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Revision: Build a £993 PC alternative spec

By Ben Hardwidge. Posted

As a few of our readers have pointed out, some of the components used in the £993 build PC on the front cover of Issue 201 are either impossible to find now, or have since gone up dramatically in price.

This is sadly one of the knock-on effects of the current chaos surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, with supply chains being interrupted in all sorts of places. The prices were correct at the time of going to press, but a lot can happen in a couple of weeks at the moment.

However, you can still buy most of the components in our build guide for a reasonable price, and you only need to swap a couple of bits and pieces to build a very similarly-specified PC for only £18 more.

As the Lian Li Lancool II is currently listed as out of stock until June, we’ve instead based this spec on the Lian Li Lancool One, which is still a very fine case. It’s good looking, has a decent feature set and, like the Lancool II, it can also hold a 240mm radiator in the roof, so it’s ideal for this month’s liquid-cooled build guide (just ignore the bit about moving the top fan).

The Lian Li Lancool One is still a fine case for the money

We’ve also swapped the Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 Super Mini for a Palit card based on the same GPU, as the Zotac card has gone up massively in price since we wrote the feature.

The only other change is swapping the 3466MHz Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro memory for an ADATA 16GB (2 x 8GB) XPG Spectrix D60G 3600MHz kit, which received a Premium Grade award in our Issue 199 RGB memory labs. The Corsair memory is still great if you can afford it, but going for the ADATA kit helps to bring down the price.

Anyway, here’s the full spec. You’ll be able to follow the vast majority of the Issue 201 PC build guide using these components instead.

  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU £155
  • MSI B450 Tomahawk Max motherboard £105
  • 16GB (2 x 8GB) ADATA XPG Spectrix D60G 3600MHz memory £103
  • Palit GeForce RTX 2060 Super graphics card £373
  • Lian Li Lancool One case £77
  • ARCTIC Liquid Freezer 240 CPU cooler £60
  • Corsair CX550M PSU £68
  • 500GB WD SN500 SSD £70

Total £1,011 inc VAT

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