The latest generation of Intel chips have arrived, ready to take on the impressive and popular AMD 5000 series. We’ve got our hands on an Intel Core i5 10600K, alongside a value oriented B560 motherboard. Could this be a budget combo for 2021 that is actually in stock? Well lets put a system together, and find out!
In this build we’ll be looking to take the best of Intel’s i5 line, with one of the latest graphics card releases from Nvidia, the budget-friendly Ampere card: the RTX 3060.
In theory, this should give us a fantastic build for gaming at 1080p, high frames – all without breaking the bank!
CPU: Intel Core i5 11600K
It would be wrong to not start off an 11th Gen oriented build, with the the CPU choice! The new Intel Core i5 11600K comes in at a lower RRP than AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X which is neat.
This allows its performance to fall short of the 5600X, without it being written off as a poor option. 6 cores, 12 threads, and a single core boost clock of up to 4.9GHz make for good reading, and even better gaming!
If money and stock is no problem, the 5600X is likely the better all round choice – but for now this is good!
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
One definite downside of going for a K-skew Intel processor is the lack of an included cooler. Cooler Master have come to our rescue, though, with their Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition.
We tested out how a good cooler, like this one, can help your game FPS in a recent video here. This cooler is a great all rounder, and a perfect pairing for an i5/Ryzen 5 skew processor!
GPU: MSI Gaming X Trio 3060
Buying a graphics card in 2021 is probably the hardest bit of any Gaming PC Build. Stock issues, caused by a crypto boom, supply issues and global trade hurdles make things tricky – so here is our advice.
The Nvidia RTX 3060 platform is the best out their currently, for gamers with this kind of budget. It’s a great card for playing the latest AAA titles at 1080p and beyond. Support for DLSS is a bit of a must nowadays, while Nvidia’s Ray Tracing is a bonus too.
If you like to drop into the world of streaming, too, then this card ticks a lot of boxes. It’s an awesome GPU when it comes to encoding tasks, and support Nvidia’s superb Broadcast software, which we showcased here.
AMD have come back into the fold this year, with some great 6000 series cards, but I think you’d find few who would argue that Nvidia still have the lead when it comes to all-round performance and features.
RAM: XPG D50 3200MHz 16GB
With our ‘core components’ covered off, in terms of the CPU and GPU, we can look at our RAM and SSD options! The new intel chips widen support for faster RAM, so a 3200MHz kit is an awesome pick up. 3600MHz is still overkill for Intel, unlike Ryzen which really benefits from faster memory.
SSD/Storage: Seagate Barracuda 510
For the SSD in this system, we’ve opted to use Seagate’s Barracuda 510 drive – it’s a great value NVMe drive that delivers speeds in excess of 3GBs per second. That’s around 5 times the limit of the fastest SATA drives out there, giving you speedy boot up times.
This drive is also more affordable than the pricey Gen 4 SSDs out there, which means it sits in a real sweet spot!
Keep scrolling for the rest of the components, but remember: we’ve uploaded a video version of this build below!
Motherboard: MAG B560M MORTAR WiFi
When it comes to motherboards, it all gets a little more complicated than you might imagine at first glance. On the AMD side, you get wider access to overclocking on cheaper motherboards – something which isn’t the case with Intel.
This MSI B560M board doesn’t support CPU overclocking, but it does give you memory overclocking support. It is a nice middle ground, and with our super fast out of the box CPU speeds, on the 11600K, it’s not too much to worry about!
Case: Techware Forge M
With most of our components covered off, it’s time we picked out a good case choice to get everything built into! This is a budget oriented chassis from a brand called Techware, that actually has lots of the features we’re after.
With 4 addressable RGB fans and a great, mesh front panel, airflow is nicely covered off! A compact form factor, perfect for M-ATX motherboards, is a favourite of mine, as is the included PSU shield. Lovely stuff!
THe compact form factor is a favourite of mine, as is the included PSU shield. Lovely stuff!
PSU: Corsair CX650F RGB
That brings us to the final component of our system today, and arguably one of the most important there is. The power supply makes sure your components have the clean power they need. Corsair’s CX650F might not be the most affordable option there is, but it’s a really good bet. With solid efficiency ratings, some great reviews and a good warranty it ticks a lot of boxes!
Performance & Benchmarking
Awesome stuff – we’ve covered off all the parts in our system and its now time to run some games, about 15 to be precise, to see what kind of performance figures we’re able to achieve! At 1440p high settings the numbers the numbers looked good, while 1080p is an ever better story – predictabl.
Games tested include: Apex Legends, COD Cold War, COD Warzone, Control, CS:GO, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, Fortnite, GTA V, Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, Watch Dogs: Legion & Overwatch!
|GTA V||112 FPS|
|Apex Legends||114 FPS|
|Doom Eternal||128 FPS|
|Rainbow Six Siege||213 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||75 FPS|
|COD Black Ops Cold War||79 FPS|
|Cyberpunk 2077||54 FPS|
|Death Stranding||102 FPS|
|COD Warzone||101 FPS|
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Performance aside, one super important factor with any build is how it looks …right?! This build is a bit of a stunner if I do say so myself, and below is a gallery of some of the awesome stills we pulled from this system – take a look!