With the GPU market returning a bit to normalcy after the Bitcoin craze that had GPUs out of stock for months on end, the coming few months is a great time to build a new PC. Since new GPUs come out, the older ones are going to get a price cut and the same goes for CPUs. However, with Intel’s recent price hike let’s take a look at what Rs 60,000 can get you in the current Indian market. Prices for parts were taken from Amazon, Primeagbg, Vedant Computers, and MD Computers. This list does not feature peripherals like keyboards, monitors and mice and focuses on the main system only. Always make sure to check from offline retailers as well as they can be cheaper at times.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | Rs 12,700
The AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is a 6 core/12 thread CPU that runs at a stock speed of 3.2Ghz with a max boost clock of 3.6Ghz. This CPU is a multitasking beast and can handle almost any game thrown at it. It’s a great CPU that won’t even bottleneck a GTX 1080 at higher resolutions and will give you a minimum smooth 60fps experience. Plus, if you want to stream or render videos this CPU will do it amazingly well. Oh, and it comes with a great stock cooler and an unlocked CPU which means you can overclock your CPU to even 4.0Ghz if you have the proper voltage settings and if you get lucky with silicon lottery. All 1600s seem to hit 3.8Ghz when overclocked on all cores so there’s always the option to OC for more power.
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B350M-K | Rs.7,000
If you’re going with a Ryzen 5 CPU, you should always go for a B350 motherboard or better. While the cheapest B350 board will get the job done, a decent one would help you achieve better overclocks and have an overall better standard of quality. The Asus Prime B350m-K supports up to 3200Mhz of 32GB RAM in dual channel which is more than what you’ll need at this budget. It’s got m.2 support, USB 3.0 and everything you’ll need in a motherboard at this price point.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz | Rs.5,800 OR The Cheapest 2400Mhz 8GB RAM available
While the Corsair Vengeance LPX is a great RAM chip, you should get the cheapest one you can find that’s from a known company like Kingston, Corsair or G.Skill. Getting a single stick of 8GB RAM that’s clocked at 2400Mhz is the best choice as it does two things. First, it opens up a future upgrade path to add another 8GB stick to run in dual channel for a total of 16GB RAM. The other is that 2400Mhz is a pretty great sweet spot and while Ryzen CPUs do like higher clocked RAM, at this budget you really can’t go wrong with 2400 Mhz. If you’ve got the budget, by all means, get faster RAM but if you can’t this will do the job well.
PSU: Corsair CX550/TX 550M | Rs 4,400/Rs 5,500
Do not cheap out on this option. That VS 550 looks cheap and tempting but don’t go for it unless you like living dangerously and don’t care if your PC gets screwed up because of India’s great power problems. The Corsair CX550(grey variant) and the TX550M are great PSUs that will provide your system with enough power even if you decide to overclock both the GPU and CPU and are part of the top 3 tiers in the PSU tier list.
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 Zotac AMP | Rs.24,400
The GPU is a Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB which will work great for 1080p gaming and even for a little bit of 1440p gaming. It should have no issues running modern AAA titles at 60fps on high settings. It’s usually the recommended card for most recent games to play at 1080p high. The Zotac AMP version has a dual fan setup that will keep your GPU cool while also looking good in your case and it’s also quite budget friendly.
HDD: WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM | Rs.3,170
This will be your primary storage for the time being and should be enough to store your games and OS. While an SSD for the boot drive would be better, that’s a good future upgrade once you have the funds. It’s got good read and write speeds and while it won’t be as fast as an SSD, it’s still a quick HDD.
Case: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 | Rs 3,550
The Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 is a very modern case. It features a clean front finish, a gorgeous transparent side panel, a PSU shroud, good space for cable management and has good airflow for a case in this budget. The case isn’t over the top but still manages to look elegant and stylish.
Total: Rs 61,020
While we went just Rs 1k over budget, you could very easily stay under the budget if you decided to opt for a cheaper case or RAM or Motherboard. Do not cheap out on the PSU no matter what you do though. This build will run everything you throw at it and is also quite good at running emulators like RPCS3 and Dolphin. In terms of productivity, it will satisfy your needs quite well. There’s also a good upgrade path available for people who go with this build. Add an SSD as your boot drive and you’ll feel that your PC is snappier and faster than ever. Not to mention, an additional 8GB of RAM can be added for a total of 16GB which means you can open all the chrome tabs you want.
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