The Best $3000 Elite RGB Gaming PC Build – July 2024

By Ari Altman | Published July 2, 2024 | Updated July 2, 2024

H6 FlowGame 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, we’ve pushed the limit on aesthetics with this build more than any other – it sports white components, tasteful RGB lighting, and a glass-paneled white case to put your gear front and center!

This Month’s Build, Featuring AMD and Nvidia!

For July 2024, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build uses AMD’s dominating Ryzen 7 7800X3D, which is still the best gaming processor on the market even after the release of Intel’s latest 14th-Gen Core processors. The 7800X3D is paired with a seriously-fast GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB, which equals AMD’s Radeon RX 7900 XTX in legacy games and blows it away in Ray Tracing titles.

For storage, we go with a blazing-fast 4TB PCIe Gen 4 drive, along with a massive 64GB of DDR5-6000 RGB RAM. To make this system really stand out, this case uses the stylish NZXT H6 Flow case, which provides an unmatched view into the interior. Keeping the CPU cool is Corsair’s highest-performing 360mm liquid cooler (with integrated LCD screen!), and powering this system is an ultra-modern 850W ATX 3.0 power supply.

Parting Thoughts

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 Extreme Gaming PC

    Skytech Legacy 7800X3D/RTX 4080

    Grab this Skytech gaming PC at an insane price with all the bells and whistles! Equipped with a blazing-fast AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 8-core, 16-thread processor and a GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB, it’s ready to rock every game you toss at it, and priced hundreds of dollars below similar pre-built systems. Also on the component list is 32GB of DDR5 RAM, a 2TB solid-state drive, and a 1000W Gold-rated power supply!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This system will offer performance right on par with the system we spec out, and is ready on day one to game!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D

    AMD has done it again with its 3D cache technology, turning an average CPU, the 7700X, into the 7800X3D, the best gaming CPU ever released! This CPU can take on any CPU, regardless of price, when it comes to gaming, thanks to its advanced stacked cache design. It also has a leg up on Intel by offering the latest connectivity standards thanks to the AM5 platform.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU does not come with a cooler, so make sure to pick up the capable liquid cooler we recommend later in this guide!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte B650E AORUS Elite X AX ICE

    This B650E board from Gigabyte allows you to tap into the potential of AMD’s cutting-edge AM5 platform at a great price. You get a potent 12+2+2 Phase power solution, a PCIe Gen 5 video card slot, three M.2 slots (one being Gen 5, the others Gen 4), 12 USB ports, plus built-in WiFi 6E.

    The Guru’s Tip

    We're going with a unique white board that really pops!

  • Video Card

    Zotac GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB White

    The RTX 4080 Super builds upon the dominance of the RTX 4080, adding more cores and more memory bandwidth while staying in the same power envelope. That allows it to offer the most performance per Watt of any GPU ever made.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This GPU will look great in the all-white build we've spec'd out!

  • Memory

    G.Skill 2x32GB Trident Z5 Neo RGB DDR5-6000 CL30 EXPO White

    To get the most out of AMD’s latest CPUs, you want fast RAM, and DDR5-6000 is the sweetspot not only in terms of price, but in terms of making the most of the AM5 platform. It allows for the highest overall performance thanks to running in 1:1 sync with the memory controller. And this 64GB Trident Z5 Neo kit from G.Skill is specially designed for AM5, thanks to the extraordinary 30-36-36-96 AMD EXPO timings. It offers tremendous capacity and speed in a single package!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This ultra-fast kit will make the most of your AMD-based system!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Samsung 990 Pro 4TB

    For serious storage, you don’t just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for the 990 Pro PCIe 4.0. It offers mind-blowing performance, up to 7,450MB/s read and 6,900MB/s, plus blistering random speeds that no other drive can touch. The 990 Pro will go down in history as the drive that truly maxed out the PCIe Gen 4 bus.

    The Guru’s Tip

    You don't need a drive this fast for gaming, but you won't regret having this much fast storage for your game collection!

