We covered the entry-level, mid-range and high-end PC builds earlier this month. This time we’ll focus on the absolute cheapest gaming PC you can build under 30,000 INR and still get reasonable performance at 1080p. We’ll be aiming for 60 FPS at the medium-high graphics preset in the latest games at this resolution.
Best Budget CPU for Gaming: AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Price: ₹5,130 (Link)
Packing four Zen cores running at a maximum of 3.4GHz, the Ryzen 3 1200 provides unbeatable performance in the 5K range. Unlike the Intel counterparts, it’s unlocked for overclocking and comes with a Wraith Stealth Cooler. It packs a whopping 10MB of L3 cache, greater than the older i7s (they were limited to 8MB) and a TDP of 65W.
Related: Best CPU for Gaming 2019 (August)
Best Budget Graphics Card for 1080p Gaming: AMD Radeon RX 570
Price: ₹11,400 (Link)
You might find it stupid to pair the Ryzen 3 with a graphics cards twice the price, but don’t worry, it will still be the latter causing the performance bottleneck in most cases (refer to the benchmark above). With a price-tag of around 10K INR, the RX 570 beats the GTX 1650 as well as the 1050 Ti for less and till low-end Navi arrives, we expect it to hold the fort.
Best Motherboard for Ryzen 3: ASRock A320M
Price: ₹3,350 (Link)
One of the best things about AMD’s AM4 platform is that the compatibility is excellent across the board and you can get lower-end parts for dirt cheap. The ASRock A320M is a solid piece of hardware to pair with the Ryzen 3 and costs just a little over three thousand. It comes with the ELNA Audio support, two DDR4 RAM DIMMs and one PCIe 3.0 slot.
Best RAM for Ryzen 3: Adata XPG Gammix D10 8GB
Price: ₹3,200 (Link)
There’s no need to splurge for high-speed 3200MHz memory and an 8GB DIMM will do just fine. The XPG range from ADATA costs a meager 3,200 INR and comes with a flashy red body, perfect for this build. It runs at 2400MHz but that’s fine as the 1st Gen Ryzen processors don’t really support higher clocks.
Recommended PSU: Cooler Master MWE 450 230V
Price: ₹2,485 (Link)
Cooler Master’s MWE 450W retails for Rs. 2,485, making it the perfect fit for our ultra
PC Case Under 5K: Corsair SPEC 4
Price: ₹3,000 (Link)
Just like every other build, the choice of the cabinet depends on your personal tastes. You can go simple with a metal case costing just 1-2K or get a fancy one for as much as 10K, but for this one, we’ll recommend the Corsair Spec 4. With a price-tag of 3,000 INR, it quite flashy, featuring RGB fans, tinted side-panel
Storage: Seagate SATA Internal Desktop Hard Drive (500 GB)
Price: ₹1,775 (Link)
As we’re nearing our budget constraint of 30K, we’ll have to skimp on the storage and go for an entry-level 500GB Seagate HDD. For the time being, this should serve you well. Later on, you can add more drives and potentially an SSD for booting.
What do you think of this build? We’d love to hear your opinions. Constructive feedback is always welcome!