The Best $3000 Elite RGB Gaming PC Build – May 2023
Game Hard and Look Good Doing It!
If you want a $3,000 Gaming PC Build that’s a true showcase, not just another black box, then this is the one for you! In addition to the best gaming components available, it sports a sleek and refined look, along with ultra-quiet components to keep it humming while you are pushing it to the max!
This Month’s Build, Featuring Intel and Nvidia!
For May 2023, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build features the fire-breathing Intel Core i7-13700KF CPU, a 16-core, 24-thread gaming monster. It’s paired with a seriously-fast GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB, which offers mind-blowing performance and easily beats every previous-gen GPU!
For storage, we go with the blazing-fast 2TB PCIe Gen 4 drive, along with 32GB of DDR5-7200 RGB RAM. To make this system really stand out, we recommend the classy Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo case, which offers both great looks and tremendous airflow. Keeping the system cool is Corsair’s highest-performing 360mm liquid cooler, and powering this system is an 850W Gold-rated power supply.
If you’re looking for new accessories to add to your $3,000 Gaming PC build, check out our Monitor Buyer’s Guide, our Peripherals Buyer’s Guide and our Speaker/Headset Buyer’s Guide for all the latest and greatest accessories, although we list our top recommendations for the $3,000 Gaming PC Build later in this guide.
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The Pre-Built Option
The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Eclipse 13700K/RTX 4080$3000Skytech is all about delivering incredible power and hand-crafted quality at every pricepoint, and the Eclipse is no different. You get a fantastic gaming chip, the Intel Core i7-13700K, a 16-core, 24-thread beast, along with the ultra-fast Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB video card. Also on this list are 32GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive, a massive 420mm AIO liquid cooler, a 1000W Gold-rated power supply, and Windows 11.
If you're not ready to build your own, this system comes at a great price, and it's nearly as fast as our DIY build below!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i7-13700KF$391 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU does not come with a cooler, and it needs a serious one, so make sure to pick up the huge liquid cooler we recommend later in this guide!
Asus Prime Z790-A WiFi 6E$270 The Guru’s Tip
We're going with a DDR5 motherboard here, so of course we recommend DDR5 RAM in this guide!
Video Card –
Asus GeForce RTX 4080 16GB TUF$1199 The Guru’s Tip
This GPU will look great in the all glass case we recommend!
G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 CL34$180 The Guru’s Tip
This ultra-fast kit will make the most of your Intel-based system!
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 990 Pro 2TB$190 The Guru’s Tip
While the speed of this Gen 4 drive may be overkill in a gaming system, we figure you'll want it in this level of build!
Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Evo$170 The Guru’s Tip
This case does not come with fans, so make sure to pick up the ones we recommend below.
ARGB Fan –
Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB Elite 3-Pack$72 The Guru’s Tip
Mount these to the bottom of the case, blowing upwards towards the GPU.
Power Supply –
Corsair RM850x (2021)$150 The Guru’s Tip
Further enhance the look of your system by going with the custom Corsair sleeved cables we list in the optional products section of this guide!
CPU Cooler –
Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT$220 The Guru’s Tip
This cooler includes the Socket 1700 adapter required for use with the Intel processor we recommend.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home (USB)$136 The Guru’s Tip
This is absolutely the OS you want on your system to take full advantage of the Intel 13th-Gen CPU!
Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit – Black$90 The Guru’s Tip
This kit is compatible with the Corsair PSU we recommend, and has all the cables you'll need for the system.
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Razer BlackWidow V3 Clicky$118 The Guru’s Tip
This board will look great paired up with an RGB rig!
The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed$75 The Guru’s Tip
This is by far the best mouse available in its price range!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset SE$170 The Guru’s Tip
This is our daily driver and we love it!
The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor –
Gigabyte M32U$680 The Guru’s Tip
There's no better way to show off brutal gaming horsepower than with a big 4K monitor!
Total Cost: $2981
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i7-13700KF ($391)
- Motherboard – Asus Prime Z790-A WiFi 6E ($270)
- Video Card – Asus GeForce RTX 4080 16GB TUF ($1199)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-7200 CL34 ($180)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 990 Pro 2TB ($190)
- Case – Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Evo ($170)
- ARGB Fan – Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB Elite 3-Pack ($72)
- Power Supply – Corsair RM850x (2021) ($150)
- CPU Cooler – Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix XT ($220)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home (USB) ($136)
- Cable – Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit – Black ($90)
- The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Razer BlackWidow V3 Clicky ($118)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed ($75)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset SE ($170)
- The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor – Gigabyte M32U ($680)