card’s overall performance is slightly better than the founder edition without any overclock, while with some minor clock push, you can get much more performance out of it. In modern AAA titles, this graphics card gives roughly 7% better performance than the founder edition at least 4K resolution from the FE, but in 3D Benchmark applications, there will be no difference.
While comparing it with the Turing based graphics cards, its performance will most probably shock you because it gives roughly 90% more performance than them as compared with the RTX 2080 graphics card. I know its shocking, but that only because of the architecture difference as this one uses datapaths in the SM, which doubles the core counts per each stream processor.
We all know that MSI is already a top-notch brand known among gamers for manufacturing graphics cards, motherboards, and some other hardware. Recently it comes to know that the company didn’t stop there but enter the market of air and liquid coolers. A few months ago, the company had announced its two coolers, namely MAG Core Liquid 240RH and 360RH, and launched them in the market in May 2020. A few users might be thinking that there are already hundreds of well-known models in the market, so why we should give them a try. The reason behind that is MSI creatively implemented very new technology in these coolers where they put the water pump in the radiator, which is beneficial in many ways like it decreases the vibrations and increases the life span.
The MSI MAG CoreLiquid 360R comes in a very subtle theme, but the RGB lights and the MSI logo attract users and make it an appealing choice for color coordinate builds. Though like the other competitors, these coolers lack some fancy looks, and MSI skimped them. The MSI logo is placed on the CPU block, which glows and produces different RGB effects, and you are allowed to rotate the logo to match the orientation of your build. Rotating the block will not make any tube adjustment issues in joining or removing. The fans in the radiator of this AIO cooler rotates at the 500 to 2000 RPM speed, and it works up to 78 CFM.
When it comes to the quality of MSI products, you don’t have to worry because it’s a well-reputed brand, and usually, users consider MSI products because of their solid quality. However, we’ve tested this cooler and found its thermal performance modest. When it comes to this cooler’s overall performance, you can consider it for a 125W TDP processor.
You can save some money while buying the memory modules if you go with the cheapest models and low overclocking support. Though if you want aesthetics and performance, you need to invest some more amount in the RAM kits. One of the most exciting things in this module is the high data rate bandwidth compared to some previous models. XPG D60G is made for both enthusiasts and the typical consumer as you can tune this memory for some high clock rates and use it for show-off purposes along with the impressive performance. Usually, we see that the showy components of a computer system give tier two or three performance. Still, with the memory stick, you will get aesthetics and performance, making it to consider for our build.
Adata XPG D60G is made for both show and go, and there this company got success because you will found this thing in all of their products. Price-wise these modules are not very expensive, especially for its aesthetics and performance. You will found five RGB lights on each side of this module, and they are fully covered with white light diffusers. This memory module’s plastic heat spread confirms that the ICs underneath them don’t produce much heat even under high clocks. Though we usually see softer plastic, this module comes with super dense plastic heat spreaders that tend to be more thermal effective. This memory module’s timing is 19-20-17-16, and its CAS latency is less than one cycle at the bandwidth of 200 MHz. The overall performance of this memory is impressive, but the company tries to prove that plastic heat spreaders can also be used in memory modules.
One of the essential components in a computer system is the power supply unit that will power up all of the hardware. We can go cheap with PSU, but that will ruin your system’s performance and put some permanent damage to the system. This build is going to be very power-hungry because of the graphics card and the motherboard. I’ve got a couple of options, but the most durable and reliable option I found is the Thermaltake Toughpower ARGB 850W. This power supply unit is good in performance as well as increases the beauty of the system. More interestingly, this motherboard comes with ten years of international warranty from the company means you are not going to see any problem with it.
This power supply is slightly expensive than its competitors but its overall quality and performance genuinely worth it. The bottom side of this power supply has a hydrodynamic fan that allows it to run at low temperatures. Even we’ve tested it; the result was 47 degrees Celsius at the full load. The RGB lighting, quiet operation, and exceptional performance make this power supply an appealing option for RTX 30 series users. However, the limited availability in the United States and the high price make one think about other options.
Even at full load, it runs at 47-degree Celcius only.