This year has been huge for PC enthusiasts with some amazing product launches happening throughout the year. Perhaps the most notable was the launch of the 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors in the summer. This new range of processors, based on Zen 2 architecture, was a game changer in terms of value for money.

Another major launch was NVIDIA’s new Turing graphics cards, GeForce RTX series, which feature real-time Ray-Tracing. 2019 was perhaps one of the best years to purchase a graphics card with many price reductions across the board, especially in the mid-range market.

Below we take a look at the most popular PC components of the last 12 months!

 

Processors

The launch of 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen processors helped AMD finally take the top spot for the most popular CPU brand of 2019. With a huge improvement on performance over their previous generations and fantastic value for money, it is unsurprising that they take the top spot. To our surprise however, a sneaky Intel Core i3-8100 managed to get onto the podium!

 

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz Processor 16MB L3 Cache with Wraith Stealth

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz Processor 16MB L3 Cache with Wraith Stealth

Current Price:

£198.47 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: AMD

Intel Core i3-8100 3.6GHz 4-Core, 4-Thread Processor for Socket 1151

Intel Core i3-8100 3.6GHz 4-Core, 4-Thread Processor for Socket 1151

Current Price:

Was £153.92 - Save £40.43

Now only £113.50 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Intel

 

Graphics Cards

Last year, in 2018, we saw complete domination by NVIDIA and their GTX 10 series graphics cards, in 2019 things are a little bit different but overall, NVIDIA continues to lead the graphics card market with their vast range of products from low to high end.

However, the price reductions towards the end of the year meant that for once AMD has managed to claim the top spots for the most popular graphics cards sold by CCL this year, the list is as follows:

 

  1. AMD Radeon RX 580
  2. AMD Radeon RX 570
  3. GeForce RTX 2060
  4. GeForce RTX 2070 Super

 

Desktop Memory

The Desktop Memory prices were very volatile in 2017 but started to come down in 2018 and continued to drop in 2019. With AMD being the most popular CPU of 2019 and favouring high memory frequency ranges, it is no surprise that the most popular DDR4 memory kit was the Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz, with 16GB kits being the preferred choice.

 

  1. Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz
  2. Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz
  3. Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 3200MHz

 

Motherboard

Again, influenced by the demand for AMD Ryzen processors, the most popular motherboard was the AMD B450 Socket AM4. Unlike Intel, which more often than not requires a new chipset for every new processor line-up, AMD’s latest releases were compatible with the AM4 socket, although the early B450 chipset models did require a BIOS update to work with the 3rd Generation Ryzen 3000 processors. As a result, the list is again dominated by AMD:

 

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX AMD Socket AM4 B450 Chipset ATX Motherboard

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX AMD Socket AM4 B450 Chipset ATX Motherboard

Military style with extended heatsink design for better thermal solution, plus DDR4 Boost, Core Boost, Turbo M.2 and USB 3.2 Gen2 connector

Current Price:

£110.53 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: MSI

MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC AMD Socket AM4 B450 Chipset ATX Motherboard

MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC AMD Socket AM4 B450 Chipset ATX Motherboard

Current Price:

£133.09 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: MSI

Gigabyte B450M DS3H AMD AM4 B450 Motherboard (MicroATX) RAID Gigabit LAN (Integrated Graphics)

Gigabyte B450M DS3H AMD AM4 B450 Motherboard (MicroATX) RAID Gigabit LAN (Integrated Graphics)

Current Price:

£94.69 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Gigabyte

 

Case

Glass in cases has been a trend for quite some time and, of course, so is the ‘case’ for RGB lighting. In 2019 this trend continued, however, we did see glimpses of functionality creeping back in from major case manufacturers in the form of improved airflow, which is nice. In our list the popular NZXT H500 takes the second spot (below is the updated H510 which has replaced the H500).

 

Phanteks Eclipse P350X Mid Tower eATX, ATX Gaming Case (Black)

Phanteks Eclipse P350X Mid Tower eATX, ATX Gaming Case (Black)

Current Price:

£67.65 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Phanteks

NZXT H510 Mid Tower ATX Case in Matte White and Black with Tempered Glass, USB Type-C

NZXT H510 Mid Tower ATX Case in Matte White and Black with Tempered Glass, USB Type-C

Current Price:

£111.79 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: NZXT

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L (Micro-ATX/Mini-ATX) Mini Tower Case (Black)

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L (Micro-ATX/Mini-ATX) Mini Tower Case (Black)

Current Price:

£42.58 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Cooler Master

 

Storage

The massive price drops in SSDs meant that more and more people are switching to flash storage than ever before. No longer do you have to wait an eternity to start your PC or load into the next level of the game. Solid State Drives are definitely becoming more main-stream and will also be the next big “feature” of next-gen consoles. This can only be a good thing as game developers will finally be able to optimise their future titles with this in mind.

