I stuffed AMD's best GPU and CPU into a monster gaming PC made up of Cyber Monday deals and it only costs as much as some RTX 4090s on their own

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I've been scouring around looking for PC deals worth cobbling together into an entire gaming PC build. Unlike Wes' Black Friday gaming PC build, which aims to offer an entirely capable gaming PC under $1,200, I've decided to focus on just the best components. We're talking a high-end machine made up from discount parts—it can be done! 

You'd be surprised what you can get for under $2,700. Though, be warned, it's not an RTX 4090.

No, that's one thing I've noticed through Black Friday and into Cyber Monday, as I'm sure anyone in the market for a high-end PC is also aware: the price for an RTX 4090 right now is actually absurd. If I'm being generous and looking at backordered items on cheaper models, you're looking at spending just a touch under $2,000 for the cheapest I could find. Though some third-party sellers are looking for upwards of $2,200, nay often $2,400 for a single graphics card. It's mind-melting, and admittedly stinks of third parties taking advantage of low stock levels and demand.

Some overpriced RTX 4090 cards listed by third party sellers on Newegg.

Today's RTX 4090 market struggles with inflated costs far above the card's $1,599 MSRP. Either that, or out of stock notices. (Image credit: Newegg)

A gaming PC with an RTX 4090 in it might be a better option, but you're still looking at paying upwards of $3,000. Like these Alienware RTX 4090 machines, which are still over $3,000 even with a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on.

That just won't do. While I am looking at a high-end build with the best components, I'm still being sensible. Instead of Nvidia's best, I've opted for AMD's best: the Radeon RX 7900 XTX.

The RX 7900 XTX is more akin to an RTX 4080 in performance, though it does come with a huge amount of memory at 24GB of the stuff. So it's a good fit for any creatives or professionals out there with demands for high levels of GPU acceleration. You could still swap this out for a much more reasonably priced RTX 4080, though that card isn't naturally as good an offer as AMD's best, and it's not quite as stuffed full of VRAM, either.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's the full build, in all its AMD-powered glory.

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Cyber Monday high-end AMD PC build
CategoryPartSale priceOld price
MotherboardMSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi$389.99$479.99
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D$581.53$699
Graphics cardSapphire Pulse Radeon RX 7900 XTX$889.99NA
CoolerEK-Nucleus CR360 Lux-D$149.99$204.99
MemoryG.Skill Trident Z5 Neo RGB 32GB$109.99$119.99
Power supplyCorsair RM1000e$154.99$179.99
SSDLexar NM790$109.99$124.99
CaseCorsair iCUE 5000T RGB$299.99$399.99
TotalRow 8 - Cell 1 $2,686.46Row 8 - Cell 3

Let me walk you through the build, and why I've settled on each part. A lot of the picks I've made come from the fact I've tested the product, rate the brand highly, or actually own it and use the product myself in some cases.

1. MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi | AM5 socket | $479.99 $389.99 at Newegg (save $90)

1. MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi | AM5 socket | $479.99 $389.99 at Newegg (save $90)
You can find high-end motherboards that go a little, let's say, overboard with the features. This Carbon WiFi is much more sensible, yet still sufficiently high-end that it will take pride of place in any powerful AMD AM5 PC.

First off, a solid platform suitable for the CPU we're putting into this PC, and I've opted for the MSI MPG X670E Carbon WiFi. I've used these Carbon motherboards in the past for my test bench, and I know they can survive a lot of GPU swaps, SSD swaps, and CPU swaps. I also use an MSI MEG X570 Godlike in my personal PC right now, and I've never run into any issues and I find the BIOS easy enough to navigate. While I think you could find quite a few high-end boards discounted today that would be a good fit, I do like the Carbon for how much it offers without going too overboard.

2. AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D | 16 cores | 32 threads | $699 $581.53 at Newegg (save $117.47)

2. AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D | 16 cores | 32 threads | $699 $581.53 at Newegg (save $117.47)
AMD's most core-heavy desktop processor AND one of its best gaming chips thanks to 3D V-Cache. You don't always get such a good blend of gaming and multithreaded performance, as one usually comes at a little bit of a detriment to the other (cores for clock speed), but AMD found a clever way around that with TSMC and stacked cache.

Admittedly I'm locked into using this one chip by way of focusing on a PC using AMD's best parts, but it really is an absolutely stunning chip. Using 3D V-Cache, a technology that allows AMD to plop loads of extra cache on top of one of the CPU dies, AMD is able to offer a massively multi-core chip that still absolutely slaps for gaming. Games love the extra cache, and everything else will love this chip's 16 cores and 32 threads.

Read our AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D review.

3. Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XTX | 24GB GDDR6 | 6144 shaders | 2525MHz boost | $889.99 at Walmart

3. Sapphire Radeon RX 7900 XTX | 24GB GDDR6 | 6144 shaders | 2525MHz boost | $889.99 at Walmart
Just like with the RTX 4080, it's hard to find AMD's RX 7900 XTX discounted down below its MSRP price. But  good deals can be found and we'll happy take any money knocked off the price of a high-end GPU. The Radeon RX 7900 XTX is stupidly fast and Sapphire build quality is second to none.

RX 7900 XTX price check: $919.99 Newegg

This is about as cheap as I can find an XTX today. For a card that's supposed to cost pretty much $1,000, I'm pretty happy we're already seeing this card drop down to $890. It's an RTX 4080 competitor at heart, and it accomplishes that job well in purely rasterised games. In ray-traced games, or in a game that's super Nvidia-optimised, like Alan Wake 2, you will struggle to match the RTX 4080's performance. Though there's still plenty of performance in this card at 4K, no matter what game. 

