The Best $3500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build – November 2021
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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!
For November 2021, the Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build starts with Intel’s brand-new Core i7-12700K 12-core, 20-thread CPU, which leapfrogs AMD’s Ryzen CPUs with simply astounding gaming performance. And it will have a worthy GPU to feed, thanks to the fact that AMD’s awesome Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB is back in stock. We recommend an amazing factory-overclocked model, which puts anything Nvidia can offer to shame, and more importantly is actually available!
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 Gen 4 solid-state drive. Completing the $3,500 Gaming PC Build is the high-performance Cooler Master H500P Mesh ARGB chassis, a powerful 360mm liquid cooler, and an awesome 850W 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 –
CyberpowerPC Gamer Master 5900X/RTX 3080 Ti @Newegg$3450
EXTREME DEAL! Not ready to build your own PC, or just want the best value in an ultra-high-end gaming PC? No problem! As of our latest update, this awesome system from CyberpowerPC is in stock, and will definitely sell out fast. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-core, 24-thread CPU and the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GPU, along with 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive, a 2TB hard drive, and a 1000W Gold-rated PSU!The Guru’s Tip
The GPU in this system sells for about 2/3 the cost of the entire PC!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i7-12700K @Newegg$418 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 Z690 AORUS Elite AX$270 The Guru’s Tip
Some new Socket 1700 motherboards have compatibility issues with high-end coolers, but we've confirmed that this one will work with our chosen cooler.
Video Card –
ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB OC Formula @Newegg$1550 The Guru’s Tip
Grab this card quick, because it is definitely going to sell out!
Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 C16 Red @Newegg$186 The Guru’s Tip
Make sure to get the most out of this kit by selecting the XMP profile in the motherboard's UEFI (BIOS).
Solid-State Drive –
WD_Black SN850 2TB NVMe$320 The Guru’s Tip
Sure, you don't need Gen 4 speed for a gaming PC, but you know you want it!
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White ARGB @Newegg$153 The Guru’s Tip
This is the case we use for our personal gaming system, and it is simply amazing!
Power Supply –
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 850W$175 The Guru’s Tip
High-capacity PSUs continue to sell out regularly due to the cryptocurrency mining crisis, but luckily this one is restocked regularly!
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB$118 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this cooler may not have a socket 1700 bracket in the box, but Arctic will provide one free of charge with proof of purchase.
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive @Newegg$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 has launched, but it won't be coming to retail for a while. The way to get it is to install Win10, and then immediately download the free update to Win 11. Do this before loading all your apps so you can perform a clean install.
The Typist's Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg$250 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 –
Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless$124 The Guru’s Tip
This is the mouse we've used since the day it was launched, and we love it!
The Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset$169 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.
The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor –
Gigabyte AORUS FI32U @Newegg$1000 The Guru’s Tip
This monitor will allow you to truly take advantage of all the power your new PC can deliver!
Total Cost: $3340
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i7-12700K @Newegg ($418)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Elite AX ($270)
- Video Card – ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB OC Formula @Newegg ($1550)
- Memory – Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 C16 Red @Newegg ($186)
- Solid-State Drive – WD_Black SN850 2TB NVMe ($320)
- Case – Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White ARGB @Newegg ($153)
- Power Supply – be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 850W ($175)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB ($118)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive @Newegg ($130)
- The Typist's Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg ($250)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless ($124)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($169)
- The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor – Gigabyte AORUS FI32U @Newegg ($1000)