At less than 600 USD, we often ask ourselves the same question: is it more interesting to move towards a console or a gaming PC? In practice, it mainly depends on your needs. If you only want to play your favorite games, the latest generation consoles, like a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One X, may offer better value for money than a full configuration under 600 USD.
Conversely, if your use is not limited to gaming, and you want to be able to enjoy a comfortable environment for surfing the Internet, editing videos, or even accessing all your multimedia content, we can only recommend using a real PC.
With a budget of 600 USD, it will obviously be necessary to make concessions, but it is now possible to set up a configuration that takes the road perfectly to enjoy your games in good conditions.
With this PC configuration of around 600 USD, you will be able to play the vast majority of games under correct conditions, limiting yourself to Full HD resolution.
The Core i3-10100F is not necessarily a racing beast, but it can keep up without too much problem with its 4 Cores / 8 Threads design and a maximum frequency of 4.3 GHz in Turbo mode.
The current shortage does not make things easier on the graphics card side, and we recommend here focusing on the second-hand market. It is currently possible for a budget between 100 and 200 $ to find RX 570 or GTX 970, allowing you to play incorrect conditions for the game in 1080p.
To get a better idea of the performance of this configuration, the video below shows you some examples of gameplay in 1080p Ultra on about fifteen games:
At less than 121 $, high-performance CPUs do not necessarily run the streets, and our choice is naturally oriented towards the Intel Core i3-10100F.
With its design with 4 Cores and 8 Threads, the small thumb of the Core range displays a native frequency of 3.6 GHz and climbs up to 4.3 GHz in Turbo mode. Not bad for a processor now available at 120 $.
The model comes with a cooler in its box, but we still advise you to opt for more efficient and less noisy cooling if you have a small additional twenty dollars.
Since the 10100F is not unlocked for overclocking and our budget is very tight, no splurge on the motherboard side.
We start here on an entry-level model, with a Gigabyte B460 DS3H in mATX format. It is available for around $120; it is straightforward but offers everything you need to set up a gaming PC with a budget of $ 600.
We find an NVMe compatible M.2 port, 6 SATA ports, and at the rear 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. RAM side, the card has 4 slots that can carry 128 GB of DDR4 at 2666 Mhz. There are also 3 PMW connectors for its fans and 2 RGB connectors for controlling its lighting.
Finally VRM side, no follies with this entry-level model since we remain limited to 4 + 2 power phases. Sufficient for the 10100F but a little limited if you want to upgrade to a Core i7 or i9 later.
Faced with our 480 $ configuration, we are clearly going to the next level with here a real dedicated graphics card and not a chip directly integrated into our processor. With the current shortage, however, it will be necessary to move towards the second-hand market, with no GPU being available in store.
We start here on a single M.2 NVMe SSD with a 500 GB PNY XLR8 model for storage.
For less than 80$, this is an excellent quality/price ratio with speeds that can climb 3500 MB / s in reading and 2000 MB / s in writing. Enough to enjoy a perfectly fluid machine, but also reduced loading times on your favorite games.
Its M.2 format also makes it possible to limit the number of cables in your box and facilitate cable management.
Obviously, this is an example, and adjust here according to your own storage needs. We can also imagine going on a 120 GB SSD associated with a 1 TB HDD for a similar price.
For the power supply of our various components, we start here on a 550W model. Sufficient power for our current configuration also offers room for upgrading certain parts in the future.
The Corsair CV550 model is available for around 70 $, with an 80 Plus Bronze certification. At this price, no modularity in the program, but you have to know how to make some sacrifices when you have a limited budget.
The case is often a fairly personal choice, but make sure you orient yourself towards a model that gives you space and fixings necessary to mount your various components.
For this example, we opt for a Corsair 175R RGB, a simple and discreet model, delivered with a 120 mm RGB fan, a tempered glass front, and a cage for the power supply. For around 80 $, it does the job, just like the Sharkoon RGB Flow, for example.
For other choices, do not hesitate to consult our selection of the best PC Gamer cases.
When you build a machine around 600 USD, the prospects for development remain numerous, and this is one of the main advantages facing a console of the same price.
Without necessarily changing everything, we can evolve our PC smoothly, depending on their budget and real needs.
