Are you in search of the best gaming PC under 3000 that will give you amazing usage and a great game-play experience? In this article, we share our favorite high end PC build for this price.
Although prices at the time of writing were under $3000 in total, as times change and tariffs, trends and regulation changes, prices can increase or decrease.

Best PC Build Under 3000

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Components

Features

Rating

Price

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

  • 12 cores

  • 24 threads

  • 4.2GHz max overclock

Cooler Master ML360R

  • Liquid cooling

  • RGB lighting

  • Easy installation

ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080TI

  • 11GB GDDR6 memory

  • 4 monitor support

  • Quiet operation

G.Skill TridentZ RGB Series

  • 2x 16GB

  • DDR4

  • 3200MHz

Samsung 970 EVO Plus

  • 1TB storage

  • 3500MB/s read speed

  • 3300MB/s write speed

Seagate Barracuda

  • 3TB storage

  • 70MB/s read speed

  • 53.38MB/s write speeds

Seasonic Focus GX850

  • 850 watts

  • Silent operation

  • Modular

MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge

  • AM4 socket

  • DDR4 compatible

  • Onboard Wi-Fi

Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition

  • Full tower ATX case

  • Great design for airflow

  • 2 year warranty

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900XThis high-end CPU from AMD comes in the standard polished silver casing with an engraved logo that the Ryzen series is known for.

The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is touted as being one of the most advanced processors in the segment, and that is an impressive feat. You get a 12 core processor with 24 threads that has a base clock speed of 3.8GHz. This CPU means business and will be able to handle even the most demanding tasks.

You also get the ability to overclock your processor to get upwards of 4.6GHz and run some of the best games in the world at over 100 frames per second.

Those games are also going to look better than ever with the massive amount of game cache sitting at 70MB.

AMD has also equipped the Ryzen 9 3900X with the Wraith Prism cooler that keeps temperatures minimal while adding LED lighting that you get to control the color of.

There isn’t a bad thing you can say about the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, as it is exactly what a high-end gaming rig should have.

If you went for an Intel Core i9 10900k, you’d be spending a lot more for a marginal performance gain and in 2021 most gaming PCs are going the AMD route, especially if you use your PC for stuff like video editing on the side.

PROS

  • 12 cores
  • 24 processing threads
  • 4.6GHz max boost overclocking
  • 70MB game cache
  • DDR 3200 support
  • AMD SenseMI Technology
  • Great energy efficiency
  • AMD Ryzen master utility

CONS

  • For overclocking the included cooler won’t be enough, and you may need an aftermarket cooler.

CPU Cooling: Cooler Master ML360R.

Cooler Master ML360RThis liquid cooling system from Cooler Master comes looking funky with black and gray base colors and RGB LED lights throughout the system.

With the ML360R CPU cooler you are getting dual dissipation technology that is going to give you the latest in liquid cooling innovation. Paired with an aluminum radiator measuring 360-millimeters, this system will keep your components extra chilly.

For added security, they have forgone traditional rubber for the tubing and chosen to use a much stronger material in fluorinated ethylene propylene. This is going to ensure that the water will not find its way into your computer itself.

As a bonus it comes with RGB LED lights on the fans and pumps which you can customize and control for your own unique look.

The cooler works with both AMD and CPU Intel builds. So whether you pick a Core i9 10850K or a Ryzen 9 both work.

The Cooler Master liquid cooler is going to give your system better gaming performance and style without sacrificing very much of your budget. It’s also good because most pre built PCs you find skip out on good CPU cooling.

PROS

  • Design is very eye pleasing
  • Looks great when inside your computer with RGB lighting
  • Cheaper than other AIO coolers
  • Good clearance around the socket
  • Easy to install

CONS

  • Warranty is relatively short compared to competitors
  • Performance could be better

GPU: ASUS ROG STRIX OC GeForce RTX 2080TI.

ASUS ROG STRIX OC GeForce RTX 2080TIThis mammoth of a GPU from ASUS looks a bit unassuming with a dark gray design, but don’t let that fool you.

