With all of Amazon Prime Day's PC gaming offerings coming down right now, the PC Gamer testing platform is over $ 350 cheaper today. We call it old faithful — though it only joined last year when Intel's Comet Lake platform was launched — but PC Gamer's main test platform is a real workhorse.
It was the team that helped us execute the rule on the best generation of graphics cards ever released. Just a shame it seems like there are few people meant to take a look at these ass GPUs. From the small GeForce RTX 3060 to the GeForce RTX 3090 and from the Radeon RX 6700 XT to the Radeon RX 6900 XT, this system has helped us get our heads around the cards.
And we love it.
While the components aren’t really an Amazon Prime Day competition, there are still a lot of deals on many of the technical components we’ve relied on. We can guarantee its reliability and performance … and, of course, its RGB LEDs.
Intel Core i7 10700KF | 8 cores | 16 sons | 5.1 GHz maximum |
$ 361 $ 239 on Amazon (save $ 122)
It's the cheapest Intel Comet Lake i7, and if you drop it on a gaming PC, you won't mind the missing built-in graphics. They are rubbish anyway. But the CPU isn't, in fact, basic silicon has been deftly supporting the PCG test platform for the past year or so.See offer
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro | 16 GB (2x 8 GB) | DDR4-3200 |
$ 119.99 $ 95.99 on Amazon (save $ 24)
Memory is what makes Corsair better, it’s where it came from and I’ve been reliably using Corsair RAM in test equipment since I was a new-faced young man taking my first interim steps as a tech diary 15 years ago years. The Vengeance RGB Pro has been running the latest PCG test equipment reliably for 18 months, and it also looks very pretty in pink.See offer
Corsair H115i RGB Pro XT | AIO liquid | 280 mm |
$ 139.99 $ 104.99 in Newegg with bonus (save $ 35)
This 280mm liquid chip cooler has had to withstand the heated mess that is the Intel Core i9 11900K during Rocket Lake CPU testing. And he also coped impressively. The spinners don’t sound until you actually increase the RPM and the Corsair iCUE software is also quite useful.See offer
MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi | LGA 1200 | ATX |
$ 399 $ 327.31 to Newegg (save $ 71.69)
At Amazon, the Intel Z490 board we use amounts to $ 399, which is too big for a motherboard. Honestly, anything over $ 300 is a bit important, so is MSI itself Z490 Gaming Plus at $ 190 it is more reasonable. But Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi has been very solid as a motherboard for us, and that can sometimes be worth its weight in silicon.See offer
SSD Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe | 2 TB | PCIe 4.0 |
$ 429.99 $ 313.49 on Amazon (save $ 116.50)
We run the Kioxia Exceria Pro 2TB on our testing team, but right now it’s a crazy amount of money. So we have a much cheaper and much better alternative for you. The Samsung 980 Pro is one of the best Gen4 NVMe SSDs you can find. It is a next-generation SSD with exceptional read / write speeds along with hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption. Now with more than $ 100 off, it makes this expensive high-capacity SSD a much more attractive proposition.See offer
Power supply NZXT C850 | 850W | Fully modular More than 80 gold | $ 129.99 to Newegg
It’s not a deal breaker, but this NZXT power supply is available right now, something PSUs haven’t been so often in the last year or so. And it’s not a bad price anyway for a decent 850W power supply. It is fully modular and has had no problems giving the RTX 3090 the full beans when I needed to go to HAM at Autodesk Maya during our tests.See offer
And if you wanted to look for the complete test platform package, you could grab one DimasTech V2 Mini Test bench. Ours is all beautiful, bright and blue, I even managed to keep Jacob from covering it in the manufacturers stickers. You should have seen what our last test bench was like in the end.
Anyway, there is something so refreshing about having an outdoor gaming PC, though I still can’t stop putting a finger on all the spinning fans. They are so hypnotic …