Bytes: While laptops over the last few years have transformed into serious gaming machines and continue to set the bar higher and higher, they come with a very hefty price tag. Most of these gadgets do not even make their way to India officially. For serious gamers though, assembling your own rig is more than just a process. You have the option to add exactly what you need, giving you the power to be as precise as possible while being lighter on the pocket as well.
Today we’ve made a simple catalogue of components if you want to get started with assembling your own PC. We have kept the budget at a modest Rs. 80,000 and all the components are easily available in the country. Keep in mind, that THE computer parts cost slightly more in India when compared to other markets due to higher import duty. So, let’s get started!
For our build, we have selected the quad-core Intel i5-7600K chipset. It is among the best available in the i5 series and has a clock speed of 3.8Ghz. The clock speed can be further increased till 4.2Ghz via Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology. It supports RAM up till 64GB (DDR4) and comes along with Intel HD Graphics 630 for minor graphical processing.
If you’re looking for something slightly cheaper, you can go for the hexa-core AMD Ryzen 5 1600 chipset. This one has a base clock speed of 3.2Ghz and supports over-clocking till 3.6Ghz. All new games today recommend on an average clock speed of 3.0GHz, hence both chipsets will get the job done.
2. CPU Cooler:
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For the Intel chipset, we recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CPU Cooler. This is among the best-selling CPU coolers worldwide and contains 4 heat pipes. We have seen this in action and it can easily bring down the temperature by 10-15 degrees, even when idling.
For the Intel configuration, we’ve selected the Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard. It supports PCIe SSDs, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1 Type-A / Type-C, Dual Channel DDR4 RAM and a host of other ports. The board is specially built for gaming configurations and comes with some funky lighting all over the board.
For the AMD chipset, we’ve gone with the MSI B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard. It hosts pretty much the same features as the previously mentioned Gigabyte one but misses out on a Thunderbolt port.
For gaming, at least 16GB of RAM is a must-have. For both the Intel and AMD configurations, we recommend the Crucial Ballistix Sports LT 16GB, it has 2x 8GB DDR4 RAM sticks. This is a tried and tested component that performs well and does not emit a lot of heat. It also supports higher variants of the processors we have selected.
Given we are on a tight budget, if your priority is having more storage, then we recommend the Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB Hard Drive that performs at 7200 RPM. But, if you want the best in the class gaming experience, you should always go for an SSD. For the price, you’ll have to cut down on the amount of storage you get, hence we are going with the SanDisk SSD PLUS 240GB internal hard drive.
6. Video Card:
For the Intel configuration, the Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition Video Card is what we can score under the budget. If you can slightly increase the budget, Gigabyte GTX 1060 is the one you should go for.
ASUS Radeon RX 580 8GB DUAL Video Card is our pick for the AMD configuration. Now that we compare the two configs, the Intel one has a slightly better CPU. You’ll have to analyze your usage and decide accordingly.
The Corsair 270R ATX Mid Tower Case looks simple and elegant. The top has meshed and the back and front have more than enough openings to facilitate heat transfer. The cable manager is built in and comes in very handy. While the motherboard already has a host of ports, the case will further make everything easy thanks to its built-in 2x USB ports and a headphone jack.
8. Power Supply:
The last important component, we recommend the CX450 450W 80 Plus Power Supply. It can handle up to 450 watts, which is more than enough given our configurations. All the components given above are compatible with each other.
Now that we’ve made our ‘computer’, its time to see what it can do. There’s nothing better than the ASUS VP228H 21.5-inch Gaming LCD Monitor. It has a near perfect size and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It comes with the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair and timer functions. Gamers can select four different crosshair types to suit the gaming environment; while the latter keeps players aware of the elapsed time in real-time strategy games.