The Best $10,000 Supreme Dream Machine Gaming PC Build – August 2023
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.
For years we aimed to hit a $10,000 budget with this build, but now that Nvidia has officially killed off its dual-GPU SLI technology, it’s actually hard to hit the $10K target. That means the Supreme Dream Machine currently clocks in around $7,500, lucky you! And thanks to the shocking speed of the RTX 4090 GPU we recommend, you won’t miss SLI at all, but you’ll certainly appreciate the extra $1500 in GPUs it used to cost to get world-beating performance!
This Month’s Build, Featuring Intel’s and Nvidia’s Finest!
For August 2023, this system offers the very best components you can find anywhere. It starts with Intel’s Core i9-13900K 24-core, 32-thread CPU, the best all-around CPU on the planet. It can match AMD’s 7950X3D in gaming, while offering far better multi-threaded performance, and also provides a lot more overclocking support. The one downside is much high power consumption, but this system has a gargantuan power supply, so that’s not going to be an issue! The CPU is mounted on an ultra-premium Z790 motherboard and cooled by a massive 420mm AIO liquid cooler. In terms of the GPU, we suggest the only one that matters, the mighty GeForce RTX 4090 24GB, which offers simply shocking performance, beating the last-gen 3090 by 70%. And for this build, we recommend a liquid-cooled model to get the most boost and ensure all heat is exhausted out the rear, eliminating heat buildup inside the case.
In terms of storage, the Supreme Dream Machine goes all out, equipped with a cutting-edge 4TB Gen 5 drive from Crucial, the fastest M.2 drive you can buy. Of course, 4TB is not enough for a system of this caliber, so this is just the beginning. We also recommend dual 8TB PCIe Gen 4.0 drives, giving you a total of 20TB of insanely-fast capacity. For RAM, we go just as extreme, equipping this system with 128GB of DDR5-6400 CL32 RAM, offering the absolute maximum in terms of speed and capacity on the market today. Powering this system is the aforementioned massive power supply, a 1600W Titanium-rated model, and for the case, we go with the peerless Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO!
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 or Newegg throughout this guide, and 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 DIY Build
Intel Core i9-13900K$570The 13900K, based on the cutting-edge Raptor Lake architecture, takes everything to the next level. It packs in 8 Hyperthreaded performance cores that can boost up to 5.8GHz, along with an incredible 16 efficiency cores, for a total of 32 threads. It’s simultaneously the world’s fastest gaming processor, and an elite-level multi-tasking monster. Simply put, it’s what you want in a killer PC!
While AMD has a lot to offer gamers with its X3D series, we think Intel has the better all-around CPU, and let's face it - if all you are doing is gaming, you could get by with a system half this price and get the same framerates. Intel's CPUs are simply better when it comes to content creation, so we go with the Blue Team here.
MSI MEG Z790 Ace$581If you’re going to be running an ultra-high-end Intel CPU, you don’t want to mess around. Go for a board that can dish out the power, because that CPU is going to need it. The Z790 Ace from MSI follows in the footsteps of legends. It offers up 24+1+2 power phase design rated for 105 A, meaning it is a true premium solution. You also get dual PCIe x16 Gen 5 expansion slots, a PCIe x4 Gen 4 slot, an incredible 5 M.2 slots (one being Gen 5), along with 12 USB ports (1 being Type-C and two being full Thunderbolt 4 ports). Finally, it includes the cutting-edge ALC4082 audio codec plus ESS ES9280AQ DAC/headphone amp, dual 2.5Gbps Intel LAN ports, and WiFi 6E. Basically, this thing is stacked!
One thing we really like about MSI is its excellent support for ultra-high-speed RAM, which we of course equip on this system.
Video Card –
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X 24G$1750As if the RTX 4090 weren’t impressive enough, this model from MSI takes the 4090 to the max, thanks to the all-in-one liquid cooler, including a 240mm radiator. It will keep the 450W monster of a GPU under control and at maximum boost!
Mount this GPU's massive 240mm rad to the back of the even more massive case we recommend. It's the ultimate cooling setup!
G.Skill 2x32GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32$215For the ultimate in speed, you must go with DDR5 RAM, but not just any DDR5 RAM, because you need high-frequency DDR5 to blow past DDR4 RAM performance. And that’s what you get with G.Skill’s Trident Z5 kit running at DDR5-6400 with timings of 32-39-39-102 at 1.40V. This is the real deal when it comes to DDR5 performance!
While this kit would be enough for most applications, we suggest you pick up a second, listed below.
Second Kit of G.Skill 2x32GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32$215At this point, high-speed DDR5 kits max out at 64GB, but of course you’ll want more than that for this build, hence a second set!
With 128GB of RAM, you'll never run out of space!
