Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

The cheat sheet to build your own gaming PC

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
Written by Mihir Patkar | Posted: May 13, 2014 11:16 am | Updated: May 13, 2014 1:46 pm

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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