Budget Gaming PC Component Guide
Let’s get things straight. You want to build a good gaming PC but you’re on a budget. You’ve probably heard that your friends have built an ultra-gaming PC using state of the art parts, but they have trust funds and daddy helps them out when they need it. Well, if you’re here it means you want a good gaming computer that can play all the new, but hefty games that have come out recently without tampering with your game’s requirements. A good balance of CPU and GPU power, along with high-end yet cost-effective parts in every category. Getting all the frames you can get per dollar you give out.
The team at Monsoon Gaming wants you to get the best bang for your buck possible. We recommend Intel’s Core i5-9600K, a six core powerhouse with the ability to overclock to 5GHz, if you’re interested in getting a good cooler. We have paired this with the awesome, and affordable GTX 1660ti with its customized technology power armour representing strong eSports power and spirit. I mean you can always get Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 2070 8GB model, but it’s an extra 150 bucks and I’m unsure you want to get in a scenario where you can’t take Becky out for a nice pizza dinner on a Friday night. Other things you’ll find on the build list is a 1TB 7200rpm drive and 8GB of high-speed RAM. The system is anchored with a 600W power supply unit and a hella’ good and affordable motherboard thanks to MSI. After all this, all you’ll need is a cool and hip case but that we’ll leave up to you when taking into consideration your style preferences.
Without further ado, this is our list of components needed to build a stable, modern and scalable gaming PC with lots of room for future upgrades:
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1660TI
EVGA is a respected brand for Nvidia graphics cards, and this model comes with a good factory overclock that you pay a bit extra for. Next to other GPUs, this one ends up as a solid offering, and it’s not too large or too power hungry to fit into most builds.
Besides the lack of bling, which can be either good or bad, depending on if you’re a show-off, there are a few things to pay attention to, like the video ports. You get one DVI-D, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort connector. There’s no Type-C VirtualLink connector, but that’s because Nvidia only supports it on the RTX 20-series GPUs. If you’re only using one display, you shouldn’t have any problems, but I like getting at least two DisplayPort connectors on midrange and above cards these days. The card runs quiet and looks nice/
Really and truly this isn’t the cheapest GPU you can buy, but if you’re an enthusiast who is willing to pay a bit more for a good boost in performance, with no fuss than this is a good fit for you.
Motherboard: MSI H310I Pro
While mini-ITX-compatible components come in at a premium, that doesn’t mean that budget-oriented builders can’t build a small-form-factor system.
The H310I Pro comes with support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, an M.2 slot that you can use to install an NVME SSD in, MSI’s storage-performance-boosting feature X-boost, and a steel-coated PCI-e lane to support heavier graphics cards.
However, it should be noted that the H310 chipset is pretty well stripped down. It doesn’t offer support for dual channel memory configurations and it doesn’t come with USB 3.1 Gen. 2 ports (it does have USB 3.1 Gen. 1 ports, though.) So, if those lack of features is a deal-breaker for you, you might want to check out the slightly more expensive B360 chipset motherboards.
Ultimately, if you’re working with a tight budget and you want to build a mini PC, your only real option would be to go with a Coffee Lake-based build, as there are no real affordable mini-ITX motherboard options available for 2nd generation Ryzen processors (although, for 1st generation Ryzen chipsets, like the B350 chipset, there are some more affordable mini-ITX options). And, of the ultra-affordable Intel-based mini-ITX motherboards out there, the H310I Pro is probably the best (and most affordable) option.
RAM: HyperX 8gb
If you are building a performance home or office PC that is future-proof, DDR4 is the right way to go along with the Intel’s Skylake architecture. This RAM is perfect for the enthusiasts, video/image editors and gamers, thanks to its ready to overclock heatsink. Sure, there are cheaper DDR4 RAM chips out in the market without the fancy heatsink, but those are only suitable for light computing tasks at home.
At Rs. 2600, the Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4 RAM is undoubtedly a value for money PC component you want for your high-performance PC.
PSU: Evga 600W
EVGA made quite an entry into the PSU market with their SuperNOVA line. Currently in the mainstream PSU category with two units, the 500B and 600B, EVGA is obviously also taking the mainstream market. One of the most important shares since its volume is the largest of them all, very seriously in an attempt to claim a big share of all PSU sales.
The EVGA 600B unit is 80 Plus Bronze certified, has a single +12V rail, a non-modular cabling design, and is equipped with two PCIe connectors, so it can feed up to two single PCIe-socketed VGAs or a single, double PCIe-socketed card, though a 600W unit should, in our opinion have four PCIe connectors. That said, EVGA probably didn’t want an internal competitor to their lower wattage SuperNOVA units. The 600B’s most notable asset, the same as for the lower capacity 500B unit, is its very good price at which it currently sells, making it one of the most affordable branded PSUs. Combine its affordable price with the three year warranty and you really have a worthwhile package that will easily attract many budget-oriented users.
CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K
The Core i5-9600K is a fantastic choice if you’re a gaming aficionado, and it’s massively more powerful than either of its Core i5 or Core i7 predecessors. It’s a match for AMD’s six-core CPUs too, despite the fact that they offer more threads, although they’re considerably cheaper.
The Core i5-9600K is an iterative update over the previous-gen model. But if you’re shopping for a new processor, it does provide enough of a performance improvement to merit attention. The processor clearly provides the best performance for gaming at its price point, though AMD alternatives are enticing if you’re more interested in productivity applications. Nevertheless, for pure gaming this is the one to go for!
Drive: Seagate BarraCuda 1TB
The Seagate BarraCuda 7200rpm is a 1TB internal desktop hard drive with a 64MB cache and a spin speed of 7200rpm. Seagate BarraCuda’s SATA 6Gb/s interface optimizes burst performance while Seagate Secure models offer hardware-based data security. While this hard drive’s best-fit applications include desktop or all-in-one PCs, home servers, and entry-level direct-attached storage devices this drive is very good value for money and serves its purpose undoubtedly.
It is a very fast 1TB hard drive that is totally a solid choice for a PC Gamer.