We’re sure that at some point you’ve wondered what kind of a PC you could get if you had $3000. Well, in the text below we’ve assembled the best $3000 PC Build, and in all honesty, it’s even better than we had expected.
And you know what the best part is?
Even if you’re looking to build your own $3000 PC from scratch or you just want to upgrade your existing rig, we’ve got you covered. We’ve done all the research, all you need to do is sit back, enjoy, and hopefully find something you like.
So without further delay, let’s hop into the build.
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The Best $3000 Gaming PC Build For 2020
Updated: September 25, 2020
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When it comes to PCs, there isn’t much that $3000 can’t get you. This also means that as a gaming rig, there is very little this PC can’t do, be that gaming in 4K, Streaming, VR, or running Crysis Re-mastered.
The possibilities are endless, especially now, after the release of Nvidia’s monster 3000 series GPUs.
There’s really no point in talking about how amazing this PC is in 4K when it can run games at 60FPS in 8K (not that anyone can fully enjoy this ability for the time being).
Streaming and VR
After what was said above it shouldn’t be surprising that this PC also works phenomenally for streaming and VR. 2K streaming will work perfectly, and you might even be able to stream in 4K as long as you’re staying away from overly demanding games if you only have one PC, but even that situation can be improved with a simple capture card.
As regards the VR, there isn’t much to say. We’ve experienced VR on an RTX 2080, and it was incredibly smooth. We can only imagine what a new-gen Titan-level card can do.
When it comes to a monster PC such as this one, upgradeability should be the last thing on your mind for at least a couple of years. After all, this PC is equipped with the best components the market currently has to offer, and it will take a while before the any software catches up with these components.
However, no computer can stay the best forever, and eventually, something better will come along, which is why we made sure to include a beefy power supply that can support both the current setup and possible future upgrades as well.
The motherboard is also relatively future-proof as it is a Z490 model, which means it’s compatible with Intel’s 10th and 11th gen processors. However, any other CPU upgrades in the future will require you to change the motherboard as well regardless if we’re talking Intel or AMD, but thankfully, it will be years until that will be necessary.
The PC Build
Instead of talking about it any longer, it’s the time actually to show you what you can get for $3000!
When it comes to high-end CPUs, Intel is still the undisputed champion. Although AMD often offers better value for your money, if money is no object and you are set on getting only the best of the best, then Intel is still the way to go… for now… and the i9 10850K is currently the overall second best consumer processor out there.
Don’t let the “second best” title discourage you. The only thing better than the i9 10850K is the i9 10900K, which is only 100MHz faster than the i9 10850K, but it’s also more expensive and never in stock. Additionally, the 100MHz advantage isn’t enough to make it very noticeably better than the i9 10850K. That said, if you find the i9 10900K in stock, we won’t discourage you from getting it.
When it comes to the basic specs, the processor has a whopping 10 cores and 20 threads, a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, and a max boost frequency of 5.2 GHz, which is rather beefy.
If you’re unfamiliar with Intel nomenclature, the K means that the CPU is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked. Because of this we made sure to include an amazing overclocking-friendly motherboard with great VRMs that can overclock any 10th-gen Intel CPU without any worries of thermal throttling.
However, considering the new feature of the 10th-gen processors, you might not even have to overclock it.
That new feature is called thermal velocity boost and it allows your CPU to run at its maximum frequency when CPU temperatures are under 70 degrees Celsius. Of course, the CPU won’t be able to maintain these speeds for too long (the duration will depend on the workload and cooling solution), but it will definitely improve the CPU’s performance, by mimicking overclocking during short performance boosts.
But in order to keep such a powerful processor cool, and especially in order to enable this new feature, this CPU needs a good cooling solution, which is why our next entry is dedicated precisely to that.
The Intel Core i9-10850K is going to need some fantastic cooling, and that’s exactly what the Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black provides.
Even just a quick Google search will tell you that Noctua NH-D15 is hands down the best CPU cooler you can get your hands on. The only other cooler that can rival it is the Deepcool Assassin III. However, even though they might be on relatively even footing in terms of performance, the Assassin III can get quite loud at times which is what tipped the scales in Noctua’s favor.
