We’ve recommended the RTX 3060Ti on a number of occasions recently, and (stock pending) it is our favourite GPU of the year so far. It is a card that comes close to the more expensive RTX 3070 in terms of performance, but beats out the 3060 by a fairly large margin.
When it comes to building a gaming PC for 1080p and 1440p gaming in 2021, it doesn’t get much better!
The 3060Ti really comes in to its own when built inside a well spec’d system – with the right speed RAM, a quick-enough CPU and plenty of airflow.
In this build article we’ll be covering off all of the different components in this build, as well as taking a closer look at some performance numbers!
CPU: Ryzen 5 3600
For the CPU in todays build Ryzen really is the only way to go! With 6 cores, 12 threads, an efficient 65W TDP and a price point that doesn’t break the bank, the 3600 is an awesome choice.
The new Ryzen 5 5600X is also worth a look in, though with a hefty MSRP bump over the 3000 series, it can be a tricky choice.
CPU Cooler: Cougar Aqua 240mm
Cooling in this build is provided by the Cougar Aqua 240mm – a great value, well designed AIO cooler. An AIO is arguably a little bit overkill for this build, but sticking with the stock cooler is not our recommended course of action.
We tested the impact of your CPU cooler on game FPS in a recent video, which you can watch here. It showed that even going for a simple air cooler can afford you a nice performance boost in the FPS department!
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GPU: Gigabyte RTX 3060Ti Eagle OC
As mentioned earlier, the 3060Ti is our favourite GPU ever – brining 1080p and 1440p gaming to the masses, at high frame rates! As if that wasn’t enough, Gigabyte have smashed it out of the park with their Eagle OC card.
We explain just how much we love this card in our full web review, but with an awesome cooler, low MSRP and a nice performance over the reference 3060Ti design, it gets a glowing recommendation from us!
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL 16GB
Buying RAM for a Ryzen build is actually pretty easy – 16GB or 32GB of memory, with a speed of 3600MHz is the way to go! Try to split it across 2 different dimms too: so in our case we’ve got 2 8GB sticks. 16GB of RAM is pretty spot on for this build, with 32GB not quite mainstream yet for a system at this tier.
SSD/Storage: Seagate Barracuda 510 500GB
Simple, fast and reliable should be the tagline for Seagate’s 510 Barracuda drive. It is a fast NVMe drive, positioned well in the market and able to saturate most of the speed capacity of PCI-E Gen 3.
More expensive Gen 4 drives exist, namely Seagate’s own Firecuda 520 – but this is an awesome drive for a system of this price point. Gen 4 is needed for gaming yet, so we’re sticking with Gen 3 drives for the majority of our systems!
Simple, fast and reliable should be the tagline for Seagate’s 510 Barracuda drive.
Keep scrolling for the rest of the components, but remember: we’ve uploaded a video version of this build below!
Motherboard: ASUS TUF B550M Gaming WiFi
B550 has to be one of the greatest chipset designs from a CPU manufacturer in years. With plenty of bandwidth for most single GPU systems out there and a feature set that affords both RAM and processor overclocking support it’s awesome!
The ASUS TUF B550M design has really grown on me, with a fairly neutral grey and black PCB design, a couple of M.2 slots and the all-important 4-dimm setup. This will allow you to notch up effortlessly to 32GB of RAM at a later date, with little hassle!
Ready for the now and sufficiently future-proofed for the tomorrow!
Case: Cougar MX660
Mesh? RGB? Affordable? Yes to all of the above.
Seriously though, the Cougar MX660 ticks all of the key boxes for a case at this price point. It is a touch on the large side if we’re being really picky, but it looks great and has plenty of support for motherboards, GPUs, drives and more!
An integrated RGB controller for the Addressable RGB fans is also a nice touch, while a universal 3-pin ARGB standard is a lot more welcome than some clunky addressable standard.
Mesh? RGB? Affordable? That will be A yes to all of the above.
PSU: Cooler Master MWE650 Gold
The final notable component in this system is the power supply – specifically we’ve selected the Cooler Master MWE650 Gold. It is a really nice power supply, with a fully modular interface, high efficiency rating and quiet operation.
650W is the perfect amount for a system of this spec, but we wouldn’t recommend dropping this down with the aim of saving cash. Avoid the headache with an efficient 650W unit!
Performance & Benchmarking
Awesome stuff – we’ve covered off all the parts in our system and its now time to run some games, about 15 to be precise, to see what kind of performance figures we’re able to achieve! At 1440p high settings the numbers the numbers looked good, while 1080p is an ever better story – predictable.
Games tested include: Apex Legends, COD Cold War, COD Warzone, Control, CS:GO, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, Fortnite, GTA V, Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, Watch Dogs: Legion & Overwatch!
|GTA V||105 FPS|
|Apex Legends||124 FPS|
|Doom Eternal||157 FPS|
|Rainbow Six Siege||241 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||99 FPS|
|COD Black Ops Cold War||128 FPS|
|Cyberpunk 2077||68 FPS|
|Death Stranding||115 FPS|
|COD Warzone||109 FPS|
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Performance aside, one super important factor with any build is how it looks …right?! This build is a bit of a stunner if I do say so myself, and below is a gallery of some of the awesome stills we pulled from this system – take a look!