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 March 2021, this system offers the very best components you can find anywhere. It starts with AMD's Threadripper 3990X, a 64-core, 128-thread beast that's simply awesome at everything, and needs an OS to match, specifically Windows 10 for Workstations. That's because it has literally gone beyond the capability that Microsoft envisioned when it created Windows 10 for home users! In terms of the GPU, you'll want to go with the absolute best: an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB video card, which offers an incredible leap in performance over the previous-gen 2080 Ti 11GB. The only problem - you probably can't buy one! We anticipate that 3090s won't return to retail shelves until May of this year. In terms of storage, the Supreme Dream Machine features a 2TB PCIe 4.0 drive plus a 4TB PCI 3.0 drive, for a total of 6TB of insanely-fast capacity. For RAM, we go just as extreme, equipping this system with 128GB of DDR4-3600 RAM. Powering this system is a 1200W Platinum-rated power supply, and for the case, we go with Thermaltake's sweet AH T600 (literally branded as an attack helicopter!). Cooling this system's CPU is a SilverStone 360mm AIO liquid cooler specially-designed for Threadripper, and cooling the case is SilverStone's Air Blazer 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. 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 - March 2021

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X @Newegg

    If only the best will do, what you need in your Supreme Dream Machine is the Threadripper 3990X! Offering up an amazing 64 cores, 128 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:

    Note that to take advantage of this processor's power, you must use an OS built for workstations, so we recommend Windows 10 Pro for Workstations later in this guide. Windows 10 Home and Pro will not properly utilize all the threads available on the 3990X.

  • Motherboard:

    MSI Creator TRX40 @Newegg

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

    The Guru's Tip:

    This board also includes a PCIe M.2 adapter, allowing you to add four more PCIe SSDs beyond the three that fit in the motherboard's dedicated slots. Talk about storage overkill!!!

  • Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra 24GB

    For the Supreme Dream Machine, there is no other choice for your GPU, but as of our latest update, it's a GPU you can't buy: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB. It sold out within minutes upon release on September 24, 2020, and likely will not be back on retail shelves until May at the earliest. But you can always dream, right? That's what this build is all about!

    The Guru's Tip:

    We used to recommend Nvidia dual-GPU SLI in this build, but Nvidia has all but killed SLI. While it is technically still possible on the 3090 (in fact the 3090 is the only GPU that physically supports it), Nvidia has ended all driver support for future games. Don't beat a dead horse, SLI is done.

  • Memory:

    G.SKILL 4x32GB Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 CL16 @Newegg

    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 sticks, 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:

    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB

    For primary storage, you don't just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for the 980 Pro 2TB PCIe 4.0. It offers mind-blowing performance, up to 7,000MB/s, along with tremendous 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. It matters, by the way, because high-performance SSDs can definitely get hot, which leads to thermal throttling.

  • 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! And remember, the motherboard we recommend can fit up seven M.2 drives with its bundled adapter, so feel free to buy six of these along with the drive above if you want over 25TB of solid-state storage!

    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 Gen 4 drive above, it's still 7x faster than a SATA drive!

  • 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:

    While the motherboard has built-in sound, the AE-7 will take your sound to another level!

  • Case:

    Thermaltake AH T600 White @Newegg

    For the Supreme Dream Machine, you don't just want a case, you want something that stands out! And the AH T600 is definitely the one, a case like none other, and the perfect way to show off the ultimate PC! And if you want to truly show off your video, pick up Thermaltake's PCIe riser cable to mount your GPU vertically. Just note that you won't be able to use other add-in cards (like the sound card listed above).

    The Guru's Tip:

    The AH T600 is available in black or white, so just take your pick from the product page. Note that this case doesn't include any fans, so make sure to pick up the 3-pack of ARGB fans we recommend below.

  • Fan:

    SilverStone 3-Pack of Air Blazer 120mm ARGB Fans

    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:

    SilverStone PS-ST1200-PTS Platinum

    Operating at the Platinum efficiency level, this PSU achieves over 92% efficiency at load. If you want rock-steady power for your PC, this unit will deliver it.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While we used to recommend 1500W+ PSUs for this build, not only are they not necessary (this PC will draw about 800W at peak), they aren't even available anymore due to their popularity in cryptocurrency mining!

  • CPU Cooler:

    Silverstone IceGem 360

    If you want to push your 3990X 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 140mm 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! One of the keys to the power of this cooler is its extended cold plate, which will cover the entire Threadripper heat spreader, unlike most older AIOs.

    The Guru's Tip:

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

  • Motherboard:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations @Newegg

    You'll need W10 Pro for Workstations to properly utilize your 64-core, 128-thread CPU!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Microsoft never envisioned home users having 64 cores and 128 threads at their disposal, but luckily, this enterprise-level OS is ready for the 3990X!

Optional Components

  • The Ultimate Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)

    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 SE 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!

  • The Ultimate G-Sync Gaming Monitor:

    Samsung Odyssey G9

    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 Odyssey G9 from Samsung. Ditching the standard ultra-wide format, Samsung went super-ultra-wide with the G9, which sports an enormous resolution of 5120 x 1440, and then goes the next step and drives it to a 240Hz refresh rate and pushes HDR1000 brightness. Can you say technological revolution?

    The Guru's Tip:

    Just make sure you have the space for this enormous monitor - it's 20" front-to-back thanks to its impossibly-curved design!