The Best $5000 Dream Machine Gaming PC Build – February 2024
Build the Gaming System of your Dreams!
If you want to build a dream gaming system, but can’t stand the idea of having another huge desktop by your side, stop dreaming and jump into a new reality! This build has all the power you could want, packed into an awesome high-end chassis that performs as great as it looks. It’s everything you want in a killer gaming PC!
This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel and Nvidia!
For February 2024, the $5,000 Dream Machine Gaming PC Build goes with Intel’s Core i9-14900K 24-core, 32-thread CPU, which matches AMD’s 7950X3D in games while decimating it in everything else. And you’ll make use of all of its power, because this system will be pushing out a massive number of frames thanks to an insane liquid-cooled Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 24GB, which is a shocking 30% faster than any other GPU on the market, making it a generation ahead!
But that’s not all… this build is packing premium gear everywhere else! 64GB of ultra-fast DDR5-6800 RAM will assure the CPU has plenty of bandwidth to perform, and a 4TB PCIe Gen 5 SSD offers blazing-fast storage for a huge game collection. To keep things cool, this system uses an awesome 360mm liquid CPU cooler. Powering the system is a quiet and ultra-efficient 1500W Platinum-rated power supply. Finally, the system comes together in the sleek and cutting-edge MSI Prospect 700R case, with built-in 4.3″ touchscreen display!
We list all of our top picks to accessorize your Dream Machine in the optional products section later in this guide, although feel free to check out our dedicated Monitor Buyer’s Guide, Keyboard & Mouse Buyer’s Guide, and Headset Buyer’s Guide. To support continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide in the guide. For readers in the US, we list Amazon links, which will auto-convert for readers in Canada, the UK, and parts of the EU, with automated substitutions made by region where necessary.
The DIY Build
Intel Core i9-14900K$549The 14900K, based on the cutting-edge Raptor Lake architecture, takes everything that was great about the 13900K and pushes it to the max. It packs in 8 Hyperthreaded performance cores that can boost up to 6.0GHz. Combined with an incredible 16 efficiency cores, it offers a total of 32 threads. That makes it both an incredibly-effective gaming processor and an elite-level multi-tasking monster. Simply put, it’s what you want in a killer PC!
This CPU requires a serious cooler, which is what we spec later in this guide.
ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi II$500Asus brings the best to gamers with its ROG line, and the Z790-E comes from a long line of legendary boards. This Socket 1700 model is a perfect match for Intel’s latest CPUs. It features robust 18+1 power solution, five PCIe M.2 slots (one being Gen 5, four being Gen 4), a PCIe Gen 5 video card slot, 12 USB ports (including two Type-C ports), and integrated WiFi 7.
This board was released alongside 14th-Gen CPUs, and is guaranteed to have the updated firmware needed to boot the Core i9 we spec above!
Video Card –
MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X 24G @Newegg$2200As if the RTX 4090 weren’t impressive enough, this model from MSI takes the 4090 to the max, thanks to the all-in-one liquid cooler, including a 240mm radiator. It will keep the 450W monster of a GPU under control and at maximum boost!
Mount this card's radiator to the side exhaust vent, next to the motherboard. And by the way, the RTX 4090 is practically sold out in the US, so if you see this in stock, grab it!
G.Skill 2x32GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6800 CL34$270For the ultimate in speed, you can’t just go for any DDR5 RAM, you need high-frequency DDR5 to achieve range-topping performance. And that’s what you get with G.Skill’s Trident Z5 kit running at DDR5-6800 with timings of 34-45-45-102 at 1.40V. This is the real deal when it comes to DDR5 performance in an ultra-dense 64GB configuration!
This is the ideal kit for a serious gaming machine, offering fantastic speed and enough capacity that you'll never hit a bottleneck.
Solid-State Drive –
Crucial T700 4TB PCIe Gen 5$500For primary storage, you don’t just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going with a PCIe Gen 5.0 solid-state drive. And while there were a few early Gen 5 drives based on a hybrid of new and old tech, the Crucial T700 is the real deal, ripping out 12,400MB/s in sequential read and 11,800MB/s in sequential write, making it about 67% faster than any Gen 4 drive. You’ll truly be on the cutting-edge with 4TB of ultra-extreme storage on board!
While you don't really need a drive this fast for gaming, for the dream machine, nothing else will do! But assuming you have a huge game collection, you'll want to add the secondary drive below.
MSI MEG Prospect 700R$364Arguably the most advanced case ever made, the Prospect 700R from MSI is simply astonishing. With dual hinged tempered glass doors on both sides and four 140mm ARGB fans and a mesh front panel for extreme airflow, it already has most cases beat for looks and performance. But what really sets this case apart from everything that has come before it is the built-in 4.3″ touchscreen control panel on top, allowing you to monitor and control practically every aspect of your PC’s performance!
You can get bigger cases than the 700R, but you cannot get a better case!
Power Supply –
be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1500W$250be quiet! originated the silent PSU, and the Straight Power 11 is a perfect example of the latest innovations the company has to offer. Featuring 1500W 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! And take note that this is an ATX 3.0 spec unit, featuring the latest PCIe Gen 5 GPU cables.
While 1500W is overkill for most systems, it's honestly ideal for this system, because the CPU and GPU together consume nearly 750W at stock settings, meaning this unit will always be in its sweet spot!
CPU Cooler –
SilverStone IceMyst 360$137There 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!
Mount this radiator to the top of the chassis as an exhaust.
Operating System –
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg$199Windows 10 one of Microsoft’s most successful and respected operating systems in history, and Windows 11 just builds on its strengths. The Pro version provides the best security, along with compatibility with the highest-end configurations!
This is absolutely the OS you want on your system to take full advantage of the advanced platform.
The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard$196 The Guru’s Tip
Download the iCUE software from Corsair to make the most of this feature-packed keyboard.
The Ultralight Gaming Mouse –
Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro Wireless$148 The Guru’s Tip
This mouse will keep up with the most fast-twitch games!
The Ultimate Gaming Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Headset$313 The Guru’s Tip
Arctis is the first gaming brand to offer something that is far more than gaming headset!
The 34" Ultra-wide OLED –
Samsung Odyssey G85SB$1000 The Guru’s Tip
A dream machine PC deserves a dream monitor!
Total Cost: $4981
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i9-14900K ($549)
- Motherboard – ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi II ($500)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 4090 Suprim Liquid X 24G @Newegg ($2200)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x32GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6800 CL34 ($270)
- Solid-State Drive – Crucial T700 4TB PCIe Gen 5 ($500)
- Case – MSI MEG Prospect 700R ($364)
- Power Supply – be quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 1500W ($250)
- CPU Cooler – SilverStone IceMyst 360 ($137)
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows 11 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg ($199)