The Best $10,000 Supreme Dream Machine Gaming PC Build – January 2022

By Ari Altman | Published January 4, 2022 | Updated January 5, 2022

The “Cost is No Object” Gaming PC!

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, this one isn’t even remotely about performance per dollar. The one and only goal here is to show you the maximum performance you can get from a gaming PC using only the very best components available. While for years we’ve aimed to hit a $10,000 budget, since we’re no longer recommending dual GPUs (because support for SLI has died), the Supreme Dream Machine is now a relative bargain at around $8,000!

This Month’s Build, Featuring Intel and Nvidia’s Finest!

For January 2022, this system offers the very best components you can find anywhere. It starts with Intel’s Core i9-12900KF 16-core, 24-thread beast that’s simply awesome at everything. In terms of the GPU, we suggest the only one that matters, the mighty GeForce RTX 3090 24GB!

In terms of storage, the Supreme Dream Machine features dual 4TB PCIe Gen 4.0 7000MB/s-class SSDs for a total of 8TB 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 1500W Titanium-rated power supply, and for the case, we go with the ultra-pro Cooler Master C700M chassis. Finally, keeping this system cool is a massive 420mm AIO liquid cooler from Arctic.

Final Thoughts

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. We provide links to Amazon and Newegg throughout this guide, and all of our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in the UK, Canada, and parts of the EU, with regional substitutions made when necessary. To help support the continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide if you purchase products we recommend!

The Pre-Built Option

  • The Ultimate Gaming PC

    iBUYPOWER TraceMR 224i 11900KF/RTX 3090

    $3800

    ULTRA-HOT! This pre-built gaming PC from iBuyPower is simply packed with premium components, and it will get you gaming at maximum framerates today and for years to come! The spec list starts with an Intel Core i9-11900K 8-core, 16-thread processor cooled by a 240mm AIO liquid cooler. For the GPU, you get nothing but the best: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB. Also on board are 32GB of RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive plus a 2TB hard drive. The system even has Windows 11 pre-installed!

    The Guru’s Tip

    While not quite as spec'd out as our DIY build, this system is still incredible, and for games that don't support dual GPUs (i.e., most of them), it may in fact run faster!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    Intel Core i9-12900KF

    $590

    Intel reclaims the gaming lead with its 12th-Gen “Alder Lake” CPUs, and the 12900KF is the CPU to get for extreme performance when cost is no object. It handily beats the Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X in gaming, and with its 8 multi-threaded performance cores plus 8 efficiency cores, it’s also a beast for content creation or multi-tasking!

    The Guru’s Tip

    There is no better gaming CPU than the 12900KF, period!

  • Motherboard

    MSI Z690 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4

    $290

    This sweet Socket 1700 board is a perfect match for Intel’s latest CPUs. MSI’s Tomahawk line has always defined the sweet spot for performance boards, and this one is no different. It features a potent 16-phase VRM with 70A power stages, four PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots, a PCIe Gen 5 video card slot, eight USB ports (including a Type-C port), and integrated WiFi 6E plus 2.5Gbs LAN. Note that it conforms to the DDR4 RAM standard, allowing the use of less expensive memory while maintaining similar performance to DDR5-based systems.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While there are higher-end boards based on the DDR5 standard, it turns out Intel jumped the gun on that, because DDR5 modules likely won't be available in quantity until late-2022!

  • Video Card

    EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra 24GB

    $3117

    The absolutely mind-blowing RTX 3090 24GB is the fastest GPU in existence, and EVGA as always takes it up a notch with its FTW3 Ultra, which offers a big factory overclock and an absolutely awesome triple-fan cooler!

    The Guru’s Tip

    If you want the best, you'll have to pay for it... no, this doesn't come cheap!

  • Memory

    G.SKILL 4x32GB Trident Z DDR4-3600 CL18

    $620

    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.

    The Guru’s Tip

    With 4x32GB modules, you'll be maxing out the capacity of this system, but luckily, you'll never need more!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Corsair MP600 Pro XT 4TB

    $895

    Corsair leverages the most advanced controller and NAND flash in the business with its MP600 Pro XT to hit 7,100MB/sec sequential read and 6,800MB/sec sequential write speeds. All this and the drive offers a whopping 4TB of capacity, putting it in very rare company indeed! And by the way, the chunky heatsink isn’t just for show, it’s required because it would otherwise overheat when hitting those massive transfer speeds!

