The Best $5000 Dream Machine Gaming PC Build – November 2021

By Ari Altman | Published October 24, 2021 | Updated October 24, 2021

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 PC, and nothing you don’t!

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

For November 2021, the $5,000 Dream Machine Gaming PC Build offers the best of the best… what else would you expect?!? It starts with the insanely-powerful AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, a 16-core, 32-thread CPU that puts everything Intel offers to shame. It’s joined by Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GPU for extreme gaming potential!

This build is also packing a massively-fast 4TB PCIe Gen 4 drive sporting transfer speeds of over 7,000MB/s, plus 64GB of DDR4-3600 RAM. To keep things cool, this system uses a 360mm liquid CPU cooler, offering immense cooling capacity along with low noise operation. Powering the system is a quiet and ultra-efficient 1000W Platinum-rated power supply. Finally, the system comes together in the best-looking ATX chassis ever released, the glass-enclosed Lian Li 011 Dynamic, 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, including our personal favorite keyboard, mouse, and headset. 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 or Newegg links, and our Amazon links 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

    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

    $750

    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

    It took nearly 9 months after launch for this CPU to actually become available, but now all of its power can be yours!

  • Motherboard

    ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

    $317

    Featuring AMD’s most advanced chipset, the X570, this board is built to be the best! It offers up a robust 12+4 power solution, dual PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots, 802.11ax networking, 2.5Gbps LAN, eight USB ports (including Type-C), and onboard diagnostics.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Asus also has the best software suite of any motherboard manufacturer.

  • Video Card

    Zotac GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Holoblack 12GB

    $1900

    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, sleek RGB lighting, 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

    Backorder this if you have to, because getting a 3080 Ti at retail has been virtually impossible since launch!

  • Memory

    Kingston 2x32GB Fury Renegade RGB DDR4-3600

    $303

    These ultra-dense, ultra-fast modules will get you set up for years to come, offering a total of 64GB of capacity and a frequency of 3600MHz and 18-22-22 timings. They also have sleek RGB effects that can be controlled via the motherboard.

    The Guru’s Tip

    64GB will be enough for any possible gaming scenario today, but if you ever need to, you can always add another 64GB!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Corsair MP600 Pro XT 4TB

    $1025

    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

    While you don't really need the fastest drive in the world for gaming, for the dream machine, nothing else will do!

  • Case

    Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic @Newegg

    $154

    Lian Li put itself back on the enthusiast map after years of relative anonymity when it launched the immensely-stylish 011 Dynamic. Offering two glass panels arranged to provide an unparalleled view of the interior of the system, the 011 Dynamic is a true showcase.

    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

    ARCTIC BioniX P120 A-RGB

    $62

    Add a whole lot of style to your system with Arctic’s BioniX P120 A-RGB 3-pack, featuring a legendary blade design for extreme system cooling at low noise levels. We’ve found it to be among the best case fans on the market, and the very best case fan available with the ARGB treatment! It also has a sleek cabling system that eliminates clutter and simplifies installation.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount these fans to the top of the chassis blowing upwards. They will function as the system's exhaust fans.

  • Power Supply

    Corsair HX1000 Platinum

    $220

    Featuring 1000W of Platinum-rated power, a fully-modular cable design, a zero-fan mode for near-silent operation, and a 10-year warranty, this is an exceptional choice for a premium PC build!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This PSU will have more than enough power for you to overclock all the gear in this system to the max!

  • CPU Cooler

    Arctic Liquid Freezer II 360 ARGB

    $152

    To run a high-wattage CPU, 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! That comes down to its big 38mm-thick radiator, effective pump, and the best ARGB fans on the market, the Arctic P12 A-RGB models. They provide both great looks and superior performance at low noise levels.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Mount this radiator to the side of the chassis, next to the motherboard.

  • Operating System

    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Flash Drive @Newegg

    $200
    Windows 10 was a big step up from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft continues to support Windows 10 users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every six months. And the USB version installs in under 5 minutes, meaning you can get right into using your system!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 recently launched, and while it's not a must-have for gaming today, it's a free upgrade to owners of Win10.

Optional Products

  • The Typist's Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G915 Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Clicky) @Newegg

    $250
    Best. Keyboard. Ever. And the only wireless mechanical keyboard with full RGB lighting on the market. This thing is a dream come true, so sleek, so responsive. Honestly, it’s in a class of its own.
    The Guru’s Tip

    We use this as our daily driver, and wouldn't trade it for anything!

  • The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse

    Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless

    $124

    Logitech designed the G502 Lightspeed Wireless to be the ultimate technological tour de force in the gaming mouse industry. Featuring a mesmerizing 25K Hero sensor, tunable weights, RGB lighting, and the best wireless connectivity, it is impossible to beat. And you can even upgrade it to ultra-elite status with the optional PowerPlay charging mat, which allows you to use it forever without stopping to charge thanks to the exclusive wireless charging capability!

    The Guru’s Tip

    We've used this mouse since the day it launched and have never looked back!

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset

    $170
    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.
    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

    $2500
    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!

The Pre-Built Option

  • The Ultra-High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Prism II 5900X/3080 Ti @Newegg

    $4500

    EXTREME DEAL! Not ready to build your own PC? No problem! As of our latest update, this awesome system from Skytech is in stock, and will definitely sell out fast. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-core, 24-thread CPU, a 360mm AIO liquid cooler, and comes packing serious heat with the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GPU! Also on the build list is 32GB of DDR4-3600 RAM, a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, and an 850W Gold-rated PSU!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The Phanteks-designed case and overall specs of this machine put it nearly on par with the DIY build we recommend!

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