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 needless to say, it contains some of the best components currently available on the market!
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 article!
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The Best $3000 Gaming PC Build For 2020
Updated: August 4, 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.
Smooth gaming in 4K is the ultimate goal of many video game connoisseurs, and this build makes it possible. This shouldn’t be a surprise, but even at ultra settings, most new games will hover around 70-80 FPS. However, it would appear that even with the most powerful GPU on the market, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider still feel the most comfortable at around 50-55 FPS.
But do not despair! While you will have to make some compromises, you can always choose to turn off some of the unnecessary features such as anti-aliasing and increase the FPS without sacrificing the graphics quality too much.
Streaming and VR
Considering everything that was said above, it shouldn’t be surprising that this PC also works phenomenally for streaming and VR. While we still think streaming in 4K is overkill in more ways than one, 2K streaming will work perfectly fine 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 super smooth. Considering that the GPU we’ve chosen for you is even better, you might find yourself lost in an alternate reality sooner than you can blink.
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 some of the best components the market currently has to offer, and it will take a while before something significantly more powerful shows up and makes you want to switch out some of the parts.
However, no computer can stay the best forever, and eventually, something better will come along, which is where the motherboard comes into play. Well, you can rest assured that with the motherboard we’ve chosen, you shouldn’t have any problems for years to come unless you decide to switch to a newer generation processor, or an AMD one, but that’s simply inevitable with any motherboard.
The PC Build
Instead of talking about it any longer, it’s the time actually to show you what you can get for $3000!
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900K
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 9900K is currently the overall second best consumer processor out there.
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Don’t let the “second best” title discourage you. The only thing better than the i9 9900K is the i9 9900KS, which is its out-of-the-box overclocked version that is indeed slightly faster, but it also gives the phrase “white-hot” a whole new meaning.
When it comes to the basic specs, the processor has 8 cores and 16 threads, a base frequency of 3.6 GHz, and a max boost frequency of a whooping 5.0 GHz, which is pretty beefy.
If you’re unfamiliar with Intel nomenclature, the K means that the CPU is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked, and the absence of the letter F (it’s an i9 9900K and not an i9 9900KF) means that it has an integrated GPU. So in case anything happens to the dedicated GPU, you’ll still be able to use your PC until the dedicated graphics card is back in the game.
What this CPU doesn’t include, however, is neither fan nor heat sink, which is why our next entry is dedicated to CPU cooling.
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Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 chromax.Black
Although it’s no i9 9900KS, a powerful CPU like the i9 9900K still needs fantastic cooling, and that’s exactly what the Noctua NH-D15 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.
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.
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GPU: Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC RTX 2080 Ti
And here it is, the component everyone was eager to see, the RTX 2080 Ti. For a high-end build such as this one, it wouldn’t have made sense to include any other card.
When it comes to the basic specs, this GPU has 11GB of the incredibly fast DDR6 memory and supports real-time ray tracing. As regards the ROG Strix in particular, it has three fans with Max-Contact technology and a 20% larger cooling surface compared to the previous generation, as well as two hybrid-controlled fan headers. Last but not least, it can support up to four monitors!
The GPU runs most of the time quietly, or rather, at light loads, the fans are set up to work at full capacity only with more demanding tasks.
We’re sure there isn’t much we can tell you about the RTX 2080 Ti that you don’t already know. It’s painfully expensive, but it’s the absolute best GPU currently available. The only way to get better performance than this is to get two of them… and that’s only in certain games that support the NVLink, but this is not the place to talk about that.
We’re here to talk about 2080 Ti’s supreme performance.
As it should be expected, with this GPU, you can play virtually any game your heart desires on ultra settings in 4K most of the time. As we’ve mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are certain games such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider that still hover around the 50 FPS mark despite the insane computing power of the i9 9900K and the RTX 2080 Ti combined.
When it comes to other games, the benchmarks are much more in line with expectations. In 4K most other games hit about 70-80 FPS, and in 1440p the FPS mostly falls between 130 and 190 FPS in games such as PUBG, Overwatch, Fortnite, Battlefield V, and GTA V, while falling somewhat lower (between 80 and 110) in games such as Anthem, Division 2, Forza Horizon 4, and once again, even lower in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Odyssey.
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However, keep in mind that this is as bad as it will get considering that the benchmarks for all games are done on ultra settings, and with a little light tinkering and disabling some redundant features like anti-aliasing these numbers can be cranked up even higher.
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RAM: G-Skill Trident Z RGB – 32GB
We didn’t skimp on quality when it comes to RAM either. We chose two stylish G-Skill Trident Z RGB sticks with 16 GB of RAM and a speed of 3600 MHz each, for a total of 32 GB of RAM.
In our less expensive builds we’ve never included 32 GB of RAM for two simple reasons:
- The budget was too low.
- There was no real need for it, as 16 GB is the optimal amount for the majority of gamers.
However, in this case, there was no need to think about either of those things.
While 32 GB may not be absolutely necessary for gaming, it certainly doesn’t do it any harm either. In addition to that, more RAM is always a great advantage when it comes to streaming – it means that you can stream and keep all your not-so-essential-but-sometimes-useful-and-fun-programs running in the background at the same time without experiencing any lag.
Lastly, the reason we chose the Trident Z 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.
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Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ULTRA
At the beginning of this article, when we mentioned that the motherboard we’ve chosen for this build is top of the line, we really meant it.
