Best Gaming PC Under 5000 USD – The Ultimate PC Build Guide

Wishing for a high-end build that will let you play any game you want at 60FPS even in 4K, looking at pictures of other people’s setups online, and actually building one yourself are very different things.

Spending the amount of money needed for that kind of a build can be terrifying, especially for someone who is not particularly well-versed in computer hardware. But, this is why we exist.

We’re here to show you some of the best components you can currently find to complete a $5000 PC, why they are the best, and where you can find them.

So without any further delay, let’s see what this $5000 PC has to offer.

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The Best $5000 Gaming PC Build For 2020

Updated: November 28, 2020

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AMD Ryzen 9 5950XCPU

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

Not many CPUs have the capacity to support an RTX 3090, which is why this build needed the best possible processor money can buy, and right now, that's the Ryzen 9 5950X
NZXT Kraken Z73 360mmCPU Cooler

NZXT Kraken Z73

The NZXT Kraken Z73 is not only an amazing cooler, but it also boasts an enthusiast-grade design you'll be sure to love.
MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X TrioGPU

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio

Nothing says 'ultimate gaming' quite like the RTX 3090; from its size, to power and speed, this card is brutal in every way
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro (64GB)RAM

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 64GB (4x16GB)

With 64GB of the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro your PC will be able to take on anything you throw at it and look amazing while doing it.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII FormulaMotherboard

ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula

The ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula X570 is an overclocking-friendly, enthusiast-grade motherboard with a slew of cool features and an eyecatching design
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TBSSD

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB

With 2TB of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus you won't have the time or the need to think about upgrades any time soon
EVGA Supernova P2 1200W 80+ PlatinumPSU

EVGA Supernova P2 1200W 80+ Platinum

The Supernova P2 power supply from EVGA with 1200W and an 80+ Platinum certificate is more than powerful enough to support any kind of overclocking and numerous future upgrades
Cooler Master MasterCase H500MCase

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M

A build such as this one demands plenty of room and outstanding airflow which is exactly what the Cooler Master MasterCase H500M offers

PC Overview

Just to clarify, you don’t need $5000 to build a PC that can do everything we mentioned above. You do need it if you want the absolute cream of the crop components.

That said, this is a build for true gaming enthusiasts where we didn’t pay attention to price, but solely to quality and enthusiast-grade features.

4K Gaming

With a $5000 build gaming in 4K is a given, but it’s not the limit.

With the latest, Nvidia GPU lineup gaming is capable of reaching new heights, and that’s exactly what this build does.

Any game you can think of and any game that you will be able to think of in at least the next two years will run at 60FPS in 4K on this PC, and some of them will even run in 8K with astonishing results.

In the peripherals section, we’ve chosen one of the best monitors currently available that will be able to do justice to the suggested GPU/CPU combo.

That said, there aren’t many panels in the world that support 8K resolution, and those that do are hellishly expensive, so for now, most of you will have to ‘settle’ for 4K gaming, but we’re hoping this will change in the near future.

Streaming and VR

Similarly, live streaming and VR are bordering on surreal with this build. The capabilities of the new Titan-level card exceed anything we could have imagined.

In combination with the VR headset we’ve chosen, you’ll have the time of your life in any virtual world you choose.

Upgradeability

The upgradeability of this build is the only thing that you might find lacking, but the reason for this is simple – this build already contains all the latest top-tier components. There really isn’t much you can do to make it better until we see some new releases.

However, even if you do wish to upgrade in the future, there shouldn’t be any major problems. The case is large enough to accommodate even an EATX motherboard, and any of the largest GPUs out there, and the motherboard is well-equipped with SATA, M.2, and other connectivity options, so there shouldn’t be anything limiting you on that front.

Unfortunately, in all likelihood, AMD motherboards will move on from the AM4 socket after the Ryzen 5000 series, so in case you’re planning on keeping up with the latest releases, you will have to get a new motherboard once the new generation is out.

The PC Build

We’ve dragged this on long enough. Let’s jump into the actual build!

AMD crushed it with its 5000 lineup of processors, so much so that it has finally pushed out Intel out of our super high-end builds.

Be it a work-oriented build, a battle station, or a bit of both, there is currently no better CPU on the market but the Ryzen 9 5950X.

