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How to build a budget gaming rig.

Updated on November 10, 2012

Hello there people! I'm writing this hub right now because I just bought an awesome gaming computer for my son. While most of the gaming rigs cost more than Rs.50000, I built mine for just Rs.27,500. So if you're a person searching for an Alienware, this is not the right place for you. But for the budget gamers, you've come to the right place. Don't you wanna know how to make a gaming rig for under Rs.27000? Read through.

I recently bought a computer for my son. He said he wanted to play all of the latest games. So I decided to buy him a gaming PC. At first I thought gaming PCs would be just like the other PCs, but I was wrong. They cost a huge amount and I was disappointed that I promised my son because I didn't have that much money on me. But nevertheless, I decided to assemble one gaming PC just for him. Assembling a PC might be a tedious process, but I’m hoping that will become more interesting after this hub.

Intel Core i3-2120
Intel Core i3-2120

The first thing that I did was check out all the best configurations possible from computer magazines like CHIP and Digit. Then from those configurations I took the part that fitted my budget. Like that, I kept going on and on and on until I found the right configuration.

And finally here is my configuration:

Intel Core i3-2120 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Processor
ASUS P8H61-M-LX Motherboard
Transcend DDR3 8 GB RAM
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB HDD
Nvidia 9500 GT 1 GB DDR2
Acer 18.5’’ LED Monitor
LG DVD Writer/Drive
And the other components like mouse, keyboard, speakers and UPS.

Asus P8H61-M-LX
Asus P8H61-M-LX

I don’t know if you guys will believe me, but I got this whole thing done in under Rs.30,000. So I think it is a great deal keeping in mind the fact that this configuration can play most of the latest games in medium to high setting with Anti-Aliasing and vsync switched off. I have played the following games in this configuration:

Prototype 2
NBA 2K13
Sleeping Dogs
The Amazing Spiderman

The above games ran so smooth that I didn’t believe my eyes. I got an average of 30-35 fps for most of the games.

I always liked the Intel processor because they’re the best. I know this would spark a lot of criticism, but I’m gonna stick to what I feel. AMD processors are not worth it. They don’t perform as much as their Intel counterparts. Yes, AMD processors are a bang for your buck, but if you pay a little more you get a better processor from Intel. Here is the comparison between Intel Core i3-2120, which is a dual core processor, and the AMD FX-4100 processor, which is a quad core processor.

AMD FX-4100
AMD FX-4100

The i3-2120 performs way better than the FX-4100 in many categories, so that is why I chose the Intel Core i3 processor over the AMD variant. The motherboard is also a sweet performer. It is one of the cheapest LGA 1155 motherboard. But it doesn't act cheap. You can later put on an i5 or i7 processor in the same motherboard without changing the whole of your CPU. The monitor is also great. It gives rich and bright colors along with crisp images and flawless videos.

So, my advice for you people is read. Read all the tech magazines out there. They will help you decide which the best configuration possible for your budget is. As far as I’m concerned, I’m happy with my configuration. I can play many of the games with my son smoothly.


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      Aswin Rajeev 5 years ago from Cochin, India

      Thanks, MountainManJake.

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      MountainManJake 5 years ago from Seattle

      I built a pretty solid gaming rig using the AMD 4170 zambezi, an MSI 1GB dedicated card, MSI mobo, sandisk ssd with a seagate hdd back up. All together I only spent around 700 and this thing is a beast. If you build it yourself you save about 500 dollars. Good Hub!

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      Aswin Rajeev 5 years ago from Cochin, India

      Hey thanks, Rinat for your valuable feedback.

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      Rinat 5 years ago

      thanks for the article, i also got the same configuration of my pc and i built it myself too, im from Russia))

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      Aswin Rajeev 5 years ago from Cochin, India

      Thank you Gambit, for you rig and your feedback.

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      gambit 5 years ago

      you can't call your system a gaming system due to 2 majour reasons ... 1. processor card

      the processor you are using is out of its leage when it competes with the

      phenom x4 II

      the graphics card simply can't cope up anymore to the new games it is not direct x11 compactible I would suggest u change your graphocs card at least since it has aldready been 3 years i would recomrnd

      ati radon 6470 HD and add some ram (corsair vengeance or sniper fury) maybe 4 more gb...... any way nice try in building a pc...

      my config:

      amd phenom x6 II @ 3.4 ghz

      ati radon 6980 HD

      ram: corsair vengece 8gb x 2

      coolmaster x800

      amd chipset

      case zebronics bijli

      (all this cost me less than 30000) ;-)

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      Viykrant Baruah 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      no problem , was my pleasure :)

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      Aswin Rajeev 5 years ago from Cochin, India

      Thank you, Viykrant Baruah, for your gaming rig build. I bought my graphics card 3 years back and I didn't get a new one. But I can still play most of the games properly and medium settings.

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      Viykrant Baruah 5 years ago

      Umm to be honest this is not the best build , as ur graphics card isn't gonna last for anything especially if u play on the 1080p monitor n all the latest games at full graphics , what i would recommend are these-

      Intel Pentium G645- processor

      Asus P8 H61M LX- motherboard

      Corsair DDR3 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) PC RAM (CMV8GX3M1A1333C9)- ram but get two of them to make it 16gb of 1333mhz of ram

      Msi HD7770 OC Edition- Graphics card

      500gb Western Digital Cavair Blue- HDD

      LG 24x Dual Layer- optical drive

      Coolermaster Elite310 - the cabinet

      Corsair CX430 V2- power supply unit

      and the total will come somewhere around 27000-30000 inr

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      Aswin Rajeev 5 years ago from Cochin, India

      Thank you sujithbeta, for your valuable feedback. Your graphics card is a great one, and it has great reviews too.

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      Sreejith k 5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Nice Hub. Iam having an ati card hd 6670 by which iam able able to play all latest games smoothly

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      Aswin Rajeev 5 years ago from Cochin, India

      Thank you mathewsfacts, for your appreciation.

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      mathew rajan 5 years ago from ernakulam

      Very nice hub.i am also from kerala . Mathew rajan