Best $3,000 Gaming PC Build

If you want a $3,000 Gaming PC Build that's a true showcase, not just another black box, then this is the one for you! In addition to the best gaming components available, it sports the latest in addressable RGB lighting and case design! We didn't just add "RGB" to the name of this build without making sure it delivered on the looks front. The case fans, 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, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build is the one we'd be buying with our own money, because it's drop-dead gorgeous and has performance to spare!

For March 2020, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build is better than ever, featuring some great tweaks based on our recent testing. It still starts with the trendsetting Lian-Li 011 Dynamic case, which simply has no equal if you're building an RGB-lit PC. But at its core, this is of course a deadly-serious gaming machine, and inside you'll find AMD's next-gen Zen 2 platform, which in this case means picking up the outrageously-powerful Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core, 24-thread CPU. It will have no trouble supporting our GPU of choice, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB, specifically a model with slick RGB lighting. Adding to the bling is a full complement of SilverStone ARGB Sync gear, including the Permafrost 360mm liquid ARGB cooler and three-pack of ARGB case fans. Also on board is a 1TB PCIe 4.0-based solid-state drive (the fastest on the planet!), 32GB of Corsair DDR4-3600 RGB-lit RAM (which gives the Zen 2 system a huge boost!), and an 850W Platinum-rated power supply. And remember, all the lighting in this system can be controlled via the motherboard's RGB software - that means the cooler, fans, video card, and RAM will all sync perfectly, providing an awesome RGB light show!

Need help building your PC? Check out our 2020 Ryzen PC Assembly Video, which will give you tons of tips and tricks! You can also take a walk down memory lane to see how this build has evolved over time in the $3,000 Gaming PC Build Archive. And if you're looking for new accessories to add to your $3,000 Gaming PC build, 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 Gaming PC Build later in this guide.

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The $3,000 Elite RGB Gaming PC - March 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

    SALE PRICE! AMD is destined to be king of high-end PCs for 2020, and there's no better CPU for the $3,000 Gaming PC Build than the Ryzen 9 3900X. Offering up 12 cores and 24 threads, it will have the processing power you need to chew through games for years to come. Plus it brings with it the X570 platform, which is far more advanced than anything Intel can offer.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that while this CPU comes with a cooler, we recommend a much more powerful liquid cooler later in this guide.

  • Motherboard:

    ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

    This great-looking X570 board is packed with high-end features. This includes dual M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots (allowing you to use next-gen PCIe 4.0 drives, which we spec below!), eight rear-mounted USB ports (including a Type-C port), and ultra-fast 802.11ax (WiFi 6) wireless networking.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Most importantly for an RGB build, this board features a great RGB controller that will allow you to sync up the lighting on every component in this build!

  • Video Card:

    Asus ROG GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11G

    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 sweet RGB lighting, this model offers a tremendous triple-fan cooler, making it among the best of the best.

    The Guru's Tip:

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

  • Memory:

    Corsair 4x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600 White

    We go big with 32GB, which will be more than enough for any usage scenario imaginable. And at 3600MHz, this kit provides incredible speed in addition to its capacity, maxing out the speed of Zen 2's "Infinity Fabric", which you can learn more about in our RAM Speed Shootout. 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, and this white kit looks awesome, as we showcased in our recent Ryzen White PC Build!

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent 1TB Rocket PCIe 4.0

    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge 64-layer 3D TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and of course the latest PCIe 4.0 interface, this SSD is the fastest drive available at any pricepoint!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Remember, you can only take advantage of PCIe 4.0 speeds on the AMD X570 platform, which is what this build uses!

  • 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-enclosed 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.

    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:

    SilverStone 3-Pack of Air Blazer 120mm ARGB Fans

    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 hydro bearings and cool ARGB lighting.

    The Guru's Tip:

    These fans should be mounted as intakes on the interior side panel. And remember, you can easily sync them and the other ARGB components in the $3,000 Gaming PC Build with the motherboard we recommend.

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone PS-ST85F-PT

    This power supply has more than enough power to support an overclocked twelve-core CPU 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 500W. And that means this 850W Platinum-rated unit will operate right in its sweet spot, providing fanless operation at idle and ultra-quiet operation at load, along with amazing efficiency.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Being just 140mm long, this is the most compact 850W ATX unit on the market, giving you a lot more space to stash cables in your case!

  • CPU Cooler:

    SilverStone PF360-ARGB

    For the high-powered $3,000 Gaming PC Build sporting a 12-core CPU, we recommend you go for SilverStone's huge 360mm ARGB liquid cooler, which offers triple 120mm fans equipped with silent bearings, along with awesome ARGB lighting that can be sync'd directly with the motherboard 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:

    Windows 10 on USB has sold out at Amazon, which is likely because Microsoft is preparing its spring update release, but luckily it appears to be restocking soon. You can also get it via download from the same product page if you don't want to wait. All you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the download onto.

Optional Components

  • The Ultimate Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)

    For the very fastest and best-looking keyboard on the market, the Logitech G915 has no equal. Harnessing new low-profile switches with an ultra-short throw, you can't possibly miss a keystroke with this board. And unlike every other mechanical keyboard on the market, this one is wireless!

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review here!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G502 Lightspeed

    Want the best gaming mouse on the planet? This is it! The G502 Lightspeed offers a lag-free wireless gaming experience, an ergonomic grip, and the most advanced design of any mouse in history. 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 High-End Wireless Headset:

    Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

    Get fully immersed in your games with Corsair's amazing Virtuoso wireless headset, which premium metal constructions for years of use, along with the freedom only a wireless design can offer. It also has very cool RGB effects!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about this audio powerhouse in our full review!

  • The Super-Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor:

    AOC Agon AG493UCX 49" 5120 x 1440

    Without a doubt, our top pick among monitors to pair with this elite system is this equally-elite super-ultra-wide model. It offers a huge 49" 5120x1440 panel (that's the equivalent of dual 2560x1440 monitors!), a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, and FreeSync compatibility to achieve the smoothest possible gaming experience (which works with Nvidia G-Sync as well!).

    The Guru's Tip:

    This monitor is only available in the US and Canada as of our latest update.