This is the high-performance RTX 3080-powered machine that the Memorial Day PC gaming deals (opens in new tab) have built. And it’s a hell of a rig. It’s also the first time in two years that we’ve actually been able to build a full gaming PC purely from the seasonal deals. It’s a proper gaming PC as well, so comes with a decent graphics card and not just some depressing respin of an RTX 2060 or something equally unpalatable.
The fact that we can pack it out with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (opens in new tab), for pretty damned close to the overclocked MSI card’s likely MSRP, is what makes this machine stand out from the crowd. But it’s the pairing with the awesome AMD Ryzen 9 5900X (opens in new tab) processor that puts it above the gaming PC deals (opens in new tab) that have impressed us so far this Memorial Day.
The 5900X is arguably the best CPU from the Ryzen 5000 series, offering better value than the Ryzen 9 5950X (opens in new tab), and more cores than the Ryzen 7 5800X3D (opens in new tab), while still delivering excellent single and multi-core performance. And for just $391 at the moment it’s the chip we’d be spending our money on right now. What about the impending AMD Zen 4 CPUs (opens in new tab)? Well, they may offer a slight bump in performance, but I’d wager a Ryzen 7000 series chip at $391 would still fall behind the 5900X.
With the advent of DDR5, and the sliding pricing of even that new tech, the DDR4 we’re kitting this system out with is a bargain price. The Corsair Vengeance LPX range isn’t normally the most expensive anyways, but being able to bag 16GB of DDR4-3600 is good to see at less than $70.
The SSD, the Seagate Firecuda 530 (opens in new tab), is one of the best around and on sale right now. It’s a top PCIe 4.0 drive, and one of the fastest SSDs around, likely until the super-expensive PCIe 5.0 drives appear at the end of the year. But this pairs beautifully with the X570 ASRock motherboard, and will give you plenty of speed storage for your rig.
The Cooler Master AIO CPU cooler, and EVGA SuperNova PSU, aren’t necessarily top of the line, but solid enough in their weight class and present a decent option for saving money without too much of a compromise on performance.
And that NZXT H510 chassis? Well, it’s a bit of a classic.
All told the price of this full DIY build would come to $1,852, which is admittedly more than either of the RTX 3080 Memorial Day gaming PC deals (opens in new tab) we’ve picked out this year. But it comes with a higher spec CPU and SSD combo, and you will feel the difference when you’re looking for top performance.
The full, non-sale price of this system is quite eye-watering, however, because $2,709 is just a ridiculous price to pay for a gaming PC even with these specs. What you do get here though is a pretty spectacular $857 saving, which really highlights just how good the PC gaming hardware deals have been this Memorial Day.