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The 16 cores, 32 threads 3.4 GHz base clock, and 4.9 GHz max boost clock speed this CPU offers may seem underwhelming compared to the higher frequencies Intel processors have on paper, but the R9 5950X outperforms them all.

This CPU’s performance can further be boosted through overclocking. As we all know, all Ryzen processors are unlocked, but you will need an exceptional cooler to pull this off without a hitch. Luckily, we’ve taken this into account, so in the next section, we’ll talk about one of the best CPU coolers on the market.

If you want to save some money you can always go with the Ryzen 9 5900X. It comes at a $150 lower MSRP, and the performance is equally impressive, being more or less on par with Intel’s 10th-gen flagship processor when it comes to gaming.

However, seeing as this is a $5000 build, and that even with the more expensive R9 5950X, and all of the other, top of the line components included there was still plenty of room left in the budget, there should be no need for that. After all, this is a build aimed at enthusiasts, and enthusiasts generally don’t settle for anything short of extraordinary.

Related:The Best CPUs For Gaming (2021 Reviews)

The Ryzen 9 5950X  runs pretty hot, which is not surprising, but it requires some thought when it comes to picking the right cooler. Here you have two options – water and air.

But which one is better?

Well, both have their pros and cons. For instance, air coolers are cheaper, easier to install, consume less power, and don’t pose any risk to your system. If a fan breaks, you get a new one, it’s as simple as that. So if you want an air cooler, the Noctua NH-D15 and the Assassin III are the best ones out there.

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Water coolers, on the other hand, can be a potential cause of leaks, but they leave plenty of RAM clearance, don’t block the view and access to any of your other parts unlike air coolers, they look cleaner, and most importantly, they cool better.

Now, we may have scared you a bit when we mentioned leaks, but there really isn’t much to worry about since this has a much higher chance of happening in custom loops where you assemble all the parts separately yourself.

NZXT Kraken Z73 Cooler

Closed-loop water coolers do this extremely rarely, and the cooler we’ve chosen for this build, the NZXT Kraken Z73 even less so. In fact, NZXT covers any damage done by leaks, so even if by some stroke of misfortune it does happen, you’ll be fully compensated.

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Finally, a little bit about why we’ve chosen the Kraken Z73.

First of all, it currently offers the best closed-loop water cooling performance, and for a build such as this one, no less would do. Second, it has a 360 mm radiator, which, granted, might be a bit of an overkill, but trust us, too much cooling is always better than not enough of it. What’s more, thanks to better passive cooling, the fans will be much quieter.

And finally, last but not least, the phenomenal new piece of bling, the LCD screen.

No, this cooler does not have RGB, but it does boast an LCD screen on top of the CPU block. The display is completely customizable, and it can show anything from the current CPU and ambient temperatures to fun images or even gifs for an entirely new level of personalization.

The GPU pick was a no-brainer. If you want the best GPU on the market, the RTX 3090 is the way to go, and for this premium battlestation we picked the MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio as our weapon of choice.

Our reasoning was simple. With unprecedented power come unprecedented temperatures, and a good cooling solution is a must if you want this kind of a card to run smoothly. However, great cooling often comes with another problem – it can be awfully loud.

This is why we needed a card that could maximize cooling while minimizing noise and the RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio fit the bill perfectly.

The card is very well-made, and we don’t just mean the custom PCB safeguard, quality thermal padding, Zero Frozr fans, and improved contact between the core pipes and the heatsink for better cooling. Due to the sheer size and heft of it, the card is also reinforced with a metal strap and comes with an additional support bracket that will help make sure no bending occurs even after prolonged use.

And finally, as with all the Gaming X Trio cards, the design is on point, and the RGB is present, but not overwhelming. Best of all, you can easily control it though Mystic Light software, and even turn it off completely if you’re going for a more subtle look.

But let’s put all that aside for a moment and focus on what you’re all probably most interested in – performance!

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As you probably already know, this GPU has 24 GB of GDDR6X VRAM, a staggering 10.496 CUDA Cores, and a 1.7 GHz boost clock that will undoubtedly be able to go well over 2.0 when overclocked since similar results have already been achieved on the RTX 3080.

When it comes to gaming performance, the RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio exceeds all expectations. Live streaming is easier than ever, VR is phenomenal, and 4K gaming will blow your mind (provided you have the right monitor to pull it off).

