The Best $10,000 Supreme Dream Machine Gaming PC Build – June 2021
Critical Update: if you actually want to start gaming on a new PC any time before Fall 2021, you have two options: go for one of the very few pre-built PCs still on the market, or build up a system using an older video card that you have on hand. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options in this guide. Based on current estimates, we believe that GPUs will not be available at retail prices until September 2021 at the earliest.
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, and we just round the price to $10,000, because if you have to ask if it’s a few hundred dollars more or less, well, this probably isn’t the build for you!
For June 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 so awesome at everything, it 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 can’t buy one! We anticipate that 3090s won’t return to retail shelves until Fall 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 1500W Platinum-rated power supply, and for the case, we go with Thermaltake’s sweet AH T600 (given its looks, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the initials literally stand for “attack helicopter”!). Cooling this system’s CPU is a SilverStone 360mm AIO liquid cooler specially-designed for Threadripper, and cooling the case is a 3-pakc of ARGB fans, guaranteeing your system will be set to max out games for years to come and look good doing it! 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 Pre-Built Option
The Ultimate Gaming Workstation –
Adamant Custom 32-Core Workstation$10200
Given the scarcity of all the best ultra-high-end PC components, it’s amazing that Adamant Computers is able to offer this fully decked-out dream machine at a very reasonable price. And we do mean decked out! It includes an AMD Threadripper 3770X 32-core, 64-thread processor cooled by a 240mm Thermaltake liquid cooler, along with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB, the undisputed fastest GPU in the world. Also on the build list is the Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Pro motherboard, 128GB of RAM, a 2TB Intel NVMe solid-state drive, and a 5TB hard drive for deep storage. The system is built up in a Thermaltake Core V71 Tempered Glass chassis, powered by a Thermaltake 1000W Gold-rated power supply, and runs Windows 10 Pro.The Guru’s Tip
This is a great option not only if you're tired of waiting for great components to come back in stock, but also if you just don't want to risk building a system of this caliber on your own. Adamant, which is based on Cleveland, Ohio, backs this system with a full 3-year warranty and free lifetime tech support!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X$4000 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.
Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master$500 The Guru’s Tip
You need a TRX40 motherboard for this CPU. Older X399 models will not work. Although the socket is physically identical, electrically it's completely different.
Video Card –
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X$2300 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.
G.SKILL 4x32GB Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 CL16 @Newegg$790 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$430 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$800 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$210 The Guru’s Tip
While the motherboard has built-in sound, the AE-7 will take your sound to the next level!
Thermaltake AH T600$300 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.
ARGB Fan –
Arctic P12 PWM PST A-RGB (3 Pack)$43 The Guru’s Tip
Note that these can be daisy-chained together and then connected to one of the 3-pin ARGB headers on the motherboard.
Power Supply –
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W$450 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 –
Silverstone IceGem 360$173 The Guru’s Tip
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.
Operating System –
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations @Newegg$295 The Guru’s Tip
Remember, if you use standard Windows 10 on this system, you'll lose the use of half your cores!
The Typist's Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg$234 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 –
Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed$100 The Guru’s Tip
This mouse will run up to 100 hours on a charge!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$180 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 G9$1400 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!
Total Cost: $10000
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X ($4000)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master ($500)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X ($2300)
- Memory – G.SKILL 4x32GB Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 CL16 @Newegg ($790)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 980 Pro 2TB ($430)
- Solid-State Drive – Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe ($800)
- Sound Card – Creative Sound Blaster AE-7 ($210)
- Case – Thermaltake AH T600 ($300)
- ARGB Fan – Arctic P12 PWM PST A-RGB (3 Pack) ($43)
- Power Supply – be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W ($450)
- CPU Cooler – Silverstone IceGem 360 ($173)
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations @Newegg ($295)
- The Typist's Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg ($234)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed ($100)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($180)
- The Ultimate Gaming Monitor – Samsung Odyssey G9 ($1400)