A few weeks back, we talked about how one could put together a gaming PC running for a little more than Rs. 50,000. We decided to put together a list of hardware for a gaming PC for just Rs. 35,000. Not everyone has a budget of Rs. 50,000 for a PC and not everyone is going to spending several hours a day gaming. Some of us are more interested in the gameplay and a slightly smaller screen doesn’t hamper the experience by a lot either. So we’re going to recommend pieces of hardware that should be able to build a reasonably high-end gaming rig for a more nominal Rs. 35,000. This is what you'll need.
Processor – AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
Old, but plenty of power to make the wheels spin
The AMD Phenom X4 965 BE might be a slightly old processor from two years ago, but it packs a punch for its price. At under Rs. 6,700, it’s one of the cheaper yet powerful quad core processors. AMD Phenom BE processors are better suited for overclocking than some of the other processors. This means that you have the option to crank up the core speeds if you need the extra performance.
Motherboard – Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3
USB 3, SATA3 and a ton of other features at under Rs. 5,000
Like any other system, the motherboard doesn’t really boost the performance of your system by a lot, but it does bring in a whole bunch of features. This Gigabyte GA-880M-USB3 for example, costs under Rs. 5,000, is a microATX board but it supports SATA3 and USB 3.0. Four RAM slots means there’s space for plenty of memory. The AM3 socket means you have a bunch of faster processors to choose from if you want to, sometime in the near future. Bundle 4GB of Corsair’s Value DDR3 memory, which costs merely Rs. 1,300 these days and you should be alright.
Graphics card – XFX Radeon 6790
The powerhouse on this gaming rig
We recently tested a whole bunch of graphic cards under the Rs. 8,000 budget and we found the XFX Radeon 6790 the best of the lot. It doesn’t require a ton of power, which means a 450 – 500W power supply can drive it just fine. It’s got plenty of punch to run games at a decent 1600×900 resolution too. While the card isn’t cut out to run Battlefield 3 at the maximum settings with antialiasing turned up on this configuration, it’ll do OK if you cut down on some of the effects.
A budget this small means there have to be some compromises. Opting for a 20-inch display such as the Samsung B2030N means that you have a smaller display and a slighty lower resolution but it also means you don’t need a lot of performance from the CPU and graphics card to run games smoothly on it.
Style and design at an affordable price
A Seagate 1TB should be more than sufficient space to install games that you play the most. Of course, if your total adds to a lot, you can reduce it by opting for a 500GB drive instead. Although this is a budget PC, one thing that can’t be compromised on, is the power supply. A decent Seasonic 500W power supply can be purchased for Rs. 3,000. There are also some other options such as the Antec VP450 and Corsair’s VX450. For the chassis, we’ve chosen the stylish and versatile Cooler Master Elite 311.
PC specifications sheet
Unlike the Rs. 50,000 budget gaming rig, we’ve chosen to go with headphones in place of speakers. Priced at Rs. 1,050, the Sennheiser HD201 makes for a decent headphone for listening music and also keeps the noise down while you’re gaming. As for the gaming mouse, the Gigabyte M6800 is a trusted model and so is the Logitech MK250 keyboard.
What to expect
As for the performance, it’s hard to expect the same performance that you’d get on a more powerful rig like the one we suggest a while back. Still, pretty much every game that has been released so far should run just about alright on a system like this. You might have to tone down the quality details to medium or a step higher. However, if you’re planning on building a PC for general use but would like to game on it, once in a while, this should be fine for you. This makes a better working PC than most notebooks would. Assembling a system like this makes better sense, especially if you have an inclination towards gaming.
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