Gaming PC Build for High Settings (under 35K)

The demand for Gaming PCs has gotten relatively high due to the global pandemic situation. There are many Gaming PC Build recommendations on the internet, but most of them are somewhat outdated or underperforming.

However, we want to help you pick a gaming PC of your own choice from our well-researched picks. We aimed for a gaming PC that can run most games at high settings under 35,0000INR seems, which felt like a fair challenge.

With that, we picked three kinds of setups, with each serving for a different type of audience. First, we chose a gaming PC with decent quality components & future upgradability but has the highest performance.

Second, we chose a gaming PC with excellent quality components & future upgradability but has a mediocre performance.

Third, we have recommended prebuilt gaming builds that usually have the components’ subpar quality, but future upgradability is limited. The performance can be a hit & miss depending on the type of components added.

But they make the most sense for people who are not comfortable with building on their own. Otherwise, custom builds are the way to go. We’ll also recommend future upgrades for each build & FAQs to help.

Quick Tips:

If you have a little background knowledge about PCs in general, then some of these tips may help you make a faster decision.

  • A PC with an SSD and slower CPU & less RAM will feel way more responsive than a PC with a Hard drive & a much faster CPU & RAM. SSD is necessary, especially for a boot drive!
  • Just because a PC is faster than others doesn’t mean it will have all of its components with the best quality. It can be quite the opposite in some cases.
  • Prebuilt PCs usually compromise on the quality of the components like cheap PSUs, slow RAM & SSD, etc. Make sure to look for the exact model number & reviews of each component.
  • Make sure to add another stick of RAM (from the same vendor & with the same speeds & latency) if your PC has currently only one stick. It can drastically improve gaming performance, specifically for AMD Ryzen builds.
  • You can either opt for the best PC you can afford right now VS a PC that has much higher upgrade potential & quality components but has a decent performance to get by. We recommend choosing the latter for patient gamers.

Custom Gaming PC Builds:

We’ll be discussing different types of gaming PC builds that are under the 35,000INR price range. There will be two categories:

  • Custom Gaming Build suited for current usage
  • Custom Gaming Build with best future upgradability

Custom Gaming Build suited for current usage:

In this gaming PC build, we’ll focus on the parts that currently provide the best performance under the budget of 35000INR. This build will hold decent upgradability but certainly not among it’s strongest suit.

Talking about performance, this build can easily achieve high settings at 1080p resolution in most games & definitely counts for the strongest point.

This gaming build has the highest performance among the others we’ve mentioned in this article. However, it makes compromises in the quality of some components. Not to mention, some components, like RAM & SMPS, are barely enough to get by.

Please note, we don’t mean the quality of components is terrible or anything but preferably not the best among our other picks. We made sure to add the components from reputable manufacturers while maximizing the best performance within budget.

These are the components of this gaming PC build:

CPUIntel Core i3-9100F

The Intel Core i3-9100F was the CPU of our choice. It currently offers insane value for money. The chip is a quad-core without any iGPU. However, it comes with a free box cooler.

We are aware of the fact that 9th Gen chips are not the latest from Intel. But they are most readily available & affordable. It makes up for a perfect choice for this entry-level gaming PC build.

GPUGigabyte GTX 1650 D6 Windforce OC 4GB

Just like the CPU, the Nvidia GTX 1650 offers fantastic value. It is affordable, power-efficient & performs well in almost all games. It can easily handle most games at 1080p high settings like a champ.

MotherboardMSI H310 Pro VH

The motherboard is pretty generic looking & has all the necessary features. It has 2 RAM slots from which one will be populated in this build. It supports all the 9th Gen CPUs all the way up to Core i7s.

The motherboard can technically run a Core i9 chip, but the motherboard is too weak to handle such a power-hungry chip. Additionally, it has an M.2 NVME drive support as well along with SATA based SSDs.

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4 3200 MHz

Intel 9th Gen chips RAM support is locked at 2666MHz. However, there is not a big difference in the prices of slower 2666MHz RAMs these days.

Therefore, we went with a single stick of 8GB RAM. Adding another 8GB stick will offer huge gains; we recommend doing that in the future.

SSDCrucial BX500 240GB

It is a reliable SSD from a reputable manufacturer, ‘Crucial.’ We could’ve picked a 3.5″ mechanical drive as well. But an SSD as a boot drive is a necessity at this point.

Not to mention, Windows 10 runs extremely sluggish on mechanical hard drives. However, we recommend adding at least a 1TB mechanical drive for storing all the games & media.

Case: AeroCool Bolt RGB

The case selection is arbitrary & depends on your choice. However, we chose this care as it fits in the budget and has the most necessary features. It has a nice PSU shroud to hide cables, a transparent panel, RGB lighting that looks quite nice.

