The Best $10,000 Supreme Dream Machine Gaming PC Build – June 2021

By Ari Altman | Published June 16, 2021 | Updated June 16, 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

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X

    $4000
    If only the best will do, what you need in your system is the Threadripper 3990X! Offering up an amazing 64 cores, 128 threads, and per-core performance that beats Intel’s best, there is no other option. Intel is years behind at this point when it comes to multi-core CPUs.
    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.

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte TRX40 AORUS Master

    $500
    This TRX40 board is a truly premium offering, with great looks, tons of features, and immense power-handling capability. It has Eight USB ports, including a Type-C port, triple PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, WiFi 6, Aquantia 5GbE LAN, and 16+3-phase power.
    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
    For the Supreme Dream Machine, there is no other choice for your GPU, but as of our latest update, it’s a GPU you can’t buy: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB. It sold out within minutes upon release on September 24, 2020, and likely will not be back on retail shelves until May at the earliest. But you can always dream, right? That’s what this build is all about!
    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.

  • Memory

    G.SKILL 4x32GB Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 CL16 @Newegg

    $790
    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 16 timings.
    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
    For primary storage, you don’t just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for the 980 Pro PCIe 4.0. It offers mind-blowing performance, up to 7,000MB/s, along with tremendous capacity, in a single package!
    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
    We know that if you’re building this system, you’re going to have a very large game collection, so store all those old Steam games and bulk media on this huge PCIe drive, in fact the very first 4TB M.2 drive on the market!
    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
    If you’re serious about audio production and playback, you’ll want add a dedicated sound card to your system. The AE-7 from Sound Blaster features an astounding 127db signal-to-noise ratio, an ESS SABRE-class 9018 DAC, along with an Audio Control Module (ACM) that incorporates a built-in microphone array and mic/headphone I/O connections, plus a control knob to adjust the headphone levels.
    The Guru’s Tip

    While the motherboard has built-in sound, the AE-7 will take your sound to the next level!

  • Case

    Thermaltake AH T600

    $300
    For the Supreme Dream Machine, you don’t just want a case, you want something that stands out! And the AH T600 is definitely the one, a case like none other, and the perfect way to show off the ultimate PC! And if you want to truly show off your video, pick up Thermaltake’s PCIe riser cable to mount your GPU vertically. Just note that you won’t be able to use other add-in cards (like the sound card listed above).
    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

    Dress up your system and add a whole lot of style with Arctic’s P12 A-RGB 3-pack, based on the legendary P12 design, which we’ve found to be among the best case fans on the market, and the very best case fan available with the ARGB treatment!

    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

    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

    Silverstone IceGem 360

    $173
    If you want to push your CPU to the limit, you absolutely need serious cooling capability, and that means nothing less than high-end liquid. This cooler is equipped with a huge 360mm radiator and three powerful but quiet 120mm fans, meaning it’s more than a match for even a beast of a CPU! It also has sweet looking RGB lighting that can be sync’d with your motherboard’s ARGB controls! While it includes thermal paste, we recommend you get the most out of this cooler by using Noctua’s NT-H2 Thermal Paste Kit!
    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
    W10 Pro for Workstations is designed for CPUs that go way beyond standard consumer-level capabilities. Standard versions of Windows 10 top out at 32 cores!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Remember, if you use standard Windows 10 on this system, you'll lose the use of half your cores!

Optional Products

  • The Typist's Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg

    $234
    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

    Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed

    $100
    Go for the best mouse in the business, period. Featuring a 20,000dpi sensor, Razer’s awesome HyperSpeed wireless system, and a perfect ergonomic design, this model can’t be beat! And in addition to its 100-hour battery life, it’s also incredibly light, at just 107g!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This mouse will run up to 100 hours on a charge!

  • 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 G9

    $1400
    Monitors have come a long, long way in the past year, and what Samsung is offering with its latest Odyssey is simply mind-blowing in terms of specs: a massive 49″ panel with a 240Hz refresh rate, a super-ultra-wide resolution of 5120 x 1440, full G-Sync capability, a massive 1000R curvature, and HDR1000 certification.
    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!