BEST GAMING PC BUILDS OF 2021

Building a gaming PC is like a separate art form. It is not clear what requires more knowledge, the assembly process, or the selection of components. Especially a budget PC, the configuration of which is more difficult to choose (just think: budget, gaming, computer right away ) …

This article contains the top of the best gaming PC builds of 2021. Write your own configurations that you can recommend. You can take last year’s components and assemble a gaming PC. It all depends on your specific budget. I can also pick up such PC assemblies.

Budget Best Gaming PC Build of 2021

If everything is clear with top-end assemblies, then with budget ones it is still much more complicated. The game build should provide the ability to play comfortably. Let’s conditionally divide this segment into 2. Of course, assemblies based on AMD and Intel will be configured.

Ryzen 3 3300X or Core i3-10100F based

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X withWraith Stealth Boxed CoolerIntel Core i3-10100F bundled withFoxconn E97379-003 cooler
The model turned out to be really successful. It was immediately compared to the Intel Core i7-7700K. And the performance of the state employee is on the same level. Even the Ryzen 5 3500X processor looks more confident in modern games …This is a direct competitor to the Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X, only cheaper. Perhaps due to a lower quality boxed cooler. The Intel Core i3-10300 looks more attractive, but also more expensive. Although both bypass the Core i5-9400F.
Cores & Threads: 4 & 8Base & Turbo Frequencies: 3.8 & 4.3 GHzMemory & L3 Cache: DDR4 & 3200 MHz / 16 MBTDP & Crit. temperature: 65 W & 95 ° CArchitecture & Process technology: Zen 2 & 7 nm4 & 83.6 & 4.3GHzDDR4 & 2666MHz / 6MB65W & 100 ° CComet Lake & 14nm

Important! Whatever one may say, you won’t go far with a boxed cooler. You can take a closer look at the Deepcool Gammaxx 400K or Vinga CL3007R. A few heatpipes will drastically change the situation. Actually, inexpensive and cheerful, I do not think that better cooling will not hurt.

MSI B450-A PRO MAXASRock B460 Steel Legend
This is the minimum that can be recommended. The MAX series supports Ryzen 3000 processors out of the box. Depending on the price, you might want to look at the MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX. Now they are in the same price segment.The motherboard can handle not only Intel Core i3-10100F, but also more powerful processors. The price of the processor is slightly lower than the competitor, but you won’t be able to save money here. It’s a great choice, as is the ASRock B460M Steel Legend.

With RAM, everything is really very simple. We purchase 2 strips of 8 GB each so that the memory works in dual-channel mode. For a budget assembly, a frequency from 2666 – 3600 MHz will suffice. The golden mean Kingston FURY 16GB DDR4 3000 MHz Fury Black .

The drive will be responsible for the budget Samsung 860 EVO 2.5 500 GB or the Samsung 980 500 GB NVMe drive . Even my Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB came out a little more expensive (at least for a promotion). You can save up to $ 25 here, but you can’t do without an SSD …

I always recommend taking the power supply with a small margin. Let’s focus on the Chieftec Polaris 650W . This is a quality block with 80 PLUS Gold certification. It’s good that now offers with an efficiency of 90% have become available to everyone. Although even this power supply will be with a small margin.

As a gaming case, I recommend taking a model with dust filters and a large space. For example,  GameMax StarLight B-White , which is often used not only in budget assemblies. 4 fans are already preinstalled in it, for good blowing of components.

With video cards, especially now, everything is as incomprehensible as possible. At least for a gaming build, I recommend the Asus ROG Strix RX 580 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB . This card is enough for 1080p gaming. There are alternatives available, such as the Radeon R9 390X or GTX 980. Many users play with the GTX 1050 Ti and RX 570.

Assembly based on Ryzen 5 3600 and Core i5-10400F

My build background . Previously, I chose a processor between Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 3500X and Ryzen 5 3600. In games, plus or minus, they showed equal performance. Real testing has shown that the Ryzen 5 3600 will be able to bring out a more powerful graphics card …

MotherboardMSI B450 Gaming Plus MAXDidn’t overpay for the Tomahawk because the power is the same.MSI MAG B460 TomahawkThis board is a little more expensive, and the processor for it is cheaper than the competitor.
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600This processor performs better with new graphics cards. Worth the money.Intel Core i5-10400FCame out after the “popular” AMD, but became its complete alternative.
CoolingEnermax ETS-T50 AX (without RGB-backlight)It has been repeatedly included in the list of the best coolers. Now a new model has come out, well, we will not overpay.
OperativeKingston FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3000 MHz BlackYou can overpay and take at least 3600 MHz memory. In practice, in principle, the difference is small.
Storage deviceSamsung 980 500 GB (for the system and several games) Ireplaced my Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB SSD with a new one. Slightly increased speeds for the same money.
Power SupplyChieftec Polaris 750WOf course, I offer a quality unit for good money. In principle, it will be possible to purchase a more powerful video card.
Video cardAsus ROG Strix RX 580 8 GB or GTX 1060 6 GBIn games, the number of frames per second will be the same as in the previous budget one. The difference can only be noticed with more powerful video cards.

