With this PC Gamer configuration at 2200€ , we are getting closer to the best in the sector. With such a budget, we benefit from a latest generation Intel Core i5-12600K processor but also from one of the most powerful graphics cards on the market with a Radeon RX 6900 XT .
Capable of running all current games in 1440p or 4K in excellent conditions, this machine is aimed at the most picky players, who wanted to take advantage of both good image fluidity and exceptional graphic quality. Obviously, with so much power under the hood, this PC Gamer can also turn into a beast of a race for particularly demanding office tasks, such as photo editing, video editing or streaming.
Among the other components, there are two 1 TB M.2 SSDs, a 280 mm AIO watercooler for cooling or 32 GB of DDR4 at 3600 Mhz. What to see coming.
The configuration is regularly updated based on component prices and new releases.
Best Gaming PC Build Under 2200
Intel Core i5-12600K Processor
For this PC Gamer configuration at 2200€, we are leaving our good old 10th generation Intel CPU for a new 12th generation Alder Lake model: the Intel Core i5-12600K.
Available at around €270, they take advantage of the brand’s latest innovations and offer a significant performance gain for players wishing to maximize their FPS on competitive games at 1080p or even 1440p. For games that are mainly limited by your GPU, keep in mind, however, that the difference in FPS will be limited compared to a much more affordable 10600K, for example.
In more detail, the 12600K is based on a new hybrid architecture combining P-Cores (for Performance) and E-Cores (for Efficient) for maximum efficiency. There are thus 6 P-Cores (and 6 Threads) at 3.7 Ghz / 4.9 Ghz and 4 E-cores at 2.8 Ghz / 3.6 Ghz for a total of 16 Threads.
The 12th generation of Intel CPUs also brings other new features, including support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.
MSI PRO Z690-A Motherboard
To accompany our 12600K, no other choice for the moment than to go for a Z690 motherboard. More affordable B660 models, allowing you to overclock the memory but not the CPU, will arrive soon.
To avoid blowing our budget, we are heading here towards the MSI PRO Z690-A which, as often, displays an excellent quality/price ratio here around 230€. Note that this is the DDR4 version (up to 5200 Mhz), DDR5 modules being for the moment extremely difficult to find and especially overpriced.
The card itself meets all our current expectations, with 4 M.2 slots for our SSDs, 6 SATA ports, an efficient and well-cooled VRM or even complete rear connectivity. There are in particular 8 USB ports including a Type-C model. Only small disappointment? The absence of a WiFi/Bluetooth chip.
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro RAM (2×16 GB 3600 Mhz)
As explained above, despite the possibility of opting for DDR5 modules, we have chosen here to stay on DDR4 models in order to limit costs and stay within our budget of 2200€.
We still start with a 2 x 16 GB kit at 3600 Mhz with Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro . The kit is available around 170€ and offers very good value for money if you need 32 GB of RAM.
Here, there is no risk of running out of memory when gaming, even if you are used to opening a ton of software at the same time. We think in particular of tools such as Chrome, Discord, OBS… In short, all the paraphernalia of the perfect gamer.
Radeon RX 6900 XT Graphics Card
On the GPU side, we start with one of the best graphics cards in the sector with the Radeon RX 6900 XT . With prices finally tending to come down, we can now find it around 1000€ and it therefore falls within the budget of this PC Gamer configuration at 2200€.
The card offers exceptional performance for gaming, whether to play on a 240 Hz screen in Full HD, in 1440p in optimal conditions or in 4K without compromising on the graphics settings. It is a real monster of power and it is difficult to find better at the present time!
To get a better idea of the performance of such a graphics card, you can find examples of benchmarks at the end of the article.
Samsung 980 SSD
If our Z690 motherboard does offer PCIe 4.0 compatibility for our M.2 SSDs, we still choose to stay on a 3.0 model with here the excellent Samsung 980 .
Available under the 120€ mark in its 1 TB version, it displays excellent speeds and is more than enough to take advantage of a perfectly fluid machine and reduced loading times. It is notably capable of climbing up to 3500 MB/s in reading and 3000 MB/s in writing.
As often, adjust here according to your own needs and especially your budget.
Crucial P2 1TB SSD
To accompany our Samsung 980, we add a second 1 TB M.2 SSD with the classic but still efficient Crucial P2 .
If its speeds are not as fast as on the Samsung model, it is still capable of reaching 2400 MB / s in reading and 1900 MB / s in writing. Enough to make it a perfect candidate for storing games that we play a little less for example.
Offered below the 90€ mark, you won’t find anything better at this price.
ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280 A-RGB Cooling
To effectively cool our 12600K, we go with one of the best AIO watercooling kits with the ARCTIC Liquid Freezer II 280 A-RGB .
Offered below the 110€ mark, it offers unbeatable value for money and this 280mm version keeps temperatures perfectly controlled, even on the most powerful processors on the market. The two 140 mm fans also help limit noise pollution during gaming or heavy tasks.
As often, these ARCTIC models are also distinguished by the presence of a small additional fan at the level of the pump, allowing better dissipation of the air around the VRMs and therefore limiting their heating during overclocking.
Attention, to adapt to the new LGA 1700 socket, it will be necessary to add an additional mounting kit.
Corsair RM750 power supply
This PC Gamer configuration at 2200€ is rather greedy and we will recommend a minimum of 850W to cover the needs of our various components.
We made the choice to move towards a Corsair RM850 , a model known for its reliability and good performance. Certified 80 PLUS Gold, it has very good energy efficiency but also silent use thanks to its 135 mm fan. At low load, it is also able to stop thanks to the Zero RPM option.
Another advantage of this model, its complete modularity allowing us to limit the number of cables inside our box. Mounting is simplified and airflow improved.
Eclipse P360A case
For the case, we suggest you go with the Phanteks Eclipse P360A . The model is one of the most efficient in terms of cooling and its particularly careful design facilitates the assembly of the various components of our configuration.
Among its main strengths, we note the presence of a perforated front panel to provide excellent airflow thanks to its two 120 mm RGB fans directly installed. The case also comes with a tempered glass window and has an internal design that adapts to the vast majority of configurations.
Obviously, the choice of a case is also made according to your own tastes and preferences. If you’re not a fan of this model, you can check out our selection of the best current PC cases .