The Best $3000 Ultra-Extreme Gaming PC Build – February 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 February 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 a 2TB PCIe Gen 4 drive, along with 32GB of DDR5-6400 RGB RAM. It’s built up in the classy Phanteks P600S case, which offers both silent and airflow modes and an ultra-premium feel. Keeping the system cool is a huge 360mm liquid cooler, and powering this system is an 850W Platinum-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 –
MSI Aegis RS 13700KF/RTX 4080$2980HOT DEAL! MSI has endowed this system with amazing performance, thanks to the liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-13700KF 16-core processor and the ultra-high-end Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB video card. That alone would be enough, but then MSI piles on the goodness with 32GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive and a 2TB hard drive. In other words, it’s locked, loaded, and ready to rock the latest games!
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 i7-13700K$418 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$310 The Guru’s Tip
We're going with a DDR5 motherboard here, so of course we recommend DDR5 RAM in this guide!
Video Card –
Zotac GeForce RTX 4080 16GB Trinity OC$1260 The Guru’s Tip
This sleek GPU is the perfect match for this build's streamlined looks!
G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32$190 The Guru’s Tip
We have specifically selected an Intel-based motherboard that supports this newer DDR5 standard.
Solid-State Drive –
WD_Black SN850X 2TB NVMe$180 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!
Phanteks Eclipse P600S Anthracite$190 The Guru’s Tip
This case is also offered in a new, eye-catching matte white finish, listed on the same product page.
Power Supply –
SilverStone PS-ST85F-PT$160 The Guru’s Tip
This power supply is a perfect match for the system, which will draw about 600W at load.
CPU Cooler –
DeepCool LT720 360mm$140 The Guru’s Tip
This cooler includes the socket 1700 adapter required for the 13th-Gen Intel CPU we recommend.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
This is absolutely the OS you want on your system to take full advantage of the Intel 13th-Gen CPU!
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire$148 The Guru’s Tip
This board will look great paired up with an RGB rig!
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE$70 The Guru’s Tip
Sync the mouse's lighting using the Corsair iCUE software!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$174 The Guru’s Tip
This is our daily driver and we love it!
The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor –
Gigabyte M32U$700 The Guru’s Tip
There's no better way to show off brutal gaming horsepower than with a big 4K monitor!
Total Cost: $2987
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i7-13700K ($418)
- Motherboard – Asus Prime Z790-A WiFi 6E ($310)
- Video Card – Zotac GeForce RTX 4080 16GB Trinity OC ($1260)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32 ($190)
- Solid-State Drive – WD_Black SN850X 2TB NVMe ($180)
- Case – Phanteks Eclipse P600S Anthracite ($190)
- Power Supply – SilverStone PS-ST85F-PT ($160)
- CPU Cooler – DeepCool LT720 360mm ($140)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)