PC builds have gained immense popularity after the increased popularity of gaming. However, PC builds can sometimes be beyond budget for some people. This is due to the belief that PC building is an expensive affair. The same is also true in today’s time, when the prices of PC hardware are going through the roof. But, it is still possible for you to build a PC while sticking to a strict budget. In this edition of PC build of the week, we break down a gaming PC setup for INR 45K.
The performance of this PC will not be extremely high-end, but it will be better than the pre-built PCs and laptops available in the same range. All the components can be bought either online or offline, and the prices of the same might vary depending on the time of purchase. Let’s get right into the components required for the complete build.
This PC is idea for 1080p gaming on low-medium settings, Photoshop edits and small video edits like YouTube Shorts or Instagram Reels. All these tasks can be performed easily on this build.
Processor: Intel Core i3 10100F
The Intel Core i3 10100F is a quad-core processor supported by 8 threads. The processor comes with a base clock of 3.6Ghz and a boost clock of 4.3Ghz. The processor comes with a stock cooler in the box, which is capable to help the processor run on cooler temperatures. If you want to add an external or third-party cooler, you can do that as well. However, since the processor is not unlocked, it won’t require a stronger cooler. Since Intel launched their 12th gen processors, the prices of the 11th and 10th gen processors have gone down. Currently, you can buy this processor for around INR 7-7.5K.
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050Ti
GPU prices have been fluctuating for some time now. Prices are stabilising now and then but the availability is still an issue. For this build, the Nvidia GTX 1050Ti will be a good fit. Even though the GPU is a little old, the performance for the price is not compromised. The 4 GB VRAM helps you run games like Valorant, Apex Legends and other popular games on low to medium settings on 1080p. If you are okay with compromising on the quality a little, you can play all the games on 720p preset, and get more frame rates and a smoother gameplay experience.
The brand of the GPU is your choice. Brands like the Inno3D and Colourful are cheaper than MSI or Asus. However, since the GPU is already facing shortage, it is best to grab what you can. You can purchase this card for INR 16-17K.
Motherboard: MSI H410M
This is a very basic motherboard, and you can use it with the 10th generation Intel CPUs. The motherboard comes with 2 RAM slots, and one dedicated NVMe slot. Since it is a budget motherboard, the VRM sections are not very effective, but are present. The Intel CPU does not run very hot, and the motherboard can handle the heat. You can buy this motherboard for INR 4.5-5K.
Memory: 8 GB 2666 MHz
Memory is an important par of any PC build. However, since this is a budget PC build, we suggest using a single 8 GB stick initially. The Intel 10th gen CPUs do not support high frequency memory, and using a 2666 MHz RAM stick would be a good and budget friendly option. Brands like Adata or Crucial have multiple memory options that are basic, with no fancy RGB lights. Compromising on the aesthetic side, you can get a good deal. This memory is enough for most games along with light editing on Photoshop, or for Instagram Reels. The motherboard in this build comes with a dual-RAM slot, which can utilised in the future. You can get this memory stick for around INR 2.5-3K.
Storage: 1 TB + 256 GB
When you are planning on gaming on your PC, you need enough storage to store all your games and data. For this reason, we have used 1 TB HDD with 7200 MHz frequency, and a 256 GB NVMe SSD for the OS and other programs. If storage is not your priority, then you can always go for an SSD configuration to start with, and then add more storage as required. Saving the money from not buying the HDD, you can invest in a better GPU that will enhance your performance. Getting the entire configuration will cost you around INR 6K, however, getting a 512 GB NVMe SSD will be around INR 4K-5K.
PSU: 450 Watts
Power supply is responsible for delivering power to the entire system. There are multiple cheaper options for 450 watts PSU, but it is important to choose the one with good build, and certification. Going with brands like Corsair, Cooler Master, or AnTec can be a good option. Bronze certification and warranty will ensure the quality of the product, and would be a better choice. This PSU is also future secure. You can pair this PSU with up to 1660 Super without any troubles. A 450W PSU will cost around INR 3K.
Cabinet: AnTec NX292
Cabinet is important to help maintain a good airflow in the build. The AnTec case with mesh, 3 RGB fans on the front side, and a non-RGB fan in the back. It also has a magnetic dust filer on top. The entire cabinet is airy, and will keep a healthy amount of airflow in the system. It has all the necessary ports, and connection options. This cabinet will cost around INR 3K.
This was the entire PC build of the week. The prices of these products might fluctuate in the future. This PC can handle tasks, along with light photo editing and video editing for short videos. For more such PC builds, keep an eye on Techburner.