If you want a graphics card that will make mincemeat out of any game that has ever been released, then you have found it with the GeForce RTX 2080TI. This card means business with 4352 CUDA cores and a whopping 11 gigs of overclocked GDDR6 goodness.

A GPU like this is only attainable with a large budget, and it is going to be worth every penny. It can support up to 4 different monitors at one time, HDMI 2.0, and even virtual reality. There is literally nothing that this graphics card can’t handle.

It includes access to a number of different programs, including GPU Tweak II to monitor performance, Game Booster, Quantum Cloud, WT Fast, and X Split Game Caster. All this alongside nVidia G Sync technology and you’ll be blasting through games.

As well you will be able to use Aura Sync to customize the RGB lighting. There are many different ways to make the LED lighting unique, and you can even set it to your favorite music.

Lastly, the RTX 2080TI video card has an innovative cooling system that includes Super Alloy Power II components and Triple Axial Tech fans.

For the serious PC gamer, this is the graphics card that will put you on the top tier, but it is pricey. For something a little more on the budget side, take a look at our gaming PC build under $500.

Some other guides have mentioned using an Geforce RTX 3090 or an RTX 3080, but with the way prices have increased for graphics cards, I doubt you’d be able to get it on budget.

PROS

  • Aesthetically looks amazing
  • Operates quietly with the quiet BIOS enabled
  • Faster than Founders Edition
  • Overclocks easily
  • Energy efficient

CONS

  • Very expensive
  • Doesn’t support prior Windows versions such as Windows 7

RAM: G.Skill TridentZ RGB Series.

G.Skill TridentZ RGB SeriesThese two RAM sticks from G.Skill come looking very-stylish in a matte black finish with a white logo on the front.

With the TridentZ RGB series, you will get a kit that includes two 16GB sticks, for a total of 32GB of DDR4 RAM that runs at a blazing-fast 3200MHz.

These G.Skill RAM sticks are of the 288-pin variety and are going to be fully compatible with newer and older builds.

They are physically designed to help with better airflow and heat dissipation, as noted by the fins on the top of the sticks.

As this setup is going to be full of colorful lights, it makes sense to keep the trend going with the RGB lighting that is inside the TridentZ. You can customize this to suit your unique tastes.

Alternatives such as the Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM will do fine too, but in this case we went with the TridentZ.

PROS

  • Tunable and easy to configure
  • Cheaper even compared with non RGB kits
  • Performs well with 3200MHz
  • Limitless color choices

CONS

  • Unable to customize brightness
  • Requires support software on motherboard

Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus.

Samsung 970 EVO PlusThis new innovation in solid-state drives look very simplistic in a dark navy color with white lettering, but it is far from it.

While you may look at the Samsung 970 EVO Plus and wonder what it is, there is no denying that it is a solid-state drive. The new technology allows them to be even smaller than ever before and this one holds 1TB of data.

This SSD from Samsung offers you absolutely ridiculous reading and writing speeds of 3500 and 3300MB per second respectively. That is thanks to the newest in V-NAND technology and amazing new firmware.

Samsung has tested this solid-state drive and proven that it will write up to 1200 Terabytes in its lifetime. They have included a five-year warranty on top of that to ensure you are confident in your purchase.

You’ll want to have your operating system loaded on this SSD and your other data stored on the HDD below.

PROS

  • Black PCB
  • Great included software package
  • Faster than the 970 EVO whilst being cheaper in most cases
  • 96-layer V-NAND

CONS

  • Write speeds can be low under serious load

HDD: Seagate Barracuda.

Seagate BarracudaThis is a fun looking hard disk drive from Seagate that comes in a mint green base color with black and silver accents.

You are going to want extra storage space just because you can have it, and this 3.5-inch HDD comes with an amazing 3TB of extra space.

The Seagate Barracuda hard drive runs at a very fast 5400 rotations per minute and includes 256MB for the cache.

You will be able to ensure that all of your favorite games are always going to be ready to go and can launch quickly with this offering from Seagate.

