Best $3,500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build

CRITICAL COVID-19 NOTICE: Given extended and ongoing product shortages, we're updating our guides daily to find you in-stock items. You may still need to backorder a few key components, including the video card and motherboard, but luckily, the ultra-high-end components used in this build are actually in better supply than mainstream gear!

If you're looking for the ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build, then this is the build for you! Sure, you could spend more, but in most games you won't see better performance than what this PC Build can provide. It's a showcase of the very best tech available in PC gaming today. And while the $3,500 Gaming PC Build isn't exactly a bargain, it's custom-tailored to deliver flat-out extreme gaming performance. We have plenty of other builds optimized for small office, content creation, or home theater use, but for gaming, this is absolutely the $3,500 Gaming PC Build is truly the ultimate build!

For July 2020, the Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build continues to feature the very best of AMD's next-gen Zen 2 platform. That means the Ryzen 9 3950X 16-core CPU, an X570 motherboard, and a blazing-fast PCIe 4.0 solid-state drive. Nothing that Intel has released recently changes AMD's dominance. The 3950X is backing up Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB GPU, the most powerful GPU on the market. Also ensuring a smooth gaming experience is 32GB of ultra-high-speed DDR4-3600 RAM, which gives a turbo boost to the AMD Zen 2 architecture by maximizing the Infinity Fabric speed. Completing the $3,500 Gaming PC Build is the gorgeous and high-performance Cooler Master H500M case, a powerful 360mm liquid cooler, and an awesome 1200W Platinum-rated power supply!

If you decide to build the $3,500 Gaming PC, feel free to check out our step-by-step Ryzen Gaming PC Assembly Guide. And to see previous Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Builds, flip to the $3,500 Gaming PC Build Archive. Note that we list a number of "Optional Components" at the end of this guide that highlight the accessories we think best match a system of this caliber, including our favorite keyboard, mouse, and monitor picks. To browse even more options, check out our Monitor Buyer's Guide, Peripherals Buyer's Guide and Speaker/Headset Buyer's Guide, which provide our picks for the best accesories at every pricepoint.

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The $3,500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build - July 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

    The time has come to say goodbye to Intel entirely - if you're building a $3,500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build, then the Ryzen 9 3950X is the ultimate processor you want! With 16 cores and 32 threads, it takes gaming processors to the next level, and brings with it the incredible AMD Zen 2 platform.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We simply can't recommend anyone spending this kind of money get saddled with one of Intel's obsolete platforms, with no potential for upgrades down the line. Sure, we know Comet Lake is just around the corner, but all Intel is coughing up is 10 cores at $500, and much higher power use than the 3950X.

  • Motherboard:

    Gigabyte X570 AORUS Ultra @Newegg

    This X570 board packs in everything you could possibly want in a high-end board. This includes triple PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots, 2.5Gbps LAN, 802.11ax (WiFi 6) networking, and 12 rear-mounted USB ports (including a Type-C port).

    The Guru's Tip:

    As with all X570 motherboards on the market, you'll be lucky if you can even backorder this model. Everything has been sold out for months due to the pandemic. 

  • Video Card:

    ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP MAXX

    The mighty RTX 2080 Ti is unrivaled when it comes to maximum framerates in every game, even at 4K. But nearly every 2080 Ti has been sold out for months at this point, so what's an enthusiast to do? Act fast, that's what! As of our latest update, this model was in stock, but it's going fast!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The best part of buying an EVGA card is the 90-day Step-Up Program, which allows you to trade in your card within 90 days if a new GPU hits the market, and that may just happen in September or October of this year, so pick up your EVGA 2080 Ti now, play on your 3080 Ti this fall!

  • Memory:

    Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 C16 White

    For the Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build, we go big time, with an ultra-high-end 32GB DDR4-3600 kit that provides a combination of capacity and speed that will never bog down your Ryzen 9 system.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can even sync it with the motherboard's RGB software.

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent 1TB Rocket PCIe 4.0

    Tap into all the bandwidth offered by the Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build's Zen 2 platform with this blazing-fast PCIe 4.0 drive. Offering both incredible capacity and amazing performance, it simply has no equal.

    The Guru's Tip:

    In this system, the SSD will be cooled by the motherboard's built-in M.2 heatsinks, so we recommend a drive without a heatsink.

  • Case:

    Cooler Master MasterCase H500M

    This awesome case offers tremendous performance and great gaming style in equal measure. With dual 200mm fans mounted up front, plus a 140mm fan in the rear, it provides a tremendous amount of airflow, while its sweet addressable RGB effects make it really pop. This case includes both glass and mesh front panels, to give you the option to maximize airflow or go for the sleekest look!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this case has a USB port arrangement that virtually no motherboard supports: 4x USB 3.0 Type-A plus 1x USB 3.2 Type-C. To gain access to all of the Type-A ports, you'll need to use this SilverStone USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter.

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone PS-ST1200-PTS Platinum

    A Ryzen 9 3950X paired with an overclocked RTX 2080 Ti will draw in excess of 600W at peak load. That means you need more than quantity, you want quality too. We recommend this awesome Platinum-rated 1200W unit, which offers exceptional efficiency and low noise levels in addition to its extreme capacity.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Honest truth here: 1000W is more than enough for this build, but with 1200W on tap, you can upgrade to your heart's content, including throwing a second video card in for SLI!

  • CPU Cooler:

    SilverStone PF360-ARGB

    To get the maximum possible overclock out of the hot-running Ryzen 9 3950X, you need extreme liquid cooling (seriously, don't even bother air cooling this CPU!). With triple 120mm fans and a 360mm radiator, this model is more than a match, providing exceptional cooling and ultra-low noise levels.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This cooler comes with thermal paste, but if you'd like to maximize the cooler's performance, we recommend you upgrade to Noctua NT-H2, which even includes alcohol cleaning wipes to safely remove pre-existing paste.

  • Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    Windows 10 is the best operating system ever, and it gets better all the time, thanks to the major feature updates that Microsoft provides every spring and fall.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Microsoft updates W10 every spring and fall with major new features and enhancements.

Optional Components

  • The Ultimate Wireless Keyboard:

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)

    Best. Keyboard. Ever. And the only wireless mechanical keyboard with full RGB lighting on the market. This thing is a dream come true, so sleek, so responsive. Honestly, it's in a class of its own.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Learn more about this awesome keyboard in our full hands-on review!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed Wireless

    If you want the very best gaming mouse available, this is it - the new Basilisk Ultimate. Offering responsiveness that beats every wired mouse on the market, this wireless model allows you to game without the tether, which makes it infinitely better!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This mouse includes a recharging dock with integrated RGB lighting!

  • The High-End Wireless Headset:

    Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

    For immersive audio without the cables, go with the awesome new Virtuoso from Corsair. Featuring virtual 7.1, it gets you into your game while looking and feeling great. It's a serious audiophile-level product, developed for gamers.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Another benefit of this headset is the pro-level mic you get with it. This is no "gamer" microphone!

  • The 35-inch Widescreen Monitor:

    Acer Predator Z35P

    Yes, we know that "4K gaming" is what everyone talks about, but what most high-end gamers actually play on is an ultra-wide. It provides a truly exceptional gaming experience! Sporting a resolution of 3440 x 1440, this curved ultra-wide also boasts a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and G-Sync technology, meaning you get an exceptionally smooth gaming experience.

    The Guru's Tip:

    In our opinion, this monitor is also the best looking ultra-wide on the market!