The cooler features a dual tower design with two 140mm fans, 6 heat pipes, and room for a third fan in case you ever need it. It also comes with a 6-year warranty, which gives you a pretty good idea of how confident they are in their design.
The only thing that might have dissuaded us from using the Noctua NH-D15 in the past was its exclusively cream/brown design that didn’t really fit everyone’s color scheme, and could sometimes look downright ugly for lack of a better word. However, in October 2019, Noctua finally launched an all-black edition of these amazing fans, so now there is simply no excuse not to use them.
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
And here it is, the component everyone was eager to see, the phenomenal RTX 3090!
When it comes to the basic specs, this GPU has a silly 24GB of the incredibly fast DDR6X memory and supports real-time ray tracing, of course. Additionally, it has 10,496 CUDA cores and a max frequency of 1.7GHz.
Now let’s take a step back for a minute.
This is a Titan card. Although it’s heavily marketed as a gaming card, this is a productivity-focused Titan.
In the PC Overview section, we mentioned that this PC can run games at 60FPS in 8K (at least according to Nvidia), and we have no doubts that it can, but the fact of the matter is, for gaming, this card is way ahead of its time. There are very few people who have an 8K monitor, or even TV, or the means to buy them, and there are very few games, if any, that can take advantage of even half of the VRAM this card has.
Having said this, this is not the best-value card you can get – the RTX 3080 is. However, without a doubt, the RTX 3090 is the best graphics card available anywhere at the moment, period.
So now the question is, do you want the best value, or do you want the best?
We can’t answer that question for you, so you have to be able to come to a decision yourself, but if you decide an RTX 3080 is enough of a beast, then take a look at our $2000 PC Build, or simply take the existing components of this build and replace the RTX 3090 with the 3080. You will get a machine that won’t fail your for years to come even if better components do come out as PC hardware is developing way faster than the software can keep up.
However, while cheaper builds are created to present the best value possible, premium builds such as this one are focused on gaming enthusiasts who want the best of the best. Therefore, if you have $3000 and you’re dead set on spending it on a PC, then it’s our job to present you with some of the best components you can find for the money, and the RTX 3090 is one of them.
Is it overkill? Yes. Is it glorious? Yes. Is it expensive? Hell yes. Is it worth it? That’s up to you.
We didn’t skimp on quality when it comes to RAM either. We chose two stylish Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro sticks with 8 GB of RAM and a speed of 3200 MHz each for a total of 16GB of RAM.
We thought about choosing a 32GB kit, but we chose to use that money to improve the power supply instead since it would be really bad if that component were to give out. This doesn’t mean that you can’t make a different choice since the recommended wattage for the RTX 3090 is 750W, but this is not a universally safe wattage. For a system such as this one, it should be better to go a bit above and beyond, so you should get an 850W PSU at the very least.
That said, 16GB of RAM is by no means little. In fact, it’s currently the optimal amount, and it will be a while until 32GB becomes the norm for simple gaming rigs. However, for those of you doing editing, design, or streaming on your systems, it’s a different story, and you will greatly benefit from having more RAM.
Essentially, while this list was created to benefit gamers exclusively, you are more than free to adjust your choices according to your personal needs.
And lastly, the reason we chose the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro sticks in particular (besides the top-of-the-line performance, and reasonable price) is their aesthetic. The sleek design with stylish RGB placement looks and feels classy and seamlessly fits into any build. It was simply a perfect choice for this high-end build.
As we’ve already learned to expect from the TUF series, the Asus TUF Z490 Plus Wi-Fi motherboard is truly something. It was created with ultimate durability and gaming performance in mind, and it shows.
This motherboard is able to support and comfortably overclock any 10th and very likely the future 11th series processor which means that you’ll be able to allow the already amazing i9 10850K to reach even greater heights.
One other thing we are thankful for on this motherboard is the fact that it has a metal-reinforced GPU slot which is especially welcome considering that this system will be running an RTX 3090.
