Gaming GPUs Practice Reviews System

New office PC + used graphics card = suitable gaming PC for under 1000€? We do the self-test!

Disclaimer: The following article is machine translated from the original German, and has not been edited or checked for errors. Thank you for understanding!

Almost every day, someone in my circle of friends asks me what you have to spend on a current gaming PC. The answer is always the same: computing power and memory are affordable, but there are no affordable graphics cards. Since some don’t want to wait, I recently tested what can be achieved in combination with an extremely inexpensive graphics card today. But what happens if you shift the balance between the price of the system and the price of the graphics card more in favor of the graphics card?


This experiment is based on a request from a friend who urgently needed a new PC. Mainly for office applications, surfing the web, watching videos, and all at the same time if possible. The other requirements were also manageable: Many USB ports, as quiet as possible and should not be overloaded and overheat when 3 tabs are open in the browser and a word processing program should be started at the same time. The budget was about 500€ and it would have been fantastic to be able to play Diablo 2 Resurrected with the PC maybe in the foreseeable future. Since the last “minimum” graphics cards in the form of the RX550 and GTX 1650 are around 250 and 300€ respectively, and the Ryzen 5600G APU, which might have been just enough with a few sacrifices, would also have cost 280€, we agreed not to use the budget to the fullest and simply upgrade a graphics card after the mining madness.


Selection of components

After putting together a few systems, it was clear that the Intel Core i5 10400 with integrated graphics chip would offer the best value. A dedicated graphics card would have been necessary for a similarly fast Ryzen 5 in gaming scenarios, and the graphics performance of the Ryzen APUs hadn’t really been convincing either, especially not at the called price. Then rather build a solid system with decent components, which can be expanded at any time with a potent graphics card!

With the introduction of the B560 boards, RAM overclocking was also released for the non-K CPUs and with a bit of fixed ram, the small i5 10400 should deliver a very decent performance in games, which is exactly why this combination was finally chosen. By the way, at the time of purchase, the 11400 was about 50€ over the 10400, a premium that certainly wouldn’t have been worth it. Specifically, the Gigabyte Aorus B560M Elite was chosen because it has solid connectivity and apparently pretty solid heatsinks in the lower price range.

Speaking of heat sinks. Of course, the measly Intel whisk should not be used. Instead, the significantly more efficient and quieter BeQuiet! Pure Rock 2 ordered, which makes a very good impression from the processing and around 30 € still in the framework for a budget build.

The choice of memory was somewhat lacking in experience with Intel systems. Since the i5 10400 officially only supports DDR4-2667, I thought 3200MHz with halfway decent timings (CL16) was a good choice and the price-performance ratio seems to be right. Specifically, it was the G.Skill RipJaws V 3200 CL16 kit.

The SSD was selected according to a very simple principle: sort the price in ascending order and put the cheapest one with the desired capacity into the shopping cart. Since the Kingston SA2000 could also show predominantly positive evaluations, it is only supposed to hold the operating system and the most important data is exemplary backed up on external data carriers, no value was placed on particularly high throughput etc. here.

Also with the power supply unit was not long considered. The requirements were: cable management, efficiency at least 80+ Gold and a power of 500-600 watts. I have been using Seasonic for years because they offer good quality and unbelievable service, but at the time of purchase the BeQuit! Pure Power 11 significantly cheaper because of a promotion.

A Raijintek Arcadia 2 was still available and more than adequate in size for this system. For some quiet airflow, 2 more BeQuiet! Pure Wings screwed in and ready was the bower.

Now all that was missing for this article was a graphics card. With a little searching and bargaining, you can grab an RTX 2060 Super for around 400€ on the second-hand market every now and then. Although you could buy a similarly fast GTX 1080 for about 50€ less, it is on average about 2 years older and without RTX and DLSS support it has by far not such a promising future as the more modern Touring card. The selected model, the KFA2 RTX 2060 Super EX 1-Click OC is not a stranger and has appeared here in the editorial office several times.


Overall, the system is as follows:


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31 Kommentare 12 Likes

Sehr interessant! Aber 1000€ für, sagen wir Mal einen Full HD PC? Da hätte ich mir etwas mehr FPS gewünscht. Aber naja so sieht es halt heute aus! Empfehlen würde ich das auch nicht wirklich.
Aber wenn das Budget auf 1000€ beschränkt ist kann man immerhin spielen.
Oder eine Konsole empfehlen?
Äh ne, da war ja auch was :)

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57 Kommentare 40 Likes

naja ein guter Kompromiss in der aktuellen Situation , für jemand der jetzt kaufen muss.

Schöne P/L CPU, muss man sich halt auch erstmal trauen sowas zu nehmen. Ist imo aber immernoch die beste Gamer CPU zum Preis gesehen :)

PS: ich zock auf ein 4590k mit einer 1070 ... geht alles . Klar bei CP2077 ider FC6 müsste ich auf normale Settings ... aber sowas zock ich nicht . World War Z läuft mit 60 PFS in 1440P bei max settings ... also alles fein.

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16 Kommentare 3 Likes

Ich hatte damals meinen i5-8400 mit 6 Kernen, der war auch gut genug. Und hatte ein sehr gutes P/L Verhältnis.

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603 Kommentare 286 Likes

Wobei die FPS halt auch ganz maßgeblich davon abhängen, wie weit man die Regler nach links oder rechts bewegt. Der Einfachheit halber wurde im Test bei 1080p quasi alles auf Anschlag gestellt, was in 99% aller Fälle totaler Quatsch ist. Aber es wollen halt immer alle "ultra" sehen ;).


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12 Kommentare 5 Likes

Ich sehnen mich nach den Zeiten zurück als die NV x60er Karten ~200€ / die NV x70 Karten max. 350 neu gekostet hatten.
Selbst wenn Corona / Chip Knappheit / Scalper / was-auch-immer vorbei ist bezeweifel ich das noch einmal erleben würde. *seufts*

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Schon komisch das man mittlerweile Intel und NVidia empfiehlt, wenn es um preisewerte Gaming PC oder Hybride wie Gaming/Office PC geht. AMD ist da mit der eigenen Beteiligung an der Preistreiberei besonders was das P/L angeht, absolut nicht mehr erste Wahl.

Wie sich die Zeiten doch ändern können.

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623 Kommentare 179 Likes

Sehr schöner Beitrag, frage mich ja auch immer wieder, warum man fürs zocken nen 11900k oder 5900x holt, man lastet die Kerne ja nicht ansatzweise aus.

Bin auch immer wieder überrascht, wie gut mein Ryzen 3 3100 + 1650 GTX zum zocken taugt

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Joker (AC)


600 Kommentare 303 Likes

Da habe ich meine 2070S im Juni/Juli viel zu billig abgegeben, wenn ich sehe, was grade selbst für 2060S verlangt wird.

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181 Kommentare 45 Likes

Man muss aber auch zugeben das es Glück ist eine Graka für das Geld zu bekommen.

Die meisten haben doch schon eine Macke weg oder sind deutlich teurer.

Über EBK Verkäufe wll ich mal gar nichts sagen, was da so angeboten wird. :confused:

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195 Kommentare 106 Likes

Ich hätte noch ein bißchen draufgelegt. Im Moment sind Angebote für Gaming Rechner mit RTX3060 und ähnliche für 1300€ im Angebot.

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