Entry Level Gaming PC guide for 2017

With the release of the RX and GTX 10 series of GPU’s from AMD and Nvidia, and also the release of the Kaby Lake Pentiums it’s a great time to be a PC gamer. Gone are the days when you had to fork astronomical sums on the tower itself to just barely get the games running. Today’s we aim to take advantage of this generation of GPU’s to bring to you guys a PC that can not only match the performance of the PS4 and Xbox 1 now but also sometimes surpass it. So let’s begin

NOTE: Techarx is not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned below and the recommendations are based on the comprehensive knowledge and expereince of the Techarx team itself. Pricing used in this build is as of time of publication

Processor

Intel G4560 Pentium Dual Core

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This processor was chosen over the evergreen FX 6300. The FX series is 4 years old. It’s a 32 nm CPU with a massive TDP and outdated PCIe support. Until Ryzen 3 comes, for a new budget build Intel is the only option. Plus you can switch to an i5 or i7 if you want to in the near future.

The PENTIUM DUAL CORE G4560 is a 2 core 4 thread CPU. It will go well with our GPU of choice and will provide a solid performance in games and overall day to day workflow

Motherboard

ASUS PRIME B250M-K

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This is a solid Entry level Kabylake board. It has good onboard GPU, USB 3, 1 full-length PCIe 3.0 slot and 2 DDR4 slots with support up to 32 GB of RAM at 2400mhz. It can also support all other sky lakes/kaby lakes if you want to upgrade

Memory (RAM)

Corsair Value 8gb DDR4 2133FSB

Its 2133 MHz rated DDR4 ram. 8gb is a must for gaming today and it’s quite cheap as well. Going over 2133mhz is really not ideal as it would be a waste of money since the motherboard itself supports only 2133mhz Ram . 1 stick was chosen over a dual channel for the sake of upgradability.

Storage

WD Blue 1TB Mechanical Hard Drive 

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The classic WD Blue drive. It has decent speed and has space to get you started. You can store most of your new steam purchases on this drive easily. SSD is really not recommended in this budget by skipping a Mechanical Drive

Graphics Processing Unit ( GPU )

SAPPHIRE  RADEON RX 470 4GB

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The RX 470 is a great card for its price, offering great performance in Triple-A as well as E-sports Titles at 1080p or Under. Its performance is comparable to the reference GTX 970 and its older brother the RX 480 4gb. It will take care of all your 1080p or under gaming with/above console equivalent settings at or near 60 fps. A very good spot to start your PC gaming journey.

Case

Cooler Master Elite 311

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Elite 311, the successor of  Elite 310, with improved PSU placement for better cooling, it supports microATX and ATX motherboards, built with a modern black design body and multi-color frame on the front panel. This case maintains Elite’s pedigree of compact-sized and quality build that would look great in any space.

Power Supply (PSU)

Corsair CX 430 

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This PSU is perfect for our build. It’s affordable, quiet and has decent build quality. This System will never use anywhere near 430 watts, plus there is no Overclocking capacity at all since we are using a non-OC capable board and a locked SKU.

Conclusion

So here you go, a tower for ₹ 40,000 (₹ 40704 for this build to be exact) which can play all the latest and greatest and upcoming titles at High to Ultra settings at 50 to 60 fps at 1080p.

What would a slightly higher budget get me today?

An SSD would be a much welcome upgrade at a slightly higher price point. Even though it adds nothing to a game’s performance, it does help out in reducing load times for all applications installed on it. A better CPU, say an i5 would also be a welcome upgrade. A better PSU is also a noteworthy upgrade.

With the reduction in the price of 1080p capable hardware in recent times, it’s really a good time to build your first PC and enjoy the many benefits of the PC gaming ecosystem. We will revisit this build in few weeks times when the Budget Ryzen CPUs launch and see how they stack up against the highly acclaimed budget king of Kaby Lake.