The $10,000 Supreme Dream Machine Gaming PC Build

If you're looking to build the fastest, best-looking, most-amazing PC on the planet regardless of budget, then this is the one for you! Unlike TBG's other builds, we're not even remotely interested in performance per dollar. The one and only goal here is to show you the maximum performance you can get from a gaming PC, and this month the price rings in at just under $10,000! 

For May 2020, this system gets a bold new look to match its out-of-this-world performance! It features AMD's Threadripper 3970X, a 32-core, 64-thread beast that's simply awesome at everything. In terms of GPUs, we go with the absolute best: dual factory-overclocked, liquid-cooled Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB video cards in SLI, which blows away the similarly-priced RTX Titan in gaming performance! As for storage, the Supreme Dream Machine features a 2TB PCIe 4.0 drive plus dual 4TB PCI 3.0 drives, for a total of 10TB of insanely-fast capacity. In terms of RAM, we go even more extreme, equipping this system with 128GB of DDR4-3600 RAM. Powering this system is a 1500W digital Titanium-rated power supply, and for the case, we go with Thermaltake's sweet new AH T600 (literally branded as an attack helicopter!), along with Thermaltake's Water 3.0 360mm ARGB Sync cooler and ARGB fan kit, guaranteeing your system will be set to max out games for years to come and look good doing it!

To see how this build compares to previous Dream builds, flip over to the Supreme Dream Machine Archive. And once you've reviewed the parts list, feel free to also check out our Guide to Assembling an Ultra-High-End PC for tips on putting your system together. By the way, if you're looking for the ultimate peripherals to use with this system, including the best gaming monitor ever released, just scroll down to the end of this guide.

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The Supreme Dream Machine PC - May 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Threadripper 3970X

    If only the best will do, what you need in your Supreme Dream Machine is the new Threadripper 3970X. Offering up an amazing 32 cores, 64 threads, and per-core performance that beats Intel's best, there is no other option. Intel is years behind at this point.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We are fully aware that AMD also offers the 64-core Threadripper 3990X, but for most applications, including all games, the 3970X is actually faster. That's both because of the lower clockspeed of the 3900X and the limitations of Windows 10, which loses efficiency when accessing more than 32 cores.

  • Motherboard:

    MSI Creator TRX40

    With this board, you get everything and then some. That includes fully-customizable ARGB lighting, three M.2 slots, ten USB ports (including a Type-C 20Gbps port), 10Gb LAN, and 802.11ax (WiFi 6) networking. This monster has a 16-phase power delivery system, just what you need for a 32-core beast of a CPU! 

    The Guru's Tip:

    You need a TRX40 motherboard for this CPU. Older X399 models will not work. Although the socket is physically identical, electrically it's completely different.

  • Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Hybrid

    For the Supreme Dream Machine, there is no other choice - if you want the best gaming performance available today, you want dual liquid-cooled RTX 2080 Ti cards in SLI! The icing on the cake is a massive factory overclock, which will get you up and running at a sky-high boost all day long.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This card's radiator will be mounted to case's rear fan mount.

  • Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti XC Hybrid

    Of course, this system goes with SLI, meaning you'll pick up a second liquid-cooled RTX 2080 Ti. The second GPU's radiator can be attached to the side of the case, right next to the motherboard.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You'll need to connect your cards using an NV-Link Bridge, listed below.

  • Cable:

    NVIDIA NV-Link Bridge 3-slot

    To connect your two RTX 2080 Ti cards, you'll need the an NV-Link bridge, as older SLI bridges, including those that ship with current-gen motherboards, will not work. It provides up to 25x more bandwidth than even the high-bandwidth SLI bridges introduced a few years ago!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you must buy the "3-slot" bridge for this build.

  • Memory:

    Corsair 4x32GB Vengeance RGB PRO DDR4-3600

    What's that you say? You want to go for maximum overkill? OK, let's go for 128GB then! Yes, what we've got here are four of the fastest, highest-capacity DDR4 sticks on the market, running at an incredible DDR4-3600 with CAS 18 timings. And being a 4-module kit, it gives you the option to, wait for it.... upgrade to 256GB of RAM down the line!

    The Guru's Tip:

    When you install these stick, do not install them all on one side of the CPU socket. To take advantage of the system's quad-channel layout, you need to install them in the 2nd and 4th slots on either side of the socket.

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent 2TB Rocket PCIe 4.0

    For primary storage, you don't just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for the Rocket PCIe 4.0. It offers mind-blowing performance and huge capacity in a single package!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that we go with a model that does not include a heatsink, given that the motherboard has them built in.