Speaking of graphics cards, we should mention that this is still a mid-range motherboard, so it does not support SLI even though the RTX 3090 does, but seeing as the RTX 3090 is so stupidly powerful we can’t imagine any regular gamer needing to put two of them in a system. Some might say even one is an unnecessary overkill.
Additionally, since it’s not an enthusiast-level motherboard, it will support only one water pump, so those of you who want to run a custom water-cooling loop might want to look for something more high-end. However, as it would appear that it will be quite cumbersome to water-cool these cards (each model of the card will require a special cooler designed specifically for that card), even the water-cooling enthusiasts might opt for air-cooling instead.
Other than that, the TUF Plus Wi-Fi has a typical black, gray and yellow design with discreet RGB lighting. While the color scheme is quite unique and appealing, it doesn’t fit all systems, so we’re glad that this time the yellow is not as prevalent and obvious as it was in some previous TUF models.
And finally, the motherboard has great audio, and especially clear recording quality without any static.
If you want to know more details about the motherboard and its connectivity options, we suggest you visit Asus’ website since it would take too long to list them all here, but we hope we at least got you interested since this is truly an amazing gaming motherboard.
We’d love to say that we chose this storage after hours of exhausting research and deliberation, but in fact, we didn’t have to think about it at all. Including an HDD in this kind of a build would be plain silly, and at this point, the regular 2.5 SSDs have also become too mainstream. For this build, we needed something special, and for that, there was no other brand we could turn to but Samsung.
Samsung’s EVO line of NVMe SSDs pushes the boundaries of what we thought storage speeds could achieve, and here we have for you 1 TB of such storage! The only way we could have gone further was if we included another 1 TB NVMe stick, or if we opted for the Samsung EVO Pro line of SSDs, but, unbelievable as that might sound, those are still overpriced, even for a $3000 build.
That said, there’s no need to feel robbed because the Samsung EVO Plus is right up there among the top storage choices on the market. With storage this powerful, your PC will be working so fast your eyes won’t be able to keep up.
When it comes to the power supply, you can never really go wrong with EVGA. For this build, we chose a 1000W PSU that will do an amazing job supporting all of the abovementioned components and then some.
This PSU is fully modular meaning that it doesn’t have any cables attached to it. In most cases we wouldn’t recommend a fully-modular power supply for non-portable PCs simply because they are unnecessarily expensive compared to semi-modular ones without adding anything significant to the table (since you’re already going to be plugging in all the cables a semi has anyway).
However, this time it’s a little different. Namely, the new Nvidia GPUs require a 12-pin connector which isn’t something power supplies usually have, so every 3000 Series card will come with a separate adapter.
However, the adapters provided by Nvidia (while functional) aren’t exactly easy on the eyes and can make cable management frustrating. Now, since the 3000 Series is expected to sell like hotcakes we doubt PSU manufacturers will fail to include a more manageable adapter with their fully-modular PSUs which should make your life a little easier.
This isn’t a must-have feature, but we think it could be useful to have.
And finally, this PSU is 80+ Gold certified, meaning that it offers quite efficient power consumption, which you’ll definitely need with the Intel Core i9-10850K and the RTX 3090 running together.
Finally, we’ve come to our final component of this $3000 PC, and we’re excited to tell you more about it!
When choosing a case for your PC, you obviously want to get something that looks great because it’s the part that everyone first notices. However, this isn’t the only thing you should worry about, and it’s far from being the most important either, but with such a vas pool of cases to choose from, the search can prove to be overwhelming.
Luckily, you have us, and we’ve found a case for you that perfectly combines functionality and style, and that’s the Cooler Master MasterCase H500.
This case comes with one 140mm exhaust fan in the back, and two incredibly quiet 200mm Addressable RGB fans in the front along with an RGB controller. The case is quite spacious, allowing not only for optimal cooling but also for easy installation of all of your components.
