$3,000

If you're looking for a gaming PC that's as fast as it looks, this is the one for you! In addition to the latest addressable RGB lighting, it sports a liquid-cooled eight-core CPU, the monstrous GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU, a 1TB PCIe-based solid-state storage, and 32GB of ultra-fast RAM. No doubt about it, with this build you're getting a system that truly packs in immense firepower, and isn't shy about showing it off! We didn't just add "RGB" to the name of this build without making sure it delivered on the lighting front. The case, cooler, video card, RAM, and motherboard can all be color-coordinated to make your build more than just blingy - it will be a work of art! Seriously, of the two dozen builds we profile on this site, this is the one we'd be buying with our own money, because it's drop-dead gorgeous and has performance to spare!

For June 2019, the Elite Gaming PC is better than ever, thanks to massive price drops on everything from GPUs to SSDs to power supplies. In fact, we're now able to equip this build with the very same CPU and GPU featured in our $3,500 Ultimate Gaming PC, and yet the $3,000 Elite build still features the best RGB lightshow in the business! One thing that remains the same is the gorgeous Lian-Li 011 Dynamic case, which simply has no equal as a showcase for an RGB-lit gaming machine, and thankfully it's finally being produced in sufficient quantity, after being sold out for months. But this is also a hard-core gaming machine, which means it packs in the potent duo of an Intel Core i9-9900K eight-core, 16-thread processor and a factory-overclocked GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB video card from Asus, of course featuring sweet RGB lighting. There's no game this system can't crush, even at a resolution of 4K! And it will look good doing it, thanks to a full complement of ARGB Sync gear, including the awesome Thermaltake Water 3.0 360mm ARGB cooler and three-pack of ARGB case fans. Also on board are the Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, 32GB of Corsair RGB RAM, and new this month, a 1000W Gold-rated power supply. And remember, all the lighting in this system can be controlled via the Asus ROG motherboard we recommend - that means the cooler, fans, video card, and RAM will all sync perfectly, providing an awesome RGB light show!

If you'd like guidance building this awesome PC, check out our 2019 High-End Assembly Video, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a PC a lot like this one. And for a full tutorial on how to make the most of Thermaltake's awesome ARGB Sync lighting system, check out our ARGB how-to article. You can also take a walk down memory lane to see how this build has evolved over time in the $3,000 Build Archive. And if you're looking for new gear to complete your setup, check out our Monitor Buyer's Guide, our Peripherals Buyer's Guide and our Speaker/Headset Buyer's Guide for all the latest and greatest accessories, although we list our top recommendations for the $3,000 Elite Build later in this guide.

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The $3,000 Elite RGB Gaming PC - June 2019

    CPU:

    Intel Core i9-9900K

    The Core i9-9900K is the best overall CPU on the market. With eight "Coffee Lake" cores plus Hyperthreading, it will push any game to the max with ease, and can cut through video editing tasks or live streaming without breaking a sweat. That's especially true once you overclock it to 5GHz and beyond! 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This CPU has been selling out on a regular basis, and when it's out of stock for more than a few days at Amazon, we will switch our product links to B&H Photo Video.

    Motherboard:

    Asus ROG Z390-E Gaming (Wi-Fi)

    This great-looking Z390 board is packed with high-end features. This includes the fantastic ALC1220 sound codec, dual M.2 PCIe x4 slots, and eight rear-mounted USB ports, including a Type-C port. This model also includes dual-stream 802.11ac networking - in fact Asus makes the best onboard wireless in the business.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Most importantly for an RGB build, Asus Aura is the best and most compatible RGB system on the planet (seriously, MSI and Gigabyte both have serious drawbacks in this regard). This board actually has two RGB headers plus an addressable RGB header, which is what you'll be using in this build to achieve the coolest lighting effects!

    Video Card:

    Asus ROG GeForce RTX 2080 Ti A11G

    Offering performance that blows away every other GPU on the planet, the 2080 Ti is the true king-of-the-hill. And in addition to the best RGB lighting system, Asus offers a legendary triple-fan cooler and a huge factory overclock on this model, making it among the best of the best.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model will sync with the Asus Aura lighting system on the motherboard listed above, providing total control of your RGB lighting!

