The Best $3,000 Elite RGB 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: try to grab one of the few pre-built PCs still for sale, or build up a PC using an older GPU that you have on hand. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options to you in this guide.
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 the latest in addressable RGB lighting and case design! We didn’t just add “RGB” to the name of this build without making sure it delivered on the looks front. The case fans, cooler, RAM, and motherboard can all be color-coordinated to make your build more than just blingy – it will be a work of art! Seriously, of the two dozen builds we profile on this site, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build is the one we’d be buying with our own money, because it looks awesome and has performance to spare!
For June 2021, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build features the trend-setting Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB case plus Corsair’s premier 360mm RGB AIO liquid cooler, which makes this system stand out like no other build. But of course it’s also a deadly-serious gaming machine. Inside you’ll find AMD’s blazing-fast Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core, 16-thread CPU and a high-end Asus X570 motherboard that will integrate with the Corsair iCUE RGB system. For the GPU, we recommend an RTX 3080 10GB GPU. For storage, we go with a 2TB PCIe solid-state drive along with 32GB of Corsair DDR4-3600 RGB-lit RAM. See this build and questions in our YouTube review of the 5000X case:
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 Siege 3.0 5800X/RX 6900XT$2850
Step into serious ultra-high-end gaming while everyone else waits months for components to come back in stock! This awesome pre-built from Skytech is packed with game-crushing gear, including the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core, 16-thread processor and the AMD Radeon RX 6900XT 16GB GPU, which matches the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB in performance but offers a lot more VRAM. Also onboard is a 360mm liquid CPU cooler, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe-based SSD, and a 750W Gold-rated power supply. The system is wrapped up in the stylish Thermaltake S300 chassis, which really brings this sweet system together!The Guru’s Tip
We have absolutely no idea why Skytech is offering this at such a low price, so grab it fast before everyone else catches on!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X$399 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU does not come with a cooler, and anything you'd get in the box couldn't handle it anyway, so make sure you pick up the massive liquid cooler we recommend later in this guide!
ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming$330 The Guru’s Tip
Most importantly for this build, this board has the best RGB controller and software in the industry, and it's fully compatible with Corsair gear too!
Video Card –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra @EVGA$890 The Guru’s Tip
The built-in video on Intel's CPUs never came in as handy as it does today, with all GPUs sold out worldwide!
Corsair 4x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600 C16 @Newegg$235 The Guru’s Tip
The lighting on this RAM can be easily controlled with Corsair's iCUE software.
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB$310 The Guru’s Tip
While you can use a PCIe Gen 4 drive in this system, it will pay very few dividends for gaming purposes.
Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB$205 The Guru’s Tip
Corsair's iCUE software, which is what this case is named for, allows extensive control over RGB gear, including Corsair coolers, fans, RAM and peripherals, and even Asus motherboards like the one we recommend!
Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB Elite$25 The Guru’s Tip
In this build, you'll be mounting this fan in the rear of the chassis, where it will complement the three SP Elite front fans and the fans on the Corsair 360mm CPU cooler.
Power Supply –
Corsair RM850x$131 The Guru’s Tip
This model is fully-compatible with the slick individually-sleeved cables listed below, which will give your system a truly custom look!
Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit – White @Newegg$92 The Guru’s Tip
The kit includes all the cables you'll need for this build and then some! Note that they sell out constantly and are completely optional, so you can always pick them up later on.
CPU Cooler –
Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix White @Newegg$200 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this cooler includes its own RGB controller box, while you'll mount alongside the case's RGB controller box.
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
This is the USB 3.0 version of Windows, which loads in just 5 minutes!
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$110 The Guru’s Tip
This board will look great paired up with an RGB rig!
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE$90 The Guru’s Tip
Integrate the mouse's lighting using the Corsair iCUE software!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$180 The Guru’s Tip
This is our daily driver and we love it!
The 34-inch Gaming Monitor –
MSI Optix MPG341CQR @Newegg$650 The Guru’s Tip
This model even has sweet RGB effects built in!
Total Cost: $2947
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 5800X ($399)
- Motherboard – ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ($330)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra @EVGA ($890)
- Memory – Corsair 4x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600 C16 @Newegg ($235)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB ($310)
- Case – Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB ($205)
- Fan – Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB Elite ($25)
- Power Supply – Corsair RM850x ($131)
- Cable – Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit – White @Newegg ($92)
- CPU Cooler – Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix White @Newegg ($200)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)