 

Kingston SSDNow A400 (240GB) SATA 3 2.5 inch Solid State Drive

Kingston SSDNow A400 (240GB) SATA 3 2.5 inch Solid State Drive

Current Price:

£38.63 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Kingston

Gigabyte (240GB) SATA 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive (Black)

Gigabyte (240GB) SATA 6Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive (Black)

Current Price:

£40.50 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Samsung 860 EVO (250GB) 2.5 inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

Samsung 860 EVO (250GB) 2.5 inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

Current Price:

£61.10 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Samsung

 

CPU Cooler

The most popular processors of 2019 (AMD Ryzen, if you haven’t heard) came bundled with their own stock coolers, which were pretty good at their job, however, aftermarket cooling will always provide the best results, especially if you are overclocking.

 

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler

Current Price:

£47.19 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

(EU Version)

Current Price:

£24.49 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Cooler Master

BeQuiet! Pure Rock Slim CPU Cooler

BeQuiet! Pure Rock Slim CPU Cooler

Current Price:

£25.92 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Be Quiet!

Noctua NH-D15 Dual Radiator Quiet CPU Cooler with two NH-A15 Fans

Noctua NH-D15 Dual Radiator Quiet CPU Cooler with two NH-A15 Fans

Socket Compatibility: 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011 / AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / FM1 / FM2

Current Price:

£83.83 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Noctua

 

Power Supply

Power requirements have largely stayed the same from 2018 with a noticeable increase in demand for 650W power supplies. However, 550-500W is still the sweet spot for the majority of builds.

 

Corsair TX-M Series TX550M 550W Power Supply Unit (80 Plus Gold Certified)

Corsair TX-M Series TX550M 550W Power Supply Unit (80 Plus Gold Certified)

Current Price:

£87.38 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Corsair

EVGA 500 W1 (500W) 80 PLUS Power Supply Unit

EVGA 500 W1 (500W) 80 PLUS Power Supply Unit

Current Price:

£46.33 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: EVGA

 

Custom Build of 2019

So here it is, the most popular custom build of 2019! This is a great spec for 1080P 60FPS gaming and allows for plenty of upgrade potential in the future.

Processor
AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz Processor 16MB L3 Cache with Wraith Stealth

AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz Processor 16MB L3 Cache with Wraith Stealth

Current Price:

£198.47 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: AMD

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB All-In-One Liquid CPU Cooler

Current Price:

£47.19 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Memory
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) Memory Kit PC4-25600 3200MHz DDR4 DIMM C16 (Black)

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) Memory Kit PC4-25600 3200MHz DDR4 DIMM C16 (Black)

Current Price:

Was £98.24 - Save £9.94

Now only £88.30 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Corsair

Graphics Card
XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX (8GB) OC Graphics Card

XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX (8GB) OC Graphics Card

Current Price:

Was £169.99 - Save £15.87

Now only £154.12 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: XFX

Motherboard
MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX AMD Socket AM4 B450 Chipset ATX Motherboard

MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX AMD Socket AM4 B450 Chipset ATX Motherboard

Military style with extended heatsink design for better thermal solution, plus DDR4 Boost, Core Boost, Turbo M.2 and USB 3.2 Gen2 connector

Current Price:

£110.53 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: MSI

Storage
Kingston SSDNow A400 (480GB) SATA 3 2.5 inch Solid State Drive (Internal)

Kingston SSDNow A400 (480GB) SATA 3 2.5 inch Solid State Drive (Internal)

Current Price:

£65.41 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Kingston

Case
Phanteks Eclipse P350X Mid Tower eATX, ATX Gaming Case (White)

Phanteks Eclipse P350X Mid Tower eATX, ATX Gaming Case (White)

Current Price:

£64.43 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: Phanteks

Power Supply

 

This custom PC, at the time of writing, comes to around £620 inc VAT. However, you can also get a CCL Computers custom built system with a 3 Year Collect & Return warranty for slightly less with better core components, such as the Ryzen 7 2700X and an AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB! Check it out below, which would you choose?

CCL Kallis II Gaming PC

CCL Kallis II Gaming PC

3.7GHz AMD Ryzen 7-2700X with 8GB AMD Radeon RX 590 Graphics
16GB RAM, 480GB SSD

Current Price:

£914.99 inc VAT

Price As Reviewed:

Manufacturer: CCL Computers

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