#PCMasterRace

Ahan! So are you in the market for a killer gaming PC or are you looking for an HTPC to take care of your multimedia needs or maybe you are looking for a basic setup for your loved ones? Well! Look no further. This post will take care of your requirements for any given budget. Before we dive in and get our hands dirty, let’s validate your purchase first $$

Why buildย a RIGย yourself?

Because you can that’s why. In my last 15 years of exposure to computers, I have never bought an OEM (pre-assembled)ย PC. Although things are changing with new AIO (all-in-one) PCs but still one can not beat the sheer pleasure and bang of the buck you get by assembling your own PC. It gives you a sense of better ownership as you get to know each component individually working with others to give you the optimum experience as a whole. Also, it is easy to troubleshoot issues if any ever come up in your own built machine.

But consoles are better…

Build your own KILLER PC RIG for any budget | May 2016

Nailed it.

Ha! I won’t even disgrace this post by answering to that. The day you get the following, we may talk:ย Best graphics, sound, upgradeability, choice of control inputs, cheaper games, the ability to use the hardware to double as a productivity tool, 60+ FPS!, stereoscopic displays, massive resolutions, choice of aesthetics….

Yay! Let’s build one; What are the options?

Endless. Still, I managed to research the use-cases by discussing with my peers about the classification of the PC rigs they would like to see. After a lot of internet surfing. pondering over past experiences and stuff. We are going to build 6 types, take your pick:

  1. Basic Rig
  2. HTPC
  3. Entry-level Gaming
  4. Mid-range Gaming
  5. High-end Gaming
  6. Ultra-high-end Gaming
  7. Wayne Machine ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Note: I will assume you have a licensed Windows os or will be using *NIX for the rig, so only hardware cost will be accounted for below.


#1. Basic Rig

ComponentModelPrice (โ‚น)
Totalย โ‚น32,886.00
ProcessorIntel Core i3-71009,010.00
MotherboardASUS PRIME B250M-K Motherboard6,650.00
RAMCorsair CMV4GX4M1A2400C16 Value Select 4GB DDR4 2400Hz3,839.00
HDDToshiba 1TB Internal 3.5 Hard Drive SATA (DT01ACA100)
3,250.00
Graphics CardIntel Integrated HD Graphics 630-
PSUCorsair VS Series VS4502,699.00
Speakers--
Optical Drive--
KeyboardAmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse Bundle Pack 799.00
MouseAmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse Bundle Pack -
Sound Card--
MonitorSamsung S19F350HNW 18.5-inch AH IPS LED5,639.00
CabinetAny OEM Cabinet1,000.00

Suitable for:

  • Bare-bone needs like Internet browsing, e-mail, Document processing, Multimedia consumption, Programming etc.
  • Great configuration for entry-level Windows 10 PC.
  • Ideal machine if you want you or your parents or child to start learning operating computers.
  • Don’t expect hardcore gaming out of it, but it will easily handle casual gaming in browser.

#2. HTPC –ย Home theatre PC

Removed this one as even a Raspberry Pi + External HDD can do that. Check here how?!

Suitable for:

  • Entertainment buffs for watching live TV, recording live TV, playing DVD/Blu-ray movies etc.
  • Play nearly any web content. Some are restricted to PCs, or just not available on set-top devices.
  • Limitless content and codec support, you can run videos from 144p to 4k resolution.
  • Storing all your offline media right there for immediate access. (3TB will take care of that).
  • With an HTPC you can emulate every gaming console of past. Double it up as a retro console.
  • Use it as a NAS (Network attached storage), access your content from any device over WiFi.
  • Bonus: Play retro games with RetroPie!

#3. Entry-Level Gaming Rig

ComponentModelPrice (โ‚น)
Totalโ‚น58,964.00
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 1200 Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler8,399.00
MotherboardAsus Prime A320M K5,449.00
RAMCorsair Vengeance Pro - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 DRAM 2400MHz 7,999.00
HDDSeagate New BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB3,450.00
Graphics CardASUS Phoenix GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 11,600.00
PSUCorsair CX450 450W4,031.00
SpeakersPhilips MMS-4040F/94 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System3,199.00
Optical DriveLG GH24NSD1 Internal SATA DVD Writer899.00
KeyboardAmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse Bundle Pack949.00
MouseAmazonBasics Wired Keyboard and Wired Mouse Bundle Pack-
Sound Card--
MonitorBenQ GW2470H (24 inch)9,699.00
CabinetCorsair CC-9011050-WW Carbide Series SPEC-013,290.00

Suitable for:

  • As the name says, this rig is suitable for entry level gaming.
  • It will play almost all the games ~Medium quality on 1080p.
  • It will take care of all your multimedia woes with basic encoding and stuff.
  • A good upgrade path for future, if you wish to transition into hardcore gaming.

