Full gaming system for a grand?

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A mate of mine is wanting to get into PC gaming and he's set himself a budget of £1,000 to put something together.

Can someone give me some idea of what the best spec I can get for this budget including monitor and peripherals?

Thanks muchly....
 
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I would seriously consider using the Member's Market for this.

Prices assumed new unless otherwise stated:
Ryzen 3600 - £180.
B550 board - Get a good one, not the cheapest. Allows for future upgrades. £90.
Ram - Any 16GB 3200 or 3600 kit. £60-£80.
WD Blue 1TB NVME SSD - There are faster but makes no difference to a gamer. £87.
PSU - Aim for 600W or more to ensure future graphics upgrades £70-£80.
Case - Pick whatever as they start at £25 for naff ones, yet they all work the same - £25.
Monitor - Assuming he wants a gaming screen. It will be a 144hz VA panel. I would go for 144hz 1440p, but at £300 would be hard to get in your budget. Used is far a better choice here. £200-300.
Mouse & keyboard - The price range is huge. £50-£100.
Graphics - This is what matters most for gaming. They really are not great value at the moment. If you insist on new then you will really struggle here. A 3060Ti would be incredible, but they are £370+ and out of stock.
Speakers/headset - Assume a £20-£30 from wonderful Ebay. They will be pooh, but the budget is gone sadly.

If you buy used from the MM:
Ryzen 3600 - £150
Motherboard B450/B550 - £70
Ram - £50
Monitor - £200
This leaves £300 for a graphics card. Personally I would save up a smidge more and get either a used 1080Ti (I know it is from 2017, but it is a monster), 2060S/2070/2070S or a new 3060Ti. A 2070 sold on the MM a few weeks ago for £320. A 2060S for £300.

This brings the whole lot into the £1000-£1100 range and ensures it is powerful enough to run games at high FPS at 1440p.
 
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Big question/variable is 1080p vs 1440p. For a complete system under £1000, I think 1080p is the better choice. Plenty of decent GPU around £200 or less used will drive 1080p well.
 
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Big question/variable is 1080p vs 1440p. For a complete system under £1000, I think 1080p is the better choice. Plenty of decent GPU around £200 or less used will drive 1080p well.
Buying all parts new, 1080P is definitely the only choice.
I do think that with a small amount of work on the Member's Market then a 1440p setup can be had and the setup with be vastly superior :).
 
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Thanks for the replies, in terms of screen I'd imagine 1080p will be fine and while I'm comfortable with 2nd hand components he wants to buy new so that's what I need to be looking at!
 
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