Buy the right components and have a blast assembling them
Which of the following two alternatives is an easier option, buying a readymade computer or assembling one? Anybody will say that buying a ready-made gaming PC is an easy option.
Now, I rephrase my question. Which is the cheaper option among the two? Are you left scratching your head now? It can surprise you that assembling a gaming PC is less expensive than buying one from the shelf.
Also, you can have a better configuration for the same price you pay for a readymade one.
Gaming PC under 1 lakh – Points to Note
We shall now see the various points that you should keep in mind when assembling a gaming PC.
We proceed to look at the ideal configuration for your gaming PC. All these components are individually available on online retail stores like Amazon.
Shall we now examine the individual components in detail?
Best Gaming PC under 1 lakh
CPU – 9th Generation Intel Core i5 9400F
Your budget of Rs 1 lakh gives you greater flexibility when it comes to choosing the CPU, GPU, motherboard, or memory/storage. The 9th generation Intel Core i5 9400F CPU is an ideal processor to help you construct your gaming PC.
The best aspect of the 9th generation i5 CPUs is that they support virtual reality. The clock speed of 4.10GHz makes this processor one of the fastest in its niche.
The high clock speed allows the loading of fast and action-packed games quickly. The faster the processor, the more comfortable it is for playing these games without lag.
Another advantage that this CPU has over its earlier generations is the availability of a 9MB Intel Smart Cache. Thus, there is ample space for the computer to store the frequently visited sites, thereby making it convenient to access them whenever required.
Yes, this CPU does not support multi-threading. However, it comes with six cores that makes it faster than any Quad-core processor. The overclocking feature enhances the overall gaming experience to a different level.
One of the significant features of this CPU is that it comes with a maximum memory size of 128GB. This expandable memory makes it one of the best CPUs on offer in this price range.
However, 16GB should prove more than adequate to ensure high-quality gaming. If you keep adding more RAM, it could jack up the price, thereby taking it out of your budget.
This CPU is compatible with all Intel 300 series chipsets. Having one of the best CPUs for gaming enhances your pleasure manifold.
Motherboard – ASUS TUF B365M PLUS 9th generation Gaming
You need a robust motherboard to accommodate the 9th gen i5 9400F CPU. As this CPU is compatible with all Intel 300 series motherboards, this B365M PLUS should prove to be the ideal one.
One of the sterling qualities of Asus TUF gaming motherboards is that they are specially designed to survive and thrive in challenging environments. Thus, these boards deliver unwavering stability for extended gaming sessions.
This motherboard comes with a plethora of connectivity options like DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen1, PCIe 3.0 slot, M.2 socket and 6 x SATA Gb/s ports. Another exciting feature of this motherboard is that it comes with DIY design.
The SafeSlot Core+ is an exclusive PCIe slot protected by a one-piece stainless-steel brace, to ensure it is free from damage. The entire assembly comes fortified by solder points to provide a stable foundation for massive graphics cards.
The ESD guards prolong the component’s life by preventing damage from electrical discharge. This motherboard comes with a range of TUF components of the highest quality.
The TUF chokes improve system stability by delivering rock-steady power to the CPU. The TUF capacitors have a temperature tolerance level of 20%, thereby a 5x longer lifespan. The TUF MOSFETS result in better power efficiency and reduced heat generation.
This motherboard comes with flexible cooling controls in the form of FanXpert 2+ that controls the system fans intelligently, depending on the sensor input. It ensures that your gaming system remains cool, irrespective of the duration of your gaming session.
Asus Aura offers excellent RGB lighting control with various built-in RGB LEDs and strips connected to RGB headers. It also allows the syncing of these lighting sources.
The dual onboard M.2 heatsink ensures an excellent cooling experience. This motherboard should prove an ideal foil to the 9th gen i5 9400F CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card.
GPU – MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio 8GB GDDR6
You can afford the best graphics card when you have a flexible budget, like Rs 1 lakh. Instead of the GTX series, you can try out the GeForce RTX series. The RTX 2070 is an extraordinary graphics card that comes with fantastic features.