In fact, this is one of the main reasons we chose this case. First of all, the spaciousness is incredibly important seeing as it will be housing a massive 12.3” RTX 3090, and good airflow is essential in helping to maintain low temperatures of your components. This will prove especially helpful for the CPU as (like we mentioned in the CPU section) the i9 10850K has thermal velocity boost, meaning that as long as your CPU temperature is below 70 degrees Celsius, the processor will be able to work to its maximum potential of a whopping 5.2GHz.
Additionally, for those of you who plan on using water cooling, the case also supports up to 360mm radiators in the front, as well as a 240mm on the top and a 120mm radiator in the back of the case, so you shouldn’t have any problems if water cooling is your thing.
The H500 also boasts a PSU shroud, a tempered glass side panel, and a mesh front panel that can be switched to tempered glass if you don’t mind sacrificing a tiny bit of airflow for some additional class. Last but not least, the case has 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports right next to the power button.
So basically, next to the amazing thermals and useful additional features, the case looks absolutely stunning, but if you want to see a few more options before you commit, check out the link below.
Now that we’re finished with the main build, we’d like to offer you some suggestions on the kind of peripherals you might want to have with a high-end PC such as this one.
The peripherals were not included in the price of the build as most people already own some of them from their previous systems, or they simply don’t want or don’t need everything we have listed down below.
Nevertheless, while some of what we have on our list is entirely optional and depends entirely on your personal preference, other peripheral items such as the monitor can make or break your gaming experience depending on what kind of a monitor you choose. So take a look down below to see what we’ve prepared for you.
This one is a no-brainer. It’s indisputable that Linux has its own advantages, and WINE represents their admirable step forward in improving users’ gaming experience, but in the end, when it comes to gaming Windows takes the crown hands down.
Admittedly, Windows is expensive, and not everyone can afford it, but for those already buying a PC this pricey, a few more bucks for an OS that will give you the best gaming experience should be seen as an investment.
While we firmly stand by our recommendation, we understand that some of you may not be big fans of Windows, so in that case, SteamOS might be a somewhat good enough replacement.
We’ve mentioned that monitors are vital when it comes to your gaming experience, and there are several reasons for that.
First of all, your experience will depend on the type of panel the monitor is using. In most cases, we would suggest choosing an IPS panel because they have better viewing angles and better color accuracy than any other type of panel. However, if you’re into competitive multiplayer gaming, definitely go for TN due to its better response time, but be prepared for a less vibrant gaming experience and remember that TN monitors usually don’t pair well with a 4K resolution.
The other thing is the response time we’ve just mentioned, which is basically how long it takes for the pixels to change color, but we won’t get into the details of it here. If you want to know more, we have a whole article written about the subject that you can check out.
What we will talk about, however, is the refresh rate. This is important because the monitor can, in a way, bottleneck your GPU if your GPU is too strong and the monitor refresh rate too low. Essentially, no matter how strong your GPU is, your FPS will be limited by the refresh rate of your monitor. That said, the refresh rate you should be aiming for is definitely 144Hz in a powerful PC such as this one.
The Acer Predator XB273K is a monitor that supports 4K and has a 144Hz refresh rate along with a 4ms response time. It’s got an IPS panel and HDR400, which results in some stunning visuals, and of course, it has G-SYNC to make sure that awful screen tearing doesn’t happen.
All of this said, this monitor is quite pricey, but it’s no wonder considering what it has to offer. However, keep in mind that this is not a monitor that will suit everyone as not everyone has the same preferences.
For those of you who prefer to game on ultra-wide, you might want to look into something like the Alienware AW3418DW or even better, the ASUS Predator X35. If you’re more into the super ultra-wide gaming and have deep enough pockets, then you can take a look at the Samsung CRG9 or the Dell U4919DW, but keep in mind they are not without their disadvantages.
Also, as we’ve mentioned before, if you’re into competitive gaming, you might be in the market for a monitor with a TN panel in which case you’d want to go with something like the HP Omen 27, for example.