I think my build fits into budget PC builds for gaming. But there is one small but … There is a good foundation for the future. Here you can put a Radeon RX 6800 XT or GeForce RTX 3080. And the most interesting thing is that the central processor will not slow down the system.

Optimal Gaming PC Build 2021

Here are the optimal PC assemblies on the new “folk” processors. It is unclear why the price is significantly more expensive, although this is not surprising. It is the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and Intel Core i5-11600K models that now occupy this segment. Still, I think that the price should go down a little.

#AMD & RadeonIntel & NVIDIA
parentboardMSI MPG B550 Gaming Carbon WIFI :Socket AM4 l 15 Phase Power Subsystem | 4xDDR4 5100 MHz, up to 128 GB | 1x PCI Express 4.0 x16 | 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.1MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk WIFI :Socket 1200 | 15 Phase Partial Doubling | 4xDDR4 5066 MHz, up to 128 GB | 1x PCI Express 4.0 x16 | 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.2
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 5600X :Socket AM4 | Process technology: 7 nm | Kernels & Threads: 6 & 12 | Frequency: 3.7 (4.6 Turbo) GHz | TDP: 65W l Crit. temperature: 95 ° C Intel Core i5-11600K :Socket 1200 | Process technology: 14 nm | Kernels & Threads: 6 & 12 | Frequency: 3.9 (4.9 Turbo) GHz | TDP: 125W l Crit. temperature: 100 ° C 
Cooling systemEnermax ETS-T50 Ax ARGB Black :Compatible with AM4 and LGA1200 | TDP: up to 230 W500 & 1600 rpm | up to 24 dB | Weight: 860 g || HxWxL: 160×112.5×138.7 mm
RAMKingston FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Predator :Sizes: 8 – 16GB | Frequency: 2400 – 4600 MHz |Timings: CL17 | Voltage: 1.35V
Storage & hardSamsung 980 1 TB :Size: 250 – 1000 GB | Form Factor: M.2 2280 |Interface: M.2 (PCI- Express 3.0) |Read & write speed : 3500 & 3000 MB / s
unitpowerGigabyte P850GM :Power: 850 W | Modular Cable Connection |Efficiency: 90% | 80 PLUS Standard: GOLD | Fan: 1 × 135mm
HousingGamemax StarLight B-White :Size: Midi-Tower | Dust Filters | Video card up to 360 mm |Cooler height: up to 170 mm | Dimensions: 205x470x440 |Fans: 1 × 120 mm (rear), 3×120 mm (front)
Video cardGigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XTGaming OC 12G12GB GDDR6 192 bit | Frequencies: 2622 & 16000 MHz  | Interface: PCI-E 4.0 | AMD Smart Access MemoryMSI GeForce RTX 3060 TiGaming Z TRIO 8G8GB GDDR6 256bit | Frequencies: 1845 & 14000 MHz | Interface: PCI Express 4.0 | AI-powered DLSS

Top & Best Build Gaming PC 2021

Many assemblers put the most expensive components into top-end assemblies. This is a totally wrong approach. Tests show that the RTX 3080 Ti is a better buy than the RTX 3090. Or the uselessness of the Intel Core i9-11900K, there are a lot of such examples.

#on the base#red#blue
MotherboardCPUCoolingRAMStoragePower supplyCaseASUS ROG Crosshair VIII HeroAMD Ryzen 7 5800XEnermax ETS-T50 Ax ARGB BlackG.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GBSamsung 980 PRO1TB Corsair RM850xCougar Panzer-G BlackASRock Z590 TaichiIntel Core i7-11700KEnermax ETS-T50 Ax ARGB BlackG.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GBSamsung 980 PRO1TB Corsair RM850xCougar Panzer-G Black
Video card(interchangeable components, the green graphics processor feels great on the “red” base)GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming OC 16GorMSI Radeon RX 6900 XTGaming X TRIO 16GGigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 TiEAGLE 8GorGainward GeForce RTX 3080 TiPhoenix

Conclusion

For example, you can take different configurations in the same budget. Intel Core i9-11900K processor and GeForce RTX 3070 or i7-11700K graphics and RTX 3080 Ti. The question is, which build will bring more profit? That is why the selection of components is more difficult than the PC assembly itself.

