With the new 8K monitors and the recent high-end graphics cards released by AMD and NVIDIA, surely more than one gamer has had their eyes wide open when thinking about a gaming PC configuration to play at such a high resolution.
Well, in this guide you can find everything you need to know for this type of configuration.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 PC setup for 8K
- 2.1 CPUs
- 2.2 GPUs
- 2.3 RAM
- 2.4 Motherboard
- 2.5 Storage
- 2.6 Power supply
- 2.7 Tower
- 2.8 Monitor
Remember that all the components have to be in rhythm. That is to say, it is of little use to buy an 8K monitor if your card does not tolerate those screen resolutions, and it is not of much use to have a magnificent graphics card that accepts 8K if your monitor does not support it.
In addition, to move video games with those resolutions, you need powerful hardware that can execute all the processes quickly and that you do not see how your games become an ordeal due to jerks or performance problems.
PC setup for 8K Gaming
To be able to build a real team with support for these resolutions, you can take as a reference this PC configuration prepared for the 8K era:
For the central processing unit, we have chosen an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X at 3.7Ghz (up to 4.8Ghz in turbo mode), with 12 cores and 24 simultaneous threads, and a TDP of 105W. In case you prefer Intel, you can choose an i7-12700K or i7-13700K
With these features, you will be able to run 8K graphics without performance problems, smoothly and make video games or design software run like never before.
As for the GPU, you can opt for either an NVIDIA GeForce 3/4000 Series or an AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series configuration. The advantage of opting for the AMD one is that you will obtain lower consumption, lower temperature, a price saving, although with the NVIDIA 3090 and 4090 you will get the best results
For example, you can use any of these options according to your interests:
- If we don’t have budget problems, we can opt for an RTX 4090 like this one, which will give us the best performance currently.
- EVGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 XC3 Ultra Gaming – A graphics card with 24GB of GDDR6X, 7680×4320 resolutions, and HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4a ports.
- AMD Radeon RX 6950XT OC: A beast with 16GB of GDDR6, resolutions up to 7680×4320, and HDMI 2.1 ports, Display 1.4b.
Both two graphics monsters, with support for Ray Tracing and similar performance in benchmarks.
It will also be important to have a good RAM memory capacity. With 16GB it could work, although it is not recommended. The ideal is to have about 32GB of DDR4, or something more. However, if you want to use other design/editing software for 8K resolutions, you can see the recommendations of that program, and you may come across one that needs 64 or 128GB even.
Here we recommend using a Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 4000Mhz. They sell kits to add up to the 32GB we’re looking for for our setup. A memory of good quality, fast, and enough for your processor to work well with all its cores and that can move 8K graphics.
The motherboard will not matter, but it is important to buy a decent one since it is the link between components such as RAM, CPU, and GPU. I would recommend the ASUS brand, one of the world leaders for this type of advanced PCBs.
You don’t have to obsess over buying very expensive cards, you won’t get an 8K performance boost like that. For AMD, with an Asus Prime X570-Pro model, it is more than fine. With it, you will get very good I/O performance for what you are looking for, so you can’t ask for much more.
For Intel, you should opt for the Asus Prime Z690-A in the case of the i7-12700K, and the Asus Prime Z790-A in the case of choosing the i7-13700K.
Depending on what you use the computer for, you may need one or more hard drives. For example, if you’re going to be working on 8K video design/editing, those files take up quite a bit of space, so it wouldn’t hurt to have a second high-capacity HDD. On the other hand, for gaming, you will not need as much space.
In any case, the primary storage unit should be an SSD type to achieve good access speeds. Better if it is an M.2 NVMe PCIe. So, the recommendation for our configuration would be a Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB.
As a secondary storage unit, you could opt for another SSD or a larger-capacity HDD. If you want to get good speeds, you could go for a 2TB Samsung 860 EVO. An alternative would be a WD Black 12TB HDD.
Keep in mind that the chosen components are high-performance, and especially the GPU is going to need quite a bit of power. For this, you need to have a large power supply capable of supplying all the watts you need.
You can opt for a modular type Corsair HX1000W 80 Plus Platinum. With it, you will have no power problems for this 8K PC configuration.
The tower, or casing, is the least of it. It will not affect performance, but it is a support for the hardware you have chosen and it must be compatible with ATX. You can avoid buying very expensive towers and save in this regard, although this is something more personal.
What it should have is a good ventilation system. For example, you can choose a Corsair 7000D Airflow, with a gaming modding design and tempered glass. This model includes USB 3.2, 2 120mm fans included in its front area (with a capacity for 3), and one rear. It also supports other add-ons and even liquid cooling if you want to add.
You can use your own 8K Smart TV if you have it, so you will save a lot of money and have an entertainment center in your living room. On the other hand, if you want a complete gaming PC, you will need a monitor capable of supporting 8K resolutions.
In this sense, it is difficult to find 8K monitors, since most are still 4K. But there are some other models, and I recommend the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K LED 32″ with 6ms.
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Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.