Our recommended build for playing the latest games
Z370 Tomahawk MSI £140 This is a nice-looking bit of kit at a good price. Couple that with two M.2 slots, and it’s the perfect place to house that Core i5.
Core i5-8400 Intel £242 Better default gaming performance and a lower price puts this chip ahead of the AMD Ryzen 2600X.
GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX EVGA £390 Again, we’re making a saving this month on our choice of graphics card. This time you can expect a chunk of savings.
MasterLiquid Lite 240 CoolerMaster £45 This 240mm, dual-fan, all-in-one liquid CPU cooler is ludicrously cheap, but performs well and stays quiet, too.
Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) @2666 Corsair £120 16GB is the minimum amount of RAM we’d recommend for a system of this calibre.
RMx 650W Corsair £105 There’s nothing like having a quality power supply. Get a decent cable kit for this one and you can easily spice up your rig.
MX500 250GB Crucial £50 This is still our SSD of choice. We’ve kept the capacity the same as our cheaper build, but upgrading to 500GB would be ideal.
WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM Western Digital £37 SSDs are great, but they’re still far from cheap. This 1TB HDD will hold as many games as you will need.
Eclipse P400S TG Phanteks £80 The clean lines, intuitive build features and fantastic price cements the Eclipse as our mid-range case of choice.
AGON AG251FZ AOC £290 Not only does this 1080p monitor have a lightning-fast 240Hz refresh rate but it produces decent image quality, too.
MasterKeys Pro L CoolerMaster £82 This is one of the cheapest mechanical keyboards, yet it looks and feels great. It only has single-colour backlighting, though.
AW958 Elite Alienware £74 Suitable for any grip thanks to its add-ons, and there’s just something about those massive metallic buttons.
HyperX Cloud Kingston £70 Despite the budget price, we recommend this headset. There’s simply nothing better for the money.