A more efficient processor
The Core i3-10100F in our configuration can quickly show its limits, especially when we limit ourselves to a 1920 x 1080 px resolution.
If you want to move towards a beefier and, above all, more durable model, we recommend the AMD Ryzen 5 3600. Its 6 cores and 12 threads can adapt to most current graphics cards, even the most powerful.
Obviously, this change of processor here also involves changing the motherboard. You can go for a B450 model. There are very affordable ones from 100 $.
If you want to stay on the Intel platform, you will have to move towards a 9th generation processor to keep the same motherboard. We can imagine opting for a Core i5-10400F around 150$.
A graphics card for the future
If the RX 570 does well in Full HD, it will also show its limits. It is increasingly difficult to reach 60 FPS on the most demanding games without lowering certain graphics parameters.
Same fight if you want to enjoy a 1080p screen at 144 Hz or move towards a 1440p or 4K monitor.
In these cases, you have several choices depending on your budget. For around 300 $, its big sister, the GTX 1660 Super, offers a real performance gain and allows you to play in much better conditions in Full HD.
The infernal machine! The new configuration with AMD Ryzen 9 3950X and Nvidia RTX 3080 (10GB GDDR6X) – Our reference for gaming PCs! Maximum gaming performance paired with a 16-core processor with a perfect price-performance ratio!
As always, perfectly matched this configuration to get the best gaming and video editing performance for your money out of the budget. The gaming PC is perfectly suited for every demanding game in 4K resolution on the highest settings, esports games with over 240Hz, and the most demanding tasks such as rendering, video editing, and streaming! In terms of performance, this PC is the absolute benchmark. You will be able to enjoy this PC for years to come!
The Gamer PC has been perfectly matched to each other, all parts fit 100% together, and no other parts than those linked here are required.
The heart of the PC is the currently strongest gaming CPU from AMD, namely the extremely powerful AMD Ryzen 9 3950X – an absolute monster with no less than 16 cores and 32 threads and still a 4.7Ghz turbo clock!
The Ryzen 9 3950X is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful processors that you can currently buy because it not only offers outstanding multi-core performance but also in terms of the single-core and, thus, primarily gaming performance, the processor is at the top With.
In application and rendering tasks, this CPU is faster than the well-known Threadripper processors. In terms of multi-core performance, it is significantly above the level of an i9-9980XE 18-core processor from Intel. Even in terms of single-core performance, we are only 3 points behind an i9 9900K – more than impressive!
As far as the performance values are concerned, it is probably the most blatant CPU in the gaming sector at the moment and, therefore, of course, the recommendation for this high-end computer.
This system relies on an MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WIFI mainboard, the current generation for the mainboard.
It offers excellent features with the current high-end X570 chipset, a decent sound chip, a great power supply, RGB (Mystic Light), support for high-speed RAM, a great BIOS with clear and simple overclocking functions, and much more.
The chic board leaves nothing to be desired and offers us an excellent platform for operating the system and, of course, great functions and capabilities for overclocking!
The card is a good deal faster than even an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti (the top model of the previous generation) and thus offers sufficient performance to play even the most demanding games absolutely smoothly on the highest settings and in 4K resolution.
The lead over an “old” RTX 2080 is almost 70%! Not only 4K gaming, but also competitive gaming in esports games with frame rates beyond 240FPS are child’s play with this card. Because the fact is: this graphics card is next to the RTX 3090 (which takes the place of the Titan in the current line-up and is therefore not really aimed at gaming) the fastest graphics card ever built and only extreme models in the server area that are faster are alone cost many times that of this PC.
In addition, the custom design used here keeps the card super cool even under load – with a pleasantly low volume.
In addition, a total of 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO with 3600Mhz are used. This superfast RAM gives us another small advantage in terms of frame times and, above all, Min-FPS in games.
The two modules also work in fast dual-channel mode, and since 32GB is more than enough, you will probably never have to worry about it in the next few years – if there are two more free RAM banks available.
Of course, there is the extensive RGB lighting known from Corsair, which, in conjunction with the built-in AIO, creates a real light spectacle in the PC.
With such a high-end system, we naturally rely on SSD storage for the hard drive. A 1000GB MP600 NVMe SSD (PCIe 4.0) from Corsair is used here, which should definitely offer enough space for the operating system, all your programs, and of course, the complete Steam library.