To put it into perspective, games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Red Dead Redemption, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey easily run at 80 FPS in 4K, ultra settings, and even Microsoft Flight Simulator is brought to its knees, running at a stable 60 FPS in 4K.

8K gaming, on the other hand, will have to wait a bit unless you have $4000+ to spend on a monitor. Plus, the glory of 8K is much better appreciated on a screen that far exceeds monitor size, which coincidentally also far exceeds most people’s budgets.

Nevertheless, this is an enthusiast build, so look for recommendations in the section on peripherals.

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This is the best GPU you can currently get, and possibly the best GPU that might be released for a while unless a real Titan card is in the making.

The issues with availability should be resolved soon so that you’ll be able to enjoy your new monster rig before the new season rolls around.

There are so many RAM options and brands out there that it can be difficult to pick the right one. However, choosing RAM is not as complicated as choosing some of the other components. If you’re only interested in gaming, the only two things you should be interested in are capacity and speed.

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The amount of RAM that should be enough for most people is 16GB. You want to be able to run your games and all the background processes you need or want without it interfering with your gameplay, and for that 16GB is enough.

If besides gaming, you use your PC for light work, and you don’t want to worry about a lack of RAM slowing you down, then 32GB is perfect.

For this build, we’ve chosen four 16GB sticks of the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro sticks that run at 4000MHz. After what we said above you may think this is unnecessary, and it probably is (provided you don’t need your PC for any heavy-duty workloads besides gaming).

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However, just like with cooling, more RAM than necessary is always infinitely better than not enough of it. Not to mention that it looks much better in the chassis than having just two sticks.

Speaking of aesthetics, one of the major reasons we’ve chosen these particular sticks is their classic design and unparalleled Corsair RGB. They might not be as sharp as the Trident Z Neo sticks or as display-case-worthy as the Trident Z Royal ones, but they are tried and true, reliable and stylish, and never a wrong choice regardless of the type of system you’re building.

With 64GB of the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro sticks, this PC will become both a brutal battlestation and an incredibly powerful workstation if you ever need it.

Just a note for those of you planning to buy, the link provided above is to 2x16GB running at 4000MHz. Don’t let this confuse you, we still recommend getting all four sticks, but 4000MHz 4-packs are rare and Corsair doesn’t have them at the moment, but you can always get two of the 2x16GB.

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Motherboards are probably the most difficult component to pick just because of the sheer amount of information you need to keep track of. But let’s quickly go over some of the most important things you should think of when choosing the right motherboard.

First of all, you need to make sure your motherboard corresponds to the CPU you’re getting. This one might be obvious, but it’s worth a mention. Second is, of course, the form factor. The motherboard must be able to fit in your case.

Third is the number and type of PCIe slots it has (this is where you plug in your GPU, Wi-Fi cards, sound cards, RAID controller, etc.). Next is the type of RAM it supports, and finally, there’s VRMs, connectivity, and other additional features.

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This particular motherboard, the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, is a truly premium motherboard. It’s an ATX mobo that fits nicely in the case we’ve chosen for this build. It has four memory slots that support up to 128GB of RAM that allows for speeds of up to 4600MHz.

Now, above all else, we chose this motherboard because it was literally made for overclocking and it has every little feature you can think of to help you do it. It has phenomenal VRMs and excellent cooling thanks to which it can easily overclock an R9 5950X.

As for the features you might find interesting if you’re an overclocker, it has a BIOS FlashBack button, clear CMOS button, Safe Boot and retry buttons, slow mode switch, etc. It also has a 5Gbps LAN, Wi-Fi 6, an eye-catching OLED display, and supports PCIe 4.0. We don’t want this section to turn into a dry listing of all the features this board has, so for more info, we suggest you take a look at the link above.

Now, this is an amazing motherboard, but in our humble opinion, it’s not the very best that can fit the $5000 budget. The reason we went with it anyway was due to its reliable availability compared to other motherboards of this caliber, so you’ll always have a great option several clicks away if you choose to get this PC.

If, however, you want to check out a few other options, we would also suggest the MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE, or even better, the Gigabyte X570 AORUS XTREME. This latter motherboard in particular is a real gem for enthusiast builders. And don’t worry, neither of these will make you exceed the budget we’ve set for this build.

