The Best $5000 Dream Machine Gaming PC Build – August 2022

By Ari Altman | Published July 28, 2022 | Updated July 28, 2022

Lian Li 011Build 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 awesomely-compact high-end chassis. It’s everything you want in a killer gaming PC!

This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel and Nvidia!

For August 2022, the $5,000 Dream Machine Gaming PC Build offers the best of the best… what else would you expect?!? In fact, it’s received multiple upgrades this month while staying below our target $5000 budget, thanks to price cuts on numerous components. It all starts with the insanely-powerful Intel Core i9-12900KS, a 16-core, 24-thread CPU that puts everything AMD offers to shame. Simply put, it’s the fastest processor ever released. The 12900KS is joined by a liquid-cooled Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB GPU for extreme gaming potential. It doesn’t hurt that this particular GPU received a $600 pricecut this month!!!

This build is also packing 32GB of ultra-fast DDR5-6400 RAM, plus a 4TB PCIe Gen 4 drive, offering plenty of blazing-fast storage. To keep things cool, this system uses an awesome Corsair 360mm liquid CPU cooler with integrated LCD display, which provides immense cooling capacity along with unlimited customization options. Powering the system is a quiet and ultra-efficient 1500W Titanium-rated power supply. Finally, the system comes together in the best-looking ATX chassis ever released, the glass-enclosed Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo, which will allow you to truly show off this build!

Parting Thoughts

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 either 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

  • CPU

    Intel Core i9-12900KS

    $735
    Intel already claimed the top spot among gaming CPUs with the 12900K, based on the 12th-Gen “Alder Lake” architecture. But that clearly wasn’t good enough, because now it’s gone and outdone itself with the special “KS” model, which increases speed by nearly 10% thanks to a much more advanced boost algorithm. With its 8 multi-threaded performance cores plus 8 efficiency cores, it’s also a beast for content creation or multi-tasking!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU draws a ton of power, so the 360mm liquid cooler we recommend for this build will not go to waste!

  • Motherboard

    MSI MEG Z690 ACE

    $540
    Step into extreme performance and features with the Z690 ACE from MSI! It offers up mind-blowing specs: a 19+1+2 phase power design, quintuple M.2 slots (four being full PCIe Gen 4 x4), dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, WiFi 6E networking, dual Intel 2.5Gbps LAN ports, and just for fun, genuine 24K-gold foil heatsink wraps!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This board will guarantee incredible stability no matter how hard you push the CPU and RAM!

  • Video Card

    ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 Ti ROG Strix LC

    $1499
    Hail to the king! The absolutely mind-blowing RTX 3090 Ti 24GB goes beyond extreme, beating the original 3090 by 10% thanks to an increase in CUDA cores and faster VRAM. And this model from Asus turns the dial on the 3090 Ti to 11, thanks to the included 240mm liquid cooler. No other 3090 Ti will clock higher, run cooler, or game faster!
    The Guru’s Tip

    With this card, you are stepping up to the best of the best, at a price far below what vanilla 3090s were selling for just a few months ago! Note that you'll be mounting the radiator as an exhaust to the side panel of our recommended case.

  • Memory

    G.Skill 2x16GB Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-6400 CL32

    $370
    For the ultimate in speed, you must go with DDR5 RAM, but not just any DDR5 RAM, because you need high-frequency DDR5 to blow past DDR4 RAM performance. And that’s what you get with G.Skill’s TridentZ5 kit running at DDR5-6400 with timings of 32-39-39-102 at 1.40V. This is the real deal when it comes to DDR5 performance!
    The Guru’s Tip

    To get DDR5 to run this fast, you can't use just any motherboard, and the one we picked is a proven RAM overclocking monster!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Sabrent 4TB Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0

    $700
    Take your I/O to the next level with this bleeding-edge 2nd-Gen PCIe 4.0-based 4TB SSD, featuring transfer speeds of over 7,000MB/s! It’s the biggest, fastest M.2 SSD on the market!
    The Guru’s Tip

    While you don't really need a drive this fast for gaming, for the dream machine, nothing else will do!

