After covering the lower budget segment a few days ago, we are now moving up to the mid-range for all those users out there who require more oomph. This also provides us with a bit more flexibility and so we are doing a 1080p 75Hz and a 1440p 60Hz build simultaneously. In this article, we will also be providing alternatives since some people may have different preferences, but do keep in mind that our primary choice is the main recommendation.
Best Gaming Build Under 80,000: 1080p 75Hz @ Ultra
Pushing 90+FPS is as much as an exercise for the CPU as it is for the GPU. If your CPU is the main bottleneck, then no matter how behemoth of a graphics card you may own, it won’t count. Lowering settings won’t help either as it will only aggravate the CPU bottlenecking issue further. So it is essential to strike a balance between the two.
Best CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
The 3rd Gen Ryzen processors, thanks to the updated Zen 2 microarchitecture, are significantly faster than their predecessors, especially when it comes to gaming. This makes the 6-core/12 thread Ryzen 5 3600 capable of pushing excess of 75 FPS in the majority of gaming titles. It is also unlocked and can be overclocked to gain some extra performance, but just like previous-gen Ryzens, OCing is extremely limited on Matisse chips as well.
Recommended Motherboard: MSI B450M Pro-VDH Plus
One of the perks of going with AMD’s AM4 platform is the feature set we get at such relatively inexpensive prices, like OC support, high-speed RAM support (3200MHz), RGB headers, etc. Unless you are looking to do some extreme overclocking, which isn’t one of Ryzen’s strengths, any decent B450 chipset motherboard should suffice and should make a great pair with the Ryzen 5 3600. We recommend 4 DIMM slots to leave some room for future memory upgrades. The bundled Wraith Stealth cooler is sufficient for normal operations.
Alternate CPU and Motherboard Choice: Intel Core i5-9600K + Asus Prime B365M-A
The Intel Core i5 9600k is a solid alternative to the 3600 as the former can be overclocked to much higher speeds generally leading to higher average frame rates. But more game engines are starting to utilize multiple threads more effectively which makes the recommendation of the Ryzen, at least on paper, an easier choice since the 6 extra threads provide you with some additional headroom.
The 9600K also doesn’t come with a cooler so even for stock operations, you will need to spend another Rs 1000/- to one and more if you intend to OC. Add to that, the fact that OCing the i5 will require a Z370 motherboard, which is significantly more expensive than comparable B450 boards, you are looking at an additional Rs 5000 approx expenditure for average 5 FPS gain.
However, if you intend to run older esports games at very high refresh rates, like 240Hz, an OCed Core i5-9600k is definitely the way to go.
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB 3200MHz
Price: Rs 6,800 (Link)
The memory choice is the same for either the Intel or the AMD platform. Nowadays, an 8GB stick of 3000MHz speed is similar in price to the 2400MHz counterpart which makes the former an easy choice. At stock most motherboards run the memory at 2133/2400 speeds but using XMP in the BIOS, one can easily set the speed to 3200. Dual-channel memory configuration will provide the necessary bandwidth for CPU-GPU-RAM inter-communication and lead to 15-30% extra performance over a single channel memory system.
On a side note, for the Ryzen platform make sure you apply this tweak for an extra boost to performance.
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
Price: Rs 36,599 (Link)
AMD’s Navi GPUs based on RDNA architecture offers better performance in normal rasterization scenarios but lack the Ray-tracing cores that are present on RTX cards. This, however, (at the moment) isn’t much of a hindrance since very few games use RTX. The 5700 XT also offers its own set of useful features like Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS), FreeSync, Radeon Chill, etc. While Freesync is now available on Nvidia cards as well, Radeon cards offer Freesync via HDMI which isn’t available on competing GeForce yet.
We understand that you must be excited to build your new PC but we highly recommend waiting out a couple of more weeks for custom solutions of RX 5700 XT from AMD’s board partners, like MSI, ASUS, Asrock, etc.
Alternate Graphics Card- RTX ON: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Price: Rs 42,799 (Link)
If you want a faster GPU, then the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super is a solid option. It is consistently 10-15% faster than the Radeon RX 5700 XT and also comes with the RTCores for the fancy RTX features. You also get a copy of Control and Wolfenstein: Young Blood bundled with all the Super cards, so that’s another plus point. You may argue that ray-tracing isn’t quite popular yet and we agree but that’s going to change in the coming months with Youngblood, Control, Watch Dogs 2, Bloodlines 2, Dying Light 2 all being RTX sponsored titles. At 42-43K INR it’s approximately 5-6K pricier than the RX 5700 XT and is notably faster with highly overclockable memory and significantly better thermals.
PC Build Under 75,000 INR 1440p 60Hz gaming @ Ultra
Although Full HD monitors are still the most widespread, QHD is slowly gaining prominence as it is the sweet spot between the former and 4K. In this section, we look at the best parts suitable for 1440p 60FPS gaming.
Best CPU for 1440p Gaming: Intel Core i5-9400F
Price: Rs 12,599 (Link)
At 1440p, being GPU bound, we can settle for a slightly less capable CPU. We choose the Intel Core i5-9400F as it has plenty of oomph to push 60 FPS, all the while costing less than 13K. Although it’s a locked part, the default frequency of the 9400F hovers around 3.9GHz providing a lot of processing power and consuming just 65W. The boxed Intel cooler is worse than AMD’s but is still good enough to keep it from overheating.
Motherboard: Asus PRIME H310M-E
Price: Rs 4,550 (Link)
Intel is likely to move to a new socket next year with the advent of their 10nm CPUs. So to pair with the Core i5-9400F, we recommend the entry-level H310 chipset as you might never need a memory upgrade at all.
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2x8GB) 3200MHz
Price: Rs 6,800 (Link)
We stick to the same memory configuration of 2x8GB 3200MHz DDR4 for the Core i5-9400F as the prices are roughly the same for slower as well as faster DIMMs now.
Best Graphics card for 1440p Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Price: Rs 42,799 (Link)
For 1440p gaming, we recommend the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super as it consistently delivers 60 FPS at the ultra preset in even the most taxing games and also comes with hardware-level ray-tracing support for all the bells and whistles of Turing RTX. The Radeon RX 5700 XT is also a decent choice if you being held back by budget constraints, but as already mentioned above wait for the board partner cards. We aren’t sure how they’ll be priced though, and if they come within striking distance of the RTX 2070 Super we’ll be hard-pressed to recommend the latter.
Power Supply: The choice of SMPS is dependent on the kind of system you are planning to build and whether or not you wish to OC your CPU and/or GPU.
So we are providing you with 2 options:
Core i5-9400F + RX 5700 XT/RTX 2070 Super: Cooler Master MWE 550
Price: Rs 3,377 (Link)
Ryzen 5 3600/Core i5-9600k + RX 5700 XT/RTX 2070 Super: Cooler Master MWE 650 White V2
Price: Rs 4,100 (Link)
- CORSAIR CARBIDE SERIES SPEC-04 MID TOWER (Rs 4,299)
- CARBIDE SERIES SPEC-ALPHA MID TOWER (Rs 5,896)
- Corsair Carbide Spec-delta RGB Tempered Glass (Rs 5,999)
Bonus: 480 GB SSD for your boot drive
Often skimped in a lot of builds, traditional HDDs are bigger bottlenecks than most people realize. While CPUs and GPUs get faster, hard disks are not which is why it is important to use an SSD as the primary boot drive. Although games aren’t generally affected by storage speeds, it’s always desirable to have a fast and responsive system to play on.