Graphics card prices appear to be returning to normal, and that means full-featured PCs are also returning to reasonable price levels. This one GeForce RTX 3060 The gaming PC is a good example, offering some hardware of choice for a completely reasonable £860. AWD has also managed to release an MSI package, meaning you also get a keyboard, mouse, mousepad, and a set of headphones for your money.
There have been a few such deals lately, but for the most part, you’ve had to settle for a high-end or even older CPU for your money. That’s not the case here though, with Intel’s latest 12th generation Core i5 12400F providing the brains of the operation. This is the F version of the CPU, so it doesn’t have an iGPU, but it is identical.
This is a quality CPU that offers plenty of work for your gaming and more serious work, with a maximum turbo clock of 4.4GHz on its 6-core, 12-thread architecture. Those are all performance cores too, none of Alder Lake’s E-cores here.
The main attraction of any gaming machine is the graphics card, of course, and the RTX 3060 you’ll find on this system is the MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Ventus 2X edition. This is a rugged dual fan board with a smart looking back plate. A quick glance reveals that this card would cost more than half the overall asking price of this machine right now, so you’re looking at a decent starting point even before you consider the rest of the system.
Of course, there’s nothing lacking in the specs either, with a healthy 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 500GB NVMe SSD too. You’re also looking for a decent MSI B660M-A motherboard for your money too. If you rely on wireless networking to connect your PC to the internet, it’s worth switching the motherboard to the Wi-Fi version for an extra £20. This will provide native Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 support.
One thing worth noting is that there is an option to add a monitor to your purchase as well, and there are plenty of options available from the drop-down list to choose from. Prices start from £120 for a 1080p display, but there’s also everything from 4K to ultra-wide panels.
Definitely worth considering if you’re using an older display.
Anyway, this is a lot of PC for the money. And while it’s not technically offered, you’d do very well to find anything even remotely in your price range with such a good spec. The fact that you’ll be able to upgrade this quite easily in the future means it should last for a long time too.