Most mainstream gaming PCs are aimed at 1080p 60 FPS. Graphics card manufacturers and OEMs may be touting 4K capable hardware, but for the average gamer, FHD is the most logical and affordable choice. For the same reason, most of our PC build guides focus on 1080p gaming with the higher-end ones capable of delivering 100+ FPS in eSports titles. In this post, we’ll show you how to build the best gaming PC under the 40K mark in India without making any compromises in quality or performance.
Best Budget CPU for Gaming: Intel Core i3-9100F
Price: Rs. 6,000 (Link)
|Cores/Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||Cache||TDP||Memory Support|
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Intel’s lower-end 9th Gen CPUs are actually quite competitive when it comes to gaming performance. The Core i3-9100F is a quad-core CPU lacking an iGPU like most Intel chips. However, a boost clock of 4.2GHz and strong IPC delivers frame rates north of 100 FPS in most games. That’s more than what your graphics card will render, so don’t worry about a CPU bottleneck. Just a reminder, the 9th Gen i3 is comparable to the 6th and 7th Gen i7 flagships. All three are quad-core parts based on the Skylake core.
Best Budget Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB
Price: Rs. 16,500 (Link)
|Connectors||1 x 6-pin|
The GeForce GTX 1660 is arguably the best graphics card for 1080p gaming. While the 1660 Super is capable of running most games at 1440p, it’s slightly out of our budget and to be fair, you probably won’t need it. Based on the Turing architecture, although it lacks hardware-level ray-tracing, it still packs quite a punch when it comes to mainstream gaming, averaging 75+FPS in Battle Royale titles like PUBG.
Best Budget Motherboard: Asus TUF H310 Plus Gaming
Price: Rs. 6,250 (Link)
|CPUs Supported||8th & 9th Gen Intel|
|Memory||2 x DIMM, Max. 32GB @ Up to 2666MHz|
|PCIe||1 x PCIe 3.0 x16|
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
|Storage||4 x SATA 6Gb|
1 x M.2 Socket 3
|USB Ports||4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) |
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s)
ASUS’ TUF lineup has some of the best gaming components you’ll find on the market. With a sturdy build and slick design, the TUF H310 gaming motherboard strikes the right balance between price and quality. It’s the perfect board for both the Core i3-9100F as well as the Core i5-9400F. With support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM @ 2666MHz via two DIMMs, a PCIe x16 slot for a dedicated GPU, 4 SATA ports and an NVMe, it should be sufficient for all your devices.
Best Memory for 40K INR Build: Adata XPG Flame 8GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
Price: Rs. 2,850 (Link)
Unlike AMD’s Ryzen chips, the Intel Coffee Lake processors aren’t sensitive to memory, so there’s no need to splurge for an expensive kit. The Adata XPG flame has been tested to run at 2666MHz which is the upper limit for the Core i3. There’s no need to go with dual-memory in case of an Intel as the performance boost usually isn’t as pronounced. Regardless, if you feel strongly about it you may add another 8GB DIMM.
Power Supply: Corsair CX450
Price: Rs. 3,430 (Link)
The Corsair CX series is one of the best budget power supplies in the market. It’s not modular but does come with Bronze certification which is more than what you can ask for at this price point.
Cabinet: Antec NX300
Price: Rs. 3,330 (Link)
Antec has some really pretty cases in the entry-level and budget segments. Most of these cabinets come with RGB, a tempered glass side-panel and a gorgeous design- just what we need for out 40K gaming build.
Storage: Adata Ultimate SU650 240GB M.2
Price: Rs. 2,350
In most of our builds, we suggest an SSD for the OS and a bulky HDD for all your games and movies. But, in this case, we don’t have the luxury to go with both. However, we won’t be making a compromise when it comes to performance and will go with the ADATA Ultimate SU650, a fast NVMe drive. It should be sufficient for the first few months but after that, you’ll need a larger storage device.
Summary: Best Gaming PC Build Under Rs. 40,000
|CPU||Intel Core i3-9100F||Rs. 6,000|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660||Rs. 16,500|
|Motherboard||ASUS TUF gaming 310-Plus||Rs. 6,250|
|Memory||Adata XPG Flame 8GB||Rs. 2,850|
|SSD||Adata Ultimate SU650 240GB M.2||Rs. 2,350|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX450||Rs. 3,430|
|Case||Antec NX300||Rs. 3,330|