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

By Ari Altman | Published August 13, 2021 | Updated August 13, 2021

Phanteks 719The “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. We typically aim to hit a $10,000 budget, but if you have to ask exactly how much it is, well, this probably isn’t the build for you!

This Month’s Build, Featuring A Whole Lot of AMD!

For August 2021, this system offers the very best gaming components you can find anywhere. It starts with AMD’s Ryzen 5950X, a 16-core, 32-thread beast that’s simply awesome at everything. In terms of the GPU, we suggest not one, but two liquid-cooled Radeon RX 6900 “XTX” models with boost clocks beyond 2500MHz!

In terms of storage, the Supreme Dream Machine features a 2TB PCIe Gen 4.0 drive plus a second 4TB PCIe Gen 4.0 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 the ultra-pro Phanteks Enthoo 719. 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 Workstation PC

    Empowered PC Sentinel Workstation PC 5950X/RTX 3090

    $5000

    This pre-built professional PC is packed with premium components that will get you working (or gaming) at warp speed! These include an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core, 32-thread processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB video card, and 64GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. In terms of storage, you’ll get a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive plus a 3TB hard drive for file storage. The system is anchored by an 850W Gold-rated power supply, and is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro x64.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While not quite as spec'd out as our DIY build, this system is still incredible!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

    $750

    AMD unleashed a beast with the 5950X, the ultimate CPU. Offering up 16 cores and 32 threads of Zen 3 goodness, it’s packing in extreme processing power that puts anything and everything that’s come before it to shame!

    The Guru’s Tip

    While you can get Threadripper CPUs with far higher core counts, they'll never outperform the 5950X in games!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte X570 AORUS Xtreme

    $702

    This X570 board is a truly premium offering, with great looks, tons of features, and immense power-handling capability. Packing a 16-Phase Infineon digital VRM solution, triple NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots with thermal guards, Intel Wi-Fi 6 plus Bluetooth 5, Aquantia 10GbE LAN plus Intel Gigabit LAN, and in terms of audio, Realtek ALC1220-VB, an ESS SABRE 9218 DAC.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This board is best of breed, the very highest-end among high-end X570 models.

  • Video Card

    ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB @Newegg

    $2550

    Long name, but this one’s earned it! Step into gaming today with a video card that puts Nvidia non-existent GPUs to shame, the super-secret 6900 “XTX” edition from Asus. Fitted with a 240mm AIO liquid cooler, and sporting boost clocks of 2525MHz thanks to the black magic “XTX” tuning. Sure, the price is above the original MSRP, but everything’s been reset by the cryptocurrency mining craze, and this is a card that would make an RTX 3090 tremble!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this GPU's radiator to the top of the chassis.

  • Video Card

    Second ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB @Newegg

    $2550

    Yes, we’re recommending you pick up a second RX 6900 XT, because while most games no longer support running dual GPUs in Crossfire, benchmark junkies will definitely want two cards installed to shoot for world records!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this GPU's radiator to the case's side panel.

  • Memory

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

    $700
    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

    There are higher-frequency kits out there, but above 3600MHz, you run into potential compatibility issues with the motherboard, especially at these high densities. For example, there is a 4000MHz version of this kit, but it's unlikely to boot on an AMD system without running the FCLK at 1/2 speed, which will slow the system down considerably.

  • Solid-State Drive

    Samsung 980 Pro 2TB

    $360
    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 4 Plus PCIe 4.0

    $900

    Take your I/O to the next level with this bleeding-edge 2nd-Gen PCIe 4.0-based 4TB SSD, featuring transfer speeds of over 7,000MB/s! It’s the biggest, fastest M.2 SSD 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. And this PCIe Gen 4 drive is orders of magnitudes faster!

  • Sound Card

    Creative Sound Blaster AE-7

    $180
    If you’re serious about audio, you’ll want to 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

    Phanteks Enthoo 719

    $210

    The Enthoo 719 from Phanteks exudes class, with sand-blasted aluminum panels, a hinged glass panel, and slick integrated ARGB lighting on the front panel and inside the case. Plus it has space for as many radiators as you could ever want: dual 480s plus dual 360s!

    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!

  • ARGB Fan

    NoiseBlocker eLoop X B14-P ARGB

    $35

    Add some serious airflow to your chassis, along with some ARGB bling, with the standard-setting eLoop 140 from Noiseblocker. It provides unbeaten case fan performance thanks to its intense and highly-directional airflow.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this in the back of the chassis to provide amazing exhaust power for your system!

  • Power Supply

    be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W @Newegg

    $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

    Arctic Liquid Freezer II 420

    $153

    To run a high-wattage CPU like the one in this system, 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!

    The Guru’s Tip

    We recommend you mount this cooler to the front 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 is coming soon, and it will be a free upgrade from this OS!

Optional Products

  • The Typist's Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg

    $250
    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

    $124

    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

    $160
    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

    $2500
    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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