Question Looking for gaming build suggestions (£800-£1400 budget)

ringmany

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Hi everyone,

A friend has asked me for advice on building a new PC. It's been around 3+ years since I built my last PC, so I'm a little bit out of the loop on the latest hardware, differences between how Intel VS Ryzen are doing these days (Although I always preferred Ryzen) and GPU prices being insane due to Bitcoins.

I used to see suggestions on the forums where users would submit their budget gaming builds, but I can't see to find it anyway, maybe it's been discontinued in the past few years since I last came here?

My friend has a budget of around £800-£1400 ($950-$1600). That is just for the PC itself, so no need to worry about things like mouse, keyboard, monitor etc. It will mostly be for games such as CoD, Overwatch, Apex.

Can you guys please give some suggestions on a decent gaming PC based on his budget and comments as to why you'd recommend this particular build. If possible can I also get some suggestions with various different builds within that budget region, rather than only giving suggestions for the highest point of the budget please. Thanks!
 

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Hi everyone,

A friend has asked me for advice on building a new PC. It's been around 3+ years since I built my last PC, so I'm a little bit out of the loop on the latest hardware, differences between how Intel VS Ryzen are doing these days (Although I always preferred Ryzen) and GPU prices being insane due to Bitcoins.

I used to see suggestions on the forums where users would submit their budget gaming builds, but I can't see to find it anyway, maybe it's been discontinued in the past few years since I last came here?

My friend has a budget of around £800-£1400 ($950-$1600). That is just for the PC itself, so no need to worry about things like mouse, keyboard, monitor etc. It will mostly be for games such as CoD, Overwatch, Apex.

Can you guys please give some suggestions on a decent gaming PC based on his budget and comments as to why you'd recommend this particular build. If possible can I also get some suggestions with various different builds within that budget region, rather than only giving suggestions for the highest point of the budget please. Thanks!
What is your friends monitor resolution or does he need a monitor included in the budget?
 

Why_Me

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You can get a cheap USB flash drive, download Windows Installer and use the free version of Windows 11 for now in order to save a few quid.

https://www.box.co.uk/PH-EC400ATG_BK01-Phanteks-Eclipse-P400-Air-Tempered-Glass_2708361.html
Phanteks Eclipse P400A Mid Tower Case £74.99

Rear exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-arctic-p12-pwm-pst-5-blade-static-pressure-1800rpm-563cfm-fluid-dynamic-bearing-black-4-pin
Arctic P12 PWM PST 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan £4.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-rm-series-rm650-full-modular-80plus-gold-sli-crossfire-single-rail-54a-140mm-fan-atx-ps
Corsair RM650 (2021) 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply £79.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09RMHDKHL
Gigabyte B660M GAMING X DDR4 £99.98

https://www.technextday.co.uk/product/intel-core-i5-12400f-desktop-processor-6-cores-alder-lake-lga1700-cpu
Intel Core i5-12400F £163.49

https://www.technextday.co.uk/product/deepcool-gammaxx-gte-v2-black-universal-socket-120mm-pwm-1650rpm-black-fan-cpu-cooler
DeepCool GAMMAXX GTE V2 Black CPU Cooler £27.83

https://www.ebuyer.com/1143121-klevv-16gb-kit-2x8gb-bolt-x-gaming-ddr4-3600mhz-pc4-28800-1-35v-cl18-kd48gu880-36a180u
KLEVV BOLT X DDR4 3600MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL18 £56.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089DNM8LR
Crucial P2 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Internal SSD £67.96

https://www.ebuyer.com/1265991-msi-geforce-rtx-3060-ti-ventus-3x-8gb-oc-lhr-graphics-card-rtx-3060-ti-ventus-3x-8g-oc-lhr
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti VENTUS 3X 8GB OC Graphics Card £479.99

Total: £1056.21 inc VAT

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/windows-11-home-edition-64-bit-english-international-usb
Windows 11 Home Edition 64-bit USB - English £110.48

A better look at those components.

https://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B660M-GAMING-X-DDR4-rev-10

https://www.deepcool.com/products/Cooling/cpuaircoolers/2021/11879.shtml

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134587/intel-core-i512400f-processor-18m-cache-up-to-4-40-ghz.html

i5 12400 / 12400F gaming benchmarks.

 

Why_Me

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Larger SSD (2TB)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08GVDNTGJ
Crucial P2 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Internal SSD £131.99

32GB set of RAM.

https://www.ebuyer.com/1426386-klevv-32gb-2x16gb-bolt-x-ddr4-3600mhz-kd4agua80-36a180u
KLEVV BOLT X DDR4 3600MHz 32GB (2x16GB) CL18 £107.99

This monitor is G-Sync compatible and those games your friend plays utilize Nvidia G-Sync.

https://www.cclonline.com/g27f-gigabyte-g27f-gaming-monitor-27-inch-1920-x-1080-full-hd-ips-panel-amd-freesync-black/
Gigabyte G27F 27" Full HD IPS 144Hz FreeSync Premium Gaming Monitor £209.10

https://www.gigabyte.com/Monitor/G27F#kf

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-g27f

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/technologies/dlss/

 
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ringmany

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You can get a cheap USB flash drive, download Windows Installer and use the free version of Windows 11 for now in order to save a few quid.

https://www.box.co.uk/PH-EC400ATG_BK01-Phanteks-Eclipse-P400-Air-Tempered-Glass_2708361.html
Phanteks Eclipse P400A Mid Tower Case £74.99

Rear exhaust fan for that case.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm-arctic-p12-pwm-pst-5-blade-static-pressure-1800rpm-563cfm-fluid-dynamic-bearing-black-4-pin
Arctic P12 PWM PST 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan £4.99

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-corsair-rm-series-rm650-full-modular-80plus-gold-sli-crossfire-single-rail-54a-140mm-fan-atx-ps
Corsair RM650 (2021) 650W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply £79.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09RMHDKHL
Gigabyte B660M GAMING X DDR4 £99.98

https://www.technextday.co.uk/product/intel-core-i5-12400f-desktop-processor-6-cores-alder-lake-lga1700-cpu
Intel Core i5-12400F £163.49

https://www.technextday.co.uk/product/deepcool-gammaxx-gte-v2-black-universal-socket-120mm-pwm-1650rpm-black-fan-cpu-cooler
DeepCool GAMMAXX GTE V2 Black CPU Cooler £27.83

https://www.ebuyer.com/1143121-klevv-16gb-kit-2x8gb-bolt-x-gaming-ddr4-3600mhz-pc4-28800-1-35v-cl18-kd48gu880-36a180u
KLEVV BOLT X DDR4 3600MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL18 £56.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089DNM8LR
Crucial P2 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Internal SSD £67.96

https://www.ebuyer.com/1265991-msi-geforce-rtx-3060-ti-ventus-3x-8gb-oc-lhr-graphics-card-rtx-3060-ti-ventus-3x-8g-oc-lhr
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti VENTUS 3X 8GB OC Graphics Card £479.99

Total: £1056.21 inc VAT

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/windows-11-home-edition-64-bit-english-international-usb
Windows 11 Home Edition 64-bit USB - English £110.48

A better look at those components.

https://www.phanteks.com/Eclipse-P400A.html

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B660M-GAMING-X-DDR4-rev-10

https://www.deepcool.com/products/Cooling/cpuaircoolers/2021/11879.shtml

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134587/intel-core-i512400f-processor-18m-cache-up-to-4-40-ghz.html

i5 12400 / 12400F gaming benchmarks.

Thanks for the suggestions, really appreciate it!
 
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