Best Gaming PC Build Under ₹1 Lakh in India (2021)
If you’re searching for the best gaming PC build under ₹1 lakh this might not be the best time to buy it due to the ongoing chip shortage and inflated prices. However, if you still want to go ahead, this is the article you were looking for. Building a gaming PC is once in a lifetime dream for many gaming enthusiasts. Unfortunately, this dream doesn’t come cheap, especially due to increased PC part prices. In this article, we will help you in building a gaming PC that is powerful enough to drive graphics-intensive games at more than 120fps at 1080p resolution. However, it is possible only if you choose the parts carefully.
Nowadays, many people spend money on the looks of the PC and buy RGB lighting and accessories rather than spending more on critical parts. Well, we aren’t going to do that mistake. We have compiled a list of parts that are focused only on providing the best performance for the price. In fact, there is only one component in the whole build that has RGB lighting. Fortunately, you can turn that RGB lighting off for a full non-RGB look.
Best Gaming PC Build Under ₹1 Lakh: Parts List
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10400F||₹15,350|
|Motherboard||ASRock B460M Pro4||₹8,100|
|RAM||Corsair VENGEANCE LPX 16GB (8GB x 2) DDR4 3000MHz||₹6,450|
|Storage||Kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe SSD 500GB||₹5,050|
|Graphics card||ASUS Dual Radeon RX 6600 XT OC Edition 8GB GDDR6||₹60,000|
|PSU||Antec HCG750 Bronze Series 750 Watt Fully Modular||₹6,500|
|Case||SilverStone FARA R1||₹3,450|
|CPU Cooler||ARCTIC Freezer 34||₹3,299|
Also Read: Best Gaming PC Build Under ₹70,000 (2021)
The most crucial component of a gaming PC is its graphics card. After all, it is what drives the games. So, the majority of our budget in this build is going to go to the GPU. Sure, the gaming performance also depends on the CPU and memory but those components don’t contribute to the gaming performance as much as a GPU does. So, we aren’t going to spend much on other components. That being said, rest assured, our cost-cutting will not bottleneck the build in any way. So, let us get into the build without wasting any more time.
Graphics Card: ASUS Dual Radeon RX 6600 XT OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 (₹60,000)
The AMD Radeon RX 6000 series and the Nvidia RTX 3000 series are the latest gaming GPU lineups in the market and they are significantly faster than their predecessors. So, one thing is clear that we are going to opt for the latest GPU even though they are costly, and we are going to cut down on the budget of other components.
Now, considering that we have got only ₹1,00,000, we had to look for the entry-level models, which happen to be the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT and Nvidia RTX 3060. Now, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT is the cheaper one, at least in India. Fortunately, it is also faster. The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT has 8GB GDDR6 memory and it beats the RTX 3060 in rasterization performance, which is what we are concerned with. So, it was a no-brainer to go with the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT.
The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT can run many AAA game titles at more than 120fps at 1080p resolution and highest graphics settings. These titles include Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige, DOOM Eternal, Death Stranding, Hitman 2, Resident Evil 3, and F1 2020. It can also run the heaviest of the games, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Cyberpunk 2077 at more than 60fps at 1080p resolution with max graphics quality.
Owing to the semiconductor shortage, however, it is hard to find this (or any other) graphics card in stock. Fortunately, we found the ASUS Dual ASUS Dual Radeon RX 6600 XT OC Edition 8GB GDDR6 in stock on EasyShoppi for ₹60,000. It is possible that the GPU will go out of stock from this online store by the time you read the article. However, from what we’ve gathered, you will be able to find the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT in stock at other online and offline stores for almost the same price.
CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F (₹15,350)
With the graphics card taking 60% of our budget, we have to spend money on the CPU wisely. Now, the most affordable processor from team red that is currently on sale and the one that is in stock in India is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and it costs somewhere around ₹22,000. As for the most affordable option from team blue, we have the Intel Core i5-10400F and you can get it for ₹15,350. Both the CPUs have a similar performance in terms of gaming. So, we’ll go with the Intel Core i5-10400F and save some money to spend on other components in the build.
Note that you can find the Intel Core i5-8700 and Intel Core i5-9700 for a lesser price than the Intel Core i5-10400F even though those CPUs have faster performance. So, you might be asking why aren’t we going with those processors. Well, Intel has discontinued motherboards for the 8th generation and 9th generation CPUs. So, we will not be able to find a motherboard for those processors. Hence, we went with the Intel Core i5-10400F. The same goes for the ones from AMD. While there is the cheaper AMD Ryzen 3100 and Ryzen 3300X, those processors aren’t in stock anywhere.
