Enthusiast Build – $3,500

A high end gaming PC build when performance is all that matters.

For the enthusiast build we went for the gusto, featuring AMD’s top of the line Ryzen 9 3900X, 12-core processor, and the powerful, and beautiful ZOTAC RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme.

ComponentManufacturerProductPrice (US)
CPU:AMDRyzen 9 3900X$499
Memory:CorsairDominator Platinum RGB 32GB DDR4-3466 CL16$269
Storage:CorsairForce MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD$449
Graphics Card:ZOTACGeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme$1408
CasePhanteksEnthoo Evolv X$199
Power SupplySeasonicFocus Plus 850, Platinum Rated, Fully Modular 850W$144
CPU Cooler:DEEPCOOLCastle 360EX RGB AIO$159

The case itself supports a wide range of water cooling options with support for up to a single 420mm radiator at the front and a single 360mm radiator at the top. Additionally, it can even accommodate a second mini-ITX system.

We decided to go with 32GB of RAM despite there being absolutely no gaming situations right now where more than 16GB of RAM is useful. That said, ‘prosumers’ or content creators who also game could definitely benefit from the added memory. We also went with a single 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD because at this price point you might as well, that being said storage really depends on each users needs so take that with a grain of salt.

As far as monitor recommendations go, well there’s a wide variety of options at this end of the market and really it’s going to come down to specific-taste. If ultra-wide tickles your fancy (it certainly does for us) then the Samsung CHG90, 49″ 1800R curved, 3440 x 1440, 144Hz monitor is definitely a great choice. Sure, it’s expensive at just under $950, but it does tick off a lot of boxes, including FreeSync 2 HDR support.

Now, if 4K is what you’re after, then the Acer Predator X27, 27″ 3840 x 2460, 144Hz monitor is going to be your best bet. Featuring support for G-Sync Ultimate, this one ticks just about every box as well.

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