Best Gaming PC Under 2 Lakh Rs
I just upgraded my desktop after a very long time. Not really gaming much, just occasionally with Consoles and the convenience of laptops for day to day activities ensured that I stayed away from desktops. Anyways everyone knows no laptop can stand a chance against the best PC builds ‘value for money’ wise.
All Parts used
After a gap of 15 years I’m finally building my performance PC on a budget ( yeah right ! ). Not a lot has changed really, the same manufacturers are still the only ones in the market like Nvidia, Intel, AMD and Radeon. But the new in-thing seems to be the over clockable features and RGB Lighting on everything which I just didn’t want to miss out on.
The main purpose of my PC will be for just occasional gaming, photo editing and video editing, Also I want my system to be very reliable and last me a long time so it shouldn’t get out of date soon, hence I didn’t really want to blow all my cash on a top of the line high-end system, just enough( like overclocking ) for my modest requirements . I’m not a big fan of frequent upgrades. This is why I chose an air cooler over an AIO cooler due to reliability issues of AIO coolers leaking water into the system. And over clocking would be done much later.
Cooler Master’s Hyper 212X air cooler
The Hyper 212X get’s the job done without any fuss. It’s silent and cools efficiently. It looses out only when you’re going to over clock the processor which I’m not going to do currently. The only part I probably didn’t like in my build was this, due to it’s abnormally huge size. But hey, it doesn’t leak !
Although my gaming is very limited and I would use it only for occasional video and photo editing I didn’t want to get out of date so soon. Hence the parts chosen were all over clockable, meaning if I were to ever find the need for more speed I can just go to the BIOS and overclock everything from the Processor to Graphics card and RAM’s too.
Intel Core i5 7600K. The K stands for the over clockable feature on this processor.
People might be fooled by the nomenclature of i5 and think this is just a push over CPU compared to the i7’s, not really ! Benchmarks show that there is not a lot of difference between Kaby Lake i5’s and the i7’s performance wise when it just comes to gaming and photo editing. i7 is only better when you’re going to do extensive video editing, so save some cash and put invest it on a better graphic card.
Talking about Graphics card, here comes the Muscle Power.
Asus Strix GTX 1070 8GB graphics card
You might say why not get the 1080 graphics card. Yes why not, but currently the 1070 can run any game at Ultra Settings without breaking a sweat. Also In future if you ever feel games are not running smoothly you can just add another 1070 graphics card since the mother board supports SLI.
Asus ROG Strix Z270E Motherboard
This is a very good motherboard with awesome looks and features to match it. Supports LGA 1151 socket and has cool heat shields and latest features such as Wifi and Bluetooth in-built. It also an on Board Supreme FX hardware which means no need of any external sound cards to boost your audio quality further. It support Aura’s latest RGB lighting so that you can have your LED’s plugged directly to your MB.
NZXT S340 Elite Case
It was a tough call between this case and the Corsair 570X which looked stunning. But I chose NZXT due to its flexibility and better cable management. Not to forget slightly cheaper price tag, not that it matter’s now really. The S340 Elite comes with a tempered glass, 2 dust filters and 2 case fan’s in-built.
G.Skill Tridentz RGB 16 GB DDR4 RAM
This is a blazing fast 3600 Mhz RAM and the RGB LED looks stunning too. My kid and myself just love it. Enough said.
Samsung 250 EVO SSD
This is a 250 GB SSD which is blazing fast and excellent for fast boot times for windows and loading games.
For normal data storage I got the tried and tested 1 TB Seagate Barracuda.
Corsair RM650x PSU
This is a gold certified PSU and is more than capable enough of powering my system even if over clocked or adding a second GPU.
This little thing controls all the RGB wizardry inside my cabinet. Their CAM software is riddled with bugs but I can see frequent updates from their side to address every issue, so that’s promising. The LED strips are magnetic and my case is metal, so that’s a huge plus.
I needed one whole day to complete my build since I was doing it very slowly and carefully to avoid any breakage and taking pics as well. Ideally 6-7 hours would be enough for a complete build for a novice. I only had a tough time fitting the air cooler bracket into the motherboard and then hooking on the air cooler to the bracket and screwing it in place.
Here are some pics of the complete Build.