Motherboard: ASRock B460M Pro4 (₹8,100)
While motherboards for the Intel Core i5-10400F can be found for as low as ₹5,000, we wanted to get one that has four RAM slots and two M.2 SSD slots so that you can expand the memory and storage in the future. Now, the most affordable motherboard to fulfil these requirements is the ASRock B460M Pro4. It costs ₹8,100 and packs quality components, something that we need for the longevity of the build.
Fortunately, the ASRock B460M Pro4 also offers a heatshield for one M.2 SSD slot which will save us some money when it comes to storage. The motherboard also features a USB Type-C port, which will give you the flexibility to connect a USB Type-C cable to your PC directly without spending extra money on adapters. That is not all though, there is an M.2 (Key E) slot as well; it will allow you to add a Wi-Fi module in the future.
The most interesting feature of the ASRock B460M Pro4, however, is the Base Frequency Boost (BFB). And what does it do? Well, before we discuss that, you should know that Intel offers overclocking only with the K-series processors, such as Intel Core i5-10600K. The ASRock’s BSB technology, however, allows you to overclock non-K processors as well, such as the Core i5-10400F. Therefore, it allows you to get the most out of your CPU.
RAM: Corsair VENGEANCE LPX 16GB (8GB x 2) DDR4 3000MHz (₹6,450)
When it comes to choosing memory for your PC, the first thing you need to consider is the capacity. Now, according to tests from popular YouTube channels, 8GB RAM is the bare minimum to carry out day-to-day tasks without any hiccups. However, it might not be enough if you decide to play graphics-intensive games. The next option is to go for a 16GB RAM capacity. Now, that strikes a perfect balance between price and performance. With 16GB of RAM onboard, you will be able to play the heaviest of the games along with a few applications in the background without any performance issues.
The next thing you need to consider is the RAM speed. The DDR4 memory starts from 2,166MHz and goes all the way up to 4,400MHz. If you buy RAM which has a lower speed than what your CPU supports, you will not be able to utilise the processor to its full potential. Similarly, if you opt for RAM that is faster than what your CPU supports, you will not see any performance improvements (unless you overclock the memory using Z-series motherboards). So, the best way, at least in our case, is to go for the maximum RAM speed that is supported by the Intel Core i5-10400F, which is 2,666MHz.
Now, here’s some interesting. While we were hunting for memory, we found that 3,000MHz memory sticks are being sold for a price that is lower than what the 2,666MHz modules cost. Since it doesn’t hurt to get faster memory, we decided to go for 3,000MHz RAM sticks and also save some money. The cheapest 3,000MHz RAM we came across was the Corsair VENGEANCE LPX. A single 8GB stick ₹3,225, which means that getting 16GB will set you back by ₹6,450. It is worth mentioning that the Corsair VENGEANCE LPX comes with a heat-spreader for optimal thermal performance.
Storage: Kingston A2000 NVMe PCIe SSD 500GB (₹5,050)
When it comes to storage, you can either go for a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid-state drive (SSD). While an HDD is more affordable compared to an SSD, it is also very slow and very unreliable. So, we think that spending extra money on an SSD is totally worth it. Having decided to go for an SSD, there are two options to choose from; you can either go for a SATA SSD or an NVMe SSD. The latter is almost three times faster while being only 10% to 15% costlier. So, it makes sense to choose an NVMe SSD.
Since we are tight on budget, we have to settle for a 500GB SSD. It will be enough for you to store all the basic applications and a few games. In case you run low on storage in the future, you can expand it with the help of the second M.2 slot. In our case, we went with the Kingston A2000 NVMe with four PCIe lanes. With a price tag of ₹5,050, it has 2,200MB/s read and 2,000MB/s write speed, which makes opening applications and transferring data a breeze.
The first thing you need to consider when choosing a power supply unit (PSU) is the power requirement of your PC. Now, considering the power consumption of the Intel Core i5-10400F and the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, a 500W power supply with an efficiency of more than 80% should be enough. However, to be on the safer side, you should always get a PSU that offers slightly more power than what your PC needs. So, going for a 550W, 600W, or 650W power supply is a wise choice.
The next thing you need to consider is the modularity of the power supply. You have three options to choose from, non-modular, semi-modular, and fully modular. And what is the difference between the three? Well, a non-modular power supply has all the cables attached to it permanently, which means that you can’t get rid of the cables that aren’t going to be used for the build and this will create a clutter of unused wires in your system and that makes your PC look ugly.