An SSD is faster than a normal hard disk (HDD), and you can feel that in everyday life. The increase in performance is so immense that we can hardly put it into words. Keyword: Over 4950MB / s read rates.
In addition, the SSD is supported by a 1TB HDD from Toshiba (P300), which acts as a data grave.
So that the extremely powerful processor always stays nice and cool, a Corsair Hydro Series H100i RGB Platinum AIO water cooling with a 240mm radiator is used here. As far as the temperatures are concerned, the system remains in the green area even with overclocking, and one thing above all: quiet!
This power supply unit (based on Dark Power Pro technology) is also persuasive from the technical side: 80+ Gold certification, be quiet! Silent fans, DC / DC, multi-rail, and all conceivable protective circuits. In addition, the power supply unit is fully modular – cables that are not required can be removed, which makes cable management even easier. The Straight Power 11 is currently one of the best power supplies available!
All components are installed in the brand new Fractal Design Meshify C with a tempered glass side panel. The case is one of the best Airflow models on the market. In addition to its high-quality and elegant appearance, it impresses with the usual very high processing quality from Fractal.
It has several hushed fans pre-installed, offers enough space for all components, and has a clever and well-thought-out system for cable management. In addition, this housing relies on two separate chambers for the main components and the power supply unit, cables, and hard drives. All the features make this case our current top favorite for cases this year at the current low price of just 95$.
Gaming in 4K and that at 144Hz? A while ago, that was unthinkable! With the new graphics cards from Nvidia and the technical progress in display technology, we can now recommend such a monitor for the first time – the Acer Predator XB3. A masterpiece with 4K 10Bit HDR IPS panel, 144Hz, and G-Sync!
For this PC we recommend our current favorite keyboard and the model that is currently used in the editorial office: The Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire with the great Cherry MX speed switches. The keyboard really offers every feature that you can expect from a high-end keyboard and will meet your highest demands.
The fastest gaming mouse currently available: The Endgame Gear XM1! It is not without reason that former Counter-Strike professional players developed this mouse. The analog readout technology of the switches gives you a measurable advantage in online shooters and otherwise offers real high-end features such as the latest PixArt sensor and preselected Omron switches.
Our current reference when it comes to gaming headsets – the Beyerdynamic MMX300. It offers by far the best sound quality of all tested gaming headsets, both in terms of speakers and microphones. If you have the necessary change, you will get the best of the best with this device!
Positioned a notch above our configuration at less than € 1,500, we now have our gaming PC for a budget of 2500 USD. Here, no concessions, and no game should be able to resist you.
The current configuration is based on an Intel Core i7-10700K processor and a GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card. It also comes with one of the fastest NVMe M2 SSDs on the market for storing both your operating system and your favorite games.
This type of PC is obviously intended for players wanting the best in the industry, whether for games over 144 FPS or to enjoy the latest AAA titles in 4K at 60 FPS.
As you can easily imagine, a $ 2500 gaming setup is approaching the best in the industry. With such a machine, you will be able to enjoy all your games, whether in 1080p, 1440p, or even 4K.
Players limited to Full HD resolution will be able to play in maximum detail while maintaining excellent framerate. What really take advantage of a 240 Hz screen and get the best possible fluidity on certain FPS. CS: GO and Overwatch fans should appreciate it.
In 1440p, the contribution of the RTX 3070 will also allow you to play in excellent conditions all the current titles, and this without making concessions on the graphics or the FPS. Want to rediscover PUBG in 1440p @ 144FPS? This configuration is made for you!
Finally, this gaming PC for less than 2500 USD will also delight gamers wishing to try their hand at 4K. Thanks to the power of the 3070, you can rediscover most of your favorite games while maintaining an average framerate above 60 FPS. What to take full eyes without sacrificing at the level of the fluidity of the image.
Available under the $ 400 mark on Amazon, the recent Intel Core i7-10700K is one of the most powerful processors if you’re looking to build a $ 2500 gaming PC.
With its 8 Cores and 16 Threads design, it is able to climb up to 5.1 GHz via its Turbo mode and even outperform the previous Core i9-9900K. At present, only the i9-1900K is above, but its price is still excessive.