When it comes to storage, the Samsung 970 Evo Plus was the obvious choice.

It is one of the fastest NVMe SSDs on the market at the moment. We’re talking 3.5GB/s read and 3.3GB/s write speeds. And with 2TB of it, you won’t have to worry about storage for a while if you’re going to be using this PC only for gaming.

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Nowadays since SSDs have gotten pretty inexpensive people tend to get one NVMe, or a regular 2.5 SSD for their OS, games, and programs they often use, and an additional HDD for storing videos, images, or any other data they want to keep, but that they don’t use on a day to day basis.

This is a great way to save money and still enjoy the benefits of an SSD card, and you can certainly do that if you like. However, thanks to this build’s $5000 budget, we were able to choose one lightning-fast NVMe with plenty of storage instead without having to worry if we could have invested that money somewhere else.

If you ever need more in the future, there’s room for one more on the motherboard itself, or you can get an expansion slot if you need to.

As the component that powers all your other components, it’s incredibly important to choose a powerful enough PSU from a reliable manufacturer; after all, if it crashes and burns, your other components might crash and burn with it.

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For this reason, we went for the most reliable PSU brand possible – EVGA.

We chose this particular PSU for three reasons, the first one being the Wattage. 1200W might be a bit more than necessary, but don’t forget you’re running a Ryzen 9 5950X and an RTX 3090 in the same system, not to mention all the RGB, an insanely powerful motherboard, NVMe, etc. It’s always better to have more than less, trust us, especially if you plan on overclocking.

The second reason is the fact that this power supply is fully modular which means that you don’t have to deal with any unnecessary cable clutter. It’s great for traveling and tinkering with your setup, and it also reduces the chances of damaging the cables. And this time it might even come with some helpful adapters for the new Nvidia GPUs.

And third, the Supernova P2 is 80+ Platinum certified!

This is a great addition to an already amazing power supply. This means that it’s much cooler and saves much more energy than most other power supplies. It also comes with a double ball bearing 140mm fan and runs pretty quietly.

Finally, it’s always good to know that the manufacturer has faith in the product, so much so that the Supernova P2 has a 10-year warranty! If anything happens to the CPU, EVGA has got you covered.

This case is a dream come true.

The Cooler Master MasterCase H500M is a robust case with plenty of space for both cable management in the rear compartment, and even the beefiest components in the main compartment. It’s an ATX Mid Tower, but it supports EATX motherboards, and has enough room for up to 16.2” (412mm) GPU.

The chassis itself is made of steel, and it has a tempered glass side panel to show off all the glorious components inside. For some additional flare, it also comes with two front panels (steel mesh and glass) that you can change depending on your preferences, but keep in mind that you’ll be sacrificing some airflow if you opt for the glass one, even though it looks amazing.

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M Above

Speaking of airflow, the H500M comes with two 200mm ARGB fans in the front and one 140mm ARGB exhaust fan in the back of the case. On the top there’s also room for two more 140mm or 200mm fans.

If, on the other hand, you prefer water cooling, you’ll be glad to know this case supports up to 360mm fans in the front and top of the case and up to 140mm radiator in the rear.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, the H500M is also well-equipped with USB ports. Next to the power button there’s a USB Type-C and 4x USB 3.0 ports.

Like we said, this is an excellent case that provides great airflow and works well with both air and water, but if you’re really into water cooling, and plan on doing a custom loop, you can also take a look at the Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL, but keep in mind this one doesn’t come with any fans, so you’ll have to provide those yourself.

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Peripherals

And finally, we’ve come to the peripherals. Here we’ve chosen some of the best specimens from each category, and we hope you’ll like them. You all probably have some leftovers from previous builds, and that is completely fine. When it comes to most of these components, personal preference is what matters the most.

However, when it comes to things like monitors, for example, you can actually make the wrong choice if you don’t know what to look for.

So keep on reading!

If you’re a gamer, and you want the best OS, one that’s meant for gaming and can give you the best gaming experience, then look no further than the good old Windows.

While many of you might be fans of Linux and its numerous iterations, we get it, we love it too, but there’s no escaping it – Windows is currently the best operating system for gaming, period.