From the get-go, the one thing you notice about it is that it has supreme thermals as the power delivery components are covered by two heat sinks connected by a heat pipe, which then directly touches the MOSFETs for the most optimal cooling. This is especially important if you want to overclock as MOSFETs help make up the VRM, which stabilizes the voltage delivered to other components on the motherboard.
Other prominent features include an integrated I/O shield, thick PCB, triple M.2 connectors with triple thermal guards, ultra-durable PCIe Armor, dual BIOS, WiFi, of course, 6x SATA connectors, a USB 3.1 gen header for USB-C, multiple fan connectors, and a slew of other USB ports you can further check out on Gigabyte’s website.
One exciting thing about the audio is that the AORUS ULTRA uses the Smart Headphone Amp solution, which prevents issues like low volume and distortion by automatically detecting impedance, which in turn results in a clearer and overall better performance.
The four RAM slots support memory overclocked to up to 4400 MHz, and the motherboard supports Intel 8-gen and 9-gen CPUs, but we can’t be sure about any of the future generations of Intel processors.
As usual, Gigabyte keeps a clean color scheme, and all the bling comes from the RGB. In the case of this motherboard, there are RGB LEDs on the I/O cover, PCH heat sink, audio cover, and a subtle stripe on the front edge. Overall it looks and works fantastic, and it’s a perfect fit for the i9 9900K.
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SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB
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.
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Power Supply: EVGA 850W GQ 80+ Gold
When it comes to the power supply, you can never really go wrong with EVGA. For this build, we chose an 850W PSU that will do an amazing job supporting all of the abovementioned components and then some.
This PSU is a Semi-modular one meaning that it has only the necessary cables attached to it. In contrast, the others are removable, which helps you avoid any unnecessary cable clutter. If you’re wondering why we didn’t opt for fully-modular, it’s because the fully-modular ones are the most useful if you plan on building a portable PC. Otherwise, there is no need to give any additional money for a feature you won’t ever need or use.
Another awesome thing about this power supply is that it’s 80+ Gold certified, meaning that it offers much more efficient power consumption, which you’ll definitely need with the i9 9900K and the RTX 2080 Ti running together.
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Case: Cooler Master H500M
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 wide array of cases, you can choose from, finding the right one for you 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 H500M.
This case comes with one 140mm exhaust fan in the back, and two incredibly quiet 200mm Addressable RGB fans in the front, with an Addressable RGB controller. The case is quite spacious, allowing not only for optimal cooling but also for easy installation of all of your components.
In addition to this, for those of you who plan on using water cooling, the case also supports up to 360mm radiators in the front and on top, as well as a 140mm in the rear, so you shouldn’t have any problems if water cooling is your thing.
The H500M also boasts a PSU shroud, no less than four tempered glass panels, 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 a native USB-C port easily accessible, 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.
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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 accompanying 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.
Operating System: Windows
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.
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Monitor: Acer Predator XB273K
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 less vibrant gaming experience and remember that TN monitors usually don’t pair well with a 4K resolution.
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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.
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Mouse: Logitech G502 Hero
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.
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Keyboard: Corsair K70 RGB Rapidfire MK.2
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 done a review of this keyboard on our site, 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 of Best Gaming Keyboards.
Controller: Xbox One Elite
Unless you’re exclusively playing FPS games on your mouse and keyboard, you will definitely need a great controller, and you needn’t look further than the Xbox Elite Wireless.
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The Xbox Elite comes with a whole array of additional goodies in the box. First of all, you get a case for your controller, which is very neat in itself, but you also get a set of 6 thumbsticks and 2 D-pads that you can switch and change to your preference. Additionally, you also get a set of 4 paddles that you can attach to mounting points on the back of the controller and use as four additional keys!
These are some amazing additions to an already great controller that any gaming enthusiast is sure to love.
When it comes to the overall design, nothing was changed, and there was no need for it. The curvy design and substantial heft are the recognizable trademark features of Xbox controllers that we’ve grown to love and enjoy.
All in all, the upgrades are substantial and interesting, to say the least, but if you’re a type of gamer who prefers to stick to the basics, you can go with the regular Xbox One and never go wrong.
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VR: HTC Vive
First, let’s get something out of the way – the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are pretty much equal on a technical level, so if you’d prefer to get Oculus, you wouldn’t be sacrificing any performance in the process. However, there is a reason why we chose, and will likely continue to choose the HTC Vive over Oculus, and that’s Steam.
If you’re an avid gamer, chances are your Steam library is overflowing by now, and among those games, you probably already have a few that support VR. This coupled with the fact that Steam VR can even run some games that weren’t originally meant for it means that you won’t have to spend even more money on games right after splurging on a VR set – you’ll be able to take it for a test run in some of Steam VR games right after you unpack it.
Overall, we simply think the HTC Vive gives you a slightly better value for your money, but in the end, this basically comes down to personal preference, so feel free to choose whichever you like best.
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Headset: HyperX Cloud Revolver S
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.
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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.
Wrist Rest: GoldenClaw WR1
We know the keyboard we chose for this list already comes with its own wrist rest, but Corsair’s wrist rests are not the softest out there, so here we’re offering you an alternative.
For only $10 you can get a memory foam wrist rest for your keyboard and mouse that will protect your joints and make for a comfortable gaming experience.
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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.
In case you’re interested in seeing more of our high-end picks, we also have the $1200, $1500, $2000, $4000 and $5000 PC Builds on our website, so feel free to take a look and let us know about any of the products you’ve tried and liked… or didn’t like in the comments below.