Building a Budget Gaming PC in 2021

So, COVID-19 is still present and it showed us the value of technology and staying connected. Either working from home or reaching that high score in a game, we needed some kind of a computer, either laptop or desktop. A good performance and fast boot times, takes that much frustration away of waiting for everything to setup so you can get into and do whatever you’re going to. So today, I’ll try to make a gaming PC in a budget of $500-$700 price range.

No PC can run without a CPU, so I chose the AMD Ryzen 5 3500X, it is the best processor in the price range with 6 cores with max clock speed up to 4.1 GHz and it comes with a heatsink and cooling fan out-of-the-box. With, AMD Ryzen 5, I’ll be taking the Asus EX-A320M AMD motherboard.

For this build, I took the Transcend 128GB NVMe PCIe Gen3 80mm M.2 SSD, this NVMe SSD will help with much faster boot time and load times than a normal M.2 SATA Solid State Drive. For RAM, I chose the HyperX Fury 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, one 8GB will help you free up other slots, if you ever upgrade for more in the future and it won’t make a difference if go with two 4GB RAMs, it cost roughly the same you’ll be just occupying your slots. For Hard Drive, I took the Seagate BarraCuda 1TB, 3.5 inch SATA with speeds up to 6GB/s.

Now coming to the Graphics Card, I choose Zotac GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5, powered by the award-winning Nvidia Pascal architecture will accelerate the whole experience plus it has 50MHz higher clock speed than the GTX 750 Ti. For Power supply, the Corsair CV450 is good, it has the 80 Plus Bronze certification(You always need to see this certification while buying a power supply) and for keyboard and mouse, the Zebronics Zeb-Transformer Gaming mouse and keyboard combo with RGB, I prefer Logitech but it is slightly on the expensive side, and I’m trying to keep as low as possible.

And to put it all together, I chose the ANT Esports ICE-130AG cabinet. It has liquid-cooling support, top & bottom magnetic air-dust filter with a support of 8 120mm fans along with cable management and 3D ventilation. It also has RGB. Now, the Monitor, I chose the Acer Nitro 23.8 inch, it has a FHD+ IPS rez screen with 0.5 ms delay with 165hz refresh rate. It also has AMD Radeon Free sync technology with 2xHDMI and one display port.

Now, let’s talk price, all the prices are taken from Amazon India, so if you’re planning of building then check in your region first, the AMD Ryzen 5 3500x costs RS.15,200(~$209.54), Asus Motherboard costs RS.4,929(~$67.98), The SSD is RS.2,874(~$39.64), HyperX Fury RAM is RS.3,424(~$47.22), Seagate Hard Drive is RS.3,381(~$46.63), Zotac Nvidia GT 1030 is RS.6,450(~$88.96), the keyboard-mouse combo is RS.1,299(~$17.92), Corsair power supply is RS.3,127(~$43.13), Acer Nitro Monitor is RS.13,690(~$188.81) and finally the ANT cabinet is RS.2,650(~$36.55)

So, the cost this whole setup would be RS.57,024 or $786.46 and I’ve checked pricing of some laptops powered by Ryzen 5 and they are no way near this price range plus they don’t even come with specs mentioned above and I’m sorry, I went bit over budget but its worth it. I’ll leave all the links if you’re interested, it won’t cost you extra but it helps the blog.

Now, if you liked any of this above then like, share, follow, subscribe and tell me in the comments what you would upgrade or degrade from the above setup down below.

AMD Ryzen 5 Nvidia GT 1030 acer nitro 23.8 inch Transcend NVMe SSD Corsair CV Series Power Supply HyperX Fury 8GB RAM Asus EX-A320M Gaming AMD Motherboard ANT Gaming PC cabinet

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