So, after a difficult year, Class of 2021 has graduated. Now I can’t help you pick out which school to go to but what I can do is pick out best tech so let’s get into it. Now, this guide is what you may need the most, you can always add stuff. From gaming to work, its college, you know you want to have fun.

Laptop

Asus Zephyrus G14 2021

You need a computer for those assignments and to play some games in your free time. For this I chose the Asus Zephyrus G14, its a great 14″ gaming laptop which is also thin and light. Now, its not cheap but the specs, which I’ll talk about in a sec, justifies the price. It has the latest Ryzen 9 5900HS with a Nvidia RTX 3060 with 6gb of VRAM, it comes with a 1tb NVMe M.2 ssd and 16gb of memory, which is upgradable to 40gb but I think, I’ve seen the benchmarks and 16gb is enough for most triple A titles and combining the Ryzen 9 5900HS with the 3060, its a pretty suite combo.

You also get a good amount of IO, it has 3x Type-A ports(USB 3.2), 2x Type-C but its not Thunderbolt because of AMD processor, a DC charging port(it can also charge via USB C), 1x HDMI 2.0 port and lastly, a headphone jack. This model will set you back $1499(Rs.150,990) and that’s not cheap but if someone is in the market of a good gaming laptop, they know what they’re getting into. I’ll leave a link down below for everything that I’ll talk about.

Coming to the screen, the model, I’m recommending is the top spec variant so you choose between 1080p 144hz and 1440p 120hz, I suggest you go with 1080p 144hz but it comes down to personal preference. Anyway, its pantone certified, so the colors are pretty accurate. Asus G14 is the direct competitor to the Razer Blade 14, which is also a very good laptop, they both trade blows but overall I prefer the Asus, one of the reasons is that the ram is soldered to the motherboard so you can’t upgrade it and I know its personal preference but I like the design and look of the G14

Backpack

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I chose the Puma Red Bull Racing backpack, I’m biased and I’m a Formula 1 fan. Its a 13cms backpack with 24l of storage inside, and I checked and yes, you can fit Asus G14 in it, in fact a bigger 15″ laptop too. It looks great and light and it fits my stuff. This backpack costs around $30

Gaming Controller

Now, you may or may not need this in your backpack going to college but if I’m buying any kind of gaming laptop, I want to fulfill its primary purpose. So for this I chose the PowerA Xbox licensed wired controller, Its a hybrid of the Xbox One and the Xbox Series controller but its a good start for casual gaming and it also costs just around $30(Rs.2,199) if you fancy spending extra then you can go with the wireless Xbox Series controller, its $59.99(Rs. 5,870) plus if you want to customize your controller then for just extra $20, you can do it on the Xbox website.

Mice

Razer DeathAdder Essential

Finally, if you’re not comfortable with the trackpad or you wanna game better then you need a mouse. For this I chose the Razer DeathAdder Essential, its a Razer product, so its very optimized for gaming with a peek DPI of 6400. It has great ergonomics and 6 custom mapped buttons. Its minimalist with a touch of that gamer feel. For just around $20(Rs. 1599), it offers some nice value.

Now, I’ll leave all the links for things that I talked about below.

Asus Zephyrus G14 2021 Puma RBR Lifestyle Backpack Galaxy Blue PowerA Xbox Gaming controller Razer DeathAdder Essential

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.

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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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