The cheat sheet to build your own gaming PC

PC gaming ain't dead yet! Here's what you need to build yourself a rig to get your game on

Written by Mihir Patkar | Updated: May 13, 2014 1:46 pm
You can create a gaming PC for as low as Rs 30,000 You can create a gaming PC for as low as Rs 30,000

We’ve got a new generation of consoles, while tablets and smartphones are making video games mobile. But PC gaming ain’t dead yet! Here’s what you need to build yourself a rig to get your game on:

*All prices averaged after sourcing from online as well as brick-and-mortar stores

Got Lesser Money? Save On:

Monitor: 16″ AOC E1670 – Rs. 4,400 | Saves Rs. 1,100

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT – Rs. 3,200 | Saves Rs. 1,000

Don’t Compromise On:

Power supply: It’s tempting to buy a cheap power supply unit from a lesser-known brand, but this can harm your components in the long run.

Got More Money? Spend On:

Graphics card: Sapphire Radeon R7 250 with Boost, 1GB DDR3 – Rs. 7,000 | Extra Rs. 2,000

Monitor: 22″ AOC i2251w IPS – Rs. 8,100 | Extra Rs. 2,600

Got Lesser Money? Save On:

Storage: Seagate or Western Digital 500GB HDD – Rs. 3,100 | Saves Rs. 700

Cabinet & Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite 310 with 400W PSU – Rs. 3,900 | Saves Rs. 500

Monitor: 22″ AOC i2251w IPS – Rs. 8,100 | Saves Rs. 700

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT (no USB3) – Rs. 3,200 | Saves Rs. 1,000

Don’t Compromise On:

Screen: A FullHD screen is a must-have at this price. And make sure it’s IPS so that you get better colours and viewing angles.

Got More Money? Spend On:

Graphics Card: Zotac / MSI Nvidia GTX 750Ti 2GB DDR5 – Rs. 11,500 | Extra Rs. 3,300

Mousepad: Razer Goliathus Mousepad – Rs. 900 | Extra Rs. 900

RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHz – Rs. 5,100 | Extra Rs. 2,600

Got Lesser Money? Save On:

Monitor: 22″ AOC i2251w IPS – Rs. 8,100 | Saves Rs. 700

Keyboard+Mouse: Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse Combo – Rs. 700 | Saves Rs. 1,100

Mousepad: None – Rs. 0 | Saves Rs. 900

Don’t Compromise On:

Graphics card & RAM: For 50K, you better have at least a GTX 750 Ti and 8GB of RAM in your beast.

Got More Money? Spend On:

Monitor: 24″ Dell S2440L IPS – Rs. 14,000 | Extra Rs. 5,200

RAM: 2x4GB G-Skill Sniper DDR3 1600MHz – Rs. 6,500 | Extra Rs. 1,400

Got Lesser Money? Save On:

The Elite system is what we consider to be a build that gives you value for money—it’s not just throwing in expensive parts simply because you have cash to burn. You can browse around to find some things for lesser or skip a few altogether. For example, there are cheaper motherboards with the Z77 chipset if you aren’t going to overclock. The Antec Kuhler liquid cooling kit might not be needed by everybody. You could find a cheaper headset, too. And while the SSD will improve your PC’s overall performance, it won’t have an effect on your gaming unless you install the games on it.

Don’t Compromise On:

The processor and the graphics card both hit the sweet spot in their respective performance to price ratios.

Got More Money? Spend On:

Externals! This rig is going to be fine, so instead of spending more on it just because you can, put your money wisely into the things that make for a better gaming experience. For example, invest in a quality high-back chair with lumbar support. Maybe a mini-fridge near your new throne? Spend on the things that will help you enjoy the experience of your elite machine rather than tweaking it for a few pointless frame rates.

*All prices are average street prices sourced from local as well as online retailers

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    krishtrinity
    Jan 5, 2015 at 7:24 am
    Check out my build guide,i have included both gaming as well as audio setup so that you can get best of both.:www.krish-tech/2015...Cheapest best headphone you can get for your money review,equal to 20000 rupees headphones for 4000 rupees:www.krish-tech/2014...
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      StayFrost04
      Feb 18, 2015 at 1:25 am
      I know It was posted in 2014 but seriously A 660Ti -_- Something like a GTX 770 would have been better and 750watt PSU is useless unless someome plan's to OC :3 Anyway, No Hard feelings Author but PC gaming was never Dead and is also going strong and according to Intel, There are currently 750 Million GAMING PC which I guess Is more than Sum of total MAJOR Consoles ever sold so get your facts straight. No need to mention, This is not a perfect build even by 2014 standard.
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        KvTheGamer
        Feb 18, 2015 at 10:59 am
        Bas be Kya pa haa?
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          Swapnil junjare.
          Feb 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm
          No offense but what stupidity is this? Elite is 3570k with 660ti? Where is gtx 980? Gtx 970? Gtx 770? Amd r9 290x? I7 5820k? I can go all day. I am sorry but this is useless to people actually looking for an elite gaming PC.
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            Ship of
            May 14, 2014 at 6:43 am
            Outdated configuration. you have not included any 4th Generation processors of Intel or any Motherboard with 1150 socket
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