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Hey PC gurus,

Roommate is looking to get a PC and wants some build advice.

Q. What is your budget and currency?
A. 1200 GBP

Q. What will you use the PC for?
A. Gaming

Q, Do you need a monitor? If not, what monitor(s) will you be using?
A. No, he currently has 2 27inch, 1440p, 144hz monitors

Q. Do you need a keyboard, mouse, or other peripherals?
A. No, he has both

Q. Do you need an operating system?
A. No, he has win10

Q. Will you overclock?
A. Possibility but not required for the build

If you could please post your recommendations, would be lovely jubbly.

Thanks guys
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Oh wow, someone actually gave us enough information to help. That's rare.

I'd start with this;
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£150.63 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B550-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard (£159.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory (£73.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card (£487.98 @ Aria PC)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A Digital ATX Mid Tower Case (£80.26 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£64.99 @ Currys PC World)
Total: £1127.82

Up the R5 3600 to an R7 3700x if you fancy it. Won't notice much difference at 1440p144Hz gaming between the 2, but 3700x is like 250 quid now which is a pretty great deal anyway. 3600 is fine if you'd rather save that money though.

If you don't care for RTX/DLSS and don't want to pay the NVidia tax, you can easily save 100-150 quid by getting an RX 5700XT instead of the 2070 Super. I personally wouldn't go much lower end than a 5700XT for 1440p144Hz though.

Asus B550 motherboard is a decent middle ground. Could spend a little more for something like an X570 TUF, or even save a little cash and grab a B450 Tomahawk Max. Those are the 3 options I'd be considering with this budget and use case.

16GB 3600MHz RAM is a no brainer, I'd even personally be aiming for 32GB but 16GB is perfectly fine for a gaming system, and it's easy enough to add another 16GB later anyway.

If you don't fancy the RGB fans in the P400A, save 20 quid and buy the non RGB variant of the P400A, then spend some money on your own fans. I'd probably look at Be Quiet! Pure Wings 2, or SilentWings 3's.
You also might want to invest in a nice aftermarket cooler with this budget. I'd be looking at a Be Quiet! Dark Rock (Pro) 4, but there are plenty of decent options. Stock cooler with an R5 3600 or R7 3700x will be adequate though, and you can always upgrade cooler later quite easily, so it's not entirely necessary immediately. I'd be investing in a better CPU/motherboard, or PSU before getting an aftermarket cooler.

If you want to spend an extra 20 odd quid for a fully modular, slightly better quality PSU;
uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/3zNyp...p9020090na
uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/3H2bt...cus-gx-550

Lastly, 1TB NVMe SSD is also a no brainer here, but you're probably going to want to add an HDD as well. Just grab the cheapest 7200RPM HDD in whichever capacity you want/need.
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