The Best $5,000 Professional Content Creation PC Build – May 2022

By Ari Altman | Published May 4, 2022 | Updated May 4, 2022

SilverStone Seta Q1Compute at the Speed of Light!

If you’re looking for a PC offering professional-level computational performance to the extreme, then this is the build for you. With a budget of $5,000, you can max out just about everything, without venturing too far into the land of diminishing returns. And by the way, if you came here looking to game… well, we suggest you jump to our $5000 Dream Machine Gaming PC Build, as it’s optimized exclusively for gaming at the same pricepoint!

This Month’s Build, Featuring AMD and Nvidia

For May 2022, our Professional Content Creation PC Build feature the jaw-dropping AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core processor, cooled by a massive 360mm liquid cooler. Backing up the processor is the massively-fast Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB, which offers plenty of brawn for any content creation task.

As for storage, this system offers up a total of 8TB of ultra-fast PCIe Gen 4 storage, split between two 4TB SSDs, which will keep up with any workflow. The system is also maxed out in the memory department, with 128GB of DDR4-3600 RAM. Powering the system is a 1000W Platinum-rated power supply, and for the chassis, we go with the professionally-styled SilverStone Seta Q1, the quietest case ever designed!

Parting Thoughts

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The Pre-Built Option

  • The Workstation PC

    Empowered PC Sentinel Workstation PC 5950X/RTX 3090

    $3800

    This pre-built professional PC is packed with premium components that will get you working (or gaming) at warp speed! These include an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core, 32-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 3TB hard drive for file storage. The system is anchored by an 850W Gold-rated power supply, and is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro x64.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This system is spec'd out very similarly to our DIY build, so if you're not up for building a PC yourself, it's a great option. Where it falls behind is in SSD and RAM capacity, but you can add to that down the line if you need to.

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

    $549

    AMD unleashed a beast with the 5950X, the ultimate CPU. Offering up 16 cores and 32 threads of Zen 3 goodness, it’s packing in extreme processing power that puts anything and everything that’s come before it to shame!

    The Guru’s Tip

    There is no better all-around CPU for content creation than the 5950X!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte X570S Aero G

    $320

    Featuring AMD’s most advanced chipset, the X570S with silent cooling, this board is built to be the best! It offers up an incredible four PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots, WiFi 6 networking, 2.5Gbps LAN, ten USB ports (including Type-C), and high-end audio.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This board is specifically designed for content creation, as shown by its incredible M.2 drive capacity, robust USB connectivity, and professional styling.

  • Memory

    G.SKILL 4x32GB Trident Z DDR4-3600 CL18

    $580

    What’s that you say? You want to go for maximum overkill? OK, let’s go for 128GB then! Yes, what we’ve got here are four of the fastest, highest-capacity DDR4 sticks on the market, running at an incredible DDR4-3600 with CAS 18 timings.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This extreme capacity kit will mean you never have to worry about running out of memory while creating!

  • Video Card

    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 Ti OC 12GB

    $1200

    For extreme gaming, nothing less than the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB will do! This model offers up a sweet triple-slot, triple-fan cooler, and a nice factory overclock. It will rip though any game, beating everything in AMD’s stable while serving up Nvidia-only features like DLSS and dedicated Ray Tracing cores.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This card is by far the best choice for adding massive content-creation acceleration!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Corsair MP600 Pro XT 4TB

    $800

    Corsair leverages the most advanced controller and NAND flash in the business with its MP600 Pro XT to hit 7,100MB/sec sequential read and 6,800MB/sec sequential write speeds. All this and the drive offers a whopping 4TB of capacity, putting it in very rare company indeed! And by the way, the chunky heatsink isn’t just for show, it’s required because it would otherwise overheat when hitting those massive transfer speeds!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this in the top M.2 slot and use it as your OS drive.

  • Solid-State Drive

    Second Corsair MP600 Pro XT 4TB

    $800

    There’s no better choice than to double up on the best!

