Dream

If you're looking to build the fastest possible PC, regardless of budget, then this is the one for you. Unlike TBG's other builds, we haven't included a price target in the build name, because it will change month to month as new products hit the market. The one and only goal here is to show you what you get with an unlimited budget, and this month, the price rings in at just over $8,000, which is actually a true bargain given the quality of gear you're getting! 

The latest edition of this build gets what we think is the best overall CPU currently available, the Intel Core i9-7960X, a 16-core, 32-thread beast that's good at everything. While both Intel and AMD market CPUs with more cores, for most tasks, the 7960X is actually faster, due to inefficiencies when it comes to scaling up in both software and hardware. Since we know you'll probably want to do some gaming once in a while, this build is equipped with dual liquid-cooled EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB cards in SLI. As for storage, the Supreme Dream Machine features the very best SSD ever released, Intel's Optane 905P 960GB, which you'll use for your OS drive, paired with twin Samsung 970 Pro 1TB NVMe SSDs in a RAID0 array for data. In terms of RAM, you're getting 64GB of the fastest RAM this system can support, DDR4-3600, which translates to simply awe-inspiring bandwidth. Powering this system is the ground-breaking AX1600i Titanium-rated power supply from Corsair, which exceeds even Titanium levels of efficiency. To finish it off, we turn to Thermaltake for its gorgeous View 91 case and Floe 360mm RGB cooler, guaranteeing your system will be set to max out games for years to come and look good doing it!

To see how this build compares to previous Dream builds, flip over to the Supreme Dream Machine Archive. And once you've reviewed the parts list, feel free to also check out our Guide to Assembling an Ultra-High-End PC for tips on putting your system together. By the way, if you're looking for a new 144Hz or 4K monitor to go along with your PC, check out our Monitor Buyer's Guide, and if you need some new gaming gear, see our Peripherals Buyer's Guide for all the latest and greatest gaming accessories.

Because we use real-time pricing engines, you'll always see up-to-date U.S. prices in our guide. To help support the continued development of this guide, please use the links we provide if you purchase products we recommend. Note that many of these parts are hard to find outside of the U.S., but we've done our best to link to similar products in Canada, the UK, and Germany.

The Supreme Dream Machine PC - August 2018

    CPU:

    Intel Core i9-7960X

    You want over the top? The 7960X is most definitely way, way over the top! Offering up 16 cores and 32 threads, it's got processing power to spare. It has a base speed of 2.8GHz, but runs at an incredible 3.9GHz with up to 12 cores loaded, and 3.6GHz with all 16 cores loaded. Like its siblings, it also brings new AVX-512 instructions, along with a brand-new cutting-edge platform (Skylake-X and the X299 chipset).

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that while Intel does offer a CPU with a higher core count (the 7980XE), due to a huge price cut on the 7960X, it just makes more sense at this point. The 7960X is actually faster than the 7980XE in many applications, including most games, due to a higher boost level.

    Motherboard:

    Gigabyte X299 Designare EX

    With this board, you get everything and then some. That includes fully-customizable RGB lighting, triple M.2 slots, 6 USB ports, two DisplayPort In ports, and two Thunderbolt ports, allowing for some truly innovative connectivity. It also features built-in dual-stream 802.11ac networking and Bluetooth.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This board even has a cool metal backplate and integrated I/O shield, adding both style and functionality!

    Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid 11GB

    For the Supreme Dream Machine, there is no other choice - if you want the best gaming performance available today, you want dual GTX 1080 Ti cards in SLI! And to get the very best performance, we recommend these liquid-cooled models from EVGA, which will boost higher than any other card.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While Nvidia's $3,000 Titan V is faster than a single 1080 Ti, it can't touch dual cards in SLI, despite costing far more. And since the Titan is really a compute card, not a gaming card, it can't run in SLI.

    Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid 11GB

    To set up your system, we recommend you get all drivers installed before hooking up your second card. Once everything is running well, pop the second card in your system and enable SLI in the Nvidia control panel. Don't forget to use the high-bandwidth SLI bridge that comes with the motherboard to connect your two GeForce cards!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Thanks to the huge case used for this build, you can fit one of the Hybrid radiators to the back of the case, and one on the top, right next to the CPU cooler's radiator!

    Memory:

    Corsair 8x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3600

    What's that you say? You want to go for maximum overkill? OK, no problem! What we've got here are eight of the fastest, highest-capacity DDR4 sticks you'll find, running at an incredible DDR4-3600 with CAS 18 timings. And being an 8-module kit, it will really fill out your system, putting on a serious lightshow in the process!

    The Guru's Tip:

    These new sticks from Corsair are the best-looking sticks out there, featuring very sleek RGB effects, which can be controlled via the motherboard's built-in RGB controller, allowing you to sync the RAM with the board's lighting.

