The Best $3000 Corsair RGB Gaming PC Build – January 2022
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 Intel and AMD!
For January 2022, the $3,000 Gaming PC Build features Intel’s game-stomping Core i5-12600K 10-core, 16-thread CPU, cooled by a massive 360mm liquid cooler, and mounted on an Asus Z690 motherboard. For the GPU, you can finally jump into serious gaming today with the ultra-fast Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB video card. This combo will have you maxing out all your games!
To showcase this system, we go with Corsair’s iCUE 5000X RGB, which stands out like no other chassis on the market. For storage, we go with a 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive along with 32GB of Corsair DDR4-3600 Vengeance RGB RAM. Finally, keeping this system powered up is an awesome Corsair RM850X Gold-rated power supply. Feel free to post your build 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 –
MSI Aegis RS 11700K/RTX 3080 Ti @Newegg$3320
HOT DEAL! The RTX 3080 Ti has been unavailable at retail since it was launched in May, but luckily, MSI makes its own video cards, so of course it has some to spare! This system features an unlocked, liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-11700K 8-core, 16-thread processor, that aforementioned MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB video card, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB solid-state drive and a 2TB hard drive. In other words, it’s locked, loaded, and ready to rock the latest games!The Guru’s Tip
This system is just as fast as the DIY PC we spec out below, thanks to the RTX 3080 Ti GPU that sells for 3/4 the price of the whole PC!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i5-12600KF$271 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU does not come with a cooler, so make sure you pick up the massive liquid cooler we recommend later in this guide!
ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4$290 The Guru’s Tip
Most importantly for this build, this board has the best ARGB controller and software in the industry, and it's fully compatible with Corsair gear too!
Video Card –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6900 XT Red Devil$1500 The Guru’s Tip
Grab this while you can, because it will definitely sell out!
Corsair 4x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600 C16$210 The Guru’s Tip
We have specifically selected an Intel-based motherboard that supports DDR4 memory, as newer DDR5 offers far less performance per dollar.
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$98 The Guru’s Tip
Sure, you could spend more on a PCIe Gen 4 drive, but for gaming, it won't improve your system's performance.
Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB$195 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$128 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 –
MSI MAG Core Liquid 360R V2$145 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this kit includes a socket 1700 bracket.
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB @Newegg$140 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 has been released, but it's not available at retail. The way to get it is to buy Win10 and then apply the Win11 update to the system. We recommend doing so right from the start, prior to loading other apps, and making it a clean install of Win11. You definitely want Win11 when running an Intel 12th-Gen processor.
Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit – White$118 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$79 The Guru’s Tip
This board will look great paired up with an RGB rig!
Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro$80 The Guru’s Tip
Sync 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$700 The Guru’s Tip
This model even has sweet RGB effects built in!
Total Cost: $3001
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i5-12600KF ($271)
- Motherboard – ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 ($290)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6900 XT Red Devil ($1500)
- Memory – Corsair 4x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600 C16 ($210)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($98)
- Case – Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB ($195)
- Fan – Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB Elite ($25)
- Power Supply – Corsair RM850x ($128)
- CPU Cooler – MSI MAG Core Liquid 360R V2 ($145)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB @Newegg ($140)
- Cable – Corsair Individually Sleeved PSU Cables Pro Kit – White ($118)
- The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile ($79)
- Mouse – Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro ($80)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($180)
- The 34-inch Gaming Monitor – MSI Optix MPG341CQR @Newegg ($700)