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Best Gaming PC Under 1200 USD

Do you want to build a configuration capable of holding up on the majority of current titles? With our gaming PC for less than 1200 USD, you should be able to play the latest titles in 1080p without difficulty but also enjoy your games in 1440p while maintaining excellent fluidity.

The current configuration is based on an Intel Core i5-10400F processor, accompanied by an RTX 2060 (or an RX 5600 XT). The 1TB NVMe SSD gives you the storage you need for your games while enjoying excellent responsiveness with your OS and reduced loading times for your games.

LIST OF COMPONENTS

TYPEPRODUCTSORDER
ProcessorIntel Core i5-10400F
MotherboardASUS TUF B460-M-PLUS WiFi
Graphics cardRadeon RX 5600 Used
MemoryCorsair Vengeance LPX (2×8 Go @ 3000 Mhz)
SSDCrucial P2 M.2 NVMe – 1TB
CoolingBe Quiet! Pure Rock Slim
Power supplyCorsair TX650M
CaseMSI MAG Forge 100R

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.

Processor- Intel Core i5-10400F

For this configuration at less than 1000 €, we keep the same CPU as our 800 € Gamer PC with the Intel Core i5-10400F. With its 6-core and 12-thread design and a Turbo mode that can go up to 4.3 GHz, it is more than sufficient for the needs of most players and allows us to save more budget from evolving the rest of our configuration. And, in particular, our graphics card.

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If you have a slightly larger budget, its big brother the Core i5-10600K at 225 € may be interesting, but we recommend a Z490 motherboard at that point to be able to overclock it.

To take it a step further, you can check out our pick of the best processors for gamers.

Motherboard- ASUS TUF B460-M-PLUS WiFi

To accompany the 10400F, we remain on a motherboard with the B460 chipset. As cannot overclock the processor, there is no point in investing more than necessary in a Z490 card.

We opted here for a model positioned in the mid-range, with the A SUS TUF B460M Plus WiFi. This is an mATX format model, but that does not interfere with our configuration, and we find everything necessary to assemble a gaming PC worthy of the name.

We particularly appreciate integrating a WiFi 6 and Bluetooth chip, the presence of 2 M.2 PCIe 3.0 ports, or its 6 USB ports on the back. The card also has a nice design, with large heatsinks for 6 + 2 phase VRM or a reinforced PCIe port. Count around 175 $.

Graphic card- RX 5600 XT (Used)

You probably already know this, but a huge shortage currently hits the graphics card market. Inventories are completely dry, and the few cards that appear are sold out in minutes at exorbitant prices.

For this PC Gamer configuration at 1200$, we once again recommend that you focus on the second-hand market and look for an RTX 2060 or an RX 5600 XT for around $350. Don’t hesitate to put alerts on your favorite ad sites, so you don’t miss out on good deals!

Both cards allow you to play in perfect conditions at 1080p or even 1440p, depending on the games and the graphics settings selected. If you want to stream, favor the Nvidia model to enjoy the advantages of NVENC encoding.

Memory- Corsair Vengeance LPX

For RAM, no need to move towards a kit with enormous frequencies since we will be limited to 2666 Mhz with this B460 motherboard. We start here on Corsair Vengeance LPX barrettes, with 2 x 8 GB @ 3000 Mhz kits available under the $100 bar. They will be more than enough to play in good conditions with the components of the day. They are currently more affordable than 2666 Mhz kits.

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Do not hesitate to check the other kits available at the different merchants; the prices may vary from day today.

SSD- Crucial P2 M.2 NVMe – 1TB

For our storage, we start here on a 1TB NVMe SSD with a Crucial P2 model.

With speeds that can climb to 2400 MB / s in reading and up to 1800 MB / s in writing, we will use it here to store its operating system, favorite applications as well as its game library.

It is available under the 100 € mark. It is one of the most affordable NVMe compatible models, alongside the XLR8 CS3030, the Sabrent Rocket, or even models from Silicon Power.

If you want to save a few tens of dollars, you can also go for a more classic SATA model. There are 1 TB models around102$.

Cooling- BeQuiet! Pure Rock Slim

If the Intel Core i5-10400F comes directly with its own cooler, we still recommend investing in a little more beefy and quieter model.

Available around 35$, the little BeQuiet! Pure Rock Slim could do the trick perfectly to keep your processor at the correct temperatures when gaming.

If you have a slightly larger budget, we also recommend the Noctua NH-U12S, especially if you plan to upgrade your CPU to a more powerful model in the years to come.

If you are more AIO water cooling, the Arctic Liquid Freezer II in 240 mm offers an unbeatable quality/price ratio under the bar of 100$.

Power Supply-Corsair CV550

On the power side, we go on a Corsair TX650M with 80 PLUS Gold certification. This semi-modular version offers good value for money combined with excellent reliability.

With 650W under the hood, you should power the various components of this configuration without worrying about it for less than 1200$ and ensuring a margin when you upgrade your graphics card or CPU.

If you have a tighter budget, you can also go for the Corsair CX550M, also semi-modular but a little less powerful and only certified 80 PLUS Bronze.

Case- Corsair Carbide 275R

For this case, there are many candidates in a price range between 80$. We opt here for the MSI BT MAG Forme 100M and its affordable price of only 80$.
It has a rather neat design, with a tempered glass window, power supply cover, and perforated front panel to ensure good ventilation. It also comes with 3 RGB fans, and it is rather rare in this price range.

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Obviously, the choice of your case will also depend on your tastes, and other models around 100$ offer excellent value for money. We think in particular of the NZXT H510, the BeQuiet! Pure Base 500 or the Phanteks Eclipse P350X .