More importantly, it can fit all the components without any trouble. Alternatively, we recommend Deepcool Matrexx 30 Mini if you want a case that fits all these components much neatly.

Power Supply: GIGABYTE GP-P450B

The SMPS is from a reputable manufacturer and should be plenty for powering up the entire build. It has superior black flat cables, 80+ Bronze efficiency, and, more importantly, fits nicely in the budget.

Potential Upgrades down the line:

We recommended the upgrades based on the order of precedence of upgrades you need the most first.

  1. The most obvious upgrade will be adding another storage media, e.g., at least 1TB HDD (2TB is ideal for most).
  2. The following upgrades would be adding another stick of the same 8GB memory. It can increase gaming performance by up to 20%, according to benchmarks.
  3. Later would be adding a more powerful processor, at least Core i5 9th Gen.
  4. The last one will be your graphics card. Something like an RX 5600XT or RTX 2060 will make up for a significant upgrade.

Custom Gaming Build with best future upgradability:

Some of you might be wondering about the need for such a PC build. We think it makes sense for people who aim for a higher-end computer but can’t afford to go all-in at once.

They may plan to upgrade in bits by bits, which is quite common. Therefore, this build is optimized for the best future upgrade path.

In this gaming PC build, we’ll focus a lot more on a build that has the best future upgrade path along with the best quality components. However, performance is nowhere as good as the other build we’ve mentioned earlier.

But you still can play most games at sub HD resolution on integrated graphics of the AMD APU. These are the components of this gaming PC build:

CPUAMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics

We chose this CPU to be a placeholder for the time being. It has decent integrated graphics that can play most games at low settings. Some might be wondering Why Ryzen 3 2200G instead of the Ryzen 3 3300G?

The Ryzen 3 2200G is a bit cheaper & gaming performance is about 5-8% slower than 3300G. Therefore, it makes sense to go for 2200G.

MotherboardASRock B450M PRO4 MicroATX

We chose a B450 motherboard instead of an entry-level A320 motherboard. It offers all the bells & whistles like 4 RAM slots, impressive circuit design, overclocking support, USB Type C support & also supports 2X NVME drives. It’ll support even the latest Ryzen 5000 chips as well.

We wholeheartedly recommend spending on a quality motherboard like this one. They are longer lasting & can support higher core CPUs without causing any trouble. It supports all Ryzen 3, 5, 7 chips that are currently available.

RAM: TeamGroup T-Force Vulcan Z 16GB (8GBx2) DDR4 3200MHz

This is a 16GB kit of 2 eight gigabyte sticks. A Ryzen APU benefits significantly from a dual-channel configuration. Specifically, the integrated graphics operate much faster with a good RAM kit like this.

16GB is more than plenty for gaming and should work excellent with this build.

SSDWD Blue SN550 250GB NVME

It is by far the fastest DRAM-based NVME drive in this price range. Most drives in this budget have no DRAM, which is much slower. An NVME drive is easy to install & takes up no extra space inside the PC cabinet.

Additionally, it is even faster than standard SATA drives. Therefore, we picked up a nice M.2 drive in this build.

HDDSeagate 1TB Barracuda 7200 RPM

Besides a fast boot drive, we also chose a 1TB mechanical hard drive for mass storage. It will be used to store all your media files & games. Alternatively, you can also go for WD Blue & Toshiba P300 drives.

Case: Aerocool Bolt RGB

We chose the same case for both custom PC builds as it offers the most features at its price point. As mentioned earlier, you can go with any case of your liking.

This case can fit all motherboards, but we recommend picking up Deepcool Matrexx 30 Mini case over this. It fits the M-ATX board of our build much nicer than the Aerocool Bolt cabinet but slightly more expensive.

Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE 550 Bronze V2

The power supply is from a rebranded version of the MWE Bronze series from Cooler Master. It has all the necessary features like 80+ Bronze efficiency, black flat cable, DC-DC LLC circuit along with 5 years of warranty. Also, Cooler Master is a reputable manufacturer & makes quality power supplies.

Potential Upgrades down the line:

This gaming PC build already got the best components. However, it still needs two more components to perfect it. We recommended the upgrades based on the order of precedence of upgrades you need the most first.

  • An immediate upgrade would be adding a dedicated GPU. We recommend a GPU with at least 8GB VRAM as recent titles favor memory a lot. Something like an RX 570/RX 580 or RX 5500XT 8GB are the perfect candidates for this job.
  • A CPU upgrade like a Ryzen 5 would be great. We recommend at least something like Ryzen 5 3500 will be a decent upgrade.

Prebuilt Gaming PCs:

We totally agree with the premise of building your own PC rather than buying something prebuilt already. However, some people aren’t comfortable with going through the hassle of building a PC.