The NVIDIA Turing architecture makes this graphics card one of the fastest, as it comes with 2560 cores and a boost clock frequency of 1770MHz.
The highlights of the RTX graphics cards are that they exhibit nearly six times faster performance than the GTX cards.
Secondly, RTX cards enable Rat Tracing in games, thereby making it convenient to track the opponents and their moves in double-quick time. The powerful AI-enhanced graphics take your gaming experience to a different level.
The presence of RT Cores results in physically accurate shadows and reflections. The Tensor Cores accelerate gaming performances with NVIDIA DLSS. Some of the other breathtaking features of this graphics card are Next-Gen Shading and Concurrent Processing. It enhances the pleasure of playing fast and action-packed games.
This graphics card is compatible with DX12, the new standard for the next-gen games. This card comes with an extraordinary 8GB GDDR6 memory, one of the best in its niche.
The GeForce Experience allows you to optimise game settings and share videos, screenshots, and live streams. The Game-ready drivers deliver the highest level of performance to make your gaming experience as smooth as possible.
The NVIDIA Studio feature accelerates your work and lets you become as creative as possible, thereby boosting your performances. This graphics card allows you to enjoy playing the latest games in 4K resolution. The NVIDIA G-Sync allows tear-free gameplay at refresh rates up to 240Hz.
The GeForce RTX graphics card features a dedicated hardware encoder that enables you to game and stream simultaneously with high-quality. The NVIDIA ANSEL is a powerful in-game photo mode that can capture 360, HDR, and high-resolution photos.
Some of the other qualities Max-Q Design and VR-ready features. In many ways, this graphics card should combine beautifully with the CPU/MOBO configuration discussed above.
RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
Your budget of Rs 1 lakh allows you to have up to 16GB RAM comfortably. This memory stick has all the qualities and characteristics to make it the most suitable RAM for your gaming PC under Rs 1 lakh.
The Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB RAM stick is the ideal one for high-performance overclocking. Its features like the aluminium heat spreader make it one of the most-sought after RAMs in the industry. The company conducts exhaustive testing on each of its products before releasing them in the market.
The XMP 2.0 Support feature ensures that one setting is enough for the RAM stick to adjust automatically to the fastest speed. As a result, you get terrific, reliable performance without any lockups.
The aluminium heat spreader is the highlight of this product. The unique design guarantees to pull away heat automatically from the ICs into the cooling path. Thus, you can extract the best out of this product conveniently.
Each of these LPX modules is built from custom performance PCBs and highly-screened memory ICs. These models improve overclocking because efficient heat spreader provides effective cooling.
Another salient feature is its small form factor. Thus, this product can fit into any system where there is a shortage of internal space.
This RAM stick has the capability of functioning at speeds as high as 3200MHz. It is compatible with the 9th gen CPUs and also the Intel 300-series motherboards. It is thus the best RAM you can have for your gaming PC.
SSD – Samsung 860 EVO Series
250GB M.2 SATA Internal SSD (MZ-N6E250BW)
The Samsung 860 EVO Series is the latest addition to the world’s best-selling SATA SSD series. It comes equipped with the V-NAND technology that makes it fast and reliable. Speed is a critical factor, especially when you use the PC for playing games.
More importantly, you need consistent speeds under heavy workloads. The 860 EVO performs at sequential read speeds of 550 MB/s. The Intelligent TurboWrite technology ensures sequential write speeds up to 520 MB/s. This SSD comes with an enhanced TurboWrite buffer size of 78GB.
The 860 EVO series has an enhanced endurance level of up to eight times higher TBW than that of its predecessor, the 850 EVO series. It enables secure storage of 4K videos and 3D data. This SSD is compatible with the latest systems, especially the configurations that we have chosen for the motherboard and CPU. The refined ECC algorithm and the MJX controller are capable of generating great speeds and enhance Linux compatibility.
Since you are assembling a PC, you would require the 2.5-inch size SSD and the SATA-based M.2 (2280) form factor. This SSD comes with a 5-year limited warranty period.
