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Published: Jan 10, 2019
Build Requested By: Anthony V
Total Budget Aim: 1400 Euros
Parts-List Requested: CPU, Graphics Card, RAM, Motherboard, Hard Drive, SSD, Power Supply, Case (mid-tower)
Accessories/OS to Be Included in Budget: Monitor (1440p), External Speakers, Mousepad (small), Windows 10
For this budget, your main two choices are building a PC targeted for either high refresh-rate 1080p gaming (144Hz/165Hz monitors), or 1440p 60Hz/75Hz gaming. There's no right or wrong choice, and it comes down to your personal preference and the types of games you'll be playing. Basically, it's like deciding between slightly higher quality visuals (higher resolution), or slightly faster visuals (higher refresh rate). Although keep in mind not everyone notices a difference between standard and high refresh rates, and if you use a standard 60Hz refresh rate and get a smooth 60FPS in performance, the game will be super smooth anyway so there's no absolute NEED for high refresh rates to really enjoy gaming to the fullest.
So, for your suggested build, I will recommend 1440p 60Hz, simply based on your budget and also because of the games you've listed. Heroes of the Storm and RTS games (which are the games you mentioned) aren't the types of games that would really benefit much (if at all) from 144Hz. If you want to go the other route and do 1080p 144Hz instead, simply pick one of those monitors and your build will perform decently for that anyway (although it won't get 144FPS+ consistently in all games on high settings - you would need more powerful hardware for that).
So, here goes - below is my best shot at the current best value gaming PC build for 1400 euros based on the France market, and including the accessories you wanted including a decent gaming monitor, external speakers, Windows 10, an SSD, and a small mousepad. After my research, this is simply what I would personally buy myself if I was in your shoes and in France.
1400 Euro 1440p 60Hz Build
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Armor (Dual Fan)
Wait for GeForce RTX 2060 6GB to Release
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8400 (2.8GHz, 8th Gen, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, Locked)|
|CPU Cooler||Stock (comes with CPU)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte B360 Aorus (ATX, 4 DDR4 RAM Slots, WiFi)|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (DDR4, 2 x 8GB, 2666 MHz)|
|SSD (system drive)||Kingston SSD A400 240GB|
|HDD (secondary drive)||Western Digital Blue 1TB (7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX550M (80+ Bronze, 550 Watts, Semi Modular)|
|Case||Corsair Carbide 200R (Mid-Tower)|
|Monitor||BenQ GL2706PQ (1440p, 76Hz, TN Panel, 1ms)|
|OS||Windows 10 Home (flash drive edition)|
|Speakers||Logitech Speaker System Z313||Mousepad||SteelSeries QcK Mini|
Estimated Total: *
* Total cost was only correct at time of writing and may change at any time as hardware prices fluctuate often
A little bit over the 1400 Euro target, but for 1440p gaming including a 1440p monitor and good performing parts along with quality supporting parts - this budget was really tight. However, if you want to take this build down to 1400 mark, you could do one of two changes: either drop down the GPU to a 1070 instead of a 1070 Ti which would still provide similar 1440p performance (I was going to do this but at the time of writing could not for the life of me find a well priced GTX 1070 and I would not recommend the AMD equivalent in this price tier), OR you could drop down to 8GB of RAM which isn't something I'd personally do and would rather get 16GB. But those are definitely options to consider.
Additional Notes on Key Components
CPU - If you're not overclocking, you can save money by opting for a non-overclocking (ie "locked" CPU) like the excellent value i5-8400 which is a great value for money gaming CPU. It performs better than similar AMD Ryzen CPUs in terms of pure gaming performance.
Also, just a sidenote that you might want to know, the successor to this CPU, the 9400, is actually to be released this month (in the US at least, not sure about Europe). It will offer slightly better performance for slightly more cost, but there's no huge reason to wait for it unless you simply want to wait for the latest and greatest model. If you do this, you should get a newer motherboard too - one that supports 9th generation CPUs out of the box. Totally up to you if you want to wait for the 9400, but you're not going to see a difference if you stick with the 8400, which will last just as long.
RAM - Your budget can fit the ideal of having 16GB of RAM which is great because it not only maximizes gaming performance now (some games do benefit from 16GB over 8GB and this is becoming more common in 2019 and beyond) but it also provides great multitasking system performance, and future proofs your system without you needing to upgrade RAM for a long time. Plus you still have 2 free RAM slots on your motherboard to do an upgrade in a few years if you want to.
As for RAM seed, there's no need to get anything faster than 2666MHz, especially when it comes to gaming performance (no real-world difference in most situations). Plus, anything higher than this would need a different RAM-overclocking-friendly motherboard instead (which the B360 board I included does not have support for).
Graphics Card - For your budget the best graphics card you can include is either a GTX 1070 or 1070 Ti if you can find one at a good price. But keep in mind that the new RTX 2060 6GB is soon to be released and will replace these cards in this price range over time (though will likely be released a little higher in price than the 1070/1070 Ti). The RTX 2060 will also have new real-time ray tracing rendering features that a few new games support, but this isn't really that important for most gamers (and besides, enabling this feature will really halt your performance anyway).
Again, like with the CPU, waiting for this new release is personal preference on when you need your computer ready by. I cannot find a release date for the 2060 in France, but it should be available within a few weeks or even earlier (but like I said who knows what actual price it will release at...my guess is quite a bit more than the 1070/1070 Ti). There's nothing wrong sticking with a 1070/1070 Ti as these are still going to perform about the same as the new 2060 and will last just as long, assuming you don't care about the new real-time ray tracing features (which are only just in their beginning phases as only a handful of games so far support it).
Monitor - I've gone for a budget yet decent 1440p gaming monitor (from what I gather about it) with a fast response rate for gaming and a 76Hz refresh rate. This is one of the cheaper 1440p screens, and may be good enough of a screen for your liking. BenQ is generally a good brand though. Your budget could not fit a higher-end screen with special features like NVidia Gsync technology (handy but not 100% necessary for smooth gaming) or IPS panel, as 1440p gaming monitors with these features are quite expensive.
Case and PSU - The Corsair 200R is an affordable safe bet buy and has all the basics and fair quality for the price. Nothing fancy about it, so feel free to get something better looking if you want, such as a case with a see-through side panel if that's your thing. It also comes with 2 built-in fans which is enough cooling for this build considering you're not overclocking and assuming your computer won't live somewhere too hot (I'm guessing if you live in France then this won't be a problem :P...although I heard Marseille in the Summer is quite warm and nice..hehe).
As for the power supply, the minimum I'd go for in terms of the efficiency rating for a power unit for a PC build like this is 80+ Bronze (I would avoid cheaper 80+ White models), and this Corsair model is well priced and good quality. It's also semi modular too which is handy (meaning less cabling mess). Fully modular units are even better but are going to use up too much of your budget unless you find one on sale, so for this build I'd recommend semi modular.