Another interesting monitor for TN is the Viotek GFT27DB, which is a 1440p, 144Hz monitor with FreeSync that actually supports both Nvidia and AMD GPUs. The one specific thing that makes this monitor amazing is its enhanced color reproduction and improved viewing angles more reminiscent of a VA panel without sacrificing any of the speed. This is not exactly a high-end monitor, but it does have interesting perks worth looking into, unfortunately, however, it’s not available in the EU.
All of this said we want you to keep in mind that these are just recommendations. There are plenty of amazing monitors out there in different price ranges, and what works for some of you might not work for others. In the end, the one who chooses what to buy is you, and you should get whatever you think will suit you best, we’re just here to offer a little help if you need it.
Even among pro gamers, the G502 is an extremely popular mouse, and it’s clear why. It looks simply fantastic. But amazing looks are not the only thing the Logitech G502 has to offer.
The first thing we have to mention here is that the mouse is a bit on the larger side, and heavier too, sitting at 121g. But if that’s not quite heavy enough for you, it also comes with five additional 3.6g weights so you can customize it entirely to your liking. Furthermore, you’ll have no less than 11 programmable buttons to play with, just be careful not to press them by accident.
This mouse also has a DPI range of 100-16,000 without any filtering, smoothing, or acceleration, as well as customizable RGB that can synchronize with your other Logitech G devices if you have any.
This G502 Hero, in particular, is a wired mouse with a high-quality braided cable, with hook and loop cable-tie, but if you’re not a fan of cables, you’ll be happy to know this mouse also has a wireless version.
When it comes to keyboards, all of you probably already know that you can either choose to go with a mechanic or membrane keyboard, which basically comes down to your budget. There is nothing inherently wrong with membrane keyboards, but if you’re looking for a really good quality keyboard, there is absolutely no reason not to get a mechanical one.
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The reason why most people like mechanical keyboards is, for the most part, their recognizable clicky sound, but there is a lot more to it than that. In short, on mechanical keyboards, each key is registered separately, which gives it two advantages over membrane ones:
- The keys have a longer lifespan, and even if they malfunction, it’s easy to replace each key separately.
- When it comes to multiple keystrokes, mechanical keyboards register every single key pressed, and they do it in the correct order.
This second point is particularly important for gamers as membrane keyboards can fail to register some keys if they are pressed near-simultaneously, which can mean the difference between life and death in video games.
With this in mind, we’ve chosen an amazing mechanical keyboard from Corsair, the K70 RGB Rapidfire MK.2. We’ve already reviewed this keyboard, so we won’t prattle on too long about it, but here’s some basic information that might interest you.
First of all, the keyboard comes with a 2-year warranty, and it’s equipped with a sturdy braided cable and an aluminum frame that gives it a pleasant weight. It has a clean and simple design and comes in two colors – black and white. Along with the keyboard, in the box, you’ll also find a detachable wrist rest.
The keys themselves are raised slightly higher than on most other Corsair keyboards, which not only looks neat but also helps with the cleaning. The keys are also available with several kinds of switches, each of them with their own set of perks. Finally, the top of the keyboard houses the profile switch, brightness, and WIN lock.
Overall, this is not a keyboard packed with flashy features that do little else except raise the price. It’s a simple, but functional, and quality made keyboard you won’t be disappointed by, but if you are interested in seeing a few more choices, you can take a look at our list below.
These days, even if you’re a PC master-race subscriber, it’s impossible to fully immerse yourself in the world of gaming without a proper controller as a lot of the titles that were originally created for consoles tend to continue working better when played with a controller even after being ported for PC.
The Xbox Elite controller has been holding the crown for the best controller in our opinion for quite a while, so now that Microsoft has come out with their Xbox Series 2 Controllers and when we’ve seen what they can do there was no doubt in our minds that this will be the next king of controllers.
The Xbox Series 2 Controller looks quite similar to its predecessor, but a closer look reveals numerous changes and upgrades.
First of all, the new controller comes in a case with all the replaceable thumbsticks and d-pad, but it also finally comes with a charger that can be used directly from the case (there’s an opening in the case for the cable to come through so it can charge while in the case), or taken out and used separately.
