The Best $3,500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build – September 2021
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!
For September 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. And it will finally 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 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 –
ABS Legend 5900X/RTX 3080 Ti @Newegg$3500
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 Newegg’s ABS division is in stock but will definitely sell out fast. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-core, 24-thread CPU, a 240mm liquid cooler, and the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GPU. Also on board are 32GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive, and an 850W Gold-rated PSU. ABS even includes an EVGA gaming mouse and keyboard in the box!The Guru’s Tip
This system is simply awesome for the price, and actually comes out a bit ahead of the DIY build thanks to its 12-core CPU (we recommend an 8-core in our build), so take your pick... either one will rock!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X$394 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$220 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 –
XFX Radeon RX 6900XT Speedster MERC319 Black 16GB$1700 The Guru’s Tip
It's been a long wait, but you can finally build a top-tier gaming PC again thanks to this extreme GPU!
Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 White$220 The Guru’s Tip
You can even sync this kit's lighting with the motherboard's RGB software.
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB$260 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 @Newegg$223 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$210 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$145 The Guru’s Tip
Backorder this if you need to, because it is worth the wait!
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 is launching later this year, and it will be a free upgrade for owners of Win10!
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$160 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 34-inch Widescreen Monitor –
LG 34GP83A-B$799 The Guru’s Tip
4K monitors are still catching up to the tech you can get in ultra-wides!
Total Cost: $3450
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 5800X ($394)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite WIFI ($220)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6900XT Speedster MERC319 Black 16GB ($1700)
- Memory – Crucial 2x16GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 White ($220)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB ($260)
- Case – Cooler Master MasterCase H500M @Newegg ($223)
- Power Supply – be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1000W ($210)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB ($145)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($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 ($160)
- The 34-inch Widescreen Monitor – LG 34GP83A-B ($799)