#4. Mid-Range Gaming Rig

ComponentModelPrice (โ‚น)
Totalโ‚น95,813.00
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 1600X19,950.00
MotherboardMSI B350M PRO-VDH7,649.00
RAMCorsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666 (CMU16GX4M2A2666C16R)9,890.00
HDDSeagate New BarraCuda ST1000DM003 1TB3,300.00
SSDSandisk 240GB7,299.00
Graphics CardZotac GTX1060 Mini 6GB22,999.00
PSUAntec VP650P4,900.00
SpeakersF&D F550X 2.13,979.00
Optical DriveLG GH24NSD1 Internal SATA DVD Writer899.00
KeyboardLogitech G100s Wired Gaming Combo1,799.00
MouseLogitech G100s Wired Gaming Combo-
Sound Card--
MonitorLG 22MP68VQ 22" Full HD IPS9,969.00
CabinetCorsair CC-9011050-WW Carbide Series SPEC-013,180.00

Suitable for:

  • This rig should play all the current genre of games High to Ultra-High quality on 1080p.
  • Logitech gaming bundle will make sure you have control over high precision controls while slaying those orcs in Shadows of Mordor.
  • Will be quick to render 3D data on the best in class AMD Ryzen 5 1600X.
  • GTX 1060 Mini 6GB should be sufficient for all current gen games.

#5. High-End Gaming Rig

ComponentModelPrice (โ‚น)
Totalโ‚น1,92,374.00
ProcessorIntel Core i5 8600K Coffee Lake 6-Core 3.6 GHz 22,990.00
CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro SeriesTM H45 High Performance 120MM Liquid CPU Cooler4,549.00
MotherboardASUS PRIME Z370-A 17,890.00
RAMCorsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666 (CMU16GX4M2A2666C16R)9,890.00
HDDWestern Digital Blue WD20EZRZ 2TB4,800.00
SSDKingston SSD 240GB 7,299.00
Graphics CardZotac GTX1070 AMP! Edition42,745.00
PSUSeasonic M12II-750 EVO M12II Series 750W9,775.00
SpeakersSony SRS-D9 2.1 5,350.00
Optical DriveLG GH24NSD1 Internal SATA DVD Writer899.00
KeyboardSteelSeries 64225 6GV2 8,599.00
MouseLogitech G402 Hyperion2,749.00
Sound Card--
MonitorBenQ Zowie XL2730 27inch (68.58cm) 144Hz 1ms QHD (2K) 45,550.00
CabinetCooler Master MasterBox 59,199.00

Suitable for:

  • A new rig for those looking to splurge some moolah to get the top-end configuration for 1440P.
  • This rig should stay relevant for the next few years and will play all of them gfx-intensive AAA titles.
  • Best in class mouse and keyboard for enhanced FPS gaming.
  • Ideal forย a rich smart gamer who wants a well-balanced rig without going overboard.

#6. Ultra-High-End Gaming Rig

ComponentModelPrice (โ‚น)
Totalโ‚น3,64,474.00
ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700K 32,490.00
CPU CoolerMasterLiquid Pro 240 8,999.00
MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus X Hero33,990.00
RAMG.SKILL TridentZ Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) - F4-3000C15D-32GTZ31,490.00
HDDWD Blue 3TB Internal Hard Drive (WD30EZRZ)6,999.00
SSDSamsung 960 Pro 512GB Internal PCIe SSD (MZ-V6P512BW)28,999.00
Graphics CardMSI GTX 1080 TI ARMOR 11G OC65,900.00
PSUCorsair RM1000i 1000 Watt19,900.00
SpeakersLogitech Z906 5.118,950.00
Optical DriveLG WH14NS40 Internal Blu-ray Writer4,899.00
KeyboardHyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard8,999.00
MouseLogitech G502 Proteus Core Tunable Gaming Mouse5,990.00
Sound CardASUS Sound Card Xonar Essence STX II21,579.00
MonitorAcer XB270HU 27 inch 144Hz 4k G-Sync61,300.00
CabinetCorsair Crystal Series 570X14,990.00

Suitable for:

  • Hardcore gamers with deep pockets.
  • You will step into the realm of Ultra Hi-def 4K resolution gaming with jaw-dropping frame rates.
  • Best in class mouse and keyboard for enhanced gaming sessions.
  • Ideal for heavy graphic processing and video rendering, a gem for multimedia meddlers.

#7. Wayne Machineย 

ComponentModelPrice (โ‚น)
Totalโ‚น11,70,113.00
ProcessorAMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 94,999.00
CPU CoolerNZXT Kraken X6215,355.00
MotherboardGIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 742,890.00
RAMCorsair VENGEANCE RGB 128GB (8x16GB) DDR4 3800 (PC4-30400) C191,87,699.00
HDD2 x Western Digital Black 6TB44,421.00
SSD4 x Samsung 960 PRO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD 2,29,960.00
Graphics Card2 x NVIDIA GeForce Titan X Pascal 12GB GDDR5X 3,38,998.00
PSUCorsair CP-9020008-NA AX1200i28,900.00
SpeakersLogitech Z906 5.121,299.00
Sound CardASUS Sound Card Xonar Essence STX II21,579.00
Optical DriveLG WH14NS40 Internal Blu-ray Writer4,655.00
KeyboardCorsair Gaming K95 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard26,905.00
MouseLogitech G903 Lightspeed Gaming Mouse22,305.00
ControllerXbox One S Controller8,749.00
MonitorBenQ ZOWIE XL2540 - 240Hz Gaming Monitor59,900.00
CabinetNZXT PHANTOM 630 Windowed Edition Full Tower Case CA-P630W-M1 (Matte Black)21,499.00

Suitable for:


Go ahead, build a PC, make us proud.

Let us know what do you think of this post and if you get inspired to build any rig (especially the Wayne one)! Also, we would love to know if you have any replacement suggestion in the configuration above which you think might be better. ย ๐Ÿ˜€