Best 1,200$ gaming PC

Last updated: July 2021

Overview

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For the first time, we surpassed the $ 1,000 mark to get some really juicy components in this build. It features an AMD Ryzen 6 3600 six-core processor, 16 GB RAM, a big NVMe SSD, and an Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti with 8GB GDDR.

With this gaming PC, you can play the latest titles in WQHD and probably even with 4k, while staying far above 60 FPS. The performance will be good enough to keep up with the latest titles for at least 5 years without any issues. The carefully chosen and strong components make for a very versatile PC, which even allows for very demanding picture and video editing.

Here are some performance stats of the PC:

  • Battlefield 5: 130fps @FullHD and very high settings
  • CS:GO: 370fps @FullHD and very high settings
  • Fortnite: 170fps @FullHD and very high settings
  • Grand Theft Auto 5: 140fps @FullHD and very high settings
  • Overwatch: 210fps @FullHD and very high settings
  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds: 125fps @FullHD and high settings
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: 90fps @FullHD and highest (ultra) settings

 

  • Cinebench R15 (multi): 1300 points
  • 3DMark Firestrike: 18000 points

Components

ComponentModelLink
CaseKolink StrongholdNA EU
GPUNvidia GeForce RTX 360 Ti (8GB)NA EU
MainboardMSI B450M Pro-VDH MaxNA EU
PSU 500W be quiet! Pure Power 11NA EU
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600NA EU
RAM16GB G.Skill Aegis 3200MhzNA EU
SSD500GB Kingston A2000 (NVMe SSD)NA EU
WindowsWindows

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Breakdown of the 1,200 dollar gaming PC

Processor

AMD Ryzen 5 3600

The processor used in this build is the extremely popular AMD Ryzen 5 3600 six-core CPU with 12 threads and 4.2GHz turbo clocking.

At this price point, it is the undeniable value king. In applications and multi-core-performance, the additional threads allow this CPU to be even faster than a high-end Intel i7-9700K, which retails for about $ 200 more. The Intel i9 9900K would be comparable, but costs more than double the price.

While gaming the single-core performance is similar, partially even better than current Intel CPUs like an i5-9600K. The Ryzen 5 3600 is so fast, it even beats several eight-core CPUs. Definitely a great choice if you’re thinking about streaming or content creation.

If you cool the CPU accordingly, you can also overclock all the cores to 4.3 GHz to get even more power out of it. Overall this is by far the best processor you can get for your money right now.

Mainboard

MSI B450M Pro-VDH Max

The processor gets mounted onto the very popular MSI B450M Pro-VDH Max. It offers easy functionality to overclocking and has the most features in this price segment.

This motherboard has every port you could possibly need and even features 4 RAM slots and numerous 4 pin PWM ports for the fans. It gives great value and investing in a more expensive one wouldn’t result in better performance while gaming.

The little cherry on the top is the pre-installed BIOS, which supports the new Ryzen CPUs out of the box.

GPU

GeForce RTX 3060 TiThe highlight of our $ 1,200 gaming PC is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, with incredibly strong 8GB GDDR6-memory.

It’s one of the best GPUs on the market right now and offers a ton of performance while remaining efficient, power-saving, cool and quiet even when heavily loaded. You can think of it as the predecessor of the RTX 2070 SUPER, but with performance that comes extremely close to an RTX 2080 Ti.

With this in your new gaming PC, you can easily play games in WQHD on the highest settings and far above 60fps. The performance will easily suffice, even for upcoming titles over the next years.

RAM

G.Skill Aegis 3200 MhzA total of 16 GB DDR4 RAM G.Skill Aegis 3200 Mhz, with dual-channel mode, get built into this gaming PC.

You can also overclock this RAM to reach far more than 3200Mhz Cl14. This makes this the most valuable memory in conjunction with a Ryzen CPU.

SSD

Kingston A2000 NVMe SSDThis is the first build where our budget will allow for a bigger SSD. We’ve opted for the extremely fast Kingston A2000 500GB NVMe SSD, which will significantly reduce loading and booting times.

Since the prices for SSDs dropped drastically, choosing a bigger one for your main storage is definitely the way to go. The Kingston A2000 gets connected via PCIe x4 and reaches reading rates above 2200MB/s.

Recommended: Considering how big modern game files are, the storage space probably won’t suffice. We recommend getting the Toshiba P300 High Performance for an additional 1000GB disk space.

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Power supply

PSU Be Quiet Pure Power 11 500WSupplying this battle station with power will be handled by the 500W be quiet! Pure Power 11, with an 80+ bronze certificate.

It’s a very high-quality PSU that operates quietly and has all the necessary protection circuits and DC-DC technology (multi-rail).

This PSU delivers power that could easily supply a GTX 1080. You won’t need to have any concerns about the power capacity, even if you’re overclocking your rig.

Case

Kolink Stronghold CaseAll the named components will find enough space in the Koling Stronghold Midi-Tower. Obviously, you can opt for any other case that offers enough space, but this would be our suggestion.

The Kolink case comes with two pre-installed and adjustable 120mm fans, tools for cable management and USB 3.0 ports. The side is see-trough, to perfectly display all your newly obtained gaming components.

Peripherals

To find the ideal peripherals for your gaming setup, make sure to visit our Ranking page. The table allows you to sort and filter different categories of peripherals according to your needs. For example, you can filter by category and then sort by “Price fairness” to ensure you get the most value out of your buck.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your gaming setup, make sure to check out our Setups page.

Building the 1,200$ gaming PC

If you need help to build your brand new gaming PC, make sure to check out our How To Build A Gaming PC Step By Step Guide. This guide will safely lead you through every single step of the process. If you’re uncertain about anything, feel free to ask in the comments about it.

 

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