Now we are talking, a bigger budget means that we can start pushing the limits of a gaming set up based around 1080P. When we start getting toward this sort of money involved a build starts to become more personal. Instead of a boring black box for a case, we can start looking at more enthusiast parts for aesthetic reasons while still maintaining some sort of focus on what we are actually getting for our money.
With our £500 and £750 based builds we stuck with AMD for good reason, value and as you will see that story continues in this build. We don’t hate Intel but at this time they just can’t offer us anything on par with the Ryzen line up. The 9700K will no doubt feature in one of our more expensive lists but we are still constrained here and need to make wise choices.
Again then, you know the score by now, no additional items such as OS, monitors, keyboards and other items are listed. We are building a tower only so lets start!
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X £174.97
We step up our CPU for this budget going with a 2700X. This moves us up to 8 cores for a little more versatility should you need those extra cores for streaming, editing and other tasks. We also gain a little on speeds with 4.3 Ghz now our boost over the 3.9 Ghz from the 2600.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB £47.93
Cooling is ramped up for this build and sees us going with an AIO for the first time. The Cooler Master line up is hard to beat at this price point and we get some RGB goodness too. Our 2700X will have no issues running full pelt and the build quality is great from Cooler Master.
Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING £109.97
Our motherboard choice turns us to ASUS, this was a really difficult choice. We have used ASUS boards on builds well before we started Mod 83 and have never had an issue at all. The UEFI is great and we get a bunch of features on this board. Again we glanced at the MSI B450 Tomohawk but an additional M.2 and PCI-E slot on the ASUS once again gives it the slight edge.
Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 £80.98
Our memory kits turn to TeamGroup for this build. We have used Team kits for a number of our builds and the quality is great. What pushed us away from the Corsair LPX this time was the speed bump to 3200 Mhz for a small saving on cost. We recommend either kit in the 3200 bracket but for the sake of being different, we went with the Team. The timings with the Corsair kits are slightly better but that would push us past the ceiling of £1000 at the time of writing.
Kingston A400 480 GB £59.97
Once again we go with the Kingston A400 SSD for the boot drive on thsi system. We are not quite at the point of going for a better drive and for most cases, this will suffice for most people’s needs. An 860 Evo drive from Samsung bumps us up another £30 or so and over budget.
Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM £52.22
Our secondary drive expands to a 2 TB solution allowing for a larger Steam library and file storage. We are entering Shadowplay or OBS recording / streaming territory now so that extra capacity allows for saving files ready for YouTube.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB AORUS XTREME £319.98
Our GPU now frees up high 1080P and Medium 1440P depending on the title and all the goodness that comes with seeing games as they were meant to be. We would expect to see around a 30% performance jump moving to a 2060 and frame rates well over what a 1080P 60 hz display can manage. Other options out there include the MSI Ventus XS OC for around £20 less but we get a better boost clock and cooling solution for our money.
Phanteks ECLIPSE P350X ATX Mid Tower £61.99
Our case choice was a little limited by budget but we didn’t have as much concern about the number of fans included given that our AIO comes with a couple anyway. The Eclipse supports everything we need and looks great in our opinion. Once again we get tempered glass so that you can sit and admire the system. Fan filters and RGB also tick boxes for us with a black with white interior colour option also available.
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550 W 80+ Gold £90.40
Our PSU choice once again had to maintain quality and features as we move up the price range. Here EVGA give us a fully modular unit and great build quality whilst carrying on with a Gold standard effiency.
Verdict – £998.41
We are moving into a territory when choices can really vary with the extra cash available. There is scope to change storage needs here along with CPU and GPU choices. While we have no doubt that this system will be great based on the budget, we could have hundreds of variations of this build. We have been as impartial as we can, personally we love ASUS GPUs but that means spending more that we really cant justify at this time.
For a client build though, if we really cant push past the £1000 mark then this really does tick as many boxes as possible with cooling, aesthetics and performance right up there, not to mention its a great value build too.
If you want to put your own version together then you can check it out here, just don’t forget to let us know what you can build!