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The $1200 Gaming PC You Can Build Right Now in 2021!

The i5 11400F, paired with a B560 motherboard, saves the day in our latest budget Gaming PC Build!

When it comes to building a Gaming PC in 2021, it can tricky to find parts that are both in stock and perform well – especially when it comes to graphics cards!

In this series of build guides I have tried to find parts which are easier to source on both the new and used market – though availability is constantly changing.

This build is the latest edition to the lineup, and comes off the back of falling GPU prices, which we discussed in a video here.

The Parts

CPU: Intel Core i5 11400F

Buying a CPU for a budget system can be tricky, and often the instinct is to go for a Ryzen chip. But, Intel actually have a gem of a CPU available, in the 11400F. With 6 cores and 12 threads that handle the multi threaded side of things nicely, and aboost clock of up to 4.4GHz it keeps you going nicely.

It’s not quite as powerful as something like AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X, but at a considerably cheaper price point it is not a bad shout!

Shop the Intel Core i5 11400F on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

CPU: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition

One downside of an Intel chip is the weaker stock coolers included, which is where the Cooler Master 212 range comes in. With a dark grey aesthetic, great cooling performance and a good RPP, you can’t go wrong!

Shop the Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

GPU: Gigabyte RTX 2060

As alluded to earlier on, buying a GPU in 2021 is no easy feat. Prices are beginning to fall (finally!), which is a really positive sign for gamers out there. 2060s can be found on the used market at a price point that works for our builds budget, and it’s a great card to pick up.

You’ll get significant gains over the GTX 1660 Super (the next card down in the line-up), with the addition of DLSS and Ray Tracing on this unit being a big plus.

Shop the Gigabyte RTX 2060 on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3000MHz

Truthfully, RAM is the first area in a build you can save some cash, with RGB and nice heat spreaders being added extras which don’t improve performance.

This Corsair kit is a nice middle ground – it looks great, has some nice RGB up top and slots into a good place in the market. We’ve used this kit loads on the channel, and always been pretty impressed!

Truthfully, RAM is the first area in a build you can save some cash…

Shop Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

SSD/Storage: Seagate Barracuda 510

Buying storage for any PC Build is hugely influenced by how much you want to spend, how much capacity you are after and the speeds you want.

The Seagate Barracuda 510 is an awesome choice, that has fast NVMe speeds, without the price of the new Gen 4 standard. With plenty of capacity options available, you’re also covered for the biggest (or smallest) Steam libraries out there!

Shop Seagate Barracuda 510 on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

Keep scrolling for the rest of the components, but remember: we’ve uploaded a video version of this build below!

Motherboard: Gigabyte B560M AORUS Elite

The motherboard choice for this system was actually pretty simple – the i5 11400F is not an overclockable chip, which means the higher end Z590 chipset isn’t really needed.

Instead B560 will do the trick really nicely – with a built in IO shield, really impressive connectivity and the sleek AORUS design queues. It really is a spot on board, at a very fair price point!

It really is a spot on board, with impressive connectivity!

Shop NZXT N7 B550 on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

Case: XPG Starker

For once in a build guide, the case was actually the hardest choice of them all – I didn’t want to recommend something so outlandishly overkill, but similarly nothing barebones and too budget.

The XPG Starker sits somewhere in the middle, and I love the way it looks. Airflow is sufficient (although it could be better), while a PSU shield, red design cues and subtle RGB implementation make it a solid option.

Shop XPG Starker on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

PSU: Cooler Master MWE650

The final of all the components is the power supply. Coming in from Cooler Master this unit has been a staple on the channel for some time. With an 80+ Gold certification, showing its high efficiency credentials, fully modular interface and black cables it’s a solid budget-friendly option. These lower wattages also haven’t been victim of some of the PSU shortages, either.

Shop Cooler Master MWE650 on Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK) / Amazon (Intl.) / Ebuyer (UK)

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 1080p we achieved some great frame rate numbers,.

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 V158 FPS
COD Warzone99 FPS
Apex Legends117 FPS
Valorant339 FPS
Fortnite110 FPS
Overwatch110 FPS
CS:GO301 FPS
Tested at 1080p High Settings
Watch Dogs Legion99 FPS
COD Black Ops Cold War95 FPS
Cyberpunk 207762 FPS
Death Stranding127 FPS
Control108 FPS
Rainbow Six Siege195 FPS
Tested at 1080p High Settings

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Gallery

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!

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