Buying guide: Build an entry-level gaming PC for under Rs 40,000

We covered the budget PC rig under Rs 25,000 last week, a rig meant primarily for school students or for regular office work. The main emphasis was on components which would allow you to work on office suites, let you surf the web, watch SD movies and listen to audio. Basically, a PC meant for keeping it simple.


This time around we will increase the budget to Rs 40,000. Now we are looking at a rig which allows us to accommodate a comparatively more powerful processor as well as a graphics card, for those of you who want to play a few games once in a while. We are calling this an entry-level gaming machine because it includes a mid-tier graphics card and we are looking at comfortable gaming at resolution of 1366x768. Full HD gaming shall be covered in the next article.


Please note that there is no hard and fast rule that you need to get only the components we are listing. You can make permutations and combinations according to your budget’s flexibility. Also before you go complaining about the prices being wrong, keep in mind that this is an average of street and online prices across Mumbai only. If you're in any other city then the prices will vary and could be higher or lower.


Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 - Rs 7,500

The Intel Core i3-4130 is a dual-core hyper-threaded processor clocked at 3.4GHz. It comes with Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics which is better than the older Intel HD 2500 and supports Intel Quick Sync Video as well. Not only can it help out with most of the regular tasks, but you can also run applications such as Lightroom comfortably.

 Buying guide: Build an entry-level gaming PC for under Rs 40,000

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA H81M-S1 - Rs 3,640

The Gigabyte H81M-S1 comes with an LGA1150 socket which will accommodate the 4th-gen Intel Core i3-4130. It has two DIMM slots, two USB 3.0 ports, two SATA 6 Gbps ports and the Gigabyte on/off charge feature which lets you charge your mobile devices even when the machine is off. As you will be using a graphics card for your display out, the presence of only a D-Sub port on the board isn’t much of a concern. Since LGA1150 socket is compatible with future Broadwell generation of processors, you are future-proof to an extent.


RAM: GSkill RipjawsX 2GB (x2) - Rs 2,900

We have been using the Gskill Ripjaws X memory kit in our test rig for quite a while so we can vouch for its performance. For an entry level gaming rig we would suggest a 4GB kit to be on the safer side.


HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB (ST1000DM003) - Rs 3,800

Seagate Barracuda 1TB drive offers you a rotational speed of 7200 RPM and provides a good value proposition at its price. The capacity is enough for a couple of games as well as software. (Alternatively, you can also check out Western Digital WD10EZRX which comes for around Rs 3,970. The WD Green drive is comparatively slower drive as its rotational speeds vary according to the tasks performed - thereby saving power).


Graphics card: Powercolor HD7750 - Rs 6,750

The HD 7750 is a good mid-range card even though it is a generation old. It allows you to game comfortably at HD resolution with low anti-aliasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AF) settings. The card does not require an external power connector. It comes with an HDMI port, a DVI port and a D-Sub port.


PSU: Cooler Master Elite 350W - Rs 1,850

Do not compromise on the power supply unit when it comes to budget rigs. You will be tempted by big claims by local power supply companies, who offer higher wattage rating at this price, but these may not necessarily be efficient. Cooler Master Elite Power 350W is an affordable PSU offering around 70 per cent efficiency. It comes with a 24-pin ATX power connector, an 8-pin CPU connector, three SATA power connectors and houses a 120mm fan to keep the components cool.


Cabinet: Cooler Master Elite 310 - Rs 1,800

This is an affordable cabinet which has a simple appearance and enough space internally to house your components. There are four 5.25-inch bays, seven 3.5-inch bays, two USB 2.0 ports and there is a 1200RPM rear fan with provisions to add more fans.

Acer S191HQl

Monitor: Acer S191HQL LED - Rs 5,400

Acer S191HQL is an 18.5-inch LED backlit LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1366x768. It has a TN panel and comes with a DVI and D-Sub interfaces. Alternatively, if you want a full HD display, you can opt for a BenQ GW2255 which comes for around Rs 7,750




Speakers: Logitech Z130 - Rs 1,300

Logitech Z130 is a 2.0 speaker set with a total output of 5W RMS. The build quality is great and it produces decent sound for the price. It has a volume controller up front as well as a 3.5mm audio jack.


Keyboard / Mouse: Logitech MK100 Keyboard/Mouse combo - Rs 750

Logitech is a renowned brand when it comes to PC peripherals and the MK100 offers a good keyboard/mouse combo.


Alternative build
We have already recommended an Intel processor above, but you can also go with an AMD APU if you so desire. You can go with the AMD A8 6600K which is a quad-core APU clocked at 3.9GHz with AMD Radeon HD 8570D integrated graphics that are good enough to play entry level games.  Although it is from the Richland APU line which is a generation older, it offers good value proposition. You can pair this with Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 board which comes with the FM2 socket, has four USB 2.0 ports, a D-Sub and DVI port. There are four SATA 3 Gbps ports and two DIMM slots. Considering you have the ability to crossfire the integrated graphics on the Richland APU with AMD's discrete GPUs, we would also recommend getting XFX HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 which gives a boost to the frame rates.


AMD 6600K


Processor: AMD A8 6600K - Rs 7,200


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M DS2 - Rs 3,500




Graphics card: XFX HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 - Rs 5,675



Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner - Rs 1,050

If you have content on DVDs/CDs, or need to write to optical media for your work, then go for this DVD writer.

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