October 3, 2022
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How to Build the Best $900 RTX 3060 Gaming PC!

Feature Image - CK560 & 3060 Build

Introduction

With Ebuyer’s Nvidia GeForce week in full force, we’re seeing a huge drop in graphics card prices for the first time in quite a while. With now being the best time in recent history to build a PC, or upgrade the GPU in an existing system to a snappy RTX 3000 GPU for those all-important gaming gains.

The build we’ve put together here features a wide range of the latest components, including as Intel’s Core i5 12400F, an excellent budget 12th Gen CPU, and MSI’s Ventus 3X RTX 3060.

GameResolutionSettingsAVG. FPS
Marvel’s Spiderman Remastered1080PHigh DLSS145
GTA V1080PHigh 165
Battlefield 20421080PHigh DLSS104
COD Vanguard1080PHigh155
Halo Infinite1080PHigh115
Forza Horizon 51080PUltra121
Apex Legends1080PHigh148
Valorant1080PHigh402
Fortnite1080PCompetitive184

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Main Components

Intel Core i5 Truck Shot - Aerocool 3060 Build

CPU: Intel Core i5 12400F

First off, our chosen CPU is from Intel‘s latest 12th Gen range – the i5 12400F. This particular processor is geared towards the more budget end of the market, coming in at a very reasonable price point. You still get great clock speeds and a good amount of cores for gaming, making this a great shout.

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Key Facts:

Boost Clock Speed: 4.4GHz

Core Count: 6

Thread Count: 12

Dan's Build 6650XT - Intel RM1 Stock Cooler

CPU Cooler: Intel RM1 Stock Cooler

In order to save some money for other components, we’ve decided to stick with the included stock CPU cooler that comes with Intel 12th Gen CPUs. The Laminar RM1 has had a slight upgrade upon older models of the renowned Intel stock cooler, and this should provide ample cooling for our chosen CPU. Normally we’d opt for something slightly more powerful, but because this is a budget-oriented system, this stock cooler should be perfectly fine to keep our thermals steady.

Key Facts:

Max RPM: 3150

Connector Type: 4-Pin

RGB: No

B660 DS3H AX - Whole Motherboard

Motherboard: Gigabyte B660 DS3H AX DDR4

The motherboard we’ve picked to pair up with our CPU is one of our favourite boards on the B660 chipset, Gigabyte’s B660 DS3H AX. This motherboard utilises many of the latest 12th gen features, such as PCI-E Gen4 for SSDs, and high speed memory overclocking, but for a great price. If you’re looking for more information about this board, we recommend reading our full B660 D3H motherboard review, where we dive into all of the features on this Gigabyte board.

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Key Facts:

Form Factor: ATX

Built-in IO Shield: No

Max Memory: 128GB DDR4

3060Ti x MasterBox - GeIL Orion RAM

RAM: GeIL Orion RGB DDR4

For entry and mid-level gaming builds, 16GB of memory is going to be the best best. This GeIL 16GB kit brings plenty of power, with a fast 3600MHz clock speed. At the top of each DIMM, you’ll find an addressable RGB lighting bar, bringing gorgeous and vivid lighting to our budget build.

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Key Facts:

Capacity: 16GB

Clock Speed: 3600MHz

CAS Latency: 18-20-20-40

WD SN570 SSD - Aerocool 3060 Build

SSD: WD Blue SN570

Western Digital‘s storage options are always widely accessible and offer competitive performance in terms of read and write speeds. Here we’ve chosen their Blue SN570, which provides blazing fast speeds on the Gen3 interface for optimal load times in our games, and boot times.

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Key Facts:

Capacity: 500GB

Read Speeds: 3500MB/s

Write Speeds: 3000MB/s

Interface: PCI-E Gen3 x4

MSI Ventus 3X OC RTX 3060 - CK560 & 3060 Build

GPU: MSI Ventus 3X OC RTX 3060

For the GPU in this build, we’ve selected th MSI Ventus 3X OC RTX 3060, which is featuring on Ebuyer’s Nvidia GeForce week at an excellent price. The 3060 is geared more towards budget systems, but its performance is brilliant at 1080p, allowing you max out the vast majority of titles. You also get access Nvidia’s matured DLSS, helping the 3060 perform well at 1440p for good measure, minimising the performance overhead of the higher resolution. Check out the benchmarking section below to see how exactly this card performs.

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Key Facts:

CUDA Cores: 4864

TDP: 200W

RT Cores: 28

CK560 Case - CD560 & 3060 Build

Case: DeepCool CK560

To house all of these awesome components we’re using DeepCool‘s CK560. The front of the case sports a mesh design allowing you to see the vibrant included RGB fans, and bringing better airflow. The CK560 also has versatile motherboard support allowing you to fit a wide range of sizes into this case.

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Key Facts:

Form Factor: Mid-Tower

Fan Support: 6

Motherboard Support: Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX/ATX/E-ATX

Dan's Build 6650XT - Corsair CX650F

PSU: Corsair CX650F RGB

Corsair’s CX650F RGB is a PSU we have used many a time before. It is both reliable, and a great addition to any build. 650W is plenty for this build as the components we’ve picked out are relatively low power consumers. A nice bonus with the CX650F is that the PSU fan is RGB, giving us the option to customise lighting effects adding some more flair to this build!

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Key Facts:

Wattage: 650W

Modular: Yes

Efficiency: 80+ Bronze

Budget Peripheral Picks

To finalise our build we’ve decided to pick out some peripherals that fit the aesthetic, but also demonstrate that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to acquire some. With the budget theme persisting throughout the build, the peripherals we’ve got come from a gaming PC bundle. It can be difficult to find peripherals that fit within your price range, but also offer great performance so you’re not having to make undue sacrifices on cheaper and less robust options.

Razer Power Up Gaming Bundle

Razer Power Up Gaming Bundle - CK560 & 3060 Build

The bundle we’ve chosen comes from Razer, and comes with a full set of peripherals (including a mouse mat). The Razer Power Up Gaming Bundle V2 comes with their Blackshark X headset, a Cynosa Lite full-sized keyboard, their award winning Deathadder Essential mouse, and a Gigantus large mouse mat. All of these peripherals comes with great features and will give you plenty of accuracy in your games, while providing a sleek aesthetic that matches the build!

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Benchmarks

Now for the all-important benchmarks. All of the PC builds that we put together are tested with the latest and greatest triple A and Esports titles of the year. We do this to provide real-life context as to how a PC like this performs within games. All of the benchmarks we do feature on our very own YouTube Channel – ‘Benched’. There you’ll find various runs of different GPUs with plenty of performance numbers and graphs to compliment.

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Jay joined Geeka Media in April of 2022, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and a background in Computer Science. Jay is an avid gamer, keyboard-builder and tech wizz with years of PC-building passion under his belt.