In January 2022, there was a correction in cryptocurrency rates: Bitcoin and Ethereum fell in price, which led to a slight drop in the cost of video cards. In many, this gave hope that it will soon be possible to forget about exorbitant prices for GPUs, but in practice there are no prerequisites for this yet.
Quotes of BTC and ETH are again confidently creeping up, and no one has canceled the global shortage of chips.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that over the past six months there has not been a better moment for purchasing a PC. In addition, budget boards with H- and B-chipsets for the 12th generation of Intel processors have arrived in time, which means it’s time to think about upgrading hardware. Well, or once again gather your will into a fist and wait further – the decision is yours.
Minimal King: from 37 thousand
Let’s start, as usual, with the most affordable build with integrated graphics instead of a discrete graphics card. This is an option for undemanding gamers who are willing to compromise and lower the quality of the picture, as well as for fans of simple session games without a swing at eSports. Well.
for the good old classics, which do not require powerful video cards and processors, this option will be generally ideal. In terms of performance, it is worth waiting for 30-40 frames in The Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Far Cry 5 – this is in Full HD and at minimum settings. As for network shooters, in CS: GO, Over watch and Rainbow Six: Siege the figure will increase to 60 frames, in Valor ant – to about 100.
Inexpensive but good PC with the ability to upgrade. If you want more fps or a prettier picture, just purchase a discrete graphics card. We’ve always recommended the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 It in the past, but the new AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT is faster and costs only $3,000 more – better to go for it. Ideally, the GeForce 1660 It is requested here, but its price still does not fall below 50 thousand, so it’s better to stop at a simpler option.
Good memory. Yes, the green text Olite without radiators looks rustic, but the modules are overclocked to 3200 MHz at CL16. All you need is the free Ryzen DRAM Calculator, 1.45V DIMM voltage (DRAM Voltage, VDRAM, VDIMM) in the BIOS, and a day or two of time. Such simple overclocking will make the PC noticeably faster – especially in games, since memory performance directly affects the capabilities of the integrated graphics.
The optimal cooler for our processor with a backplate, and therefore a good pressure. There is no point in chasing more expensive models. 3200G – The CPU is not hot, but you don’t need to skimp: cheaper models, as a rule, are attached with plastic clips, which leads to poor contact with the CPU heat-spreading cover. The result is hot and noisy.
A processor with only four cores on a relatively old architecture imposes certain restrictions on the choice of GPU. Something more powerful than NVIDIA GeForce 1660 It in such a system, we would not dare to put.
Not the most capacious case, which will not fit large top-end video cards. Plus, it comes with just one 120mm blower fan. The disadvantages are obvious, but if something average in power and not particularly heated is installed inside, then they will not play a critical role. And given the price and the fact that for such money we also get tempered glass, the cons of the case can be forgiven.
Power supply with non-removable cables and no video card cable. However, for the selected video card, additional power is not required, and if the GPU changes in the future, it will be enough to purchase the appropriate adapter.
Only 8 GB of memory. However, no one bothers to buy more in the future.
Assembly for the patient: from 48 thousand
The next configuration in the list is similar to the first system we suggested: it has good integrated graphics that will allow you to use your computer here and now without a video card. Key processor difference: Unlike the previous variant with a relatively weak Ryzen 3 3200G, this system will be powered by a 7nm AMD Ryzen 5 5600G with 6 cores and 12 threads, built on the Zen 3 architecture. Recall that the 3200G has four cores and the same number of threads, plus it is 12nm and is based on the Zen + architecture.
A solid platform that is almost as good as the latest solutions in terms of gaming performance: 6 cores and 12 threads – the optimal processor configuration today.
Fast memory with XMP profile at 3200 MHz at CL16. The CL 14 easily overclocks to 3600 MHz: just use the same Ryzen DRAM Calculator utility and set the voltage to 1.45 V on the DIMM modules (DRAM Voltage, VDRAM, VDIMM) in the BIOS. Such overclocking, as in the case of the first assembly in the article, will make the PC noticeably faster – especially in games: memory performance directly affects the capabilities of the integrated graphics.
The optimal air cooling system for the selected processor with a backplate, and hence a good pressure. Of course, you can also purchase a processor in the Box version, where there is already a cooler, but it is not very efficient, and this will lead to a loss of a hundred or two megahertz of the core frequency. Better not be stingy.
Not the most spacious case, which will not fit very large top-end video cards. There is only one 120mm blower fan included. The disadvantages are obvious, but if something average in power and not particularly heated is installed inside, then they will not play a critical role. And given the price and the fact that for such money we also get tempered glass, the cons of the case can be forgiven.
Power supply with fixed cables.
The price of the video card is too high.
Smart choice: from 137 thousand
The category “smart choice” is, one might say, the home of inexpensive six-core processors with a locked multiplier. The inability to overclock the cores of today’s current CPUs is a small problem: they are made in such a way that the lack of a couple of hundred megahertz has almost no effect. But the price of chips with a K-index is almost always higher, so for a long time we chose the Intel Core i5-11400F in this segment. It has the same 6 cores and 12 threads, the same locked multiplier, but a new socket, architecture, and noticeably better performance.