    Solid-State Drive:

    Intel Optane 905P 960GB

    SSDs basically come in three flavors: SATA, PCIe, and Intel's Optane. It's not fast, or very fast. It's out of this world. It's a completely new class of SSD, which provides performance unlike anything that's come before it. In fact, it has more in common with RAM than it does NAND-based SSDs. And the new 905p is simply the fastest of the fast, handily beating its predecessor the 900p, and wiping the floor clean with its competitors. Alas, as of our most recent update, it's only available in the U.S.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this drive plugs right into a PCIe 3.0 slot - it does not use either SATA or the M.2 interface. We suggest you follow our guide closely to ensure you can use this drive. If you choose video cards that exceed the standard two-slot width, you'll have no available slots to install your Optane drive!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Samsung 970 Pro 1TB PCIe M.2

    For secondary storage, you don't just want high-end, you want ultra-high-end, and that means going for a 970 Pro 1TB. It's the fastest M.2 drive on the market by far, as well as the most reliable, thanks to its ultra-durable MLC NAND flash.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that with its x70 series drives, Samsung has dropped capacity somewhat versus the x60 drives, so 1TB is as big as the 970 Pro goes. That's why we suggest you get two... and RAID them!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Samsung 970 Pro 1TB PCIe M.2

    Picking up two 970 Pro 1TB drives gives you the same capacity as the old 960 Pro 2TB, but far more speed at a much lower price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Get even more speed by setting up a RAID0 array with these two drives. Note that to use other RAID formats, you need to purchase a somewhat silly Intel VROC license key, which unlocks additional modes.

    Case:

    Thermaltake View 91 RGB PLUS

    When you're building a dream machine, you want a case that's more than just functional. You want something that works great and looks even better. Enter the new View 91 from Thermaltake. It offers up four premium 140mm RGB Riing Plus fans, three 5mm-thick tempered glass panels (with 180-degree hinges for both side panels, and an absolutely cavernous interior that can hold any gear on the planet!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The fans color and speed can be controlled either by the included controller or via the motherboard's integrated controls.

    Power Supply:

    Corsair AX1600i

    Operating above the Titanium efficiency level, which is the highest current official level, this PSU achieves 95-96% efficiency at load. That's thanks to its unique Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistors. If you want rock-steady power and unbeatable reliability for your Dream Machine, this unit will deliver it.

    The Guru's Tip:

    When fully powered up and overclocked, the Supreme Dream Machine will draw about 1000W, meaning this power supply will remain well within its sweetspot.

    Sound Card:

    Creative Sound Blaster ZxR

    While the motherboard used for this build has fantastic built-in audio, to really call this a Dream Machine, you need discrete sound. And the very best add-in sound comes in the form of the Creative Sound Blaster ZxR. With a 124dB signal-to-noise ratio, 24-bit/96kHz surround playback (or 24-bit/192kHz stereo playback), and the vaunted TI Burr Brown DACs, this card has it all. With its included daughter-board, the ZxR will even allow for studio-quality content creation!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that due to the spacing of the dual video cards in this system, the sound card will need to be installed in the lowest PCIe slot.

    CPU Cooler:

    Thermaltake Floe Triple Riing RGB 360

    If you want to push your 7960X to the limit, you absolutely need serious cooling capability, and that means nothing less than a fully custom loop. That's what you get with Thermaltake's Floe 360. Equipped with a huge 360mm radiator, three powerful but quiet 120mm fans, it's more than a match for even a beast of a CPU! It also has the best looking RGB effects in the cooling industry.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The best cooler needs nothing less than the best thermal paste, and that means Grizzly Kryonaut!

    Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Flash Drive

    Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu, along with the revolutionary DirectX 12, which is ushering in truly ground-breaking graphics capabilities. How will it do that? By vastly simplifying the CPU calls for every render routine, meaning much more can be displayed on screen before hitting a CPU bottleneck.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Among the many advantages of buying Windows 10 Pro on a flash drive is the ability to install it directly to a PCIe-based SSD like the 960 Pro, which you can't do with a DVD version, as well as the option to move it to another PC down the road.

Optional Components

    The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire Keyboard Mk.2

    Featuring Cherry's short-throw MX Speed switches, this is the fastest keyboard on the market, and also features awesome RGB effects.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This keyboard is also available in a special edition with a natural brushed aluminum chassis.

    The Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G903 Lightspeed

    With unmatched responsiveness and the freedom of a wireless connection, there's just no better mouse than the G903.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Get the most out of this mouse by pairing it up with Logitech's Powerplay wireless charging mat!

    The 35-inch Widescreen Monitor:

    Acer Predator Z35P

    If you're building yourself the Supreme Dream Machine, you better have a dream monitor to match. There's no better option for serious gaming than the Z35p, which offers refresh rates up to 120Hz, Nvidia's G-Sync compatibility, and a 35" panel with a massive 3440x1440 resolution. We'd take this over any 4K monitor right now for extreme gaming.

    The Guru's Tip:

    For the ultimate setup, why not pick up three of these beauties?