Modify your configuration

As with each of our configurations, we offer a few tracks to change your setup easily. If a configuration is close to 1200 USD, you have a more than correct basis for transforming your PC into a high-end model.

A more powerful graphics card

If you have a larger budget, we recommend that you replace your RTX 2060 with an even more powerful model. Several options are available, including allowing you to play in 1440p in excellent conditions.

In particular, you can opt for a recent RTX 3060 if you find one under the 420 USD mark. For a slightly higher budget, the RTX 3060 Ti boasts one of the best value for money in the industry, but once again, it’s still hard to find it at its true price.

For those who wish to play without the slightest concession, it will be necessary to go for the RTX 3080 or the RX 6800 XT but count here nearly 1200 USD with the current shortage.

An even more complete processor

If you’re not just limiting yourself to gaming or feel like your excellent 10400F is reaching its limits, you can still opt for an even more powerful processor.

By staying at Intel, we can, for example, go on a Core i5-10600K or, better, a Core i7-10700K. Two real racing beasts can withstand the most intense loads and can be particularly interesting for players wishing to play and stream from a single machine.

In these cases, keep in mind that it will also be better to switch to a Z490 or Z590 motherboard so that you can OC your processor and RAM.

Which screen to choose

To really enjoy your gaming PC, it is essential not to neglect the choice of your screen. With the configuration of the day, you can move towards a 1080p 144 Hz model to obtain a perfectly smooth rendering. If you are thinking about quickly changing your configuration, especially by upgrading your GPU, do not hesitate to look at the 1440p monitors.

At less than 360 USD, the ViewSonic XG2402 is positioned as one of the best 24-inch monitors. With a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a response time of 1 ms, it offers perfect fluidity for your games in 1080p.

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Best Gaming PC Under 3000 USD

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.

LIST OF COMPONENTS

TYPEPRODUCTSORDER
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 9 3950X
MotherboardMSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WIFI
Graphics cardNvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (10GB)
Memory32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 3600Mhz
SSD1TB Corsair MP600 (PCIe 4.0 SSD)
HDD1TB Toshiba P300
CoolingCorsair Hydro H100i RGB Platinum
Power supply650W be quiet! Straight Power 11
CaseFractal Design Meshify C

Processor- AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

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.

Motherboard- MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WIFI

 

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!

Graphic card- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (10GB)

The heart of the system is the current high-end recommendation from Nvidia: The new RTX 3080  high-end GPU with fat 10GB GDDR6X graphics memory and an excellent custom design.

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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.

Memory- 32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 3600Mhz

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. 

SSD- 1TB Corsair MP600 (PCIe 4.0 SSD)

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.

 

Cooling- Corsair Hydro H100i RGB Platinum

 

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!

 

Power Supply- 650W be quiet! Straight Power 11

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!

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Case- Fractal Design Meshify C

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$.

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Gaming Monitor- Acer Predator XB3

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!

 

 

 

Gaming mouse- Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire

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.

Gaming mouse- Endgame Gear XM1

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.

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Case- Beyerdynamic MMX300

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!

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Best Gaming PC Under 2500 USD

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.

LIST OF COMPONENTS

TYPEPRODUCTSORDER
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10700K
MotherboardGigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite AC
Graphics cardRTX 3070
MemoryCorsair Vengeance RGB Pro (4×8 Go @ 3600 Mhz)
SSD1TB NVMe SSD – Sabrent Rocket
CoolingArctic Liquid Freezer 240
Power supplyCorsair RM750X
CaseCorsair 4000X RGB

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.

Processor- Intel Core i7-10700K

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.

 

Motherboard- Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Elite AC

 

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.

 

Graphic card- MSI GeForce RTX 3070

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.

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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.

Memory- Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro

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.

SSD- 1TB NVMe SSD – Sabrent Rocket

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.

Cooling- Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240

 

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.

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If you are looking for something a little more “sexy,” you can opt for an AIO water cooling from Corsair or NZXT.

Power Supply- Corsair RM750X

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.

 

Case- Corsair 4000X RGB

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.

 

Modify Your Configuration

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.

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Best Gaming PC Under 1400 USD

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.

LIST OF COMPONENTS

TYPEPRODUCTSORDER
ProcessorIntel Core i5-10600K
MotherboardMSI Z490-A Pro
Graphics cardRTX 3060 or RTX 2060 (Used)
MemoryPNY XLR8 Epic-X RGB – 2 x 8 Go 3200 Mhz
SSDCrucial P2 M.2 NVMe – 1TB
CoolingArctic Liquid Freezer 240
Power supplyCorsair TX650M
CaseNZXT H510

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.

Processor- Intel Core i5-10600K

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.

 

Motherboard- MSI Z490-A Pro

 

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.

 

Graphic card- RTX 3060 or RTX 2060 (Used)

As with most of our other setups, the current availability of graphics cards poses big challenges for gamers looking to upgrade to a new machine.

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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.

Memory- Corsair Vengeance LPX

RAM side, we always stay on a kit of 2 x 8 GB of DDR4. This is still sufficient for the vast majority of gamers, with few games requiring more than 12 GB of RAM.

Faced with the previous configurations, we still switch to a little more visually attractive kit, with a PNY XLR8 Epic-X RGB kit at 3200 MHz.

Here, adjust according to your preferences but still stay on a minimum 3200 MHz kit to enjoy a nice little boost on the FPS side in the game.

SSD- Crucial P2 M.2 NVMe – 1TB

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.

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Cooling- Arctic Liquid Freezer II 240

 

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.

Power Supply- Corsair TX650M

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.

 

Case- NZXT H510

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.

 

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