The Best $3500 Ultimate Gaming PC Build – September 2022
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 Intel and Nvidia!
For September 2022, the Ultimate $3,500 Gaming PC Build gets a bunch of big upgrades, thanks to falling prices all around. It starts with Intel’s awe-inspiring Core i9-12900KS 16-core, 24-thread CPU, which can push any game to the limit. It will have a worthy GPU to feed in the form of Nvidia’s shockingly-fast GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB, which has been discounted substantially since the crazy times during the cryptocurrency boom.
Of course, the rest of the system is up to the task of keeping this system fed with data, thanks to 32GB of insanely-fast DDR5-6400 RAM (upgraded from 6000 last month), along with the fastest 2TB PCIe Gen 4 solid-state drive on the market. 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 1300W 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 Workstation PC –
Empowered PC Sentinel 12900KF/RTX 3090$3100This pre-built PC is packed with premium components that will get you gaming at warp speed! These include an Intel Core i9-12900KF 16-core, 24-thread processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB video card, and 64GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. In terms of storage, you’ll get a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive plus a 2TB hard drive for file storage. The system is anchored by an 850W Gold-rated power supply, and is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home x64.
This system will be nearly as fast as the one we spec below, so there's no shame in picking it up if you'd rather play than build!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i9-12900KS$730 The Guru’s Tip
This extreme CPU can put out tons of heat, which is why we recommend a massive liquid cooler later in this guide.
MSI MPG Z690 Edge WiFi DDR5$280 The Guru’s Tip
MSI has some of the very best boards this generation, with impressive VRMs and RAM overclocking support.
Video Card –
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB Gaming X Trio$1130 The Guru’s Tip
While Nvidia has announced the RTX 4090 24GB, it will start at $1600 when it hits the market in late-October, putting it well out of range of our recommended budget.
G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32$290 The Guru’s Tip
We've gone with DDR5 RAM and a matching motherboard to ensure that nothing holds back this build's performance!
Solid-State Drive –
SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB$260 The Guru’s Tip
You don't really need a drive this fast for gaming, but it's always nice to know you have the best!
Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White ARGB$200 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this case comes in either grey or white, available from the same product page.
Power Supply –
EVGA Supernova 1300 P+$170 The Guru’s Tip
Given the massive firepower of this system, we've given it an equally-massive PSU. The PC will draw about 700W at load, putting it right in this PSU's sweetspot!
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB$170 The Guru’s Tip
This 360mm model will fit easily in the top of the case we recommend.
ARCTIC Intel LGA1700 Upgrade Kit for Liquid Freezer II Series$7 The Guru’s Tip
While the LFII cooler may include this bracket, Arctic cannot guarantee that all boxes at retail currently have them. So we recommend buying it, due to the low cost. Alternatively, you can take a chance, and worst case, ask Arctic to send you one for free (which they will!). You'll just be out a cooler for a few weeks.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
This is absolutely the OS you want on your system to take full advantage of the Intel 12th-Gen CPU!
The Typist's Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky)$229 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$120 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$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.
The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor –
Gigabyte M32U$700 The Guru’s Tip
This monitor will allow you to truly take advantage of all the power your new PC can deliver!
Total Cost: $3206
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i9-12900KS ($730)
- Motherboard – MSI MPG Z690 Edge WiFi DDR5 ($280)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB Gaming X Trio ($1130)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32 ($290)
- Solid-State Drive – SK Hynix Platinum P41 2TB ($260)
- Case – Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White ARGB ($200)
- Power Supply – EVGA Supernova 1300 P+ ($170)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB ($170)
- Adapter – ARCTIC Intel LGA1700 Upgrade Kit for Liquid Freezer II Series ($7)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)
- The Typist's Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) ($229)
- The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless ($120)
- The Deluxe PC Headset – Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset ($180)
- The 32" 4K 144Hz Gamer's Dream Monitor – Gigabyte M32U ($700)