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Since we’ve got that settled, you should consider which version of Windows you want to get. Our suggestion is Windows 10 Pro. It’s the newest, which means that you won’t have any random problems with your games just because they don’t get along with some of the more outdated versions.

Another very important reason is the fact that Windows supports Direct X 12 which can bring out the best in your CPU and GPU and give you the ultimate gaming experience.

We hope some time in the future Linux will get better support for gaming, but for now, Windows is the best option.

A monitor is the most important peripheral. It’s basically on the level of a CPU and GPU in the world of peripherals.

Why?

Because, just like a sub-par CPU, it can bottleneck your graphics card. This is why it’s always important to choose a monitor that complements the GPU you’re using.

And what better monitor to complement the RTX 3090 than the LG 27GN950-B!

The LG 27GN950-B is a 27” nano IPS, 4K UHD monitor with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compatibility. It has a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time.

The monitor is quite customizable with the ability to tilt, pivot, and adjust the height. Swivel is unfortunately not possible, but for most people, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Objectively this is the perfect 4K gaming monitor. We would have preferred if it was perhaps a bit larger, but this is just personal preference. The 27GN950-B checks all the right boxes and it’s the perfect monitor to complete a $5000 build.

But we promised to give some more recommendations, especially since the RTX 3090 can run 8K, so there they are.

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First, we have the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K. This is a 31.5″ IPS 8K monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 6ms response time, and it comes in at a whopping $4000. But like we said, 8K, amazing as it is, seems a little underwhelming on a small monitor. And there aren’t that many monitors or TVs that can support 8K resolution, let alone have a high enough refresh rate to be used for gaming, so we suggest that you wait a little until we get some variety on the market.

The other is the Samsung CRG90 curved super ultra-wide monitor. This is not an 8K display. It’s a 49″ QLED gaming monitor with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR, and Free Sync 2. And for console fans out there, it’s also compatible with both Xbox and PS4.

And finally, we have to mention the newest addition to the market, the ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN, an IPS monitor with a 1ms response time, and a 360Hz refresh rate. This is the first in the new lineup of 360Hz monitors powered by Nvidia 3000 G-Sync and created specifically for esports and competitive gaming. If this is something you’re interested in, definitely check it out.

And that’s it. Sure, there are plenty of other good monitors out there, but we aren’t going to list them all here. Feel free to choose whatever suits you best, but be sure to take into account the GPU you will be using.

If this wasn’t enough for you and you want to check out more options, take a look at the link below where we’ve compiled a list of the best monitors.

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We present to you the Razer Viper Ultimate – the best gaming mouse on the market (at least in our opinion).

Of course, everyone is different, and each of us likes a different type of mouse, but objectively looking, this one is top of the line.

The Razer Viper Ultimate is a wireless version of the Razer Viper. Why did we choose a wireless mouse as the best gaming mouse? Well because this one doesn’t feel like a wireless mouse at all. Instead, it has the best of both worlds – the performance value of a wired mouse along with all the benefits of a wireless one.

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When it comes to the technical details, this mouse is impressive. It has a Razer Focus+ Optical Sensor that can hit a whopping 20,000 DPI! Not that anyone would need that, but it is a neat feature. More importantly, however, the sensor allows it to have a much more reliable connection than other wireless mice, so much so that it can feel like a wired one, just without the pesky cable mess.

Razer Viper Ultimate Dock

What’s even more impressive about it is that it has a battery that can last up to 70 hours! And only 10 minutes on the charging station can bring the batter up to 80%, which means you’ll basically never run out.

This is probably the lightest wireless mouse you can currently find (only 74g). It has a very simple design, which is a plus in our eyes, and it is completely symmetrical, so whether you’re right, or left-handed, you’ll be able to use it without any problems.

It comes with its own charging station, of course, that syncs its colors with the mouse to show you exactly how far it’s charged. When it comes to RGB, it also corresponds to its simple design. The only RGB lighting it has is the Razer logo whose colors and effects can all be customized in Razer Synapse.

On the other hand, if you prefer something a bit bulkier, or you simply have larger hands, we suggest you go for the Razer Basilisk Ultimate. In some aspects, it might be even better than the Viper Ultimate, but its size is not for everyone, and it’s made specifically for right-handed users.

There are a plethora of mechanical gaming keyboards out there, and we understand that sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right one, especially without trying them out first. But that’s why we’re here!

