Question Build advice

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I'm looking to build a full tower pc capable of running new AAA games on max settings at 60fps in 4k.
I won't be using it for VR. I'll be buying the parts in the next few weeks.

I don't have a set budget, as I'm new to pc gaming so have no idea what components I need to active what I want.
I do however want to spend as little as possible to achieve that result though, so no unnecessary extras please e.g. any over the top parts.

I already have a 4k monitor and headset but will need everything else (including Windows 10, mouse, keyboard, etc).
I don't want a high end mouse and keyboard, so something fairly cheap will do.

Thanks in advance, and if you need more information feel free to ask.
 
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For 4k 60fps max settings you will want the most hardware you can get.
Do you want a bigger or smaller matx tower?
Do you like water cooling?
Can you give a rough budget at least?
I would suggest rtx 2080ti and 9900k as a good start.
I want a full tower case but I'm not sure about water cooling. If it's difficult to maintain, then probably not!
In terms of budget I really don't know.
I could spend £1000s but don't want to spend more than I have to.

I'm coming from xbox, so as a comparison, could you also recommend a build that's equal to current consoles please?
 
1000 list. I would recommend this for what you need, but the 1250 list offers some better components that will make the pc at things like 1080p gaming (better cpu) or day to day usage (better drives and more ram).
Since you want 4k at only 60hz, most of your system budget should go to a powerful graphics card so the build below has some sacrifices in other areas.
I have made a list featuring a Ryzen 5 2600, which won't limit a 2080ti at 4k max (i have researched this) and will deliver more than 60fps in most cases.
I also use an RTX 2080 since it is half of the cost of a 2080ti and should be able to do 4k 60hz in most games, you just may have to turn settings down to high rather than the max in some demanding games.
8gb ram is enough for almost any game today, although an upgrade to 16 may help in some cases.
I have a cheap 240gb SSD and 1tb HDD, although an upgrade to a nicer SSD would be beneficial.
The motherboard and power supply are adequate for the job.
The case is inexpensive but looks great.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor | £140.98 @ Aria PC
Motherboard | ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard | £76.54 @ Amazon UK
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | £47.58 @ Aria PC
Storage | Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | £25.69 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | £36.78 @ Aria PC
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card | £636.14 @ CCL Computers
Case | Cooler Master - MasterBox MB511 ATX Mid Tower Case | £37.38 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply | Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply | £73.16 @ Amazon UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £1074.25
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-22 00:11 BST+0100 |
If you increase your budget to 1250 pounds you could get a better SSD, CPU, and PSU.

1250 list which is better in almost every way, but should only merit slightly more performance at 4k. This setup has much better disk drives, CPU, PSU, motherboard, and ram which will make 1080p gaming and day to day usage nicer.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor | £172.93 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | MSI - X470 GAMING PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard | £109.97 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Kingston - HyperX Predator 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | £89.53 @ CCL Computers
Storage | Samsung - SM961 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | £39.71 @ More Computers
Storage | Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | £48.39 @ Amazon UK
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card | £636.14 @ CCL Computers
Case | Cooler Master - MasterBox MB511 ATX Mid Tower Case | £37.38 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply | SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | £90.11 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £1224.16
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-22 00:41 BST+0100 |
 
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Apr 21, 2019
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1000 list. I would recommend this for what you need, but the 1250 list offers some better components that will make the pc at things like 1080p gaming (better cpu) or day to day usage (better drives and more ram).
Since you want 4k at only 60hz, most of your system budget should go to a powerful graphics card so the build below has some sacrifices in other areas.
I have made a list featuring a Ryzen 5 2600, which won't limit a 2080ti at 4k max (i have researched this) and will deliver more than 60fps in most cases.
I also use an RTX 2080 since it is half of the cost of a 2080ti and should be able to do 4k 60hz in most games, you just may have to turn settings down to high rather than the max in some demanding games.
8gb ram is enough for almost any game today, although an upgrade to 16 may help in some cases.
I have a cheap 240gb SSD and 1tb HDD, although an upgrade to a nicer SSD would be beneficial.
The motherboard and power supply are adequate for the job.
The case is inexpensive but looks great.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor | £140.98 @ Aria PC
Motherboard | ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard | £76.54 @ Amazon UK
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | £47.58 @ Aria PC
Storage | Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive | £25.69 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | £36.78 @ Aria PC
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card | £636.14 @ CCL Computers
Case | Cooler Master - MasterBox MB511 ATX Mid Tower Case | £37.38 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply | Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply | £73.16 @ Amazon UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £1074.25
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-22 00:11 BST+0100 |
If you increase your budget to 1250 pounds you could get a better SSD, CPU, and PSU.

1250 list which is better in almost every way, but should only merit slightly more performance at 4k. This setup has much better disk drives, CPU, PSU, motherboard, and ram which will make 1080p gaming and day to day usage nicer.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor | £172.93 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | MSI - X470 GAMING PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard | £109.97 @ CCL Computers
Memory | Kingston - HyperX Predator 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | £89.53 @ CCL Computers
Storage | Samsung - SM961 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | £39.71 @ More Computers
Storage | Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | £48.39 @ Amazon UK
Video Card | Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card | £636.14 @ CCL Computers
Case | Cooler Master - MasterBox MB511 ATX Mid Tower Case | £37.38 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply | SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply | £90.11 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £1224.16
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-22 00:41 BST+0100 |
Thanks a lot, I'll look into both options
 

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