HDD – Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB
The 250GB SSD will not be enough to cater to your gaming requirements. You need to supplement that with a 1TB HDD. This WD 1TB HDD can prove to be the ideal companion for data storage. It not only offers adequate storage space but also enhances the performance because of its cutting-edge data processing technology.
The device has adequate storage of 1TB to store your entire gaming data. Secondly, the HDD comes with a robust body capable of withstanding physical shocks. It enhances the safety and accessibility of data for years.
The 3.5-inch HDD is universally compatible. Pair this HDD with your SSD to give a permanent boost to your gaming PC.
Computer Cabinet – Corsair Carbide Series
You are spending a handsome amount for your CPU, GPU, motherboard, and internal memory devices. You need a sturdy cabinet to house these vital components of your gaming PC. The Corsair Carbide Series gaming towers are the best in the business.
This cabinet has an angular exterior design to give it a classy appearance. The large tinted tempered glass window allows optimum light inside the cabinet. You can also view the components through the glass window.
The Corsair cabinets are spacious. They have to be because you need a lot of air circulation to keep your components cool. There is a pre-installed 120-mm red LED front fan. Also, you have adequate room inside the cabinet to place up to five 120-mm fans.
The expansive storage space inside the cabinet allows you to place three HDDs and two SSDs along with the usual components like your CPU, motherboard, GPU, and RAM. The side IO panel comes equipped with high-speed USB 3.0 ports.
The highlight of this computer cabinet is the presence of cable routing cut-outs that ensures you do not have wires all over the place. It gives the cabinet an uncluttered appearance. It also becomes easy to clean the cabinet of the accumulated dust from time to time.
This cabinet is a sleek one weighing about 5.27 kg. It is better to invest in a cabinet of good quality to protect your expensive components of your gaming PC.
Power Supply Unit – Corsair VS550 550-Watt Power Supply
Invest in a power supply unit of good quality. This Corsair VS550 is the optimum one for your gaming PC. It offers a dedicated single +12V rail to ensure maximum compatibility with the latest components of your gaming PC.
The Switch Mode Power supply offers active power factor correction with a PF value of 0.99. It ensures maximum safety of the delicate and expensive components of your computer. This power supply unit protects the components of your PC from voltage fluctuations and short circuits.
The high-quality capacitors provide reliability and uncompromised performance. The power supply unit is certified fit for use by various regulating agencies. It comes with a 3-year warranty.
Cooler – Cooler Master MLW-D12M-A20PC-R1 RGB AIO CPU Liquid Cooler
Remember we had spoken about the CPU and other components becoming hot due to continuous usage. Installing fans is one way of cooling the computer parts. Your cabinet has enough space for placing five more fans in addition to the pre-installed one. You can also fit a liquid cooler. It is a better solution because it uses less space and cools faster and better than the fans.
The Cooler Master CPU Liquid cooler does not make noise and delivers an excellent performance. The ease of installing this 120mm radiator cooler makes it the favourite of all PC assembling enthusiasts. This cooler comes with an enhanced RGB lighting feature should anyone like to have lighting effects in their system.
The cooler has a dual chamber pump with RGB to isolate the heater coolant and maximise the cooling performance of the processor. The presence of the custom designed low resistance radiator allows for a higher flow rate. It enhances the heat efficiency exchange performance thereby ensuring high-quality cooling at all times.
This cooler maintains the perfect balance of airflow and air pressure to exhaust the air from the system through its fins. Also, it has air balance fans that use a silent driver IC to reduce the fan clicks and vibrations.
The FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) tubing is a flexible one while being strong all the way. The tubing has a sleeved look to make it attractive. The RGB fan helps in circulating the exhaust air from the machine.
The silent cooling fan technology uses sound absorbing rubber pads to ensure there is no noise whatsoever. The smart fan sensor protects the appliance from jamming due to accidental entangling of wires. In many ways, this cooler is a necessity to ensure a fantastic gaming experience on your PC.
What games can this PC run?
This gaming PC comes with excellent configurations. It should enable you to play all the latest online games comfortably.
