The Best $3,500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build – June 2021
Critical Update: if you actually want to start gaming on a new PC any time before Fall 2021, you have two options: go for one of the very few pre-built PCs still on the market, or build up a system using an older video card that you have on hand. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options in this guide. Based on current estimates, we believe that GPUs will not be available at retail prices until September 2021 at the earliest.
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. We have plenty of other builds optimized for small office, content creation, or home theater use, but for gaming, the $3,500 Gaming PC Build is truly the ultimate build!
For June 2021, the Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build starts with AMD’s awesome Ryzen 7 5800X eight-core, 16-thread CPU, which offers better gaming performance than any other CPU. It will be feeding data to the monstrous Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB, the fastest GPU ever released! Designed to excel at ultra-high resolutions, it has massive processing power and an astounding 24GB of VRAM to keep it running no matter what the latest games throw at it. Of course, the rest of the system is up to the task of keeping this system fed with data, thanks to 32GB of ultra-high-speed DDR4-3600 RAM, along with a blazing-fast 2TB PCIe solid-state drive. Completing the $3,500 Gaming PC Build is the high-performance Cooler Master H500M case, a powerful 360mm liquid cooler, and an awesome 1000W Platinum-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 Prism II 5800X/RTX 3090 Gaming PC$3999
EXTREME DEAL! Your only chance to game on a new PC at this point is to go with a pre-built system. But even most OEM systems are sold out and likely won’t return. Luckily, 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 5800 X 8-core, 16-thread CPU, a 360mm AIO liquid cooler, and comes packing serious heat with a GeForce RTX 3090 24GB! Also on the build list is an X570 motherboard, 32GB of DDR4-3600 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, and an 850W Gold-rated PSU!The Guru’s Tip
The GPU in this system is worth $3000 on its own on eBay, so is this system a steal? Well...heck yeah!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X$399 The Guru’s Tip
This hot-rod CPU does not come with a cooler, and we recommend the perfect liquid cooler to keep it cool later in this guide.
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite WIFI$210 The Guru’s Tip
This board even has dual USB 3.0 headers plus a Type-C header, allowing you to use all the front ports on this build's cutting-edge case. It's one of just a handful of motherboards on the market that support this advanced setup.
Video Card –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 XC3 Gaming 24GB$1640 The Guru’s Tip
Of course you can't buy this card right now, unless you pay nearly double the MSRP to a scalper, so in the meantime, you'll need to use an older GPU you have on hand.... or buy the pre-built we recommended earlier in this guide!
Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Black$210 The Guru’s Tip
You can even sync this kit's lighting with the motherboard's RGB software.
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB$310 The Guru’s Tip
While this system is compatible with PCIe Gen 4 drives, we think you're much better off going with a larger Gen 3 drive, as Gen 4 does little for gaming performance, but more space does a lot... given that many new games can use 200GB of space!
Cooler Master MasterCase H500M$260 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this case has a USB port arrangement that virtually no motherboard supports: 4x USB 3.0 Type-A plus 1x USB 3.2 Type-C, but this build uses just such a motherboard!
Power Supply –
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1000W$219 The Guru’s Tip
High-capacity PSUs were sold out worldwide for months due to the cryptocurrency mining craze, but high-quality units like this one are finally reappearing in stock online.
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360$123 The Guru’s Tip
This is the best 360mm liquid cooler on the market, which we know because we've tested nearly all of them!
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
As of our latest update, W10 on USB is back in stock, but if it's sold out, go for the downloadable version. You just need an 8GB or larger USB 3.0 drive to install it.
The Ultimate Gaming Monitor –
Samsung Odyssey G9$1400 The Guru’s Tip
Consider that not long ago, the best 4K monitor cost more than this and only measured 27"!
The Typist's Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg$234 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 Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed$100 The Guru’s Tip
This mouse includes a recharging dock with integrated RGB lighting!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$180 The Guru’s Tip
Another feature we really like is the ultra-high quality mic. You'll be heard loud and clear on this headset, as it's a completely different league than any other headset on the market.
Total Cost: $3501
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 5800X ($399)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite WIFI ($210)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 XC3 Gaming 24GB ($1640)
- Memory – Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Black ($210)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB ($310)
- Case – Cooler Master MasterCase H500M ($260)
- Power Supply – be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1000W ($219)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ($123)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)
- The Ultimate Gaming Monitor – Samsung Odyssey G9 ($1400)
- The Typist's Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg ($234)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Razer Basilisk Ultimate HyperSpeed ($100)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($180)