  • Case

    NZXT H6 Flow RGB

    The H6 Flow RGB offers great style and performance at a great price. It uses an innovative “fishbowl” design that provides a perfect view of your components, while angling the trio of RGB-lit front fans to provide tremendous airflow directly to the GPU, along with a cool light show. It also has a mesh top panel to make the most of liquid CPU cooling. It features a tempered glass side panel for excellent looks, and plenty of space for your components.

    The Guru’s Tip

    You'll see that we've chosen white components through this build to really make this system pop aesthetically!

  • Power Supply

    SilverStone DA850R White

    Offering up 850W of power and top-notch build quality, this PSU is a great value among high-end models. Thanks to its fully-modular cables and compact 150mm length, it’s very easy to install, allowing you to minimize cable clutter by leaving out cables you don’t need for this build. It’s also forward-looking, with both traditional video card power cables and a 12V-2×6 connector (an improved version of the 12VHPWR connector), allowing you to directly connect to any current or future GPU. The best part: thanks to its Gold-rated efficiency and zero-fan mode, the power supply will operate in silence most of the time!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This PSU even has white cables, which while mostly hidden in this system, will complete the look! The only one visible will be the GPU cable.

  • CPU Cooler

    Corsair iCUE Link H150i LCD CPU Cooler White

    Corsair’s iCUE Link H150i LCD offers more performance and features than any other 360mm cooler. Its big radiator is equipped with triple QX120 RGB fans, which offer tremendous static pressure, making them unbeatable on a radiator. But the standout part is that the pump has a built-in LCD display, allowing you to monitor just about anything in your PC using the Corsair iCUE software. Also adding to the aesthetic is that the fans use the iCUE Link system to eliminate fan cables, making for the sleekest installation possible!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This cooler should be mounted to the top of the chassis, blowing up and out.

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home (USB) @Newegg

    Windows 11 built on everything people loved about Windows 10, and then took it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too! Note that we’re linking to Newegg, because Amazon long ago stopped selling this physical USB version of Windows, which is the most convenient one to use.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is absolutely the OS you want on your system to take full advantage of a modern gaming system!

Optional Products

  • The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard

    Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    Corsair reestablishes itself as the king of gaming keyboards with the K100, which builds upon the strengths of the K70 and K95, but adds even more tech! In addition to incredible build quality and lots of configuration options, it features optical-mechanical switches for the smoothest, fastest response.

    The Guru’s Tip

    You can set up the RGB on this keyboard to integrate with the lighting in your system!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Logitech G502X Plus Lightspeed Wireless

    Logitech designed the G502X Lightspeed Wireless to be the ultimate technological tour de force in the gaming mouse industry. Featuring a mesmerizing 25K Hero sensor, hybrid optical-mechanical switches, RGB lighting, and the best wireless connectivity, it is impossible to beat. And you can even upgrade 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

    The lighting on this mouse can be controlled via Logitech's GHub software.

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless

    PRIME DAY DEAL – SAVE $25 TODAY! From humble beginnings as a mousemat manufacturer, SteelSeries has come to absolutely dominate the gaming headset industry. And that’s because it’s not rocket science, it’s audio science! SteelSeries took a careful look at what gamers needed and and then applied all the proven techniques to get them everything they wanted. That includes ultra-high-fidelity audio, 360-degree surround sound for immersive gaming, dual audio streams for simultaneous connection to a PC and a smartphone, multi-platform support, and amazing 38-hour battery life plus quick-charge over USB-C, providing a 6 hour boost in 15 minutes! It also has among the best microphones in business, providing clear audio for everyone you’re talking to!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The Arctis series truly has a lock on performance!

  • The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor

    LG 32GR93U

    LG makes the best LCD-based gaming monitors, bar none. Known for its high-end TVs, it didn’t take long for LG to dominate the gaming monitor market once it entered the field, and its Ultragear line is synonymous with quality. The 32GR93U may not have a catchy name, but it certainly has the goods! Get a load of these specs: a 32″ 3840 x 2160 4K IPS panel, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms (GTG) response time, FreeSync Premium, 10-bit color,  95% DCI-P3, and VESA DisplayHDR 400. While other products may seem similar on paper, LG’s Ultragear line is always a cut above!

    The Guru’s Tip

    There's no better way to show off brutal gaming horsepower than with a big 4K monitor!

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