You need to specifically understand what you can save on, “be aware of the market”. Only NVIDIA introduced the RTX 3080 Ti, which is more in line with the price-performance criterion. This is in comparison with the RTX 3090 video card since it is this card that is shoved to bloggers for fabulous money

Building a gaming PC is like a separate art form. It is not clear what requires more knowledge, the assembly process, or the selection of components. Especially a budget PC, the configuration of which is more difficult to choose (just think: budget, gaming, computer right away ) …

This article contains the top of the best gaming PC builds of 2021. Write your own configurations that you can recommend. You can take last year’s components and assemble a gaming PC. It all depends on your specific budget. I can also pick up such PC assemblies.

Budget Best Gaming PC Build of 2021

If everything is clear with top-end assemblies, then with budget ones it is still much more complicated. The game build should provide the ability to play comfortably. Let’s conditionally divide this segment into 2. Of course, assemblies based on AMD and Intel will be configured.

Ryzen 3 3300X or Core i3-10100F based

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X withWraith Stealth Boxed CoolerIntel Core i3-10100F bundled withFoxconn E97379-003 cooler
The model turned out to be really successful. It was immediately compared to the Intel Core i7-7700K. And the performance of the state employee is on the same level. Even the Ryzen 5 3500X processor looks more confident in modern games …This is a direct competitor to the Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X, only cheaper. Perhaps due to a lower quality boxed cooler. The Intel Core i3-10300 looks more attractive, but also more expensive. Although both bypass the Core i5-9400F.
Cores & Threads: 4 & 8Base & Turbo Frequencies: 3.8 & 4.3 GHzMemory & L3 Cache: DDR4 & 3200 MHz / 16 MBTDP & Crit. temperature: 65 W & 95 ° CArchitecture & Process technology: Zen 2 & 7 nm4 & 83.6 & 4.3GHzDDR4 & 2666MHz / 6MB65W & 100 ° CComet Lake & 14nm

Important! Whatever one may say, you won’t go far with a boxed cooler. You can take a closer look at the Deepcool Gammaxx 400K or Vinga CL3007R. A few heatpipes will drastically change the situation. Actually, inexpensive and cheerful, I do not think that better cooling will not hurt.

MSI B450-A PRO MAXASRock B460 Steel Legend
This is the minimum that can be recommended. The MAX series supports Ryzen 3000 processors out of the box. Depending on the price, you might want to look at the MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX. Now they are in the same price segment.The motherboard can handle not only Intel Core i3-10100F, but also more powerful processors. The price of the processor is slightly lower than the competitor, but you won’t be able to save money here. It’s a great choice, as is the ASRock B460M Steel Legend.

With RAM, everything is really very simple. We purchase 2 strips of 8 GB each so that the memory works in dual-channel mode. For a budget assembly, a frequency from 2666 – 3600 MHz will suffice. The golden mean Kingston FURY 16GB DDR4 3000 MHz Fury Black .

The drive will be responsible for the budget Samsung 860 EVO 2.5 500 GB or the Samsung 980 500 GB NVMe drive . Even my Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB came out a little more expensive (at least for a promotion). You can save up to $ 25 here, but you can’t do without an SSD …

I always recommend taking the power supply with a small margin. Let’s focus on the Chieftec Polaris 650W . This is a quality block with 80 PLUS Gold certification. It’s good that now offers with an efficiency of 90% have become available to everyone. Although even this power supply will be with a small margin.

As a gaming case, I recommend taking a model with dust filters and a large space. For example,  GameMax StarLight B-White , which is often used not only in budget assemblies. 4 fans are already preinstalled in it, for good blowing of components.

With video cards, especially now, everything is as incomprehensible as possible. At least for a gaming build, I recommend the Asus ROG Strix RX 580 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB . This card is enough for 1080p gaming. There are alternatives available, such as the Radeon R9 390X or GTX 980. Many users play with the GTX 1050 Ti and RX 570.

Assembly based on Ryzen 5 3600 and Core i5-10400F

My build background . Previously, I chose a processor between Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 3500X and Ryzen 5 3600. In games, plus or minus, they showed equal performance. Real testing has shown that the Ryzen 5 3600 will be able to bring out a more powerful graphics card …

MotherboardMSI B450 Gaming Plus MAXDidn’t overpay for the Tomahawk because the power is the same.MSI MAG B460 TomahawkThis board is a little more expensive, and the processor for it is cheaper than the competitor.
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600This processor performs better with new graphics cards. Worth the money.Intel Core i5-10400FCame out after the “popular” AMD, but became its complete alternative.
CoolingEnermax ETS-T50 AX (without RGB-backlight)It has been repeatedly included in the list of the best coolers. Now a new model has come out, well, we will not overpay.
OperativeKingston FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3000 MHz BlackYou can overpay and take at least 3600 MHz memory. In practice, in principle, the difference is small.
Storage deviceSamsung 980 500 GB (for the system and several games) Ireplaced my Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB SSD with a new one. Slightly increased speeds for the same money.
Power SupplyChieftec Polaris 750WOf course, I offer a quality unit for good money. In principle, it will be possible to purchase a more powerful video card.
Video cardAsus ROG Strix RX 580 8 GB or GTX 1060 6 GBIn games, the number of frames per second will be the same as in the previous budget one. The difference can only be noticed with more powerful video cards.