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe

    We know that if you're building this system, you're going to have a very large game collection, so store all those old Steam games and bulk media on this huge PCIe drive, in fact the very first 4TB M.2 drive on the market!

    The Guru's Tip:

    To get this capacity previously, you had to go for much slower, much bulkier SATA-based 2.5" drives. While this Rocket isn't quite as fast as the Rocket Gen 4 above, it's still 7x faster than a SATA drive!

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe

    Two SSDs simply isn't enough for the Supreme Dream Machine, so fill your last M.2 slot with another Rocket 4TB, bringing you up to a total of 10TB of ultra-fast storage!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can get even faster performance out of your dual Rocket 4TB drives by setting them up in RAID0!

  • Sound Card:

    Creative Sound Blaster AE-7

    Add ultra-high-end audio to your system with Creative's AE-7 Sound card. Designed with audiophile-grade components, it's a true premium alternative to built-in motherboard audio.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This card will fit in the last slot of the motherboard, below the second video card.

  • Case:

    Thermaltake AH T600

    For the Supreme Dream Machine, you don't just want a case, you want something that stands out! And the new AH T600 is definitely the one, a case like none other, and the perfect way to show off the ultimate PC!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case doesn't include any fans, so make sure to pick up the 3-pack of ARGB fans we recommend below.

  • Fan:

    Thermaltake Pure 12 ARGB 5V Sync Fan 3 Pack

    Add airflow and provide a huge helping of style to the Supreme Dream Machine with this 3-pack of ARGB 120mm fans. Install them in the front of the case - right in the driver's seat of your high-performance system!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that these can be daisy-chained to the fans on the cooler, allowing for some awesome, truly-sync'd ARGB effects!

  • Power Supply:

    Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W Digital 80+ Titanium

    Operating at the Titanium efficiency level, which is the highest current official level, this PSU achieves 94% efficiency at load. If you want rock-steady power for your Dream Machine, this unit will deliver it. But you also get full 32-bit digital controls, allowing you to monitor every last paramter of this unit, along with sweet RGB lighting, which will shine through in the case we recommend.

    The Guru's Tip:

    When fully powered up and overclocked, the Supreme Dream Machine will draw about 1000W, meaning this power supply will remain well within its sweetspot.

  • CPU Cooler:

    Thermaltake Water 3.0 360 ARGB

    If you want to push your 3970X to the limit, you absolutely need serious cooling capability, and that means nothing less than high-end liquid. This cooler is equipped with a huge 360mm radiator and three powerful but quiet 120mm fans, meaning it's more than a match for even a beast of a CPU! It also has sweet looking RGB lighting that can be sync'd with your motherboard's ARGB controls!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Get the most out of this cooler by using Noctua's NT-H2 Thermal Paste Kit!

  • Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Flash Drive

    Windows 10 is the best OS ever, and with the major updates Microsoft issues every spring and fall, it just keeps getting better. The Pro version of W10 adds features such as bitlocker encryption and remote access.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Among the many advantages of buying Windows 10 Pro on a flash drive is the ability to install Windows 10 in less than 5 minutes!

Optional Components

  • The Ultimate G-Sync Gaming Monitor:

    Acer Predator X35 bmiphzx G-Sync Ultimate

    If you're building yourself the Supreme Dream Machine, you better have a dream monitor to match. There's no better monitor in the world than the Predator X35 from Acer. Packed with all the most advanced technology, it delivers specs that gamers have been dreaming of for years: an ultra-wide 3440x1440 resolution, a 200Hz refresh rate, G-Sync Ultimate, and HDR10 with full 1000 nit brightness. There can only be one ultimate monitor, and this is it!

    The Guru's Tip:

    For the ultimate setup, why not pick up three of these beauties?

  • The Ultimate Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Linear)

    Keyboards don't get better than this. Wireless, mechanical, with full RGB effects, a sleek aluminum frame, and great performance. This keyboard is awesome!

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review right here!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed Wireless

    With unmatched responsiveness and the freedom of a wireless connection, there's just no better mouse than the Basilisk Hyperspeed. 20,000dpi sensor, Razer's market-leading ergonomics, Hyperspeed wireless, and great looks, all in one package. 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This mouse will run up to 100 hours on a charge!

  • The High-End Wireless Headset:

    Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

    Take your audio to the next level with Corsair's ultra-premium Virtuoso headset. Crafted of lightweight aluminum and offering tremendous comfort and sound quality, it's hard to beat at any price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Find out more about this headset in our full review!