The trend of gaming has taken a huge rise in last 10 years. PCs were nowhere in the picture before. Consoles like Samurai, Atari and Nintendo were being picked up by the consumers. With the turn of the century, things changed.
Games like Super Mario Brothers, Pac Man, Lode Runner, Contra, and Bomber Man with their serrated graphics were considered the best of the best.
Computers became affordable and things evolved at a much faster pace. Game makers saw an opportunity here and quickly released games according to the demand. More graphic-hungry games came out of the shadows, which spiked demand for better graphic cards, faster RAM, and CPUs.
PC gaming has always been challenged by consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation. However, gaming consoles do not give the user the flexibility to upgrade. This was one of the big reasons why the PC made a comeback and has again become the favorite piece of machinery to play solo and multiplayer games.
Here we have crafted a list of must have PC components if you are on a budget of Rs 40K or $595 (approx). The following rig (totaling Rs 39,750) is optimal to play any sort of game from mid-to-high settings.
The first thing you need is a good motherboard that will put everything together. A motherboard needs to be good because it’s the one that handles all the transactions between all the different peripherals. The MSI H110M Pro VH Plus motherboard supports sixth generation Intel core CPUs, two USB 3.1 ports and a graphics card slot that can fit in the latest GPU.
- Price: Rs. 5,100 ($76.1)
For gaming, you need a good amount of RAM. Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) RAM is one of the fastest DDR3 RAM available in the budget segment that works at 1,600 MHz. Good for multitasking, this RAM from Corsair ensures a smooth gaming experience.
- Price: Rs. 2,160 ($32.2)
High-end graphic cards like NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 can’t be adjusted in this budget. So, we will have to go with little bit cheap GPU. Yes, Sapphire AMD/ATI R7 240 graphic card may be slightly outdated but it gives great mid-to-high-end gaming performance. Users get a fast 4GB of 128-bit GDDR3 RAM on this.
- Price: Rs. 7,199 ($107.4)
A processor is an electronic circuitry that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetic, logical, control and input/output (I/O) operations specified by the instructions. The AMD 3.8 GHz FM2 A8 -7600 processor is built for mid end performance and for people who are on a strict budget. It has two cores that can clock speeds up to 3.8 GHz.
- Price: Rs. 8,000 ($119.4)
Most games are available on Steam and can be downloaded on the PC. But it is a good idea to keep a DVD writer in the system, in case you pick up a game off the shelf. The LG DVD writer can also burn discs at a speed of 24X.
- Price: Rs. 1,099 ($16.4)
A good gaming mouse is a must for great gaming experience. Gaming mouse such as the HP X3500 Wireless mouse is the best mouse you can buy in your tight budget. This mouse is compatible with Windows – XP, Vista, 7 and 8 operating systems and runs with the help of 2 X AA batteries.
- Price: Rs. 649 ($9.7)
A monitor can make or break a game. The Samsung Night View LSS22F380HY monitor is a 21.5-inch LED monitor, which supports full HD resolution and has the ability to display splendid images and videos.
- Price: Rs. 8,200 ($122.4)
A basic spill-resistant keyboard like Logitech K120 keyboard is what you can buy if you are on a budget. Later you can always pick up a better gaming keyboard from Razer, Steel Series or Corsair.
- Price: Rs. 690 ($10.3)
Western Digital is a reliable brand when it comes to hard disk drives. The WD Blue HDD has 1 terabyte of space to store all your game files. The spindle speed is 7,200 RPM that keeps the game load times low.
- Price: Rs 4,000 ($60)
For this gaming rig, you will require a minimum 500 watts PSU (power supply). The Enter 500W PSU is our recommendation, as it will supply the required power to all the components, at the same time, not burn a hole in your pocket with the electricity bills.
- Price: Rs 680 ($10.2)
What does every gamer want? Show off his rig (set up) to the world. The inexpensive Logisys CS380 cabinet tower will give you bragging rights. It has a show window on the side from where everyone can check your components and is big enough to slot in all the slot in all the components in a safe way.
- Price: Rs 2,000 ($29.8)
So, now when we have all the components for your budget PC, it’s time to start gaming!