It’s fun to build a desktop gaming PC, but with extremely high graphics card prices, it’s gotten a lot harder lately. Fortunately, pre-built PCs are a great alternative that offers a complete system at a much more reasonable price. The best Black Friday deal we’ve found so far is on a £ 1049 built by PC makers Stormforce, which includes an RTX 3060 Ti graphics card, Core i5 10400F CPU and powerful Asus components all the way through to £ 100 less than the usual price.
Here’s why we think this pc is worth the money, component by component, and what kind of performance you can expect.
The Stormforce PC is powered by Intel Core i5-10400F. This CPU has been one of our favorites for budget gaming systems for its incredible combination of cost and performance. Although it has been replaced by newer models, it is still a top choice for most budget builders today.
10400F is combined with Asus Prime B460M-A motherboard with 2x8GB sticks off Crucial DDR4 2666 CL19 memory and a 1TB WD Blue SN550 M.2 NVMe SSD. These components are perfectly suited for budget to mid-range gaming systems, and you always have the option to upgrade them along the line.
For graphics we have Asus Dual RTX 3060 Ti, a powerful graphics card that can handle high refresh rates of 1440p gaming or 4K 60fps in even AAA titles. Thanks to its 2nd generation ray-tracing cores and 3rd generation Tensor cores, the RTX 3060 Ti also has excellent ray-tracing performance and DLSS to increase the frame rate even higher. The dual fan design on the Asus card should also ensure that it runs cool and quiet.
The PC is packed inside Cooler Master MasterBox MB320L mini tower saw. The compact design takes up considerably less space than a full-size tower, while providing adequate space and ventilation. The case also comes with dual 120 mm red LED intake fans at the front and a single 120 mm exhaust fan at the rear with space for optional front or top mounted radiator support.
Rounding off the component list is one 650W power supply, which is more than enough for this hardware configuration and can also handle a few upgrades down the line. And finally, the PC also comes pre-installed with Windows 11 Home Plus, although of course you can replace it with any OS you want.
All in all, we have calculated that this PC would cost £ 508 if you bought all the components yourself except the graphics card, while RTX 3060 Ti models cost up to £ 700 on Ebay. Put the two together and you have around £ 1200 – so getting this PC for £ 1049, including assembly and service, is a pretty good bargain!
Since this is a regular desktop PC, you have full freedom when it comes to upgrading it. For example, you might consider upgrading your regular Intel CPU cooler and replacing it with something more comprehensive so you can unlock the 10400F power limit or upgrade to a new Z690 motherboard and 12th generation CPU while keeping your other components in place. You can also replace memory and storage with larger or faster options.
Also worth mentioning is one of the most underrated aspects of a pre-built system, which is the guarantee of the complete package. Stormforce offers one 3 year pick-up and return guarantee, where they pick up the computer, repair it and return it at no extra cost as long as it is within the warranty period, no matter what component is faulty. This is not the luxury you have when building your own PC.
Stormforce PCs are also built to high standards and assembled by professionals with strict quality control procedures. They have cable management so your PC looks neat and tidy out of the box, and they come with protective pads inside the case to protect sensitive components such as the graphics card.
For the price, we think this is a great deal for someone who just wants to get into PC gaming with minimal hassle. If this sounds like you or someone you know, check out the link above. Also, check out our Black Friday PC offer guide for your keyboard, mouse, and monitor to pair with your new PC. And do not forget to follow us @dealsfoundry for more such offers this Black Friday.
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