You can never go wrong if you make a list of all the things you want on a keyboard and then decide where you’re ready to make compromises and where you aren’t.

Our list looked something like this: we wanted a full-sized mechanical keyboard that had an on-board volume wheel, plenty of multimedia and programmable keys, a solid wrist rest, RGB (which in keyboards actually serves a purpose), and a solid build from a reliable manufacturer. We also wanted Cherry MX switches, but we didn’t decide on the type since that’s something that depends on personal preference.

We managed to find all of these and one cool additional feature on the Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT.

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We already mentioned the majority of the features this keyboard has just now, so let’s get right away to the “cool additional feature”.

The K95 RGB Platinum XT has six macro keys on the left that come with their own set of swappable caps. This is great in and of itself, but a cool thing is that this keyboard is compatible with the Elgato Stream Deck software, so these six keys can also function as a stream deck.

This may not seem like a lot since most serious streamers use decks with fifteen or even more keys, but it’s a very useful feature to have nonetheless.

Needless to say, the rest of the keyboard is phenomenal as well. It has a sturdy aluminum frame, it uses Corsair iCUE software for full control and synchronization of all your Corsair RGB devices, it has Cherry MX Silver switches, and the wrist rest is plushy and comfortable. All in all, if money is no object, this is a great keyboard to have.

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No gaming setup is complete without a good gaming headset, and the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is not just good, some might say it’s one of the best gaming headsets out there.

With gel-infused memory foam padding that allows you to game comfortably for hours and top-of-the-line, studio-grade audio with a 12Hz to 28kHz frequency range, you won’t ever want to stop using it.

Just like all the other components in this build, this is a headset for true enthusiasts. It looks fantastic, it sounds fantastic, it’s incredibly comfortable, and it comes with an enthusiast-grade price tag.

Speaking of fantastic, the microphone on this headset is out of this world. Its noise-canceling feature allows for a crystal clear sound, so much so, that your teammates will feel like you’re in the same room.

Not to mention that the mic is detachable, so in case you don’t need it if something happens to it, or you by some chance find a better mic you can easily make the switch.

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There are all sorts of different mouse pads out there – small, medium, large, extended, soft, hard, cushioned, with RGB… the list goes on. But is there really a difference?

Well, yes, and no.

This really comes down to what you want, but we’re going to assume that you are a hardcore gamer or even an enthusiast who wants to get the best out of their mouse. So, for this, we recommend the HyperX FURY S.

These mouse pads come in the sizes small, medium, large, and extra-large, and they are perfect for precision gaming as they don’t let the mouse slide uncontrollably all over the pad. The one we chose in particular is an XL variant. If you prefer smaller ones, that’s perfectly fine, but we just think that this makes the entire setup look just a little sleeker, and it also helps your keyboard and wrist rest stay put.

It might not be flashy, but the fact that it’s so well-loved by the gaming community speaks for itself.

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While gaming on a mouse and keyboard is the standard for PC users, it’s pretty common to see games that feel and work significantly better when played with a controller.

This usually happens with games that were initially developed for a console and later ported for PC, and it’s exactly why you should make sure to always have a good controller at hand. That said, there’s currently nothing better than the Xbox Series 2 Controller.

This is an upgrade of the previous Xbox Elite, and it comes with some pretty nifty features you’ll definitely want to check out.

First of all, it has an improved grip, and texture, as well as a completely monochrome design that to us personally looks much classier than the original Xbox One controller. Just like the Elite it comes with several replacements for the D-pad and thumbsticks, but this time Microsoft added a long-awaited feature – thumbstick tension adjustment.

This is a wish gamers have been voicing for quite a while, and Microsoft has finally decided to listen.

In addition to this, the hair-triggers also have three different depth levels, and there are three completely customizable profiles you can save and use at a flip of a switch. This is especially useful if you’re used to sharing your controller with siblings or roommates, or if you have different preferences for different games.

Another major change Microsoft made was adding a designated shift button. This allows you to designate the shift function to any button on the controller effectively giving all the other buttons an additional function; pretty nifty.

Additionally, the controller now has a USB Type-C port for the charger, and a portable charging station that can be used both within and without the case.

Overall, there have been some major improvements compared to the Xbox Elite, and if you’re an avid gamer this is something you’ll definitely want to check out.

