Dream

If you're looking to build the fastest possible PC, 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 get when you have an unlimited budget, and this month, the price rings in at just under $10,000, and that's with maxing out everything! 

For August 2019, this system continues to offer the very best in gaming gear available on the market today. First up is the Intel Core i9-9980XE, an 18-core, 36-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 the very best M.2 SSD ever released, the Intel Optane 905p 380GB drive, plus two of Samsung's new 970 Evo Plus 2TB PCIe drives in RAID0. But we don't stop there - we pack in another 4TB of storage with Samsung's 860 Evo 2.5" SSD, meaning you'll have over 8TB of solid-state storage in this system for mind-blowing responsiveness and capacity. In terms of RAM, we go totally over the top this month, equipping this system with Corsair's new 128GB Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3600 kit. Powering this system is the ground-breaking Corsair AX1600i power supply, which exceeds even Titanium levels of efficiency. To finish it off, we turn to Thermaltake for its Level 20 GT ARGB case, Water 3.0 360mm ARGB Sync cooler, and ARGB Sync 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.

Because we use real-time pricing engines, you'll always see up-to-date U.S. prices in our guide. To help support the continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide if you purchase products we recommend. Note that many of these parts are hard to find outside of the U.S., but we've done our best to link to similar products in Canada, the UK, and Germany.

The Supreme Dream Machine PC - August 2019

    CPU:

    Intel Core i9-9980XE

    If only the best will do, what you need in your Supreme Dream Machine is the Core i9-9980XE. Offering up the same 18 cores and 36 threads as its predecessor the 7980XE, it ups the ante with a huge boost in clock speed, as well as additional overclocking headroom, allowing it to hit close to 4.5GHz.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You need a motherboard with exceptional power delivery to handle this chip!

    Motherboard:

    Gigabyte X299 AORUS Master

    With this board, you get everything and then some. That includes fully-customizable ARGB lighting, three M.2 slots, eight USB ports (including a Type-C), Realtek 2.5Gb LAN, Intel Gigabit LAN, an ESS Sabre DAC, and wireless networking. It also has the ideal PCIe slot spacing for using dual GPUs.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Created specifically for Skylake-X Refresh CPUs, including the all-conquering 9980XE, this motherboard has power delivery to spare: a 12 Phase PWM and dual 8-pin EPS power connectors!

    Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra 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 internal radiator mount, next to the motherboard, as will the second card's radiator.

    Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Hybrid

    Of course, this system goes with SLI, meaning you'll pick up a second liquid-cooled RTX 2080 Ti.

    The Guru's Tip:

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

    Cable:

    EVGA NV-Link Bridge 4-slot

    To connect your two RTX 2080 Ti cards, you'll need the brand-new 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 "4-slot" bridge (not a 3-slot model) for this build.

    Memory:

    Corsair 8x16GB Dominator Platinum RGB 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 eight of the fastest, highest-capacity DDR4 sticks you'll find, running at an incredible DDR4-3600 with CAS 18 timings. And being an 8-module kit, it will really fill out your system, putting on a serious lightshow in the process.

    The Guru's Tip:

    These new sticks from Corsair are the best-looking sticks out there, featuring very sleek RGB effects, which can be controlled via the Corsair's iCUE software. Check out our demo video right here!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Intel Optane SSD 905P Series 380GB

    For primary storage, you don't just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for Intel Optane. And after a year of needing add-in cards to take advantage of the unmatched speed of Intel's Xpoint memory, you can now get it in the M.2 format!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Mount this drive in the first M.2 slot, as only the second two support RAID, which you'll be using for the next two drives!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB PCIe M.2

    For secondary storage, you don't just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for a 970 Evo Plus 2TB. It's the fastest 2TB M.2 drive on the market by far.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We actually suggest you equip your system with two of these - see below!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB PCIe M.2

    Two SSDs simply isn't enough for the Supreme Dream Machine, so fill your last M.2 slot with another 970 Evo Plus, bringing you up to a total of 5.5TB of ultra-fast storage!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can get even faster performance out of your dual 970 Evo Plus drives by setting them up in RAID0!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Samsung 860 EVO 4TB 2.5"

    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 SATA drive!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The largest M.2 drives top out at 2TB, and this is the highest-capacity 2.5" drive. It's actually higher-capacity than any 2.5" hard drive!

    Case:

    Thermaltake Level 20 GT ARGB

    When you're building a dream machine, you want a case that's more than just functional. You want something that works great and looks even better. Enter the Level 20 GT ARGB from Thermaltake, which offers up four 5mm-thick tempered glass panels (front, top, and both sides), dual 200mm intake fans with ARGB lighting, and a 140mm rear fan. It also has cutting-edge connectivity in the form of two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, plus a USB Type-C port.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The most cutting-edge element of this case's design are the internal radiator mounts to the right of the motherboard, which are perfect for the dual GPU radiators this system uses!

    Fan:

    Thermaltake Pure 12 ARGB 5V Sync Fan 3 Pack

    Spice up your build's look by adding this 3-pack of ARGB fans, which will replace the standard rear 140mm exhaust fan as well as the two fans on the GPU radiators.

    The Guru's Tip:

    These will lilnk up with all the other Thermaltake fans in the system, and will be controlled by a single motherboard ARGB header.

    Power Supply:

    Corsair AX1600i

    Operating above the Titanium efficiency level, which is the highest current official level, this PSU achieves 95-96% efficiency at load. That's thanks to its unique Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistors. If you want rock-steady power and unbeatable reliability for your Dream Machine, this unit will deliver it.

    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.

    Sound Card:

    EVGA Nu Audio Card

    Add ultra-high-end audio to your system with EVGA's pioneering Nu Audio 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.

    CPU Cooler:

    Thermaltake Water 3.0 360 ARGB

    If you want to push your 9980XE to the limit, you absolutely need serious cooling capability, and that means nothing less than high-end liquid. That's what you get with Thermaltake's new Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync. Equipped with a huge 360mm radiator and three powerful but quiet 120mm fans, it's more than a match for even a beast of a CPU! It also has the best looking RGB effects in the cooling industry, which have been updated to allow them to sync with your motherboard's ARGB controls!

    The Guru's Tip:

    While this cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied, it's really not that great. Wipe it off and re-apply using Noctua's NT-H2 Thermal Paste Kit with included cleaning wipes!

    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 Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire Low Profile

    Featuring Cherry's new short-throw, low-profile MX Speed switches, this is the fastest keyboard on the market, and also features awesome RGB effects.

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review right here!

    The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G502 Lightspeed

    With unmatched responsiveness and the freedom of a wireless connection, there's just no better mouse than the G502 Lightspeed. Learn more about this world-beating mouse in our full hands-on review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Get the most out of this mouse by pairing it up with Logitech's Powerplay wireless charging mat. You'll never need to plug it in again!

    The Ultimate Gaming Headset:

    Audeze Mobius Premium 3D Gaming Headset

    Take your audio to the next level with Audeze's wireless 3D headset, which uses Waves head tracking to provide a fully-immersive gaming experience.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You may wonder what the purpose of 3D sound is, but in short, think of it this way: it replicates the experience of speakers, where the soundwaves strike your ears differently as you move around. It eliminates the "bottled up" feeling that every other headset will give you!