Contrary to popular belief, building a 1080p gaming build is quite easy. If you’re aiming for “just playable” FHD, then you don’t need more than Rs. 30K. For 1080p 60FPS in every title, it’s best to invest in a 50K build, but if you are okay with dropping some settings, 60 FPS is achievable even with a 30K build.
Best Budget CPU for Gaming: Intel Core i3-9100F
Price: Rs. 6,150 (Link)
|Cores / Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||L3 Cache||TDP||Memory Support|
The Core i3-9100F is undoubtedly the best gaming CPU under the 10K mark. With a TDP of 65W, it packs four cores running at an impressive 4.20GHz. It includes 6MB of L3 cache and support for dual-channel DDR4 RAM (rated at 2400MHz). It’s faster than the 6th and 7th Gen Core i7 processors (just to give you an idea).
Best Budget Graphics Card for 1080p Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Price: Rs. 10,850 (Link)
It’s really hard to find a Radeon RX 570 at a decent price at the moment. However, if you do manage to find one under the 11K mark, JUST BUY IT! If not, well then like the rest of us, I’ll be recommending the GeForce GTX 1650. Granted it’s slightly slower than the 570 but it works well for 1080p gaming and has an incredibly low TDP of 75W.
Best Motherboard for the Core i3-9100F: Asus Prime H310M
Price: Rs. 4,399 (Link)
|CPU||Intel 8th and 9th Gen (mini-ITX)|
|RAM||2 x DDR4 memory slots, supports up to 32GB @ 2666 MHz|
|PCIe||1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots|
|Storage||4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports|
The ASUS Prime H310M is one of the cheapest Coffee Lake compatible motherboards, but considering that we’re opting for an i3 that can’t be overclocked, it’s quite viable. It comes with two DDR4 RAM DIMMs, one PCIe x16 lane and four SATA slots. You won’t be getting any M.2 slots here though nor any RGB.
Best RAM for Core i3-9100F: Adata XPG Gammix D30 8GB DDR4
Price: Rs. 2,900 (Link)
Intel’s Coffee Lake chips aren’t sensitive to memory so we’ll be opting for an 8GB 2666MHz stick. Regardless, as the mobo doesn’t support higher frequencies, it’s pointless to go for expensive models. You can easily add a second 8GB DIMM later on for dual-channel support but for now, this will be enough.
Recommended PSU: Cooler Master MWE 450 230V
Price: Rs. 2,485 (Link)
Cooler Master’s MWE 450W retails for Rs. 2,485. It’s really compact and features decent components. For a low-end build, there’s no need to go for a Bronze rated or modular PSU. It’s just not worth it.
PC Case: Antec VSK 4000B
Price: Rs. 2,200 (Link)
At this budget, we’ll have to accept the fact that a fancy cabinet is out of reach. Sure, you can upgrade later on but at the moment we’ll have to forgo all those shiny tempered glass panels and RGB lighting. The Antec VSK 4000B costs just over two thousand but still doesn’t look like trash. Possibly the best low-end PC cabinet.
Storage: Adata Ultimate SU630 240GB
Price: Rs. 2,150 (Link)
It’s better to go with a smaller SSD rather than opting for a slow HDD. If you can afford it, it’s best to go with a 240GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. But if you can’t afford both, then the former is the priority.
Summary: Best Gaming PC Build Under Rs. 30,000:
|CPU||Intel Core i3-9100F||Rs. 6,150|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB||Rs. 10,850|
|Motherboard||Asus Prime H310M||Rs. 4,399|
|Memory||Adata XPG D30 8GB @ 2666MHz||Rs. 2,900|
|SSD||Adata Ultimate SU630 240GB||Rs 2,150|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master MWE 450 230V||Rs. 2,485|
|Case||Antec VSK 4000B||Rs. 2,200|