One of the PC’s greatest strengths is its extreme flexibility. There’s a vast selection of hardware out there, of all different shapes and sizes and makes and models—so much so that even if your budget’s not a concern, buyer’s paralysis very well could be.
Fear not, fellow enthusiast. We’ve got your back. These are the highest-performing PC components you can buy today, from AMD’s monstrous Threadripper chips to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. We’ve even done the homework to ensure they all work fine together if you’re considering a really big splurge. (If, on the other hand, you prefer your power to be more portable, check out PCWorld’s list of the best gaming laptops.)
Editor’s note: This article was updated August 31, 2018 to add the Threadripper 2990WX, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and our G-Sync HDR monitor review.