When it comes to building a Gaming PC in 2021, it can be hard to get hold of the latest components. Building on a budget amplifies those issues even further, as price conscious consumers look to build a Gaming PC without breaking the bank! In this piece we’ll be showing how you can actually build a solid, budget 1080p Gaming PC Build in 2021 with off the shelf components!
We will cover off all the part choices and justify why each component is the best option, before testing the complete system in the latest titles – including Apex Legends, Fortnite, Valorant, Warzone and more!
CPU: Intel i5 11400F
The CPU, or processor, is the first component in any build. For this budget build we have actually opted to go for an Intel processor – now that’s not something I’d usually say! Intel still lag behind AMD on the higher end of the performance ladder, but do have some budget-friendly options that compete really well.
The i5 11400F is a great example of this, with fast clock speeds and 6 cores. It’s a future proofed CPU ready for gaming on not only the 1650 Super here, but also cards like the 3060 and 3060Ti.
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition
One area Intel do let the side down somewhat is when it comes to cooling for the CPU – while some SKUs do come with included coolers, they aren’t as good as the ones you’ll find on AMD CPUs. We investigated the impacts of a good CPU cooler on FPS here, and found some interesting results.
As such, the Cooler Master Hyper 212 is our recommendation for this build. The latest version, the Black Edition, has nice aesthetic additions, with a touch of RGB for good measure!
GPU: Zotac GTX 1650 Super
Finding a GPU in 2021 is the biggest challenge when it comes to building a modern gaming PC. With shortages consuming the PC hardware industry it’s been a difficult year.
Thankfully some respite is on the horizon, as we’ve witnessed GPU prices starting to fall, and stock return. The 1650 Super is a great card for gaming at 1080p in the latest titles. It is of course much less powerful than a modern 3060, but it’s a good entry level option for the new builder out there.
THis card is more than capable of 1080p gaming, across the range of modern titles.
RAM: ADATA XPG D20 16GB
RAM is provided by a 16GB kit of ADATA’s XPG D20 – a budget RAM kit that provides plenty of speed and capacity for a build like this one.
I would advise going for a 16GB kit, over 8GB, in 2021 as RAM usage continues to climb in the latest titles. If 8GB is all you can afford right now it will work OK, but 16 is my recommendation.
SSD/Storage: Seagate Barracuda Q1
Picking storage for a Gaming PC is a tricky choice – a few years back the options were more simple: budget users would go for a hard drive, while high end systems had SSDs.
Since then SSD prices have plummeted, and the choice for many is a fast NVMe drive. For this build we are recommending a slower, but cheaper SATA drive. You’ll still get speeds in the region of 500MB/s on this drive.
You can read our full Seagate Barracuda Q1 review here.
Keep scrolling for the rest of the components, but remember: we’ve uploaded a video version of this build below!
Motherboard: Gigabyte B560M DS3H
Unusually for us, we have gone Intel in this system. This is a decision which requires an Intel chipset motherboard, with B560 seemingly the choice which makes the most sense.
Gigabyte always make superb budget motherboard options, and have been our go to budget board manufacturer for a while. Thankfully, this DS3H board is no exception – providing all the features we could need for the price point!
Case: Cooler Master MB320L
Housing the system, and the case choice for this build, is the Cooler Master MB320L. It is an awesome budget chassis which we find really easy to recommend. From RGB fans to a good build quality, it’s a great chassis at an even better price point.
Looks great, performs well and ticks all of the boxes!
It is an awesome budget chassis which we find really easy to recommend.!
PSU: Cooler Master 500W 80+
Lastly, power in this build is catered for with Cooler Master’s 500W MWE power supply. This is just about as cheap as it gets, as far as budget PSUs are concerns.
Nevertheless, it has all the wattage we could need, black cables and a pretty quiet fan.
Performance & Benchmarking
Awesome stuff – we’ve covered off all the parts in our system and its now time to run some games, about 15 to be precise, to see what kind of performance figures we’re able to achieve! At 1080p we achieved some great frame rate numbers,.
Games tested include: Apex Legends, COD Cold War, COD Warzone, Control, CS:GO, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, Fortnite, GTA V, Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, Watch Dogs: Legion & Overwatch!
|GTA V||82 FPS|
|COD Warzone||69 FPS|
|Apex Legends||75 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||55 FPS|
|COD Black Ops Cold War||61 FPS|
|Cyberpunk 2077||42 FPS|
|Death Stranding||47 FPS|
|Rainbow Six Siege||99 FPS|
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Performance aside, one super important factor with any build is how it looks …right?! This build is a bit of a stunner if I do say so myself, and below is a gallery of some of the awesome stills we pulled from this system – take a look!