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If you’re into VR, and you’re looking for the VR headset that can give you the best virtual reality experience, you needn’t look further than the Valve Index.

For a long while, Facebook and Valve were tied when it came to who produced the best VR headset. The Oculus and the Vive were more or less equal and choosing one or the other came down mostly to personal preference.

That is until the Valve Index was released.

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The biggest upgrade that came with the Index is the resolution. Each of the lenses is an LCD 1600×1440 display, which is an amazing improvement compared to the Vive. The lenses are also adjustable, so you can change the spacing between them and their distance from your eyes.

This does slightly affect the field of view, but it doesn’t have a huge impact on the overall gameplay.

What you’ll be glad to know is that if you used to have motion sickness with the Vive, chances are that won’t happen with the Index thanks to the improved resolution. However, be careful to adjust the headset well. It’s a bit on the heavier side, so it might end up lying uncomfortably on your nose otherwise.

And finally, the Index has two awesome new features. The first one is the small adjustable speakers that hover next to your ears, which boast an amazing sound quality (there is an earplug jack on the headset, but unless you mind the sound leaking a bit from the built-in speakers, there won’t be any need for those).

The second thing is the new controllers with straps around your hands, and improved sensors that (in Index-supported games) track the movements of individual fingers with stunning results.

One useful detail about the Index is that, in case you already have the Vive, you can just slide the new base stations on your old Vive mounting points and you’ll be pretty much ready to go. Now there’s no excuse not to get one!

Related:Best Steam VR Games 2020

It’s obvious that picking the right chair for your gaming setup is extremely important. It not only completes the setup, but it’s also the place where you’ll be spending hours of quality gaming time, and it’s imperative that you choose something comfortable and ergonomic.

Related:Are Gaming Chairs Worth It?

Having said this, when it comes to combining style, comfort, and ergonomic design, the Herman Miller Aeron chairs are the undefeated champion.

We won’t go too in-depth with the description since we already have a rather detailed review of this particular chair right here Check it out if you want to find out more about what this chair has to offer, but for starters let’s just go through the basics.

When it comes to aesthetics, it might not appeal to every hardcore gamer out there since it doesn’t have that typical gamer design. Instead, it looks more like a slightly futuristic office chair. But make no mistake, this is a phenomenal piece of engineering.

What’s amazing about it is its adjustability and customizability. Everything from height, recline, armrests, support pillows, and much more can be customized to fit your needs, so much so that you’ll feel like the chair was made just for you. Moreover, you can choose between a variety of sizes according to your height and build, and we highly recommend that you make sure you choose the right one.

If possible, find a local store where you can try it out, or double-check the dimensions before you buy. The size can greatly impact your comfort, so it would be best if you got the right one from the start.

Finally, we have to mention that the price is quite steep, but for something you’ll be using on a daily basis, and that could potentially create problems with your spine and back if you choose the wrong model, we like to think of this as an investment in you and your health.

Even though the keyboard we talked about above comes with its own wrist rest, there’s always a chance that one won’t suit your tastes, so just in case we’d like to give you an alternative.

The HyperX Wrist Rest is as simple as its name but quite effective. It’s filled with gel-infused memory foam that’s not only incredibly comfortable, but it also keeps your hands cool. It is a full-sized wrist rest made for full-sized keyboards, and it has an anti-slip bottom which is a good addition considering it’s not magnetic.

Nevertheless, we urge you to try it out. You will absolutely not regret it!

Related:The Best Wrist Rests (2021 Reviews)

Closing Thoughts

Finally, we’ve come to the end of this amazing $5000 build. We hope you liked our choices, and if there’s something you would do differently please let us know in the comments.

Our aim with these builds is to combine components that will offer the best possible value for your money at the time of writing, so if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, we’re always happy to listen to our readers.

In the meantime you can take a look at some of our other PC builds like the $4000, $3000 and $2000 builds if you want some of the best components, but you’re still looking to save some money on the non-essential components.

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Samuel Stewart
Samuel Stewart

Samuel is GamingScan's editor-in-chief. He describes himself as a hardcore gamer & programmer and he enjoys getting more people into gaming and answering people's questions. He closely follows the latest trends in the gaming industry in order to keep you all up-to-date with the latest news.

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