We would all love to have an “ultra” high-end gaming PC. I always fantasize about buying the latest parts and building a new PC over and over to see how it springs to life and how it performs in the latest AAA video games.
Despite this being a dream for many of us peasants out there, some people actually have the money and talent to build some extravagant PCs. Some of them are for show but most favor performance over aesthetics.
So in this lineup I want to showcase five of the most expensive gaming PCs out there. Fortunately, these are available for sale, so if you’ve got upwards of $5000 burning a hole in your pocket, then you’ll love this lineup.
I hope you’re excited, I know I am, so let’s get started.
Looking to spend your inheritance on one of the biggest prebuilts money can buy? Look no further, as the ROG Strix GA35 is the best magic trick to make all your money disappear. But it won’t disappear for nothing though, you’ve got yourself a state-of-the-art prebuilt by one of most recognized gaming brands: ROG. Built by gamers for (rich) gamers.
It doesn’t get any better than this folks. Stealing mum’s credit card has never been more appealing. With the ROG Strix GA35 you won’t have to worry about future-proofing your PC for a very long time. Depending on the circumstances, you could use this gaming rig for another decade or so and even then, it would be able to keep up.
We already know the specs, so let’s take a look at the case. Here we’ve got the usual rectangular case but with some slight sloping angles all over the place. Even though it looks a bit wobbly from the side it does seem to have a strong base, so there’s no worrying about the case just sliding off the table. The handle is a nice touch but how are you going to carry it with just one handle on the front? I guess it’s more of a fashion statement than an actual utility.
The Front I/O panel is very cool, there’s a small door you can open and close in order to access the USB ports. The power button is set up in the front of the case for easy access and it isn’t hidden behind the door.
For optional accessories you get the ROG Scope, a full-size mechanical keyboard (see also best mechanical switches for gaming here) with cherry MX switches in an aluminum frame. The RGB options on this keyboard are also amazing and the shape matches that of the case. The other peripheral is the ROG Chakram, a wireless gaming mouse with Qi wireless charging. In this mouse, there’s the signature RGB features along with three connectivity options: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, bluetooth and wired.
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Aesthetics - This case looks amazing, even if you dislike the case, you will love the RGB and how it lights up the parts inside. The case looks a little weird from the front but the scenic view from the side panel makes it all worth it.
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Price - Personally, I’m a peasant, so shiny things hold no value to me, but if I were to consider buying any one of these expensive PCs (even if I had the money), I’m always going to be complaining that they are too expensive. In order to avoid this nagging poor person mindset, I’m going to be comparing the prices of these PCs relative to each other. So relative to all the other PCs in this list, this is by far, the most expensive. I only recommend this for the people that make it to the top of the Forbes list.
Another stylish new PC with some great specs. The CUK Continuum Micro Gamer PC provides a ton of customization features at a premium price. The specs on this bad boy are good enough to keep you going for a long time while providing a lot of room to expand. If you ever think of adding more storage or a new DIY liquid cooling setup, this PC can handle it very easily.
Another great prebuilt by CUK. If this case seems familiar to you, that’s because it was featured in our “Best Gaming PC under $700”. Although it wasn’t the best, it did however include some decent specs.
The best part about this build is that it’s pieced together by more mainstream (but high-performance) components that we all know and love. So it’s very easy and inexpensive to upgrade each individual part, whenever you see fit.
For example: the case is not very expensive as we have already seen this case being used in our $700 gaming rig. (unlike the ROG Strix GA35) Even though it’s a beautiful case, you could easily swap it out for another one. Another small example is the CPU cooler, it comes with an air cooler that is easier to work with, especially for beginners. This prebuilt is littered with all these small features to make it easier to take apart and build back up again. A true gaming PC built by gamers, for gamers.
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Performance - Along with a beginner-friendly approach, this prebuilt has amazing specs. It’s perfect for content creators and enthusiasts who are just getting started with their PC journey or for creators who just want to focus on their work/passion instead of worrying about the intricacies of a gaming rig. Highly recommend it as an easy-to-use high-end prebuilt.
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Aesthetics - The case is not unique and there are no special RGB features on this prebuild. It doesn’t have an exclusive personality of its own. What I mean by that is: this prebuilt doesn’t provide an actual prebuilt experience. You could easily build the same PC yourself if you put in the time and effort. It’s the double-edged sword where you have easy to repair/install parts but then you’re not actually getting an exclusive premium product.
Price - It’s a well known fact that building your own PC is much cheaper than getting a prebuilt. However, in my opinion, this price is not worth any pre-built as, it doesn’t provide that much of a premium experience. In other words: the only thing you can brag about this PC is how much you paid for it, not the specs or the unique parts that go into it. Compare this with the ROG Strix GA35 and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
Remember Alienware? Apparently, they are still trying to make it big with the Alienware Aurora R11 gaming PC. In my opinion, the design looks amazing. It’s got a distinct style that matches their brand and the specs are not too bad either, perfectly optimized for gaming and it doesn’t try to go overboard with the specs like most of the other PCs on this list.
