Rage, Battlefield 3, Serious Sam: BFE are just some of the great PC games to be released this month. Some of them are already here and like us, we’re sure there are many of you out there who want to play them. If you’re running a slightly outdated system based on, say a dual-core processor with a pre-historic graphics card, the experience is going to be less than exciting. PCs tend to offer great graphics quality, but the demand on mighty graphics cards and processors has reduced slightly. So, you no longer have to shell out in excess of a lakh to build a system to have a great visually rich, gaming experience.
To prove just that, we’ve compiled a list of hardware that can be put together to build a rather powerful gaming rig, for just around Rs. 50,000. Now, the hardware being used to build are it all easily available in most stores. Some online stores also ship these products for a marginally higher price. If you’ve been wondering whether to buy a notebook for some gaming and if you’re going to be using it at home, you’re better off with a gaming rig.
What do I need?
Processor – Intel Core i5 2400
The processor is at the heart of a modern gaming rig and it’s as important a component, as say the graphics card. The Intel Core i5 2400 belongs to the new Sandy Bridge line of processors and are based on the LGA1155 socket.
Great gaming performance without breaking the bank
The Core i5 2400 provides a punch for its price. It’s priced at just under Rs. 10,000 and its four-cores mean that it should offer good future proofing as well.
Graphics card – MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
The next major component that directly affects the performance of games. The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC is more than just a complicated name. It’s MSI’s overclocked version of the GeForce 560 Ti GPU, which comes with two fans and a massive heatsink.
Performance wise, it’s faster than all of the stock GeForce GTX 560 Ti cards you can buy. Games that depend a lot more on the GPU than the CPU will see the most benefits.
Motherboard – ASUS P8H67-V
The ASUS P8H67-V is a H67 chipset-based motherboard. H67 chipsets offer most of the features of the P67 without being too expensive. The board supports SATA2, as well as USB 3.0 and it also has support for the new UEFI BIOS, which brings along a fresh new BIOS interface, which you’ll find to be fun to play with, if you’re into overclocking. This is also one of the most affordable boards that have four RAM slots, so you can add even more memory in the future. The board makes a good base to setup any future upgrades on too.
Feature packed for the price
For now, we’re recommending a 4GB DDR3 kit from G-Skill (Gskill F3-12800CL9S-4GBXL). At Rs. 1,650, it’s extremely cheap and it should be more than sufficient for most games and applications that you might run on your desktop.
Other hardware components
Most of the other components won’t necessarily affect the performance of the system and you’re free to swap them with others if required. For example, a Seagate 1TB internal drive costs Rs. 2,950, whereas a 2TB drive will cost you just Rs. 1,000 more. We’re recommending the BenQ G2220HD, which may be a 22-inch display, but it’s a good bit cheaper than a 24-inch monitor and offers the same resolution as a 24-inch display. It has D-Sub and DVI connectivity.
Good cable management and roomy interiors
We’re also recommending the Corsair SP2200 (priced at Rs. 4,900) speakers keeping in mind that you’ll also be watching movies on the PC, but if you want to try and bring your budget as close as possible to the Rs. 50,000 mark, we suggest purchasing a pair of headphones. If gaming is what you’ll use the PC for the most, then you’ll be just fine with them. A larger hard drive or a larger display might be a good way to spend that saved amount.
What can I play on this?
There’s a lot you can play on this kind of configuration. All the titles that launched over the years will run just fine on it. Even Battlefield 3 should run perfectly fine running at maximum details at 1080p resolution. Turn down the settings to High from Ultra and you’re going to get a healthy 50 fps and higher frame rate. Battlefield 3 happens to be one of the more intensive titles. You can breathe easy as most other titles are likely to offer good performance.
Well, it's close enough to 50K
Considering how the requirements on PC hardware are slowly reducing and the number of game ports from consoles to PCs are increasing, this system should stand its ground for another year easily and possible a year after that, too. Take the first Crysis game for example, it was the most demanding game of its time, but Crysis 2 manages to run on most PCs just fine. Another example is RAGE, that was launched across a number of platforms. The game is limited to 60 fps and it’ll manage to run just fine on the hardware we’ve recommended.
Assuming that you’re convinced and you are going to go build something like this, we recommend buying a decent gaming mat such as the Razer Golliathus, for example. If racing games are your loved genre, then an Xbox 360 controller for Rs. 1,200 is a good investment. Games such as Battlefield 3 are games that ought to be played online, so ensure that you get a good low-latency, unlimited Internet connection as well.
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