    The Guru’s Tip

    You'll need to remove one of the motherboard's heat shields to install this drive and its large heatsink.

  • Solid-State Drive

    Second Corsair MP600 Pro XT 4TB

    $895

    There’s no better choice than to double up on the best!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The motherboard has built-in heatsinks for the M.2 slots, but we recommend using the one pre-installed on this drive for best performance.

  • Case

    Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

    $524

    The C700M from Cooler Maser is as premium as it gets, with sand-blasted aluminum panels and handles, dual curved glass side panels, and slick integrated ARGB lighting. It includes four 140mm case fans and has room for huge CPU coolers! It also has a huge array of ports on the front, including 4 x USB 3.0 plus USB Type-C. Just note that because most modern motherboards have dropped support for four USB 3.0 ports, you’ll need to pick up this USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter to use them all!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This case will allow you a huge number of options in terms of expansion, even once you've installed the Supreme Dream Machine in it!

  • Power Supply

    be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W

    $449

    This cutting-edge Titanium-rated power supply offers amazing efficiency (up to 94.9%) to go along with its gargantuan 1500W power output. And being a be quiet!, it’s packed with innovation, including full digital control (PFC, LLC, SR/12V) and full bridge topology. It even uses a patented frameless Silent Wings fan with an air-channeling funnel for virtually inaudible operation at low loads. Another cool feature is an overclocking key that switches between six 12V rails and one massive 12V rail.

    The Guru’s Tip

    be quiet! even decks this model out in a premium exterior, making it the best-looking PSU on the market!

  • CPU Cooler

    Arctic Liquid Freezer II 420 A-RGB

    $155

    To run an ultra-high-wattage CPU, you need extreme cooling, and we suggest you go straight for this awesome 420mm liquid cooler, the best all-in-one cooler on the market! Utilizing a 420mm x 140mm x 38mm radiator, plus triple 140mm fans, it has massive cooling ability, along with awesome ARGB lighting on the fans!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This kit should include the Socket 1700 adapter you'll need to mount the cooler on the new 12th-Gen processor, but if it doesn't, just contact Arctic and they'll send one for free. By the way, you'll be mounting this to the top of the chassis

  • Operating System

    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg

    $200
    Windows 10 was a big step up from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft continues to support Windows 10 users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every six months. And the USB version installs in under 5 minutes, meaning you can get right into using your system!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 has been released, but the only way to get it is to install Win10 first and then download the free update. We recommend you do that before installing all your games and apps so you can do a clean install of the OS.

Optional Products

  • The Typist's Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)

    $221
    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

    We've used this keyboard since it's release, and we wouldn't give it up for anything!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

    $139

    Logitech designed the G502 Lightspeed Wireless to be the ultimate technological tour de force in the gaming mouse industry. Featuring a mesmerizing 25K Hero sensor, tunable weights, RGB lighting, and the best wireless connectivity, it is impossible to beat. And you can even upgrade it to ultra-elite status with the optional PowerPlay charging mat, which allows you to use it forever without stopping to charge thanks to the exclusive wireless charging capability!

    The Guru’s Tip

    We've used this mouse since launch and absolutely love it!

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset

    $180
    Combining ultra-high-end performance with incredible comfort, this wireless headset from Corsair is the ideal all-day companion for listening to the latest market news. This headset also has an audiophile-grade microphone, perfect for teleconferencing.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Among the many headsets we have in our stable, this is the only one that we'd choose for long-term daily use. It just feels so good!

  • The Ultimate Gaming Monitor

    Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

    $2300
    Samsung has changed the gaming monitor market… again! As if the original G9 wasn’t enough, now Samsung has gone and added a mini-LED backlight with over 2000 dimming zones, allowing for insane HDR 2000 performance. And like the previous G9, it still sports a massive 49″ panel with a 240Hz refresh rate, a super-ultra-wide resolution of 5120 x 1440, full G-Sync capability, and a massive 1000R curvature. For gaming, there is nothing else!
    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!

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