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 $10,000, which is actually a bargain given the quality of gear you're getting! 

For April 2019, this system aims for the stratosphere with the latest and greatest in CPUs and GPUs. First up is the Intel Core i9-9980XE, an 18-core, 36-thread beast that's simply awesome at everything. In terms of GPUs, we go with the absolute best: dual liquid-cooled Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB video cards in SLI, which trounces the similarly-priced RTX Titan in actual gaming performance! 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 applications, and a separate 2TB PCIe drive for "cold" storage. That means you'll have an incredible 5TB of PCIe-based storage in this system for mind-blowing responsiveness. 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, thanks to the platform's quad-channel design. 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 Cooler Master for its stunning C700M case, the very best case on the market, and for cooling, we go with Thermaltake's brand-new Water 3.0 360mm ARGB Sync 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 - April 2019


    Intel Core i9-9980XE

    If only the best will do, what you need in your Supreme Dream Machine is the brand-new Core i9-9980XE. Offering up the same 18 cores and 36 threads as its predecessor the 7980XE, it ups the ante with a huge boost in clock speed, as well as additional overclocking headroom, allowing it to hit close to 4.5GHz.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You need a motherboard with exceptional power delivery to handle this chip!


    MSI MEG X299 Creation

    With this board, you get everything and then some. That includes fully-customizable ARGB lighting, three M.2 slots (plus an additional four more on the "Aero" PCIe adapter), ten USB ports (plus two DisplayPort and 2 Thunderbolt ports on the included PCIe daughtercard), Intel Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, and Intel 9260 wireless networking. It also has the ideal PCIe slot spacing for using dual GPUs plus an Optane SSD card.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Created specifically for Skylake-X Refresh CPUs, including the all-conquering 9980XE, this motherboard has power delivery to spare: a 13+1 Phase PWM and triple 8-pin power connectors!

    Video Card:

    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 TI SEA Hawk X

    For the Supreme Dream Machine, there is no other choice - if you want the best gaming performance available today, you want dual liquid-cooled RTX 2080 Ti cards in SLI! And note that in addition to being among the only liquid-cooled models on the market, this is one of the very few 2080 Ti cards released in a dual-slot format, which is what we need to keep a slot free for the Optane SSD this build features!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This card will be in short supply for a long time, so don't be surprised if it's out of stock when you click to buy!

    Video Card:

    MSI GeForce RTX 2080 TI SEA Hawk X

    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.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You'll need to connect your cards using an NV-Link Bridge, listed below.


    EVGA NV-Link Bridge 4-slot

    To connect your two RTX 2080 Ti cards, you'll need the brand-new NV-Link bridge, as older SLI bridges, including those that ship with current-gen motherboards, will not work. It provides up to 25x more bandwidth than even the high-bandwidth SLI bridges introduced a few years ago!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you must buy the "4-slot" bridge (note a 3-slot model) for this build.


    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, and for the highest available bandwidth for all components, you should use the last slot on the motherboard. We suggest you follow our guide closely to ensure you can use this drive. If you choose different video cards, there may be no free PCIe slots available.

    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-high endurance 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.

    Solid-State Drive:

    Samsung 970 Evo PCIe 2TB M.2

    We know you want a really fast SSD for all your data and media, so fill your motherboard's third M.2 with the capacious 970 Evo 2TB drive and get crazy next-gen speed for everything on your PC!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can't get PCIe-based SSDs at anything over 2TB, but if you know that a 2TB drive for your data just isn't big enough, go with the Samsung 860 Evo 4TB SATA drive. It's a perfect drive for a huge media collection!


    Cooler Master Cosmos C700M

    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 C700M from Cooler Master, arguably the best, most beautiful case ever released. It offers up three 140mm fans in front and a 140mm fan in the rear for cooling, a curved glass side panel, steel exterior shell, and full-length addressable RGB light strips built right into the body. It really is something to see!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The curved glass used on this case really does set it apart. The manufacturing of such panels is very costly and difficult, which is why only a handful of manufacturers have even attempted it.

    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.

    CPU Cooler:

    Thermaltake Water 3.0 360 ARGB

    If you want to push your 9980XE to the limit, you absolutely need serious cooling capability, and that means nothing less than high-end liquid. That's what you get with Thermaltake's new Water 3.0 360 ARGB Sync. Equipped with a huge 360mm radiator and 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, which have been updated to allow them to sync with your motherboard's ARGB controls!

    The Guru's Tip:

    While this cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied, it's really not that great. Wipe it off and re-apply using Noctua's NT-H2 Thermal Paste Kit with included cleaning wipes!

    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 Windows 10 in less than 5 minutes!

Optional Components

    The Ultimate Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire Low Profile

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

    The Guru's Tip:

    See our full review right here!

    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! Learn more about the Powerplay system in our hands-on review!

    The Ultimate Gaming Monitor:

    Acer Predator X27 bmiphzx

    If you're building yourself the Supreme Dream Machine, you better have a dream monitor to match. There's no better monitor in the world than the Predator X27 from Acer. Packed with all the most advanced technology, it delivers specs that gamers have been dreaming of for years: 4K, 144Hz, G-Sync, and HDR10. This 27" monitor may be small in stature, but it packs a big punch!

    The Guru's Tip:

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