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

By Ari Altman | Published January 31, 2024 | Updated January 31, 2024

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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, sweet RGB lighting, 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 2024, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build features AMD’s ground-breaking Ryzen 7 7800X3D, which is still the fastest 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 new Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB, which offers mind-blowing performance and easily beats every previous-gen GPU!

For storage, we go with a blazing-fast 2TB PCIe Gen 4 drive, along with a massive 64GB of DDR5-6000 RGB RAM. To make this system really stand out, we recommend the trend-setting 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 (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 Ultra-High-End Gaming PC

    ABS Tempest 14700F/RTX 4080 Super

    $2100
    Start gaming at maximum framerates today with this insane pre-built system from ABS. It features an Intel Core i7-14700F 20-core, 28-thread CPU, the impressive GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB video card, 32GB of DDR5-6000 RAM, and a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive. It’s equipped with an EK 360mm liquid cooler and an 850W Gold-rated power supply. Finally, it comes pre-loaded with Windows 11.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This exceptional system will go toe-to-toe with the DIY build we recommend below, so if you're not ready to build your own or just want a great PC at a great price, it's an easy pick!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D

    $369
    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

    ASUS ROG Strix B650E-F Gaming WiFi

    $254
    This B650E board from Asus allows you to tap into the potential of AMD’s cutting-edge AM5 platform at a great price. You get a potent 12+2 phase power solution, a PCIe Gen 5 video card slot (which is what the “E” in the chipset name signifies) plus three PCIe additional slots, three M.2 slots (one being Gen 5, two being Gen 4), and built-in WiFi 6E. On the back you have 12 USB ports, including two Type-C ports.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Asus has by far the best RGB control system of any motherboard manufacturer, and it can even be integrated with the Corsair cooler and fans we recommend, which is a unique partnership between these two leaders in PC performance and style!

  • Video Card

    Zotac GeForce RTX 4080 Super 16GB AMP Extreme

    $1100
    The RTX 4080 Super offers more cores and more memory bandwidth than the original RTX 4080, while coming in at a much lower price. And that means it gets even further ahead of the previous king-of-the-hill RTX 3090 Ti while using far less power. It also offers all the latest enhancements from Nvidia, including class-leading Ray Tracing performance and DLSS.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While the RTX 4080 Super offers similar rasterization performance as the AMD RX 7900 XTX, its Ray Tracing performance is much better, and that matters a lot in most new games.

  • Memory

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

    $210
    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 30-40-40-96 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 2TB

    $168
    For primary 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

    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!

  • Case

    Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Evo

    $200
    Lian Li put itself back on the enthusiast map after years of relative anonymity when it launched the immensely-stylish 011 Dynamic, which offered glass panels arranged to provide an unparalleled view of the interior of the system. The 011 Dynamic Evo is a further refinement of the design, with a larger interior volume plus classy integrated RGB effects on the front panel. And with radiator and fan mounts on the bottom, top, rear, and sides, it’s also an airflow champ!

    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

    $64
    Add a ton of airflow and style to your system with Corsair’s 3-pack of SP120 RGB Elite fans!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount these to the bottom of the case, blowing upwards towards the GPU.

  • Power Supply

    SilverStone DA850R

    $108
    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 will be in its sweetspot at load, as the system will pull right around 425W in intense gaming scenarios.

  • CPU Cooler

    Corsair iCUE H150i Elite LCD XT CPU Cooler

    $250
    Corsair’s H150i Elite LCD XT offers more performance and features than any other 360mm cooler. Its big radiator is equipped with triple AF120 RGB Elite fans, which offer tremendous static pressure, making them unbeatable on a radiator. But the best 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.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This cooler includes the adapter required for use with the AMD processor we recommend.

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home (USB) @Newegg

    $139
    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

    $196
    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

    $143
    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

    $160
    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

    Gigabyte M32U

    $650
    It took seemingly forever for the elusive 32″ 4K 144Hz panels that gamers had dreamed of for years to finally hit the market, and surprisingly Gigabyte was first out of the gate with one widely available at retail. Known for its high-end video cards and motherboards, Gigabyte has quickly made a name for itself in the gaming monitor market, and the M32U simply astounds with its features. Get a load of these specs: a 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 4K IPS panel, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms (GTG) response time, FreeSync, 10-bit color,  90% DCI-P3  and 123% sRGB color space, and VESA DisplayHDR 400. It even has a built-in KVM switch, allowing you to use it on multiple systems with the push of a button!

    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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