The Best $3,000 Corsair RGB Gaming PC Build – September 2021
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 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!
This Month’s Build, Featuring Corsair and AMD!
With high-end AMD Radeon GPUs now back in stock and shipping daily, it’s time to get building (and gaming) again! No more waiting for the cryptocurrency crisis to end! For September 2021, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build features AMD’s blazing-fast Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core, 16-thread CPU and a high-end Asus X570 motherboard. For the GPU, you can finally jump into gaming today with the ultra-fast Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB video card. This AMD combo will have you maxing out every game today!
For the rest of the gear, we go all in on Corsair’s iCUE system for amazing performance and the best, most advanced RGB lighting on the market. It all starts with the slick Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB, combined with Corsair’s premier 360mm Capellix RGB AIO liquid cooler, which makes this system stand out like no other build. For storage, we go with a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive along with 16GB of Corsair DDR4-3600 Vengeance RGB RAM. Finally, keeping this system powered up is an awesome Corsair RM850X Gold-rated power supply. See this build and post your 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 Prism II 5800X/RTX 3080 Ti Gaming PC$3250
EXTREME DEAL! Not ready to build your own PC? No problem! As of our latest update, this awesome system from Skytech is in stock, and will definitely sell out fast. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core, 16-thread CPU, a 360mm AIO liquid cooler, and comes packing serious heat with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GPU! Also on the build list is 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, and an 850W Gold-rated PSU!The Guru’s Tip
The GPU in this system on its own is worth at least half the cost of the system, which makes buying a pre-built a logical choice at this point!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X$394 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$329 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 –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB Red Devil$1418 The Guru’s Tip
Note that on any given day, different 6800 XT models are available, so we'll update as often as possible to help ensure you actually find them in stock!
Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600 C16$115 The Guru’s Tip
The lighting on this RAM can be easily controlled with Corsair's iCUE software.
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 980 1TB$130 The Guru’s Tip
This drive will provide amazing gaming performance without the high price of Gen 4 drives.
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! Speaking of that board, we made sure to spec one with a Type-C header, so you can use this case's top-mounted USB Type-C port. Details matter, and we've got you covered!
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 (2021)$150 The Guru’s Tip
This model is fully-compatible with the slick individually-sleeved cables listed in our optional products section below, which will give your system a truly custom look!
CPU Cooler –
Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Black$168 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this cooler includes its own RGB controller box, and you'll be mounting it next to the one pre-installed in the case.
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!
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.
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$90 The Guru’s Tip
This board will look great paired up with an RGB rig!
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE @Newegg$90 The Guru’s Tip
Integrate the mouse's lighting using the Corsair iCUE software!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$160 The Guru’s Tip
This is our daily driver and we love it!
The 34-inch Gaming Monitor –
MSI Optix MPG341CQR @Newegg$674 The Guru’s Tip
This model even has sweet RGB effects built in!
Total Cost: $3011
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 5800X ($394)
- Motherboard – ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ($329)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB Red Devil ($1418)
- Memory – Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600 C16 ($115)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 980 1TB ($130)
- Case – Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB ($205)
- Fan – Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB Elite ($25)
- Power Supply – Corsair RM850x (2021) ($150)
- CPU Cooler – Corsair iCUE H150i Elite Capellix Black ($168)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)
- Cable – Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit – White @Newegg ($92)
- The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile ($90)
- Mouse – Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE @Newegg ($90)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($160)
- The 34-inch Gaming Monitor – MSI Optix MPG341CQR @Newegg ($674)