Welcome to our 2021 student budget gaming PC build guide for 1080p gaming @ 60hz!
Wait for a second, aren’t you meant to be studying?! In all seriousness, studying can be stressful sometimes, and gaming is a good way to unwind after working hard ( I did this while studying for my master’s in CIT also as a Microsoft System Admin ). So let’s get into looking at gaming on a student budget!
For 1080p Gaming, the Human Eye Can Only See 60 FPS…
Not really, though… but in your case as a student, you may also believe that.
Yes, we could go for a high frame-rate build, but that would add high costs to induce those silky smooth visuals out of the system. Also, we have not taken into account any aftercare or the three-year warranty we offer with our builds as that can of course put the price up further.
Instead, we’re aiming for a perfectly sensible 1080p 60 FPS gaming experience, with the overall aim to have games running on high settings. So at least things will look pretty and you can build this system yourself.
Within this, we’re assuming that outside of gaming on this machine, you’re going to be using it for just light productivity tasks (browsing online, writing assignments, checking Facebook, listening to Youtube or Spotify while you study, etc) and not something more heavy-duty like CAD applications, for that we would recommend spending a lot more.
With that being said, let’s get into the build!
The Student Gaming PC Build
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
Can we just say how impressive it is that AMD has a CPU that is £140 that performs this well in games? It wasn’t all that long ago that quad-core CPUs were the premium gaming CPU option now we have them as entry-level CPUs in a range. Competition at its best!
The single CCX node here really helps with performance and makes this CPU a no brainer for gaming on a budget. What you end up getting maybe a nicely optimized CPU with an outsized L3 cache, making it the best current option for gaming on a budget hence why we include it in our student budget gaming PC build 2020.
If you’re still somehow not convinced, we will even use the provided cooler by AMD to offer us a little more saving too. Bargain.
What an excellent little GPU here for 1080p gaming! The GTX 1650 Super has quickly become the go-to card for 1080p 60 FPS gaming. Thanks to its compact size, also as its less-than-monstrous power requirements, it’s become a very popular low-cost build choice hence it makes it into our student budget gaming PC build.
This will handle just about everything you throw at it, with potentially a little bit to spare, too (thanks to the out-the-box overclock ASUS has provided). All told, an excellent buy for the value.
However, we’ve picked current-generation hardware with the hope that this may still be capable of a minimum of running everything as long as you would like to use the build, albeit this does mean that you simply may need to scale down some settings from their highest settings for the top of the line future releases. On the plus side, older games and indie titles should all run like a dream!
If you would like an idea about why we’ve gone with a mixture of this CPU and GPU, take a glance at this video from Hardware Unboxed. It does an honest job at showing how GPU performance scales in several games supported the CPU performance.
We’re going with some decently fast RAM here, which isn’t super expensive. Although the 16GB costs around £30 more than a good 8GB kit, it’s well worth spending that little bit extra keeping in mind this is a student budget gaming PC build.
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 2TB
So, we’re going with one main large drive here, which remains fine for current games because there aren’t many calls at the wild which may truly cash in of SSD speeds once you’re in-game and playing (although which will likely change after the upcoming console’s release).
You’ll need to affect the slower boot-up times of not having your OS on an SSD, but in exchange you’ll have plenty of space for storing at a low price.
Motherboard: ASRock B550M-HDV
Although this isn’t super fancy as far as motherboards go, this has many functions and features for what we’d like. And this may ensure we are on a platform that will take upgrades further down the road.
Although this isn’t modular, it provides us with enough power overheads for the build. This makes it an honest choice for our purposes!
Case: Antec VSK10
This is an excellent compact case for building in when you have a straightforward 1080p gaming PC like this one. One advantage, outside of the acrylic side panel, is that you simply get a PSU shroud. So you’ll hide away the spare cables from the non-modular PSU!
Total 2020 Student Gaming PC Build 1080p at 60hz Cost: £904.52
This is quite a powerful gaming PC for the price almost nearly as good as a PC you’ll build for twice the value a couple of years ago.
Yes, it’s not going to set the planet ablaze with 4K gaming and/or ray tracing. But you know what? The games will still look very nice and will run well at 60 FPS or higher on even max settings with multiple monitors witch in our opinion is amazing for a
Yes, it’s not going to set the planet ablaze with 4K gaming and/or ray tracing. But you know what? The games will still look very nice and will run well at 60 FPS or higher on even max settings with multiple monitors witch in our opinion is amazing for a low-cost student budget gaming PC to build.
Where you might need to fiddle a bit in some games are the more graphically intensive settings. this is often right down to both the GTX 1650 Super only having 4GB of VRAM, also because the Ryzen 3 2200X is a quad-core CPU.
They’re quite capable together for the overwhelming majority of situations, but there are always exceptions to the present if you are trying and play fresh, poorly optimized games.
If you fancy spending a touch more, consider getting an SSD to act as a boot drive for the system as this may add a bit of a spring to the step of the build!
Go Forth and Build!
Now, before you go buying parts for our student budget build for 1080p gaming, there’s a couple of extras that you simply ought to bear in mind:
A copy of Windows. If you’re a student or work for a big business, you would possibly be ready to get a copy free of charge or at a significantly lower cost. If not, we recommend Windows 10 on disc (£127) or USB (£94). Or if you know where to look you can simply buy just a key for Windows.
An optical drive is critical if you’re eager to install Windows 10 via disc. The good thing here is DVD-RW drives are cheap lately (Here’s one for £17).
We also have general recommendations for a suitable:
There you’ve got it a student budget gaming PC build for 1080p gaming at 60hz! If you’ve got any questions or suggestions about this build, then allow us to know within the comments.
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