Nevertheless, you can play a variety of other action-packed games on this PC. They include,
We have listed only a few games that come with ray tracing. Apart from the games listed above, this PC configuration will allow you to play almost every game available on the internet.
Alternative AMD Configurations – Budget could increase.
When you can afford to spend up to Rs 1 lakh to construct the best gaming PC, you should not mind spending some amount more to get the best out of the gaming PC.
Replacing the Intel Core CPU and compatible motherboard with its AMD counterpart can enhance performance levels. However, it could also push up pricing. Let us look at the best AMD alternatives available on the market.
CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 2700 CPU
As it is the Intel Core i5 9400F is an excellent CPU. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 should be an ideal replacement. However, if you can purchase the AMD Ryzen 7 2700, there is nothing like it because this CPU is decidedly superior to the 9th gen Intel Core i5 9400F.
A glance through the specifications shows that the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 comes equipped with eight cores, as compared to the i5 9400F that features six cores. Besides, the multi-threading feature ensures that this processor is better.
The 2nd generation AMD Ryzen CPU comes with a triple cache with the L3 cache capable of accommodating up to 16MB. In contrast, the i5 9400 comes with a 9MB cache. Therefore, AMD Ryzen displays a much faster performance.
On the RAM front, both the processors are equally placed because they can accommodate a maximum of 128GB DDR4 RAM with speeds up to 2933MHz.
This processor features the Wraith Spire LED cooler that displays colour-controlled illumination and excellent thermal performance. The best aspect of this advanced CPU is that it comes updated with the new X470 and B450 chipsets.
The AMD StoreMI technology enhances the system’s responsiveness while speeding up the boot and loading times. It also ensures excellent file management. The AMD SenseMI technology accelerates the system performance to an entirely different level.
The AMD Ryzen Master Utility feature allows the system to overclock freely, thereby unleashing the processor’s true potential.
The unlocked processor comes with a base clock frequency of 3.2GHz and a Max Boost of 4.1GHz. Thus, this processor ranks as one of the fastest among its peers. The TDP rating of 65W makes it one of the most efficient CPUs in its pricing range.
Motherboard – Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming AMD AM4
Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming AMD AM4 motherboard is a powerful component that should enhance your gaming experience to never-before achieved levels. These motherboards come with AM4 sockets that are ready for the 3rg generation AMD Ryzen processors.
The unique aspect of this motherboard is the inclusion of a feature that is available in the higher-end version ROG Strix X570 gaming series. It is the latest PCIe 4.0 compatibility. This motherboard comes with excellent cooling features while saving considerable power at the same time.
It boasts of futuristic aesthetics that give you a head start on your dream game builds.
This motherboard comes with excellent connectivity options like ProCool Power Connector, AM4 socket for 3rd gen AMD Ryzen processors, Multi-GPU support, 12+2 Power stages, DDR4, and two M.2 sockets.
Besides providing the best connectivity options, this motherboard offers lightning-fast data transfers and audio enhancement facilities for a completely immersive gaming experience.
The Onboard 2.5Gb Ethernet feature gives a boost to your wired connections with speeds up to 2.5 times quicker than the standard connections, thereby enabling high-speed file transfers, high-resolution video streaming, and lag-free gaming.
The SupremeFX audio technology ensures pristine audio. It also features AI Noise-cancelling microphones that allow you to communicate with your friends seamlessly while playing.
All these features and more make this motherboard one of the most advanced in its niche. It should be the ideal companion for the AMD Ryzen 7 2700 CPU.
However, this combination could shoot the pricing up by nearly 15% to 20%. One should not mind the increase because of the higher level of excitement and satisfaction they get.
We have discussed every possible component that you need for assembling a gaming PC. You can also purchase a UPS system if you experience power cuts frequently in your area. It will protect your PC from damage.
Using these components, you will be able to assemble your gaming PC. Since we are building a Entry Level 4K and VR-compatible Gaming PC, you should have the VR display system. It is, after all, an optional attachment as you can still play your regular games with this computer configuration.