If you want to build a gaming PC, early 2021 might not be the best time to do it because the CPU and GPU prices are extremely inflated due to chip shortages. However, if you still want to go ahead and build a gaming PC with a budget of around ₹75,000, we have made your job a bit easier. We have extensively researched all the PC components, including the CPU, GPU, motherboard, RAM, storage, case, power supply, and cooling, and shortlisted the best ones so that you don’t have to spend your time researching again.
Best Gaming PC Build Under ₹70,000
We wanted to fit in a CPU that has a relatively newer architecture, at least four cores, multithreading. In terms of GPU, it is a bare minimum in 2021 to have a GPU that is powerful enough to run games at 1080p resolution and more than 60fps at medium to high settings. There were plenty of motherboard options, but we preferred the one that has at least four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, at least one USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, and an optical port for multichannel audio.
In terms of memory, while 8GB is enough right now, it would be better to futureproof the PC and get 16GB RAM. SSDs have become extremely affordable, and you can now buy a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD for fast booting, installing and running games, and opening heavy apps. For the power supply, we preferred at least 650W, a fully-modular design, and an 80+ certification. Due to the limited budget, we spent the lowest on the PC case, but we made sure that you can get a decent-looking case with a tempered glass side panel to show off your RGB stuff in the future.
AMD is killing it right now in the CPU segment with its Ryzen 5000 series processors. It is ahead of Intel in both single-threaded and multi-threaded performance. It is winning in gaming as well as productivity tasks. The launch of new Ryzen CPUs means that prices of previous-generation processors have dropped, and we were able to find an excellent CPU for your PC build. The Ryzen 5 3500X uses the Zen 2 architecture and has six cores and 12 threads. It even uses the 7nm process, which means it is great in power efficiency as well. It also comes with a cooler (Wraith Stealth) in the box. It is compatible with PCIe 4.0 and has a TDP of 65W. It is compatible with up to 128GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM in a dual-channel configuration.
It is a great CPU for a mid-range gaming PC build as it offers equally good gaming and productivity performance. We were initially settling for the Ryzen 5 3300X, but a sudden price drop of the Ryzen 5 3500X meant that we were able to fit a 6-core CPU in this PC build.
GPU – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super (₹22,000) / RTX 3060 (₹28,000)
This is where you’ll spend most of your money. Graphics cards are crazily expensive right now, and we wish that wasn’t the case, but it is what it is. You can either get the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super for around ₹22,000 or spend a bit more and buy the RTX 3060 for ₹28,000 (if you can get your hands on the graphics card). In most AAA games, you can get well over 60fps at Full HD 1080p resolution with the GTX 1660 Super.
If you manage to get your hands on the RTX 3060 at the suggested retail price, you can expect around 120fps in most games at high quality and Full HD resolution. At QHD settings, you can still get close to 100fps at high quality and QHD resolution. Heck, you can even consider playing games at 4K resolution and high settings and get playable frame rates. You can hook your PC to your 4K TV and experience 4K gaming.
Although 8GB RAM is enough, it is hard to find a pack of two 4GB sticks. Plus, we would recommend getting 16GB of DDR4 RAM for future-proofing your PC build. We were able to find 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz DDR4 RAM at just ₹3,200. You can buy two such RAM sticks for a total of 16GB RAM. That is good enough to hold a large AAA gaming title along with game streaming software in the memory without removing your everyday apps. And yes, we’ve not chosen an ARGB RAM stick because we think having more RAM is more important than RGB.
How cool are these times when one can find a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD for under ₹10,000? Pretty cool we would say. We were able to find the Crucial P1 1GB PCIe NVMe SSD for just ₹8,400. It has sequential read and write speeds of 2000MB/s and 1700MB/s, respectively. You can buy an additional 1TB or 2TB 7200RPM HDD at a later stage for less than ₹5,000 for storing movies and stuff.
Motherboard – ASRock B550M Steel Legend (₹12,300)
While most people would advise you to spend a little less on the motherboard, we advise spending a bit more on a motherboard. Better motherboards provide more stability, better firmware support, and features like a CLR CMOS button in case something goes wrong while overclocking or vertically mounting a GPU. In this case, we went with the ASRock B550M Steel Legend. It not only offers compatibility with Ryzen 5000 series CPUs for futureproofing but also has excellent build quality.
It has an integrated IO shield for easier mounting inside the case. In terms of IO, it has a PS/2 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 DisplayPort, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a 2.5Gbps LAN port, optical audio out port, and 5.1 channel gold-plated analog audio ports. It has 4 RAM slots, two M.2 slots (1 PCIe Gen4 x4 and 1 PCIe Gen3 x2), 6 SATA 3 ports, two ARGB headers, and two RGB headers. Additional features include a CLR CMOS button (which comes in really handy in some situations), a reinforced steel PCIe slot for added strength (needed for modern beefy GPS), a heatsink slot for the M.2 SSD, high-density power connectors, and ARGB lighting.
Case – SilverStone FARA R1 (₹3,500)
The SilverStone FARA R1 is a great case for the price. It is available in both black and white colours, which means you can go with the PC colour theme that you prefer. The front of the case is fully covered with mesh for higher air intake. There is a full-sized tempered glass panel on the left side, which means you can showcase your PC’s internals (and RGB stuff).
It can fit full-sized ATX motherboards and six fans (three 120mm or two 140mm fans at the front, one 120mm fan at the rear, and two 120mm or 140mm fans at the top). You can fit an AiO liquid cooler. If you mount the radiator at the front, you can fit up to 280mm radiator, but if you decide to fit the radiator at the top, you can go as high as 240mm. It also has one 3.5-inch HDD drive cage and four 2.5-inch drive cages.
At the front, there are two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 2.0 Type-A port, and a headphone/mic combo port for easily hooking up accessories and storage devices. There are fully removable dust filters at the top and bottom, which means it is easier to clean. The only thing we miss is a USB Type-C port at the front, but that is really nitpicking on our part, especially when our motherboard pick has no USB Type-C front panel header.
The Antel ARES AP650 is a great power supply unit for its price. It is a fully-modular PSU with 80+ Bronze certification and 650W power output. It has three 8-pin power supply ports for the GPU, four SATA/Molex ports, a 28-pin power supply port for the motherboard, and an 8-pin port for the CPU. It has more than enough power output to power the whole gaming PC build. Even if you upgrade to a beefier GPU a couple of years down the line, it would be able to handle the load.
To go with the white or black PC case (depending on which case colour you go with), you can go with Ant Esports’ SuperFlow 120 Auto RGB v2 ARGB fans. One fan is priced at ₹499, and buying three of them would cost around ₹1,500. Mount them at the front of the case for an excellent RGB look.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3500X||₹13,500|
|GPU||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super / Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060||₹20,000 / ₹28,000|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz DDR4 8GB x2||₹6,400|
|SSD||Crucial P1 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD||₹8,200|
|Motherboard||ASRock B550M Steel Legend||₹12,300|
|Case||SilverStone FARA R1||₹3,500|
|PSU||Antec ARES AP650 80 Plus Bronze||₹4,800|
|Fans (Optional)||3x Ant Esports SuperFlow 120 Auto RGB v2||₹1,500|
|Total||₹70,200 / ₹78,200|