We select the best set of components per dollar spent
Let’s compile a set of machine recommendations for those who want to play in different budgets, trying to maximize the performance of the system within a certain cost.
Whenever possible, we’ll provide more than one reference, especially for users who already have a brand preference, such as Intel or AMD for a processor, or AMD, Nvidia or… ahem, Intel (?) for a video card.
Our recommendations include only the components of the machine, excluding such elements as peripherals, cabinet, monitor and others. The reason is that budgets and needs vary greatly for these products and it is impossible to keep track of these variations. Here we leave it to the user to decide on this criterion, or even a possible future article.
Some elements will be repeated in all the recommendations, which include the use of two 8GB of memory, which we strongly recommend for a modern gaming machine, as well as an NVMe SSD, which we recommend for your entire life. It doesn’t even have to be a PC game.
Let’s separate the selection into different articles to facilitate organization, separating them according to different price levels:
Budget up to 2500 BRL
Budget up to 4 thousand dollars
Budget up to 5000 BRL
Budget up to BRL 6000 and above
Budget up to 5000 BRL
With a stronger budget of five thousand reais, I would not change several configurations of the 4 thousand R$ 400 computer, because in criteria such as the processor we are already good. For this level, I would focus the total R$1000 increase on just one component: the video card.
List of components (intermediate computer):
– Intel Core i5-11400 – Purchase link (R$900) / AMD Ryzen 5 5500 – Purchase link (R$900)
– Motherboard H610 – Purchase Link (R$500) / Motherboard B450 – Purchase Link (R$580)
– 2x8GB DDR4 @3200MHz – Purchase link (2xR$ 199)
– Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – Purchase Link (R$2600) / AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT – Purchase Link (R$2500)
– SSD M.2 NVMe 512 GB – Purchase link (R$ 289)
– 550W power supply – purchase link (R$ 420)
Total price: BRL 5,139 / 5,219
Both the Core i5-11400F and the Ryzen 5 5500 are excellent processors with six cores and 12 threads, a configuration that provides safety in terms of longevity. At most, I’d keep an eye on the Ryzen 5 5600, because for the price, it might pay off more for those who want particularly high frame rates. The same goes for the 11400F, which can give way to the 12400F if your focus is on a competitive gaming machine and you want as many frames as possible on the screen.
Review: AMD Ryzen 5 5500
Review: Intel Core i5-11400
The video card is where we basically put all the extras between R$4,000 and R$5,000, focusing on graphics capability. This way we got Radeon RX 6600 XT from AMD and GeForce RTX 3006 from Nvidia. Here we are talking about cards that can run 1080p without difficulty and even cope with 1440p in good quality.
Review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
Review: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
See hardware prices
These are our recommendations on the market right now. Keep an eye out for price changes between the time of our research and the time you view this article. To extend our hand, we have two solutions: 1) this is our tool, ECONOMIZE with ADRENALINE, which has a price comparison and automatic coupon search, and 2) below we put a search chart of processors and video cards with evolution. Recently, the prices of video cards and processors have also increased. Thanks again to Edno Silva for his excellent work on PC Build Wizard (@pcbuildwizard), is responsible for the database that serves as the source of this graph. He monitors the market daily and below we show the cheapest card price for a given graphics chip using three major online retailers (KaBuM!, Pichau and Terabyte).