Importantly, the RX 7900 XTX is significantly cheaper than an RTX 4080 today, which makes it less of a comparison worth making.

If you were after an Nvidia alternative, I'd suggest the Gigabyte RTX 4080 Eagle over at Best Buy for $1,060. That's pretty much the cheapest we've seen an RTX 4080 going for this Black Friday and up to Cyber Monday.

Read our RX 7900 XTX review.

4. EK-Nucleus CR360 Lux-D | 360mm | All-in-one | $204.99 $149.99 at Newegg (save $55)

4. EK-Nucleus CR360 Lux-D | 360mm | All-in-one | $204.99 $149.99 at Newegg (save $55)
I'm not a huge fan of coolers with all the bells and whistles, despite running a cooler with a literal screen on it for our PCG test bench. Anyways, the EK gets rid of all that and offers a really simple, yet pretty, cooling solution for a good price.

You could go for a whole many different 360mm coolers, but I've recently had the EK-Nucleus in for testing and I like the build and how simple it is to set up. It should fit nicely in the Corsair case I've selected, which offers a couple of options for 360mm rad fittings, and it will keep the AMD CPU at the heart of this PC cool. Though AMD's chips hardly demand copious amounts of power, and you could save some money on a smaller cooler if you had to.

5. G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo RGB | 32GB (2x 16GB) | DDR5-6000  | CAS latency 30 | $119.99 $109.99 at Newegg (save $10)

5. G.Skill Trident Z5 Neo RGB | 32GB (2x 16GB) | DDR5-6000  | CAS latency 30 | $119.99 $109.99 at Newegg (save $10)
It's hardly a 'deal' but let's be honest, RAM has been going for basically Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal prices all year long. This is a good all-round kit with official AMD EXPO support for any all-AMD build. Use promo code BFCY2Z723 to get the discount.

I wanted to get an AMD EXPO RAM kit for this build, considering its red team credentials, and that's just what I've done. RAM prices have plummeted lately, even DDR5, and you can get this DDR5-6000 kit with two 16GB sticks for 32GB total for a little over $100. The other thing to note is that this kit has a pretty low CAS latency, which is good for a balance of performance versus some other kits. 

Oh and these RAM sticks light up—obviously very important.

6. Corsair RM1000e | Fully modular | 80 Plus Gold | $179.99 $154.99 at Newegg (save $25)

6. Corsair RM1000e | Fully modular | 80 Plus Gold | $179.99 $154.99 at Newegg (save $25)
A tried and trusted PSU manufacturer making a 1000W no-frills PSU. You can't go wrong with that, but you can go wrong with cheap PSUs, so best avoid anything that looks too good to be true if you decide to go another route.

I never skimp on a power supply. That's the motto I live my life by, or something like that. I just don't want to take the risk and I wouldn't recommend you did either. This is a tried and trusted brand, one of the best, if not the best, and this 1000W PSU will leave you a little headroom for future upgrades should you so wish to make them. It's modular too, but that's sort of expected with this capacity PSU and price tag, and it comes with a 12VHPWR cable, though we don't actually need that for this AMD GPU.

If you want more in-depth figures, you can check out the testing done by our pals over at Cybenetics.

7. Lexar NM790 | 2TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,400MB/s read | 6,500MB/s write | $124.99 $109.99 at Amazon (save $15)

7. Lexar NM790 | 2TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,400MB/s read | 6,500MB/s write | $124.99 $109.99 at Amazon (save $15)
Lexar has put together a superb SSD in the NM790, and the best bit is it's surprisingly cheap. Thanks to high layer NAND and a low-power controller, you can get tons of storage here on an energy-efficient and great performing drive for not much cash. Often much less cash than the competition, even. Read our Lexar NM790 (4TB) review for more.

I tested this SSD a couple of months ago, and I think it's absolutely fantastic. It performs well, it doesn't get too hot, and it's great value. I don't have much else to say about it beyond it's probably my most effusive recommendation of the lot, and I still use the drive in the test bench right now because it's great to have that much extra space around. 

I'm only recommending the 2TB model here, but you could bump it to 4TB for less than double the price and score a heatsink.

Read our Lexar NM790 review.

8. Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB | Tempered glass panel | White/silver |$399.99 $299.99 at Newegg (save $100)

8. Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB | Tempered glass panel | White/silver | $399.99 $299.99 at Newegg (save $100)
This case fits a whole lot inside it and looks great doing it. It's quiet, cool, and really well made. It's also pretty easy to cable manage in the back of this, and when you want to open it up the doors swing open on hinges, which is a small detail I appreciate a lot. I'm not weird, you're weird.

Why this case, I hear you ask? Well, this is my PC case. That's why. I did think about the Hyte or Lian Li cases we've looked at lately, and I've got a Be Quiet! case that's pending a review that is certainly a decent option, but the Corsair just offers a lot for an RGB lover (though admittedly I'd probably fall short of calling myself that). 

Importantly, airflow is great in this case, it comes with three quiet fans already, and it has a couple spots for large all-in-one coolers to reside.

Read our Corsair iCUE 5000T RGB review.

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, and would go on to run the team as hardware editor. Since then he's joined PC Gamer's top staff as senior hardware editor, where he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industries and testing the newest PC components.