A fully modular power supply, on the other hand, doesn’t have any cables attached to it. You can connect only those cables to it which are required for building the PC. This way, you can reduce the wire clutter in your system. A semi-modular power supply is a combination of non-modular and fully-modular designs. It comes with a few cables attached to it permanently (the ones that are absolutely required) while other cables can be connected to it as the need arises.
While a fully modular power supply is slightly costlier than non-modular and semi-modular ones, we think that it is worth the extra money as a fully modular power supply will make it easier for your to build the PC and also reduce the wire clutter inside your system. Believe us, it is a huge relief. You will thank us later. Oh, by the way, you should always check reviews of power supplies before buying one just to be sure that it doesn’t suffer from any major power instability or fire hazard issues.
Now, the cheapest fully modular power supply that offers 550W or a higher amount of power is the Antec HCG750; it costs ₹6,500. As the name suggests, it has 750W power output. That is more than what we require but extra power never hurts. Plus, you can hook up a more power-hungry GPU to it in the future if you want to. The Antec HCG750 is 80 Plus Bronze certified and that is a plus point. Moreover, various reviews show that the power supply performs well under heavy load and doesn’t suffer from any critical issues.
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 (₹3,299)
The Intel Core i5-10400F comes bundled with a CPU cooler. It should be enough to keep the temperature of the processor in check. However, that would be the case in regions where the weather isn’t too hot. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with India. Here, the weather at most places is hot and humid. So, the chances are that the bundled CPU cooler won’t provide enough cooling to the Core i5-10400F. This is why we felt the need to go for an aftermarket cooler.
Since we are tight on budget, we have to go for an entry-level or mid-range air cooler. We could also go for an entry-level liquid cooler by spending about 25% extra money but there is no sense in spending extra when an air cooler can get the job done. With that being said, we wanted to go for a well-known air cooler, one that has been tested and has no major issues. The most affordable one meeting our criteria is the ARCTIC Freezer 34. It costs ₹3,299 and is capable of keeping the Intel 10400F cool under intense loads. You also get a thermal paste with it. So, no need to spend extra money on that.
Case: SilverStone FARA R1 (₹3,450)
There are a ton of PC cases in the market which makes choosing the best one quite a hectic task. Well, fortunately, we are here to do the heavy lifting for you. Our main goal when choosing a PC case was to get one that has good ventilation so that the CPU and GPU get enough air to breathe. The second thing we wanted you to have was two USB Type-A 3.0 ports at the front so that you can transfer data from one storage drive to another quickly. After all, it is something that people do quite often.
The most affordable PC case to match our requirements was the SilverStone Fara R1. With a price tag of ₹3,450, it has a mesh panel at the front with support for three 120mm fans. Additionally, you can install a total of three fans at the top and the rear. So the airflow is sorted. Then there are two USB Type-A ports at the front, just like we wanted. Fortunately, it also has a PSU cover for a neat and clean look on the outside. So, that’s a bonus.
Case Fans (Optional): Ant Esports SuperFlow 120 Kit ARGB
Ideally, you should install adequate cooling fans in your PC case for high air intake and exhaust so that your CPU and GPU get enough ventilation. However, since we are tight on budget, we just can’t spare money on additional fans right now. Does that mean the CPU and the GPU would run hot due to the lack of ventilation? Yes, they will. However, the thermal performance of the CPU and GPU won’t be alarming even without fans. That being said, if you can spare some money on fans in the near future, you should definitely buy a couple of them. We recommend the three-fan kit from Ant Esports, the Ant Esports SuperFlow 120 Kit ARGB. These fans have decent cooling performance and even come with ARGB lighting. You can turn of lighting for our non-RGB gaming PC look.
Now that you know which products to buy and from where, the first thing would be to acquire all the parts. However, do check the prices of all the products on various websites and even offline stores before buying. It is possible that you might get a few products for a cheaper price at offline stores compared to online stores. We experienced this during our all-white gaming PC build.
Once you get all the parts, the next step would be to educate yourself on how to build a PC, in case you haven’t built one in the past. The best to do that is to watch PC building videos on YouTube from popular channels like Gamers Nexus, JayZ Two Cents, and Linus Tech Tips.
With all that said, we hope our article was helpful to you in building a gaming PC for around ₹1 lakh. If you like our guide and if you would like us to bring more such content, follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter handles, and do reach out to us in the comments below.