So many pixels.
The next generation of Nvidia graphics cards are here, and the good news is they live up to the hype. Don’t believe me? Check out our Nvidia RTX 2080 review or our Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti review to see what we thought, as well as look over those 4K benchmarks, possibly with your mouth agape. They’re real good cards, is what I’m saying. However, they’re also hard to come by.
On top of difficulties in finding a fancy new RTX 20 series card, there are plenty of other factors you need to take into consideration. Can your motherboard handle the new GPU? What about your PSU? Are you running a compatible processor? Take all those concerns and throw them into a trash can, because there’s a better way: a prebuilt.
Walmart has some amazingly powerful prebuilt PCs from Nvidia partner iBUYPOWER right now. It takes some of the fun out of building your own PC, but you know what else takes the fun out of a self-built gaming rig? When something breaks and you have no one to blame but yourself. Harsh life lessons are no fun, so leave the hard work to someone else with one of these amazingly powerful gaming PCs. Oh, and Walmart offers an extended 3 year warranty for just $58, a mere pittance.
This is the best way to get into the glorious world of 4K gaming on the RTX 2080. There’s a WA041i, but it’s sold out, and this one’s better, anyway.
If you want to add more SSD capacity, go with this version. There are lots of games and programs that benefit enormously from being installed on an SSD, so consider this one over the 42i if that kind of thing is important enough to you.
The upgrade to the 2080 Ti-equipped PC over the RTX 2080 is instantly noticeable, price-wise, but more noticeable in performance. If you’re spending this much on a gaming PC, you might as well get the most powerful consumer graphics card available.
If you live and breath by the philosophy “bigger is better,” this is the PC for you. Not only does it include the bigger SSD and the RTX 2080 Ti, it also has 32GB of RAM. Talk about future-proofing.
4K Gaming Monitors
With the exception of some very powerful, very expensive rigs, few home set-ups could run 4K at anything above 60 fps. In fact, I’d say most people couldn’t even hit 4K at 60 fps, period. But I’m being presumptuous here. The 2080 cards are 4K machines, and you can push those pixels beyond the 60 fps dance they’ve been locked into, but just running 4K at 60 fps is pretty fantastic.
Acer Predator XB271HK
Our pick for the best 4K monitor, this is a great way to show off the power of your new RTX 20 series computer. Beyond the obvious pluses in the resolution, this is an absolutely gorgeous gaming-ready monitor.
ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K HDR 144Hz Display
This is one of two 4K displays with an overclocked 144Hz refresh rate. It’s expensive and enormous, but it’s absolutely gorgeous.
If you’d rather build your own PC, or upgrade your existing computer to take advantage of the realization of the 4K gaming dream, no one will ever judge you. In fact, you’re more than likely going to be commended for sticking to your DIY guns. Make sure to check out our complete list of where to buy the Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti.
Seth Macy is IGN’s tech and commerce editor. You can see what he’s been up to on Twitter @sethmacy.
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