    Memory:

    Corsair 4x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200 White

    We go big with 32GB, which will be more than enough for any usage scenario imaginable. And at 3200MHz, this kit provides incredible speed in addition to its capacity. Of course, it also looks the part, with sweet RGB lighting that can sync with the motherboard we recommend for this build!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Going with four modules provides an awesome light show - no empty slots begging to be filled!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB PCIe M.2

    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge 96-layer 3D TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe interface, this SSD is the fastest 1TB drive ever sold for under $300. In fact, it can keep up with its big, more expensive brother, the 970 Pro 1TB!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Samsung also provides an excellent software suite for its SSDs, namely the Data Migration Tool and SSD Magician, both available on its website.

    Case:

    Lian Li PC-O11DX 011 Dynamic White

    There's simply no better case to use as a high-performance RGB showcase than the glass-covered 011 Dynamic from Lian Li. With a layout designed by renowned overclocker Der8auer, it's truly unlike anything else on the market, and provides a stunning platform for an RGB system. It's available in both eye-catching white that we think looks amazing, as well as a more stealth black.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case comes with no fans, so make sure to add the fans below to provides tons of airflow (and lighting!).

    Fan:

    Thermaltake Pure 12 ARGB 5V Sync Fan 3 Pack

    This ARGB Kit is a drop-in cooling and lighting solution for the 011 Dynamic case, providing both awesome airflow and stellar looks, thanks to its smooth hydraulic bearings and cool ARGB lighting.

    The Guru's Tip:

    These fans should be mounted as intakes on the interior side panel.

    Power Supply:

    Seasonic Focus Plus Gold SSR-1000FX

    This power supply has more than enough power to support an overclocked Core i9-9900K paired with an RTX 2080 Ti card. In fact, they won't come close to pushing its limits, as this system will typically use around 550W. And that means this 1000W Gold-rated unit will operate right in its sweet spot, providing fanless operation under almost all loads along with incredible efficiency.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Seasonic backs this unit up with an incredible 10-year warranty.

    CPU Cooler:

    Thermaltake Water 3.0 360 ARGB

    For the high-powered Intel Core i9-9900K, we recommend you go for Thermaltake's new Water 3.0 360mm ARGB liquid cooler, which offers triple 120mm fans equipped with silent hydraulic bearings, along with awesome ARGB lighting that can be sync'd directly with the motherboard and case fans spec'd in this build.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We recommend mounting this to the roof of the chassis. While it can be mounted against the side panel, it's much better for cooling purposes to mount intake case fans there. And to maximize the cooler's performance, we suggest you replace its factory-applied thermal paste with Noctua's superior NT-H2.

    Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    Thanks to DirectX 12, which allows for dramatically more detailed graphics rendering, Windows 10 is the best gaming OS ever. And Microsoft makes it better all the time, thanks to major updates published every spring and fall.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is the USB 3.0 version of Windows, which loads in just 5 minutes!

Optional Components

    The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire Low Profile

    For the very fastest gameplay, the latest K70 RGB Rapidfire has no equal. Harnessing Cherry's brand-new low-profile MX Speed switches with an ultra-short 1mm throw, you can't possibly miss a keystroke with the board. And unlike every other mechanical keyboard on the market, this one is nearly silent!

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review here!

    The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed

    The best all-around gaming mouse on the market, the G703 from Logitech, offers a lag-free wireless gaming experience, a comfortable grip, and a suprisingly low price. Learn more about it in our full hands-on review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Make this mouse even better by adding the Powerplay wireless charging mat, which will ensure this mouse never needs to be plugged in!

    The 35-inch Widescreen Monitor:

    AOC Agon AG352UCG6

    Without a doubt, our top pick among monitors to pair with this elite system is the equally-elite ultra-wide model. It offers a huge 35" 3440x1440 panel, a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, and G-Sync capability to achieve the smoothest possible gaming experience.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Monitors using this model's 35" VA-type panel debuted at over $1,200, but the technology has dropped in price, making it an exceptional deal at this point.