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
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10600K|
|Motherboard||MSI Z490-A Pro|
|Graphics card||RTX 3060 or RTX 2060 (Used)|
|Memory||PNY XLR8 Epic-X RGB – 2 x 8 Go 3200 Mhz|
|SSD||Crucial P2 M.2 NVMe – 1TB|
|Cooling||Arctic Liquid Freezer 240|
|Power supply||Corsair TX650M|
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$, the MSI Z490-A Pro is rather positioned at the entry-level. Still, it is largely sufficient for this configuration, and its VRMs can handle an OC of 10600K at 5 GHz without flinching.
Connection side, we find with DDR4 support up to 4500 Mhz, 2 M.2 ports including one with a heatsink or 6 SATA connectors. At the rear, no less than 6 USB ports, including 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 including one Type-C and 2 USB 2.0.
Graphic card- RTX 3060 or RTX 2060 (Used)
As with most of our other setups, the current availability of graphics cards poses big challenges for gamers looking to upgrade to a new machine.
For this 1400 USD configuration, our choice would logically be the recent RTX 3060, offered at a manufacturer price of 400$. 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.
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.