Solid-State Drive –
Crucial T700 4TB PCIe Gen 5$500For primary storage, you don’t just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going with a PCIe Gen 5.0 solid-state drive. And while there were a few early Gen 5 drives based on a hybrid of new and old tech, the Crucial T700 is the real deal, ripping out 12,400MB/s in sequential read and 11,800MB/s in sequential write, making it about 67% faster than any Gen 4 drive. You’ll truly be on the cutting-edge with 4TB of ultra-extreme storage on board!
Make sure you install this in the top M.2 slot, which will enable Gen 5 speed.
Solid-State Drive –
Sabrent 8TB Rocket 4 Plus$1000Take your mass storage to the next level with this PCIe 4.0-based 8TB SSD, featuring transfer speeds of over 7,000MB/s! Sabrent is constantly out ahead of the competition in taking capacity to new heights, and after being the first manufacturer to release a 4TB PCIe Gen 4 drive, it’s not surprising to find that Sabrent is the among the only companies with an 8TB PCIe Gen 4 drive.
This drive was once the fastest on the planet, now it's just the fastest 8TB drive!
Solid-State Drive –
Second Sabrent 8TB Rocket 4 Plus$1000The motherboard has M.2 slots galore, so don’t worry about not having a place to install this drive!
Hmmm, 20TB of ultra-fast storage? That is supreme!
Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO$578It’s been a long time since a new super-tower case has come along that isn’t just bigger, it’s better. The HAF 700 is that case. Everything about this chassis is next-gen, from the gorgeous ARGB-lit glass grille that works with the case’s fans, rather than against them, to the integrated LCD screen in front for system monitoring, to the dual-chamber layout allowing unobstructed airflow from front to back and bottom to top, to the simply unparalleled radiator support: how does a 240mm rear mount, dual 360mm top mounts, and compatibility with 420mm and 480mm rads sound? Just take note: this case is beastly – at 54 pounds empty, and 121 liters in volume, you better be sure you have the ability to handle it!
This case comes equipped with dual 200mm fans in front, a 120mm fan in the rear, and a 120mm fan in the bottom. Since the GPU's 240mm radiator is going to go on the back and the CPU's 420mm radiator is going to go up top, mount both of the 120mm fans at the bottom.
Power Supply –
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 13 1600W$460This cutting-edge Titanium-rated power supply offers amazing efficiency (up to 94.4%) to go along with its gargantuan 1600W power output. And being a be quiet!, it’s packed with innovation, including full digital control 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. Finally, being ATX 3.0-spec, it includes a PCIe Gen 5 power cable, capable of delivering 600W of power..
The CPU and GPU in this system together will draw over 650W on their own at stock speeds, which means you'll make good use of this ultra-capacity PSU, but just as important is the quality - no PSU on the market is more reliable or more efficient!
CPU Cooler –
Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE LCD XT CPU Cooler$310There is no better AIO cooler on the market than Corsair’s massive H170i Elite LCD XT, featuring a 420mm radiator, triple AF140 RGB Elite fans, and a built-in LCD display, allowing you to monitor just about anything in your PC using the Corsair iCUE software. The H170i is definitely the cream of the crop!
Mount this cooler's rad to the top of the chassis for the best thermal setup.
Operating System –
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg$199Windows 10 one of Microsoft’s most successful and respected operating systems in history, and Windows 11 just builds on its strengths. The Pro version provides the best security, along with compatibility with the highest-end configurations!
Windows 11 is the only OS you want on a serious gaming system thanks to its cutting-edge gaming enhancements.
The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard$210 The Guru’s Tip
Use the iCUE software to configure the performance and lighting of this awesome board!
The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse –
Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed Wireless$144 The Guru’s Tip
Once you go wireless, you will never go back!
The Ultimate Gaming Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless$349 The Guru’s Tip
This isn't just a wireless headset, it's a full wireless audio system!
The Super-Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor –
Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 G95SC$2105 The Guru’s Tip
This is the biggest, fastest, and best monitor around!!!
Total Cost: $7378
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i9-13900K ($570)
- Motherboard – MSI MEG Z790 Ace ($581)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X 24G ($1750)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x32GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32 ($215)
- Memory – Second Kit of G.Skill 2x32GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32 ($215)
- Solid-State Drive – Crucial T700 4TB PCIe Gen 5 ($500)
- Solid-State Drive – Sabrent 8TB Rocket 4 Plus ($1000)
- Solid-State Drive – Second Sabrent 8TB Rocket 4 Plus ($1000)
- Case – Cooler Master HAF 700 EVO ($578)
- Power Supply – be quiet! Dark Power Pro 13 1600W ($460)
- CPU Cooler – Corsair iCUE H170i ELITE LCD XT CPU Cooler ($310)
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows 11 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg ($199)
- The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard – Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ($210)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed Wireless ($144)
- The Ultimate Gaming Headset – SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless ($349)
- The Super-Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor – Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 G95SC ($2105)