Computers (PCs) have become a necessity in today's world. You need it for
almost anything and everything ---from booking railway tickets to killing time,
either surfing on Google, or simply by killing some monsters in your favourite
It is only natural that a lot of people
look for a system that can cater to heavy tasks such as photo/video editing or
gaming. While the ideal system for such tasks can cost anywhere north of Rs.
50,000, the grim reality is that it is beyond the means of an average Indian.
Most of us have a budget of about Rs. 30,000 and getting a good PC in that
limit can be a daunting task.
So we decided to help you in this task and
help you build a PC for about Rs 30,000. While this build might not let you
experience smooth gameplay at 4K or render heavy files in a matter of minutes,
it will be able to provide a good starting point.
(Buy links for all the components have been
provided. Please note that the prices are subject to change and we do not
endorse any seller.)
First we must choose the heart of our
system, the processor. We decided to go with the AMD A8-7600 for our build. It
is a good quad core APU clocked at 3.1GHz and has the capability to be boosted
to 3.8GHz (although you would hardly need that in this case). One of the
primary reasons for choosing the AMD A8 7600 is that it has 6 GPU cores which
can deliver decent 720p gaming performance on their own without a graphics card.
So if you are not able to spend close to or more than 30k then this processor
can save you the trouble of buying a dedicated GPU for the moment. You can wait
and collect funds till you can afford a proper graphics card.
Link to Processor
Choosing the motherboard was relatively
easy as we had to find a motherboard that had a socket compatible with our
processor. Thus we have the Asus A68HM-K - DDR3 motherboard. It houses a
compatible FM2+ socket and has support for up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM. It can
support a RAM of up to 2400Mhz frequency so you have plenty of room for
Link to Motherboard
For starters 8GB of DDR4 RAM should be
enough and what better contender than the Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 RAM. We agree
that we could have chosen a cheaper option but the reliability we get in
exchange for a few hundred rupees is totally worth it. Plus it comes with a 10 year
warranty which is pretty sweet.
Link to RAM
To house all of this we have chosen the Zebronics
H2, ZEB-528B Gaming Cabinet. This cabinet fits well with our motherboard and
even looks rad (after all who does not want to look good). The biggest plus
point of this cabinet however is that it comes with a 450W power supply so you
save some cash. We agree that the SMPS is not of a great quality but it should
do. It also comes with a USB 3.0 port for high speed file transfer. You also
get dual 80mm fans for some extra cooling.
If you still feel the need to buy a separate
SMPS then you can get a separate 450W power supply from Zebronics.
Link to SMPS
A WD 1TB Blue hard disk is one of the best
bets in this price range as you get the assurance of a brand like Western
Digital and with 1TB of storage space you can save tons of movies, music, games
and all kinds of software.
Link to HDD
Now we come to an often forgotten part, the
DVD writer. Back when CDs were all the rage, this very component was valued
much. But with the advent of USB drives and connectivity options like Bluetooth
and Wi-Fi the use of disk drives has been reducing. It is still not obsolete
and every now and then you do need to burn a CD or install important software
through it. Thus we picked the LG GH24NSD1 Internal SATA DVD Writer.
Link to Optical Drive
Coming out of the cabinet we do need a
display to watch all the content for which we are building this PC. Since this
system is aimed for gaming at 720p we have selected the Samsung 18.5 Super Slim
LED Monitor. Even for editing and other things you can get by with a 1366X768
resolution. Plus the IPS panel with a viewing angle of 178 degrees makes for a
great multimedia absorbing experience.
Link to Monitor
We have not included any specific models
for this category as you can get these items from any manufacturer such as Logitech,
Intex, iBall, Quantum, Dell etc. You can get a keyboard and a mouse for a
combined cost of as low Rs. 500. So we shall let you decide on these.
As this build is already touching our 30k
limit, buying a GPU can become conditional,. As mentioned above if you feel
that you do not have enough money for a graphics card then processor is going
to be enough for a lot of situations. But if you do wish to get a dedicated GPU
then we present you with three choices.
First is the Zotac Nvidia GT 730 1GB GDDR5
edition. This GPU coupled with the rest of the hardware should deliver decent
performance even while handling the latest generation of games. Being an Nvidia
card you can benefit while working with Adobe softwares such as Premiere Pro,
Photoshop, After Effects etc. This GPU is also very pocket friendly.
By bumping up your budget a little more you
can get the Asus AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB edition. This will obviously increase
the graphic capabilities of your system some more.
Last but not the least is the Zotac Nvidia
GTX 750 Ti. This is a very powerful card and can last you for quite some time.
Although it would be wise to wait a little before buying this card as (at the
time of this article) the GTX 1050 is about to hit the market which would
result in reduction of the price of the GTX 750Ti.
Link to GT 730
Link to R7 250
Link to GTX 750 Ti
Do remember that you will need a sound
system as well. You might have one lying around or you could get a 2.1 system
for about Rs 2000. Or you could just use the headphones that came bundled with
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