This RTX 3060 is £550 with an EVGA 700W PSU at Scan

I was looking for a cheap graphics card earlier today, and the best I found was this deal: an RTX 3060 and 700W PSU for £550.

It’s not terribly cheap – the RTX 3060 is supposed to cost around £300 in a sane world! – but for a friend who wanted both a new power supply and a modern graphics card at a reasonable price, this does the job well. Here’s why this Scan Bundle is a bargain – and another option that brings the RTX 3060 down to just £440 when you buy it with a 2TB NVMe SSD.

First: why the RTX 3060? Well, this is the most affordable 30-series graphics card on the market, bringing key features like RTX (for ray-tracin’) and DLSS (for fps-grape’) to a more mainstream price. Katharine found it offered double the performance of the GTX 1060, making it a pretty good shout out to anyone who built a mid-range system at least three or four years ago. This particular model is an Asus Dual OC model, which should offer a small performance boost over the standard models and a more powerful heatsink to keep it cool and quiet.

The power supply is also good: an EVGA Bronze unit, with a fixed 24-pin connector and modular cables everywhere else. (You’ll still need a 24-pin connector, so personally I consider this a modular power supply!) 700W is also a good amount, allowing you to overclock your CPU and RTX 3060 and still have plenty of power. margin. for subsequent updates.

Looking at sales on Ebay, the RTX 3060 regularly sells for between £500 and £580, so picking one up with a £75 power supply for £550 seems like a really good deal – especially as you’re buying from Scan with a warranty, rather than a random Ebay seller.

There is also another option, and it is arguably even better. You can also pick up the RTX 3060, this time a Gigabyte Gaming OC model, with a 2TB WD Black SN850 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD for £790. This blazingly fast drive itself sells for £350, so you’re essentially paying £440 for the graphics card – again, a very competitive price considering the 3060 sells for north of £500 on sites like Ebay (and £600 or £700 from many other retailers).

What do you think of these bundles? Let us know in the comments. To me they’re a necessary evil right now – a bit better than buying a full PC to get a graphics card, but not as good as being able to get the card itself at retail, but I guess we’ll have there possibly when the shortage of chips decreases. Hang in there, team.

Alan A. Seibert