Honestly, I’m surprised! The Alienware Aurora R11 is a great example of a premium gaming prebuilt. In my opinion, this prebuild ticks all the necessary gamer requirements. It’s a perfect confluence of performance and aesthetic.
The specs are not blown way-out-of-proportion like our previous entries. We have decent specs that will provide you with an affordable premium gaming experience. We have an Intel Core i7-10700KF instead of a flagship processor like a Core i9 or Ryzen 9 5900X and an RTX 2070 Super instead of an RTX 3090. I know this isn’t the best combination, but compared to the other premium gaming PCs, these specs are properly optimized.
It’s not trying to be a workstation PC or a glorified terrarium, the Alienware Aurora R11 is just a good ol’ fashioned gaming PC built by people who know that you don’t need exorbitant hardware to have a high-end gaming experience.
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Price - This is a more realistic and affordable option. People who spend money on this kind of PC are the type of people who will make sure that they get their money’s worth. They buy it for the experience and not just for bragging rights. A high-quality premium experience on a not-so-premium price tag.
Aesthetics - Alienware has their own distinct style, and I highly admire that. This is the kind of gaming PC you should expect from an exclusive prebuilt. The people who built this, know how to deliver a premium product, just like Apple, it’s not all about the hardware, it’s about the brand as well.
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Performance - This PC doesn’t have the highest of specs. It’s built for gaming and nothing else. You might have some difficulty in convincing enthusiasts and content creators to buy this PC because it doesn’t have “state-of-the-art” hardware.
Very tempting! The Thermaltake LCGS AH-390 is a decent high-end gaming PC with an unconventional open-air case. I’m sure that this is a great opportunity for Thermaltake to showcase their products such as their PC case, the Toughpower GF1 750W PSU and of course, one of their AIO water coolers.
Moving on to some wacky case designs: The Thermaltake LCGS AH-390 is a very unique case (pun intended). It’s supposed to be an open air case but doesn’t look like it provides enough space for good airflow. However, there are a ton of features and an amazing CPU and GPU combo. If you like this design and the relatively lower price tag, by all means: go for it.
Unfortunately that’s where the Thermaltake product line ends. They make it look like a fully water cooled system but the entire case is open-air and the GPU is flipped upside down so you won’t see the dual fans on the RTX 3090 (Thermaltake trying to pull a little sneaky on-ya). Even if there is no water cooling for the GPU, I’m sure that there’s going to be no temperature issues because of the open-case design.
The RGB options are cool and there’s a dual channel 2x8GB 3600 MHz ToughRAM with RGB settings that stick out like two sore thumbs. Not many prebuilts that are happy to expose their RAM sticks like that.
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Price - Even though they’ve made a billboard for Thermaltake with this gaming PC, they’ve done so at a steady price. The Amazon listing has some options with different Ryzen CPUs and several 3000 series Geforce graphic graphic cards. These options have some significant price differences. So you’ve got the opportunity to save up some dollars or spend it all.
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Versatility - Thermaltake really does a good job of trapping you into this semi-open case. It’s a good opportunity for them as most users will keep buying their products. There’s no room for a CPU air cooler and no fans in the front. Along with that, there’s no space for reservoirs and tubing, just in case you decide to convert this into a DIY water cooling build.
Looking for a monolith that will entertain you with high-end PC gaming for years to come? The MSI MEG Trident X will take care of all your gaming needs while it just stands there, menacingly! Perfect for situations where you would need to hide the expensive “Wi-Fi Router” from the wife.
Imposing as always. This new high-end PC by MSI is a sight to behold, inspired by the Stonehenges of England (not really) MSI has brought you a high-quality gaming PC to provide you with the best gaming experience with a minimal footprint.
Overall, the specs are not bad, the Intel i7 and the RTX 3070 will keep you gaming for a long time to come. There’s enough memory and enough storage to get you started. Everything is neatly tucked away and even if you cannot fit an extra HDD there’s another M.2 slot, just in case.
Speaking of cases, this is another unique design. It’s very compact and saves space and it may not seem like it but there’s some good airflow in the case. There are louvers in the base and the side panel provides enough room for air to flow inside. It’s not as closed-off as you might think, so don’t worry about temperature performance.
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Price - The MSI MEG Trident X has a relatively cheap price. It’s a realistic goal for most gamers and if they manage to save enough to buy this PC, it would not disappoint them. Highly recommend it.
Aesthetics - The new design could really catch someone’s eye (or they might not, if you choose to hide it away). This PC really defines the word “Tower”. I love everything about this design and it’s bound to impress anyone who comes across it.
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Versatility - Like the Thermaltake LCGS AH-390, you are trapped inside this tower, and there’s nobody coming to save you. You won’t need to upgrade anytime soon, but there’s not enough space to add in an extra HDD or some water cooling components.
If you’ve got the money but not the time, a high-end prebuilt gaming PC would be a good option. There are many choices out there but depending on your requirement (gaming or content creation) you might have to keep an eye out for overpriced prebuilts as well. There are some prebuilts with optimal specs for gaming and some prebuilts with more powerful components for content creators. Knowing when to draw the line between these two will help you figure out the best high-end gaming PC that’s perfect for your situation.
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