You get a whole lot of gaming PC for £860 with this RTX 3060 build

AWD MSI Forge 100M gaming PC
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Graphics card pricing appears to be returning to something like normal, and that means full PCs are returning to sensible pricing levels too. This GeForce RTX 3060 gaming PC is a good case in point, offering up some choice hardware for a thoroughly reasonable £860. AWD has also managed to throw in an MSI bundle too, which means you get a keyboard, mouse, mousepad, and a set of headphones for your money as well.

There have been a few of these deals coming through lately, but for the most part, you've had to settle for a last-gen, or even older, CPU for your money. That's not the case here though, with Intel's latest 12th-gen Core i5 12400F providing the brains of the operation. This is the F version of the CPU, so lacks an iGPU, but otherwise is identical. 

This is a quality CPU that provides plenty of grunt for your games and more serious work, with a max turbo clock of 4.4GHz across its 6-core, 12-thread architecture. These are all performance cores as well, none of Alder Lake's E-cores here.

The main pull of any gaming machine is the graphics card of course, and the RTX 3060 you'll find in this system is the MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB Ventus 2X edition. This is a beefy twin-fan card with a smart-looking backplate. A quick look round reveals that such a card would cost you more than half of the overall asking price of this machine right now, so you're looking at a decent starting point even before considering the rest of the system.

There's nothing obviously missing from the spec either, with a healthy 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 500GB NVMe SSD in there too. You're even looking at a decent MSI B660M-A motherboard for your money too. If you rely on wireless networking to connect your PC to the internet, then it's worth switching the motherboard over to the Wi-Fi version for an extra £20. That will net you native Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 support.

AWD MSI Forge 100M | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 | Intel Core i5 12400F | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 512GB NVMe SSD | $859.99 at AWD-IT

AWD MSI Forge 100M | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 | Intel Core i5 12400F | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 512GB NVMe SSD | $859.99 at AWD-IT
This MSI gaming PC boasts quality components and a well-rounded spec that will power 1080p gaming at the top settings with little fuss. You may even be able to handle 1440p gaming if you're happy to massage some of the settings, making this is a great machine for a wide range of gamers. 

One thing worth noting is that there is an option to add a monitor to your purchase too, and there are plenty of options available from the drop-down list to pick from. Prices start from as low as £120 for a 1080p screen, but there's everything from 4K panels to ultra wides in there as well. 

Definitely worth considering if you're rocking an older screen.

Either way, this is a lot of PC for the money. And while it isn't technically on offer, you'd do very well to find anything even remotely in its price range packing this good a spec. The fact that you'll be able to upgrade this fairly easily down the line means it should last you for a long while to come as well.

Alan Dexter

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.