If you want to build such a powerful machine for gaming as well as heavy tasks like video editing, maybe prefer the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, in 12 Cores / 24 Threads. More versatile, it can be found around 500 USD.
To accompany our 10700K, we start on the excellent Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite AC. It is available for around 245$, it is one of the best models on the Z490 chipset, and its price remains relatively affordable.
The motherboard has the advantage of offering excellent VRM, allowing you to overclock the 10700K without a hitch. Ditto if you opt for a 10900K, even more powerful.
For the rest, the model is particularly complete with 3 M.2 PCIe 3.0 ports, 6 SATA ports, 4 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1, or even 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2. We also benefit from the integrated WiFi and Bluetooth.
If you decide to go for the 3900X rather than the 10700K, we recommend the MSI B550 Tomahawk.
Despite the large budget of our configuration, it is impossible to move towards the best current graphics cards, like the RTX 3080 or the RX 6800 XT. With the current shortage, these two models are difficult to find below the 1200$ mark.
With models regularly displayed around € 600-800, the RTX 3070 fits our budget and allows us to enjoy performance quite close to that of an RTX 2080 Ti. You can play in excellent conditions in 1440p Ultra and enjoy your favorite games in 4K without difficulty.
RAM side, we decided to move towards a kit of 4 x 8 GB of DD4 at 3600 Mhz to gain versatility. With this Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB kit, there is no risk of being limited when gaming. We also benefit from a good memory resource for heavier tasks such as video editing, photo editing, or even 3D creation.
If your PC is only intended for gaming use, you can save a hundred dollars by staying on a 2 x 8 GB kit. Enough to free up a little more budgets for your other components.
The choice of storage will again be based on your own needs. For this example, we consider that a single 1 TB SSD will be more than sufficient to install its OS, its main applications, and its favorite games.
We start with an NVMe compatible M.2 model, with the excellent Sabrent Rocket. It is more affordable than most of its competitors with a price of around 180$; it is nevertheless part of the leading pack in terms of performance.
Capable of reaching 3450 MB / s in reading and 3000 MB / s in writing, it isn’t easy to find faster unless moving towards PCIe 4.0 models, which are in any case not compatible with our current CPU.
The Core i7-10700K can tend to be very hot, and we recommend opting for efficient AIO water cooling if we want to be able to take full advantage of it.
We opted here for an Arctis Liquid Freeze 240, a 240 mm model offering excellent performance and controlled noise pollution. Sober and efficient, it is sufficient to cool our CPU of the day and especially benefits from an excellent quality/price ratio below the 100$ marks.
This PC Gamer configuration at 2500 $ requires a power supply worthy of the name, and we opt here for a Corsair RM750X.
In addition to its 750W power, it stands out for its tranquil use and excellent performance with its 80 PLUS Gold certification. It is available for around 180$, it is fully modular and allows you to use only the cables you need for this configuration. What to facilitate cable management.
You can find some interesting alternatives in our selection of the best power supplies for PC Gamer.
The choice of the case will be made as usual according to your own preferences, but make sure you can install at least a 280 mm water-cooling. For the rest, you can consult our selection of the best current PC cases.
To avoid exploding our budget, we opted for a great classic, the Corsair 4000X RGB, one of the best models under 110$. You can also go for a Phanteks P360X, a BeQuiet! Pure Base 500 or a Fractal Design Meshify C to stay in the same price range.
As with our previous configuration, the possibilities for upgrading this Gamer PC to less than 2500$ are currently limited.
With such a budget, you already have a machine capable of running the vast majority of games at full throttle. If, however, you still want to grab a few more FPS, here are some avenues for improvement.
An even more powerful GPU
If the current configuration is already equipped with one of the most powerful graphics cards in the sector, a model will still be positioned above: the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.
On the AMD side, the RX 6800 XT is also an excellent candidate to take it to the next level.
However, we do not recommend the RTX 3090 and RX 6900 XT models, which are far too expensive and not necessarily much more efficient for gaming.
With an Intel Core i5-10600K processor and an RTX 3060 graphics card, this 1400 USD PC Gamer configuration is capable of doing wonders. You will be able to enjoy the latest current games in excellent conditions, whether for Full HD gaming with a high framerate or 1440p at over 60 FPS.
This selection is regularly updated according to new component releases and price changes, in order to offer you the best possible quality/price ratio for your budget.