  • Case

    Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Evo

    $206
    Lian Li put itself back on the enthusiast map after years of relative anonymity when it launched the immensely-stylish 011 Dynamic, which offered glass panels arranged to provide an unparalleled view of the interior of the system. The 011 Dynamic Evo is a further refinement of the design, with a larger interior volume plus classy integrated RGB effects on the front panel. And with radiator and fan mounts on the bottom, top, rear, and sides, it’s also an airflow champ!
    The Guru’s Tip

    The layout of this chassis is truly unique, and we suggest the best fan and radiator placement for each component throughout this guide.

  • ARGB Fan

    Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB Elite 3-Pack

    $71
    Add a ton of airflow and style to your system with Corsair’s 3-pack of SP120 RGB Elite fans!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount these fans to the bottom of the chassis, with the frames pointing upwards. This will provide a huge rush of air that pushes up and out of the case.

  • Power Supply

    be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1500W

    $415
    This cutting-edge Titanium-rated power supply offers amazing efficiency (up to 94.9%) to go along with its gargantuan 1500W power output. And being a be quiet!, it’s packed with innovation, including full digital control (PFC, LLC, SR/12V) and full bridge topology. It even uses a patented frameless Silent Wings fan with an air-channeling funnel for virtually inaudible operation at low loads. Another cool feature is an overclocking key that switches between six 12V rails and one massive 12V rail.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This PSU will have more than enough power for you to easily run all the gear in this system to the max, with headroom to spare for power-hungry next-gen gear!

  • CPU Cooler

    Corsair iCUE H150i Elite LCD CPU Cooler

    $284
    Corsair’s H150i Elite LCD offers more performance and features than any other 360mm cooler. Its big radiator is equipped with triple ML120 RGB Elite fans, which offer a great balance of performance and noise, and its pump has an awesome built-in LCD display, allowing you to monitor just about anything in your PC using the Corsair iCUE software.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this radiator to the top of the chassis as an exhaust. Note that this cooler includes the Socket 1700 adapter required for use in this system, as well as an advanced 6-fan hub that will control the fans on the cooler along with the case fans we recommend.

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home USB

    $139
    Windows 11 take everything people loved about Windows 10, and then takes it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This is absolutely the OS you want on your system to take full advantage of the Intel 12th-Gen CPU!

Optional Products

  • The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard

    Corsair K100 RGB Optical-Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    $193
    Corsair reestablishes itself as the king of gaming keyboards with the K100, which builds upon the strengths of the K70 and K95, but adds even more tech! In addition to incredible build quality and lots of configuration options, it features optical-mechanical switches for the smoothest, fastest response.
    The Guru’s Tip

    You can even sync this keyboard's lighting with the lighting inside the case!

  • The Ultralight Gaming Mouse

    Logitech G Pro X Superlight

    $139
    Logitech has a long history of pioneering the best wireless peripherals, and with the Pro X has taken that to the next level, engineering an ultra-responsive wireless mouse that is somehow just 63 grams, or about half the weight of typical wireless gaming mice. Combined with the 25,600dpi HERO sensor and extra-large PTFE feet, it’s ultra-smooth, and ultra-fast. If you want effortless control, this is the one!
    The Guru’s Tip

    There are a lot of ultra-light mice on the market, but combining that light weight with wireless connectivity unleashes total freedom!

  • 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

    This is the headset we use every day for hours at a time, and it never lets us down!

  • The Ultimate Gaming Monitor

    Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

    $1797
    Samsung has changed the gaming monitor market… again! As if the original G9 wasn’t enough, now Samsung has gone and added a mini-LED backlight with over 2000 dimming zones, allowing for insane HDR 2000 performance. And like the previous G9, it still sports a massive 49″ panel with a 240Hz refresh rate, a super-ultra-wide resolution of 5120 x 1440, full G-Sync capability, and a massive 1000R curvature. For gaming, there is nothing else!
    The Guru’s Tip

    The best gaming PC deserves the best gaming monitor!

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