Strong PCs for every budget
If you want to save money when buying a PC, you can pocket several hundred euros if you not only assemble your PC yourself, but also assemble it. So that you don't have to check all the individual components yourself, we have put together three recommendations for home and gaming PCs.
Putting together your own perfect PC takes time and nerves. Because you have to make sure that the power supply fits the mainboard, the CPU in turn has to fit into the motherboard socket, the RAM has to be compatible, the housing has to offer enough space and have the right form factor - and with the search for the perfect graphics card You can spend hours on the various online portals at the best price. We do all the work for you and name the best components for PCs in the price ranges of 500, 1,000 and 1,500 euros.
Of course, you also need an operating system for all the recipes presented - we recommend an inexpensive Windows 10 or the latest Ubuntu for easy setup, if you can do without some incompatible games. If you don't just want to connect the computer via LAN cable, we would recommend a Bluetooth / WLAN combo card, for example the Asus PCE-AC55BT B1 (Amazon) - if there is still space on the mainboard. Since most software, including games, is now sold digitally, we do without a DVD or Blu-ray drive in the configurations.
You would like to assemble your PC yourself, but you don't have the experience or simply the time to assemble it? No problem, some online retailers offer an assembly service for such cases, but you have to pay extra. The advantage: Your PC is functionally tested before it is delivered. Reputable dealers will contact you if there are technical problems with your configuration. The disadvantage: You miss the opportunity to deal intensively with your PC and thus to better understand the technology inside. And of course, a little money is also possible.
In addition to our handicraft recommendations, we also present a suitable complete PC in all three price classes, if you ultimately prefer a pre-configured computer.
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Around 500 euros: little everyday hero
Our first construction proposal costs only around 500 euros and is still a small powerhouse: Inside, an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 with six cores and a clock frequency of 3.4 to 3.9 GHz works. That is completely sufficient for everyday work. Since the processor does not have an integrated graphics card, you definitely have to resort to a dedicated solution. In this case we chose the XFX AMD Radeon RX570. This provides enough power for video streaming, image editing and full HD resolution for most games of the last decade, for example Doom or Witcher 3.
For the mainboard, we opted for the AsRock B450 Pro4 with the mATX form factor so that it also fits into the "Cylon Mini RGB" housing from Aerocool. In addition to two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, the board also offers six SATA 6 GByte / s connections and two M.2 ports. All in all, enough options if you want to upgrade your PC again. Thanks to RGB-LED lighting and glass side windows, the Aerocool housing looks extremely good and also offers a dust filter, card reader and cable management at an affordable price.
We use an 8 GByte memory block, the HyperX Predator DDR4-3000, for the working memory. There is also a Crucial BX500 with 500 GB of storage space and a "Bequiet Pure Power 11" power supply with 500 watts.
If you still want to invest something in your computer, for example because you want a little more storage space, you can also install a Toshiba DT01ACA100 HDD with 1 TB (for price comparison).
500 Euro PC - All components and the best prices (as of 2.1.2020)
Alternative: CSL Sprint D10088X
The CSL Sprint D10088X Gaming is around 570 euros more expensive than our self-made computer. But there are many similarities: Here you get a small PC with Ryzen 5 2600, 16 GB of RAM and a 240 GB SSD. Windows 10, USB 3.1 ports and an AMD Radeon RX 570 are also on board. The only disadvantage: It is not possible to determine exactly which components and brands are installed in detail - the exceptions here are the MSI A320M Pro-E motherboard and the Kingston A400 SSD.
So at the very low price you get a decent computing package and don't have to worry about assembling it.
Around 1,000 euros: Sufficient power for most gamers
In the mid-range segment, AMD launched two GPUs, the Radeon RX 5700 and the RX 5700 XT, that are competitive with the MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER ARMOR OC. The basis of our affordable gaming computer is therefore the MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Evoke OC for around 400 euros. Many current gaming titles can even be played in 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels), as long as your monitor or television is able to do so. You can find suitable gaming monitors in our test.
The GPU is joined by the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU for around 200 euros. The price-performance ratio of this processor is excellent - in terms of performance it is only slightly behind the Intel Core i7-9700K and costs less than half the price.
We choose the MSI B450-A Pro Max as the mainboard. Thanks to the B450 chipset, the processor can be overclocked with a little dexterity. The board also offers some PCIe slots for expansion cards, analog HD audio and six USB 3.2 ports. In this board we let a 960 GB "Patriot Burst" work, but increase the hard disk space with a 2 TB Toshiba DT01ACA200 to a total of around 3 TB. In addition, we use DDR4 RAM with 16 GB and 3,000 MT / s from the Corsair Vengeance LPX brand for the main memory.
The components come into the stylish Bequiet! Pure Base 600 for around 70 euros. This reasonably priced midi tower also offers two external 5.25-inch slots in which you can, for example, install a Blu-ray or DVD burner and a card reader. The power supply unit and hard drives also end up in their own chambers in order to thermally separate the devices from the mainboard.
1,000 Euro PC - All components and the best prices (as of 2.1.2020)
Alternative: HP Omen Obelisk 875-0243ng
The better the PC, the more worthwhile the self-made brand: The HP Omen Obelisk costs around 1,200 euros, but its features are very similar to our craft calculator. The AMD Radeon RX 5700 with 8 GB is a bit weaker, the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and 16 GB RAM are on par. You also get a good mix of SSDs and hard drives, WiFi, Bluetooth and a large number of USB ports. The power supply has an output of 500 watts and thus offers enough output for the PC. However, if you want to replace some components such as the graphics card or processor, you may also need a new power supply unit.
Around 1,500 euros: a power pack for demanding gamers
If you want to tickle more graphic splendor from your games, you have to dig deep into your pocket. The MSI RTX2080 Super Ventus XS OC with 8 GB of graphics memory costs around 725 euros and usually handles 4K resolution without any problems. The card is also fit for games with ray tracing features such as Battlefield V, Control or Metro Exodus. However, one still has to wait and see if this feature will continue to gain ground in 2020.
The motherboard is the MSI X470 Gaming Pro Max with two M.2 slots, analog and digital audio output and six USB ports of type 3.2. We also put the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 into the AM4 socket, which is also perfectly adequate for a high-quality gaming computer. For better cooling, it is best to leave the enclosed AMD fan in the box and replace it with the Bequiet! Shadow Rock 2. A 1 TB M.2 SSD of the Crucial P1 type and a WD Blue with 4 TB and 16 GB of RAM from the HyperX brand round off the equipment.
We put all components in the Corsair iCUE 220T RGB - a midi design case with RGB lighting and a stylish window into the interior. In addition to the flashing fans, the housing also allows other wind machines. As a power supply, we use a Corsair RMx Series RM650x v2, which provides enough power for our decathlete.
1,500 Euro PC - All components and the best prices (as of 2.1.2020)