This 1400 USD configuration is perfectly comfortable to enjoy its games in Full HD with a high refresh rate, or in 1440p at more than 60 FPS without the slightest problem.
Concretely, what can we expect from such a configuration? With an Intel Core i5-10400F processor and an Nvidia RTX 2060 or AMD RX 5600 XT, you should be able to enjoy a more than adequate experience on most of the current games.
By limiting yourself to a Full HD / 1080p resolution, today’s configuration will allow you to exceed 100 FPS in Ultra and thus enjoy perfect fluidity on your favorite games. On less greedy titles, you will also be able to take full advantage of your screen at 144 Hz, an interesting point on competitive titles such as CS: GO or Fortnite.
Today’s setup will also allow you to try your hand at higher resolutions, especially 1440p. You will obviously have to lower your expectations in terms of details or FPS, but if you have a QHD screen, this 1200$ config should perfectly meet your expectations.
For this configuration at less than 1400 USD, the Intel Core i5-10600K is the ideal candidate.
Versatile, efficient, and above all very affordable at around 270$, it is equally at home in gaming as it is in heavier tasks, such as video editing or photo editing.
With 6 cores and 12 threads, it can hold the road on the most demanding games, and its Boost frequency at 4.8 GHz allows it to take full advantage of current GPUs. Around 240$, it’s hard to find better for a gaming-oriented machine.
To accompany our 10600K, we opted here for a Z490 motherboard to be able to overclock our processor and take advantage of higher frequencies in terms of RAM.
Available at around 204$, the MSI Z490-A Pro is rather positioned at the entry-level. Still, it is largely sufficient for this configuration, and its VRMs can handle an OC of 10600K at 5 GHz without flinching.
Connection side, we find with DDR4 support up to 4500 Mhz, 2 M.2 ports including one with a heatsink or 6 SATA connectors. At the rear, no less than 6 USB ports, including 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 including one Type-C and 2 USB 2.0.
For this 1400 USD configuration, our choice would logically be the recent RTX 3060, offered at a manufacturer price of 400$. Unfortunately, it is already impossible to find or at prices exceeding 600$.
If you can’t find one for less than 420$, we recommend that you head to the second-hand market and opt for an RTX 2060 or an RX 5600 XT. You can find between 350 and 420$, and the difference in performance is not that huge.
With a budget of 1200 €, our configuration comes with a single SSD with a Crucial P2.
NVMe compatible, this 1TB model is currently available at the unbeatable price of 115$. We do not benefit from the fastest speeds on the market at this price, but the results are more than correct, with 2400 MB / s in reading and up to 1900 MB / s in writing.
With 1 TB of storage, you can easily install your operating system, favorite programs, and many AAA games. Obviously, adjust a bit according to your own needs and your budgets. For example, you can opt for a 250 GB SATA SSD and pair it with a 500 GB HDD to save a few dozen dollars.
With a budget of 1400 USD, we have enough margin to install an AIO water cooling and efficiently cool our 10600K.
We opt here for one of the best quality/price ratios in the sector, the Arctic Liquid Freezer II in 240 mm. You will not find better at less than 110$ if you want to enjoy controlled temperatures while limiting noise pollution.
The Arctic model might not be the prettiest in the industry, but it features an original design with a fan that also reduces the temperature of the VRMs by a few degrees. Interesting for overclocking enthusiasts.
If you are looking for a more flashy model, head to our selection of the best AIO water cooling.
For food, we gain comfort by opting here for a semi-modular model with a Corsair TX650M.
If the cables dedicated to the CPU and the motherboard remain attached, the others are removable and allow you to use only what is necessary. Enough to clean up the cable management level, especially since our configuration does not include an SSD in SATA.
With 650W, we have enough power to properly power all our components and even a little headroom to upgrade our PC. On the yield side, the feed is 80 PLUS Gold certified.
For the case, choose according to your own preferences and your budget. Be careful, though, as we explain to you in our buying guide, do not rely solely on the design and keep an eye on the dimensions, the compatibility with your components, and especially the cooling performance.
For around 102$, you can, for example, go on an NZXT H510 or a Phanteks P350X.
For a little over 120$, you can also check out the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB, the Phanteks P400A, or the Thermaltake S550TG.