    The Guru’s Tip

    With the two recommended drives installed, you'll have 8TB of capacity, plus another two M.2 slots still available for future upgrades!

  • Case

    SilverStone Seta Q1

    $205

    This stylish, professional case is the perfect fit for a serious PC, thanks to its cavernous interior, multiple configuration options, and classy exterior. It includes three 140mm fans for cooling, two 3.5″ hard drive mounts plus four 2.5″ drive mounts. It also has sound dampening material in all panels, plus an innovative baffled front panel that virtually eliminates noise reaching the user.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is the perfect chassis for a serious content creation system!

  • Power Supply

    be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1000W

    $210

    be quiet! originated the silent PSU, and the Straight Power 11 is a perfect example of the latest innovations the company has to offer. Featuring 1000W of Platinum-rated power, a fully-modular cable design, and a high-end Silent Wings 3 135mm fan with funnel-shaped intake shroud, this is an exceptional choice for a premium PC build!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This PSU has plenty of headroom to allow maximum loads on the CPU and GPU simultaneously, as often occurs during content creation.

  • CPU Cooler

    Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360

    $125

    To run a high-wattage CPU like the one in this system, you need extreme cooling, and we suggest you go straight for this awesome 360mm liquid cooler, which offers the best performance of any 360mm AIO on the market based on our testing! Being the best means this cooler sells out constantly. Backorder it if you need to, because it is worth the wait!

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this cooler to the top of the chassis, and remove the case's pre-installed sound-dampening panel. The system will still be plenty quiet thanks to the great design of this cooler!

  • Operating System

    Microsoft Windows 11 Pro Flash Drive

    $200
    Windows 10 was a big step up from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft jumps ahead yet again with Windows 11. It’s definitely the operating system you want on a modern PC, and the Pro version provides the best security, along with compatibility with the highest-end configurations!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 is being offered by Microsoft as a simple, free downloadable update to all Win10 owners.

Optional Products

  • The 38-inch Ultra-Wide Productivity Monitor

    LG 38WP85C-W

    $1297
    With a massive resolution of 3840×1600 and a highly-curved 38″ panel, this ultra-wide from LG is the perfect productivity monitor. It can easily support viewing three standard-sized windows side-by-side. For a lot of use cases, that’s much better than a 4K monitor, which has the same horizontal resolution spanned across a much shorter width, making it harder to see. This model also has USB Type-C with 90W power delivery, which is perfect for connecting to a laptop for both video and charging.
    The Guru’s Tip

    While there many form factors for big monitors out there, we think this 38" ultra-wide model will suit a professional content creation system best.

  • Keyboard

    Logitech G815 Mechanical Keyboard (Linear)

    $181
    This groundbreaking keyboard combines the responsiveness of a true mechanical switch with a slim, professional design that doesn’t scream “gamer!” It’s quite simply the only keyboard of its kind, and it’s our new favorite. It comes in three models: linear (quietest), tactile (with feedback), and clicky (audible click).
    The Guru’s Tip

    This is our favorite keyboard for content creation - it's sleek, responsive, and quiet.

  • The Deluxe Wireless Mouse

    Logitech MX Master 3

    $100
    Nothing can bog you down faster when in the midst of a quick trade than a mouse tangled up on its cord. So we strongly recommend a wireless mouse, but not just any wireless mouse – the MX Master 3 from Logitech has an incredibly comfortable profile, ideal for use all day long, along with the most innovative scroll wheel ever to make its way onto a mouse. Its built-in battery will last up to 70 days before needing a charge. And it can even track on glass!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Logitech has packed a tremendous amount of innovation into this mouse, specifically for content creators!

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset

    $180
    Combining ultra-high-end performance with incredible comfort, this wireless headset from Corsair is the ideal all-day companion for listening to the latest market news. This headset also has an audiophile-grade microphone, perfect for teleconferencing. Free free to check out our full review right here!
    The Guru’s Tip

    The microphone on this headset is better than what you'll find on any other wireless headset, period.

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