Another major difference is the upgrade to the USB Type-C charger, and a switch to a built-in battery with a 40-hour lifespan between charging.
Other than that, Microsoft has gone above and beyond in making this controller as customizable as possible.
In addition to the already mentioned magnetic thumbsticks and d-pad, with the Xbox Series 2 Controller you can now have 4 profiles to switch between, three of which are entirely customizable while one is stock settings. The adjustable hair triggers now have third mode (shallow, medium and deep press), and, this is probably going to interest many of you, you can now adjust thumbstick tension!
Last, but not least, Microsoft included the ability to designate a shift button. This means that all your other buttons aside the shift button can gain an entirely new function adding a whole slew of new options.
This is quite an upgrade compared to the previous Elite controller, but if you’re worried about spending a lot of money on a fancy new gadget that won’t be compatible with later versions of Xbox, let us put you at ease. This controller will definitely be compatible with the new Xbox Series X. So if you want to treat yourself to a new controller, the Xbox Series 2 is what we recommend as you will be able to use it on both your PC and your new Xbox without any problems.
The PC build listed above is an absolute monster, and there is no doubt that with it you’ll be able to unlock whole new levels of VR magnificence, so it would be a real shame if you didn’t utilize it.
The Valve Index is currently the Headset that can offer you the best VR experience.
The Valve Index has adjustable lenses with an LCD 1600×1440 display each. This improved resolution compared to the Vive reduces motion sickness quite a bit, so if that used to be a problem for you, then the Valve Index might be the right headset to help you step into the world of VR gaming.
Moreover, if you already have the HTC Vive and want to upgrade, you’ll be happy to know that there is no need to change your setup completely, as the Index’s base stations fit right into Vive’s mounting points, so you just need to slide them into place and you’ll be ready to game.
Finally, there are some great features implemented into this premium headset such as the amazing adjustable speakers that may look silly, but will actually improve your overall VR experience quite a bit. A great thing is that you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to, you can simply use your earplugs instead, but it would be a real shame not to take advantage of the amazing audio these provide.
And the other new feature is the finger-movement recognition built into the re-designed controllers. While not 100% perfect, this might be a step in the right direction toward making VR feel much more real.
The headset market is huge, and the competition is tight. There are a lot of amazing headsets out there, but sometimes having such a vast pool of items to choose from can be… well… too much. Luckily, there is one headset that everyone agrees is an amazing choice for gamers in particular, and that’s the HyperX Cloud Revolver S.
This headset is not only incredibly stylish and durable; it’s also super-comfortable thanks to its memory foam padding that makes it comfortable to wear for hours on end. Additionally, it boasts a detachable microphone. This means that you can either remove it when you don’t need it or replace it with a better one… if you can find a better one, that is.
When it comes to sound, the Cloud Revolver S is hard to beat with its 12Hz to 28kHz frequency range and improved drivers that offer studio-grade audio. If you listen closely enough, you might be able to hear ants moving underground. Have we mentioned the steel frame and the noise-canceling mike?
There is virtually nothing this headset lacks, so if you are in need and you are ready to splurge a bit, we encourage you to go for it, you will absolutely not regret it.
The keyboard we recommended above does come with its own wrist rest, but we are well aware that it won’t be to everyone’s liking.
If you are one of those people, we suggest you take a look at the HyperX Wrist Rest. It’s a simple wrist rest, but quite effective.
It’s not magnetic, and it has a red thread running along its edges that won’t suit everyone, but these shortcomings are overshadowed by its comfort and quality build.
The HyperX Wrist Rest is made of gel-infused memory foam that not only serves as a high-end pillow for your hands, but it also helps keep them cool even in hot environments.
This wrist rest fits any full-sized keyboard, so if you own one and are sick of resting your bones on uncomfortable edges of your keyboard, then this will certainly make your life much more comfortable.
And that was our $3000 PC build along with a slew of peripherals you can choose from to complete this monster setup.
We hope you found something you liked among the components listed above or that you’ve at least learned something new. So get this build and start enjoying your future-proof 8K gaming build now!