The Best $3500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build – March 2024

By Ari Altman | Published March 2, 2024 | Updated March 2, 2024

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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 March 2024, 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’s the CPU of choice for dedicated gamers. And thanks to its very reasonable price, we can drop in the greatest GPU of all time, Nvidia’s shocking GeForce RTX 4090 24GB. It 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, including an incredible 64GB of ultra-fast DDR5-6000 RAM, and the best 2TB Gen 4 solid-state drive to store your entire gaming collection! Completing the $3,500 Build is the Shadow Base 800 FX case from be quiet!, a powerful 360mm liquid cooler, and a massive 1000W Gold-rated power supply!

Parting Thoughts

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 Azure 7800X3D/RTX 4090

    Want mind-blowing performance without having to build your own PC? Then go for the incredible Azure by Skytech. Equipped with both the fastest CPU and GPU on the planet, AMD’s Ryzen 7 7800 X3D 8-Core, 16-thread processor and the mighty Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 24GB GPU respectively, you simply can’t do better. This system also features 32GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive, a stylish glass-front case, and a 1000W power supply. In other words, it’s locked, loaded, and ready to rock the latest games!

    The Guru’s Tip

    In a world where the RTX 4090 is hyper-inflated at retail, it's shocking that Skytech is willing to sell you a whole RTX 4090 system for such a low price! If you want this level of performance, you should be buying pre-built right now!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D

    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 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!

  • Motherboard

    ASUS ROG Strix B650E-F Gaming WiFi

    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

    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

    Asus GeForce RTX 4090 TUF OC @Newegg

    Hail to the king! The absolutely mind-blowing RTX 4090 24GB goes beyond extreme, beating the RTX 3090 Ti by 60%, an insane gen-on-gen leap in performance. And this model from Asus offers amazing cooling thanks to the massive triple-slot, triple-fan cooler!

    The Guru’s Tip

    If you're waiting for prices to go down on the 4090, you're going to be waiting a while. At this point, you're honestly better off buying the pre-built machine we list earlier in this guide, which has a 4090 and and everything else you need for little more than the price of the GPU alone!

  • Memory

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

    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 kit is the perfect match for the $3500 build thanks to its high frequency and huge capacity!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Samsung 990 Pro 2TB

    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

    As much as you may be tempted to splurge on a Gen 5 drive, you get a lot more capacity per dollar with this stellar Gen 4 drive, and here's the honest truth - for gaming, you won't see a difference.

  • Case

    be quiet! Shadow Base 800 FX ARGB White

    The Shadow Base 800 FX is a thoroughly modern case, packing in the very best in design advancement to produce class-leading performance and silence. There’s no other case that can match it. Plus it has great customizable looks, thanks to the built in ARGB light strips plus the four Light Wings 140mm ARGB fans, which are also a key ingredient in this case’s chart-topping cooling!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Another thing you get with be quiet! that's hard to quantify is the craftsmanship - this is so much more than a mass-market product!

  • Power Supply

    SilverStone DA1000R

    A power supply is about so much more than just a wattage rating, and with SilverStone’s Decathlon DA1000R, you get it all. Of course it has an impressive 1000W of capacity, but it also offers Gold efficiency certification, a fully-modular design, all Japanese electrolytic capacitors, and an ultra-silent 135mm FDB fan with semi-fanless function. But perhaps most important, and what really sets this unit apart, is the Gen5 12VHPWR PCIe connector, meeting the Intel ATX 3.0 specification standard. It means no adapters are required when paired with the latest power-hungry GPUs from Nvidia!

    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

    SilverStone IceMyst 360

    There has been tremendous innovation in the AIO liquid cooler market over the past few years, and the IceMyst 360 is the perfect example of this. Not only does its advanced pump, radiator, and fan design provide a tremendous leap over previous-generation coolers on a noise-normalized basis (which is what counts!), you also have the option of adding up to three 70mm accessory fans to the pump to cool RAM, VRMs, or SSDs. This is a truly unique feature that sets the IceMyst apart and makes it the clear choice among 360mm AIOs!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this radiator to the top of the chassis as an exhaust.

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home (USB) @Newegg

    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 cutting-edge gaming rig!

Optional Products

  • The 34" Ultra-wide OLED

    Samsung Odyssey G85SB

    Welcome to next-gen gaming, here today! The G85SB features an incredible 34″ ultra-wide QD-OLED panel, able to hit 175Hz, produce up to 1000 nits for true HDR images, while also offering the most colorful images ever seen on the desktop. And it does this all without a distracting cooling fan, thanks to its advanced energy efficient design. At this point, if you want an ultra-high-end monitor, it’s going to be an OLED, much like the high-end TV market.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This monitor will allow you to truly take advantage of all the power your new PC can deliver!

  • The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard

    Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    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

    Corsair has owned the high-end gaming keyboard market for years, and yet it continues to innovate, keeping a step ahead of the competition!

  • The Ultralight Gaming Mouse

    Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro Wireless

    Sometimes a product is so far ahead of the competition comes along that it resets the entire industry. So it is with the DeathAdder V3. Featuring the same ergonomic grip as the original from years ago that set the gaming world on fire, this is nonetheless leagues ahead of that classic. Weighing in at a scant 63g, while offering up a 30K DPI sensor, optical switches, wireless operation, and an incredible 90 hours of battery life, this is as cutting-edge as it gets. To have all of this in a mouse that weighs half as much as the best wireless mice from a few generations ago shows you just how far the bar has been raised!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This mouse is all business - if you want tons of RGB, you'll need to look elsewhere, but you won't get the same performance!

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless

    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

    No headset can touch this in terms of value in the premium market!

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