I think my build fits into budget PC builds for gaming. But there is one small but … There is a good foundation for the future. Here you can put a Radeon RX 6800 XT or GeForce RTX 3080. And the most interesting thing is that the central processor will not slow down the system.

Optimal Gaming PC Build 2021

Here are the optimal PC assemblies on the new “folk” processors. It is unclear why the price is significantly more expensive, although this is not surprising. It is the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and Intel Core i5-11600K models that now occupy this segment. Still, I think that the price should go down a little.

#AMD & RadeonIntel & NVIDIA
parentboardMSI MPG B550 Gaming Carbon WIFI :Socket AM4 l 15 Phase Power Subsystem | 4xDDR4 5100 MHz, up to 128 GB | 1x PCI Express 4.0 x16 | 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.1MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk WIFI :Socket 1200 | 15 Phase Partial Doubling | 4xDDR4 5066 MHz, up to 128 GB | 1x PCI Express 4.0 x16 | 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.2
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 5600X :Socket AM4 | Process technology: 7 nm | Kernels & Threads: 6 & 12 | Frequency: 3.7 (4.6 Turbo) GHz | TDP: 65W l Crit. temperature: 95 ° C Intel Core i5-11600K :Socket 1200 | Process technology: 14 nm | Kernels & Threads: 6 & 12 | Frequency: 3.9 (4.9 Turbo) GHz | TDP: 125W l Crit. temperature: 100 ° C 
Cooling systemEnermax ETS-T50 Ax ARGB Black :Compatible with AM4 and LGA1200 | TDP: up to 230 W500 & 1600 rpm | up to 24 dB | Weight: 860 g || HxWxL: 160×112.5×138.7 mm
RAMKingston FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Predator :Sizes: 8 – 16GB | Frequency: 2400 – 4600 MHz |Timings: CL17 | Voltage: 1.35V
Storage & hardSamsung 980 1 TB :Size: 250 – 1000 GB | Form Factor: M.2 2280 |Interface: M.2 (PCI- Express 3.0) |Read & write speed : 3500 & 3000 MB / s
unitpowerGigabyte P850GM :Power: 850 W | Modular Cable Connection |Efficiency: 90% | 80 PLUS Standard: GOLD | Fan: 1 × 135mm
HousingGamemax StarLight B-White :Size: Midi-Tower | Dust Filters | Video card up to 360 mm |Cooler height: up to 170 mm | Dimensions: 205x470x440 |Fans: 1 × 120 mm (rear), 3×120 mm (front)
Video cardGigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XTGaming OC 12G12GB GDDR6 192 bit | Frequencies: 2622 & 16000 MHz  | Interface: PCI-E 4.0 | AMD Smart Access MemoryMSI GeForce RTX 3060 TiGaming Z TRIO 8G8GB GDDR6 256bit | Frequencies: 1845 & 14000 MHz | Interface: PCI Express 4.0 | AI-powered DLSS

Top & Best Build Gaming PC 2021

Many assemblers put the most expensive components into top-end assemblies. This is a totally wrong approach. Tests show that the RTX 3080 Ti is a better buy than the RTX 3090. Or the uselessness of the Intel Core i9-11900K, there are a lot of such examples.

#on the base#red#blue
MotherboardCPUCoolingRAMStoragePower supplyCaseASUS ROG Crosshair VIII HeroAMD Ryzen 7 5800XEnermax ETS-T50 Ax ARGB BlackG.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GBSamsung 980 PRO1TB Corsair RM850xCougar Panzer-G BlackASRock Z590 TaichiIntel Core i7-11700KEnermax ETS-T50 Ax ARGB BlackG.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GBSamsung 980 PRO1TB Corsair RM850xCougar Panzer-G Black
Video card(interchangeable components, the green graphics processor feels great on the “red” base)GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming OC 16GorMSI Radeon RX 6900 XTGaming X TRIO 16GGigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 TiEAGLE 8GorGainward GeForce RTX 3080 TiPhoenix

Conclusion

For example, you can take different configurations in the same budget. Intel Core i9-11900K processor and GeForce RTX 3070 or i7-11700K graphics and RTX 3080 Ti. The question is, which build will bring more profit? That is why the selection of components is more difficult than the PC assembly itself.

You need to specifically understand what you can save on, “be aware of the market”. Only NVIDIA introduced the RTX 3080 Ti, which is more in line with the price-performance criterion. This is in comparison with the RTX 3090 video card since it is this card that is shoved to bloggers for fabulous money

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