Therefore, the market for this kind of gaming PC build is still very existent. Prebuilt PCs are bashed on the internet due to the reputation of lousy component selection in general.

By going through multiple Indian system integrators, we find the bias partially true. Some had decent hardware, but most of them used low-end components.

However, the good thing about some of them is they let you configure a PC on top of the one already built for you. But the choice of components is quite insufficient. It will obviously add cost too on top of already service & high shipping charges.

But you don’t have to worry as we cherry-picked those options. All of them offers AMD’s APU based configurations, just like our future proof custom builds up there.

There are some reliable options to select, but some require additional tuning. Here are a few of them based on the order of priority of the best value for money:

SMC Hades:

SMIC international is among one of the well-known system integrators. SMC Hades APU based machine appears to have the best prices among our other picks.

By default, the system needs some adjustments to make it a worthwhile consideration. These are our recommended adjustments:

Credits: SMIC International

Potential Upgrades down the line:

The components that need to be upgraded first are in order of precedence:

  1. A dedicated video card with at least an 8GB VRAM will pair nicely with the build. Something like an RX 570/RX 580 or RX 5500XT 8GB are excellent choices.
  2. A CPU like a Ryzen 5 will be a huge jump from the existing Ryzen 3 APU chip.

ANT PC Dorylus RZ320G:

ANT PC is also a very popular system integrator in the prebuilt computers business. They have the lowest starting price of around 29K. However, the PC build lacked in most departments.

Therefore, we recommend choosing the exact one we built with the help of their online configurator.

Credits: ANT-PC

Potential Upgrades down the line:

We recommend the same components upgrade for ANT PC Gaming build as of SMIC Hades Build. Both CPU & specifically GPU upgrade can increase the gaming performance significantly.

SYNTRONIC Budget Gaming Desktop Tower PC:

Currently, this is the only gaming PC build that is available & has a reasonable price on Amazon. However, there is no detail whatsoever about SMPS, RAM & motherboard.

Not to mention, the memory is a single channel as well, which is a big NO for AMD Ryzen builds. Moreover, the motherboard also uses an entry-level A320 chipset instead of a mid-range B450 chipset.

Potential Upgrades down the line:

The components that need to be upgraded first are in order of precedence:

  1. Another RAM stick of 8GB stick will be required for dual-channel operation. Try to find the same stick that was installed in the build. It will alleviate any compatibility issues.
  2. A GPU with at least an 8GB VRAM will be an excellent upgrade. RX 570/RX 580/RX 5500XT 8GB variants are perfect for this job.
  3. If you’re changing GPU, you probably need to upgrade SMPS as well. The preinstalled SMPS appears to be an insufficient or most likely unreliable unit. A 550W unit with an 80+ Bronze rating will suffice.
  4. If you’re done with those upgrades, it’s time to jump to Ryzen 5 CPU, which will run circles around the Ryzen 3 APU.

FAQs:

Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions that may be helpful for some people while choosing a Gaming PC build:

Q: Why Custom Gaming build over a Prebuilt computer?

A: Custom Gaming PC will have a much better selection of parts & overall better-quality components. A prebuilt computer will probably have few choices in terms of parts selection & that’s it.

The parts that give the highest sale margin to the system integrators are available mostly. However, that’s not a problem for prebuilt computers at all. Not to mention, custom gaming builds are usually faster than prebuilt PCs if configured correctly.

Q: What is Dual-Channel RAM?

A: When two pairs of RAM sticks are inserted into a computer, their bandwidth adds up to double and enhances system performance.

Ideally, these RAM sticks should be from the same vendor & have the same speeds & latency. Otherwise, dual-channel can be quite problematic in some scenarios. Therefore, buying a 2x8GB kit is mostly recommended.

Q: Why AMD Ryzen over Intel CPUs?

A: AMD Ryzen platform has a much better upgrade path & performance lead over Intel as well. A Ryzen motherboard will have at least support for three generations of CPUs, unlike Intel motherboards.

The performance lead is quite significant in new generations of AMD Ryzen chips while costing the same or even less.

Q: Is there any advantage with Going all AMD build?

A: No, you don’t necessarily have to use an AMD video card with an AMD Build. Nvidia video cards will work just as well as AMD ones.

Q: Do I need cabinet fans, or will I be just fine with preinstalled ones?

A: Probably. If your case came with front & rear preinstalled fans, then you’ll be fine in most scenarios. If your case has a closed front side instead of mesh, then you may need more fans to pull air from the front.

Therefore, it is always recommended to buy a case with a front mesh side. In most cases, only one fan is installed at the back & you’ll need to add a front fan or two to get the push-pull config working.

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