How to build a powerful next-gen gaming PC for under R11,000

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If you want to build a VR-Ready, powerful PC which boasts the latest GPU and CPU technology while costing less than the GeForce GTX 1080, look no further.

Nvidia and AMD’s new graphics architectures have opened up the mid-range PC gaming market to affordable Full HD 60FPS gaming and have blown away the ageing generation of consoles.

For just under R11,000, you can build a PC that runs the latest games smoothly at the highest levels of performance and is capable of powering an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset.

Check out our performance gaming build below.


Budget Build

Component
Product
Price
Case Cooler Master Elite 361 R468
Power Supply Corsair VS 450W R586
Motherboard Asrock H110M-DGS R838
Memory Kingston DDR4 2,133MHz 8GB Value R556
Processor Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz R2,154
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD R889
Graphics Card Galax GeForce GTX 1060 R5,199
Total
R10,690

Optional:

  • Storage – GALAX Gamer SSD, 120GB – R799
  • Memory – Kingston DDR4 2,133MHz 8GB – R556

Performance

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is one of the best budget graphics cards in the world, boasting the latest Pascal GPU architecture and unparalleled power efficiency.

Although AMD’s Radeon RX 480 is also a modern, high-value GPU option, the graphics card is difficult to find in South Africa, with most retailers out of stock.

The GeForce GTX 1060 is also more powerful than the Radeon RX 480 across the board, except in certain Vulkan-enabled titles such as DOOM.

Intel Core i3-6100 3.70GHz

The Intel Core i3-6100 Skylake processor is a great option for gamers on a budget.

Gaming performance is mostly reliant on graphics card processing power, meaning that gamers do not need an i7 processor for gaming.

The Core i3-6100 is a cheap, high value processor with low TDP that can handle most, if not all, modern games.


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