The Best $3500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build – May 2023
Jump Into Ultra-High-End Gaming Today!
If you’re looking for the ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build, truly the best of the best, then this is the build for you! Sure, you could spend more, but in most games you won’t see better performance than what this PC Build can provide. It’s a showcase of the very best tech available in PC gaming today. And while the $3,500 Gaming PC Build isn’t exactly a bargain, it’s custom-tailored to deliver flat-out extreme gaming performance!
This Month’s Build, Powered by AMD and Nvidia!
For May 2023, the Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build offers the best gaming performance on the market, bar none! It’s anchored by AMD’s beyond-fast Ryzen 7 7800X3D, an 8-core gaming specialist enhanced with 3D V-cache. Simply put, it is the CPU of choice for dedicated gamers. And thanks to its very reasonable price, we can drop in the greatest GPU of all time in, Nvidia’s superb GeForce RTX 4090 24GB. It beats out every previous-gen card, and in fact is so much faster than anything else that it might as well come from the future!
Of course, the rest of the system is up to the task of keeping this system fed with data, thanks to 32GB of ultra-fast DDR5-6000 RAM, along with a blazing-fast 2TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive. Completing the $3,500 Gaming PC Build is the high airflow Cooler Master H500M chassis, a powerful 280mm liquid cooler, and an awesome 1000W Gold-rated power supply!
Note that we list a number of “Optional Components” at the end of this guide that highlight the accessories we think best match a system of this caliber, including our favorite keyboard, mouse, and monitor picks. To browse even more options, check out our Monitor Buyer’s Guide, Peripherals Buyer’s Guide and Speaker/ Headset Buyer’s Guide, which provide our picks for the best accessories at every pricepoint.
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The Pre-Built Option
The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Pro Eclipse 13900K/RTX 4090$3800Want mind-blowing performance without having to build your own PC? Then go for the incredible Pro Eclipse by Skytech. This system features an Intel Core i9-13900K 24-core, 32-thread processor cooled by a massive 420mm liquid cooler, a GeForce RTX 4090 24GB video card, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive, a Phanteks P500A case, and a massive 1200W power supply. In other words, it’s locked, loaded, and ready to rock the latest games!
This pre-built is almost too good a deal to pass up. It will perform very close to the build below, and of course comes ready to go out of the box!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D$449 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU is a gaming specialist, which is why we equip our $3500 Ultimate Gaming Build with it. There simply is no better choice if all you care about is maximum frames in games!
MSI X670E Tomahawk WiFi$310 The Guru’s Tip
We're going for an "E" board here, because its enhanced chipset provides the PCIe Gen 5 GPU slot for video cards that don't even exist yet, but that you'll be able to drive for years with the 7800X3D's speed!
Video Card –
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming X Trio 24G$1650 The Guru’s Tip
Finally in stock at a great price, it's time to step up to the best!
G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 Neo RGB DDR5-6000 CL30 EXPO$140 The Guru’s Tip
Remember, the AM5 platform requires DDR5 RAM, and this is the fastest kit it supports, which means you're leaving no performance on the table!
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 990 Pro 2TB$190 The Guru’s Tip
You don't really need a drive this fast for gaming, but it's always nice to know you won't be held back!
Cooler Master MasterCase H500M$253 The Guru’s Tip
This advanced case has a USB configuration beyond what most other cases provide: four USB 3.0 Type-A ports plus a Type-C port. The motherboard we recommend supports all of these!
Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W$180 The Guru’s Tip
Given the massive firepower of this system, we've given it an equally-massive PSU. The PC will draw about 600W at load, meaning you'll make good use of this unit's capacity!
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 ARGB$160 The Guru’s Tip
Mount this radiator to the top of the chassis as an exhaust.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home (USB)$136 The Guru’s Tip
This is absolutely the OS you want on your cutting-edge gaming rig!
The 34-inch Gaming Monitor –
Acer Predator X34 Sbmiiphzx$900 The Guru’s Tip
This monitor will allow you to truly take advantage of all the power your new PC can deliver!
The Typist's Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)$180 The Guru’s Tip
This is the keyboard we've used since it was released in late 2019, and we've never even considered using another!
The Ultralight Gaming Mouse –
Logitech G Pro X Superlight$145 The Guru’s Tip
While there are plenty of other ultralight mice out there, you want one that's backed by a company with legit engineering behind it. That's Logitech!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless$142 The Guru’s Tip
No headset can touch this in terms of value in the premium market!
Total Cost: $3461
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D ($449)
- Motherboard – MSI X670E Tomahawk WiFi ($310)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Gaming X Trio 24G ($1650)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 Neo RGB DDR5-6000 CL30 EXPO ($140)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 990 Pro 2TB ($190)
- Case – Cooler Master MasterCase H500M ($253)
- – Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W ($180)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 ARGB ($160)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home (USB) ($136)