The company has also included a two-year manufacturer warranty with your purchase to give you peace of mind.

PROS

  • Fast transfer speeds
  • Great durability
  • Two year warranty
  • Construction and build quality is amazing

CONS

  • Doesn’t have a NAND buffer
  • 2 year warranty might not be long for some

PSU: Seasonic Focus GX850.

Seasonic Focus GX850PSUs rarely have much in aesthetic appeal, barring a few choices, and the GX850 looks very standard in all-black with a white logo in the middle of the fan.

This is a compact 80 gold power supply at 140 millimeters deep but it comes packing a lot of power with 850 Watts. These days you can never let the size of something fool you.

The GX850 is 80 plus gold certified to ensure you are getting an effective and efficient supply of power for your gaming PC. It is also equipped with an essential cooling system with a hybrid fan control with two different modes to choose from.

As builds are getting smaller and smaller, they have made the GX850 fully modular so you have less clutter inside due to cables.

With an amazing 10-year warranty, this PSU from Seasonic will last you longer than you could imagine and give you enough power for a lifetime.

PROS

  • Runs full power at 47°C
  • Efficient operation
  • Has load regulation
  • Modular construction
  • 10 year warranty
  • Ripple suppression

CONS

  • It can be noisy when under full load
  • Transient response on the minor rails

MOBO: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge.

MSI MPG X570 Gaming EdgeThis is a great gaming motherboard pick.

You are not going to get more compatible and versatile than an X570 motherboard. This offering from MSI is second and third generation compatible with AMD and uses the AM4 socket.

Your audio is going to sound better than ever before as they have included Audio Boost 4 technology that enhances every aspect of audio performance.

As well, MSI has put a lot of effort into keeping things cool as they have equipped this X570 with a Frozr heatsink that has a double-ball bearing, propeller bladed fan.

If you are going to build a real gaming rig, you need a real motherboard, and the MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge is the best of the best.

PROS

  • AM4 socket
  • Provides good overclocking
  • Good voltage regulator
  • Compatible with second and third generation AMD CPUs

CONS

  • Some of the BIOS features didn’t work

Case: Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition.

Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow EditionRounding up this gaming desktop we have the 750D. This case is built for function and comes in all-black with a tempered glass side panel.

As you are going to have roughly $3000 worth of components in this computer, it makes sense to have a case that focuses on keeping them safe. The 750D is specifically designed to promote maximum airflow and cooling.

You have multiple components with RGB LED lights, so your case doesn’t need to be flashy, it needs to do its job well.

It can fit upwards of 10 drives measuring 2.5 to 3.5-inches, as well as three 5.25-inch drives. This gives you the ability to have a massive amount of extra storage on board.

Measuring 21.5 x 9.3 x 22-inches and weighing 21.4 pounds, this case from Corsair is a full-sized bad boy and comes with 3 included case fans.

With a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer, this is going to be the case any serious gamer should want.

Alternatives are the NZXT Kraken but we prefer the 750D with its sleek front panel and clean design. It’s great having 4 USB ports on the front and several being USB 3.1.

PROS

  • Great construction
  • Excellent water cooling possibilities
  • Strong build quality
  • Fits any size power supply
  • Has good cable routing and management
  • 3x 140 mm fans included (can replace with RGB fans)

CONS

  • Doesn’t have screws for power supply
  • Doesn’t have quick release side panels

How do I get high frame rates in games?

To have a good gaming experience and have high frames, you’ll need to make sure your CPU and GPU is solid. You won’t have this issue if you’re looking to build the one we recommend above. If you get refresh rate issues, then you’ll need to focus on your gaming monitor.

Should I go for a budget or high end build?

This all depends on how long you want it to last. I recommend going for a higher end build that allows you to use your gaming PC for years to come. If you want to go for a budget setup, then expect it to need future upgrades a couple years down the line. I recommend to get the best foundational pieces such as motherboards, so you don’t have to swap the entire system out.