This RTX 3060 gaming PC has a great spec for $1,050
When you’re this close to the $1,000 price tag, you’ll often find machines with just one strong core component that’s held back by weak decisions elsewhere. Some of these PCs may still be worth looking into because they’re either easy and cheap enough to upgrade to fix such issues, or their overall value still makes them worthwhile. You know, like needing to add more RAM to fill both channels, bolster storage, etc.
HP has avoided such pitfalls with its Victus 15L, which is currently saving $350 off its regular price, bringing it down to just $1,050. (opens in a new tab). For that, you get plenty of PC for today’s games and that should last you quite a while too. It’s not a bad machine either, with its clean white look. There’s no side-window spirit, so if you like looking at your components, you might want to look elsewhere.
HP released an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 (opens in a new tab) at the heart of the rig, which will handle 1080p at the highest settings without breaking a sweat. You should be able to hit decent frame rates at 1440p with a few tweaks too, so this GPU should last you at least a few years. The fact that it has 12GB of GDDR6 VRAM should also help it stay relevant.
You’ll regularly find system builders dumping last-gen CPUs at these sorts of prices, but that’s not the case here, with HP pairing this GPU with Intel’s latest-gen Alder Lake. You’re looking at a Core i7 12700, which has eight performance cores and four efficient cores for a total of 20 threads. The maximum 4.9GHz turbo means it’s no slouch when it comes to keeping that GPU busy.
That HP hasn’t cut corners when it comes to the rest of the spec is to be commended, with 16GB (2x 8GB) of DDR4-3200 and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. 1TB to make sure you don’t run out of space too. On top of that, you also get support for Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and gigabit Ethernet. That’s a lot of PC for the money.