Best Gaming PC Hardware - The Elite List

Finding the right balance of PC components to build the best gaming PC for your budget is a tricky task. So to make things as easy as possible we've done the hard work for you. Below you'll find six different gaming PC builds that showcase what we feel is the best hardware selection for a range of budgets.

Each build specifies the best CPU, graphics card, memory, motherboard and storage for any given price range. We don't include power supplies and cases so you'll need to factor in the extra budget for your preferred case and power supply, and double-check there's room in your case for your chosen components, especially the GPU cooler and graphics card.

We've largely stopped reviewing power supplies, as the 80 Plus certification scheme has now effectively eliminated unstable PSUs. Instead we've recommended the wattage and minimum 80Plus certification you should consider for each component bundle. You can then choose whether you want a PSU with modular or captive cables.

We update each recommended build every month.

Budget gaming PC with integrated graphics - Best Gaming PC for under £300 ($400)

The integrated graphics of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G provides enough performance for some basic gaming while also delivering quad-core CPU performance. Needs a micro-ATX or ATX case. We recommend a 350W 80 Plus power supply.

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Amazon £85
CPU cooler AMD Wraith air cooler included with CPU N/A N/A
GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 integrated into CPU N/A N/A
Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz Scan £48
Motherboard MSI B450M Mortar (micro-ATX) Scan £88
Storage 500GB Crucial MX500 (SATA 2.5in) Amazon £63
Total £284

Upgrades

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
Swap CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Amazon £129

Budget gaming PC - Best Gaming PC for under £600 ($800)

This quad-core PC provides enough performance for entry level gaming. Needs an ATX case with room for a 150mm-tall air cooler. We recommend a 450W 80 Plus Bronze power supply.

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Amazon £140
CPU cooler ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports One (air cooler) Amazon £32
GPU Zotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 6GB Ebuyer £205
Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz Scan £48
Motherboard MSI B450M Tomahawk (ATX) Overclockers £100
Storage WD Blue SN500 NVMe 500GB (M.2 NVMe) Amazon £69
Total £594

Upgrades

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
Swap Graphics card AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Ebuyer £236
Swap Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz Scan £85
Swap Storage 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus (M.2 NVMe) Amazon £108

Mid-range all-purpose system - Best Gaming PC for under £1000 ($1200)

This PC packs in an eight-core CPU and will provide smooth 1080p gaming and play many games at 1440p too. Needs an ATX case with room for a 120mm all-in-one liquid cooler. We recommend a 550W 80 Plus Bronze power supply.

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Amazon £290
CPU cooler Alphacool Eisbaer LT 120 (120mm AIO liquid cooler) Aquatuning £77
GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Ebuyer £236
Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 3200MHz Scan £139
Motherboard Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming (ATX) Box £125
Storage 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus (M.2 NVMe) Amazon £108
Total £975

Upgrades

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
Swap Graphics card Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Scan £300
Swap Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 3200MHz Scan £168
Add secondary storage Western Digital Blue 4TB Amazon £105

Mid-range gaming system - Best Gaming PC for under £1400 ($1800)

With its eight-core CPU and RTX 2070 graphics card, this PC will happily play games at 1440p resolutions and higher. Needs an ATX case with room for a 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler. We recommend a 600W 80 Plus Bronze power supply.

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
CPU Intel Core i7-9700K Amazon £390
CPU cooler Corsair H100i Pro RGB (240mm AIO liquid cooler) Novatech £111
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Scan £469
Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 3200MHz Scan £139
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro (ATX) CCL £160
Storage 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus (M.2 NVMe) Amazon £108
Total £1,377

Upgrades

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
Add secondary storage Western Digital Blue 4TB Amazon £105

4K gaming system - Best Gaming PC for under £2200 ($2800)

A very fast and powerful eight-core processor is joined by the monstrous RTX 1080 Ti for a gaming PC that can handle most games at 4K resolutions. Needs an ATX case with room for a 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler. We recommend a 650W 80 Plus Gold power supply.

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
CPU Intel Core i7-9900K Overclockers £500
CPU cooler Corsair H100i Pro RGB (240mm AIO liquid cooler) Amazon £111
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Scan £1,000
Memory 16GB (2 x 8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 3200MHz Scan £139
Motherboard Asus Maximus XI Hero (ATX) Ebuyer £242
Storage 500GB Samsung 970 Evo Plus (M.2 NVMe) Amazon £108
Total £2,100

Upgrades

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
Add secondary storage Western Digital Blue 4TB Amazon £105

Heavy multi-threading workstation - Best Workstation PC

The serious multi-threading power of the Threadripper 2950X makes this a massively capable workstation PC. Needs an ATX case with room for a 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler. We recommend a 700W 80 Plus Gold power supply.

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
CPU AMD Threadripper 2950X Amazon £800
CPU cooler Enermax Liqtech II TR4 240 (240mm AIO liquid cooler) Watercooling UK £128
GPU Zotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 6GB Ebuyer £205
Memory 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 3200MHz Scan £277
Motherboard ASRock X399 Taichi (ATX) CCL £325
Storage 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus (M.2 NVMe) Amazon £213
Total £1,948

Upgrades

Component Name Supplier Price (inc VAT)
Swap Graphics card Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Scan £469
Swap CPU AMD Threadripper 2990WX Amazon £1,600
The Threadripper 200WX is not recommended for gaming
Add secondary storage Seagate Barracuda Pro 6TB Amazon £215

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