The PC market is seeing a renaissance of sorts, as market leaders Intel and Nvidia are finally seeing competition from their rival, AMD. This has led to the announcement of new components in a bid to outdo their rivals.
In a highly competitive market, the customers are always the ones to benefit. Now, with the market full of components from the low-end to the premium end, consumers can choose precisely which product they want at which price point.
Keeping this in mind, here are 5 budget, low-end PC builds under ₹40,000. As we move up the spectrum, performance gains are also visible, allowing for the fine-tuning of exactly which components to purchase.
The Lowest End
The price range for this build is set at ₹24,000 for the whole setup, a steal for the performance it brings to the table. The heart of this PC is the underrated, dual-core Pentium Gold G5400. It makes up for its low core count by implementing hyper-threading and having 4 threads running at 3.7 GHz. It is priced at ₹7200, making it one of Intel’s lowest end offerings.
The CPU is paired with a low-end LGA1151 motherboard, the Gigabyte GA-H110M, priced at ₹4500. The setup is completed with 1 stick of Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB RAM for upgradeability, and a Cooler Master 450W PSU. These are priced at ₹4800 and ₹2500 respectively, with the Antec VSK3000 case, priced at ₹2000, providing a home for the components.
Every PC needs a hard drive, and this is no different. After adding on the 1TB Seagate Barracuda disk, priced at ₹3000, we have the PC ready to go.
This is a PC that can be used for web browsing, watching HD videos and other similar, work-oriented tasks. It also functions quietly, making it ideal for a dedicated home theater PC due to the presence of the UHD 610 iGPU.
One Step Higher
This build has the i3 8100 as its heart, an 8th Gen processor running at 3.6 GHz on a quad-core architecture. The rest of the build remains fairly the same, with the motherboard, RAM, HDD and PSU carrying over for a price of ₹14800 combined.
When added to the Antec NX100 Mid Tower Case, which comes with a plastic side panel, the price comes up to ₹27,900. This build comes with a 25% performance boost over the Pentium PC due to its higher core count and burst speed.
While this still sits in the lower end of the spectrum, this build is deceptively powerful. The presence of the fast RAM and the additional cores will make a difference in the performance of the PC. It can be used for light video editing, encoding tasks, as a secondary PC for streaming and watching 4K footage.
The All-In-One, Middle Of The Pack Contender
This build switches things up by playing for team Red. It uses the Ryzen 5 2400G APU at its heart, and even gives users an opportunity to get into gaming on the cheap. The processor has 4 cores and is clocked at 3.6GHz. The CPU provides gaming performance similar to a low-end dedicated GPU, showing a marked improvement over the UHD 610 and 630 iGPUs found in the first two offerings on this list.
The processor is priced at ₹16700, and the accompanying Asrock A320M-HDV motherboard is priced at ₹3700. Due to the CPU using RAM as VRAM, it is recommended to buy a higher amount of high speed RAM. This comes in the form of a 4GB stick added to the Corsair Vengeance 8GB, bringing the total for RAM up to ₹7500.
The PC will run on a Cooler Master VS450 PSU worth ₹2,500, and will come in the Antec NX200 case, which is set at ₹2,500. Adding on the hard disk puts the price of the build at just under ₹32,000. An additional ₹2,000 can be saved if the user opts to go with 8GB of RAM instead of 12GB.
Along with being usable for light gaming, the PC can also be used to perform encoding tasks and even rendering lower-end HD footage. The presence of the iGPU and the added RAM will also contribute to the future proof nature of this build.
Mid-Range Workstation With A Gaming Boost
This build comes with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, which was considered one of the best budget CPUs when it launched and has held on to its position since. It is priced at ₹16,700 and functions on the same chipset as the 2400G, allowing users to get the cheaper motherboard for maximum savings. It boasts of a 6 core, 12 thread setup with a clock speed of 3.4GHz.
With this performance boost, it is only natural to boost up the RAM as well. 2 8GB sticks of Corsair Vengeance at 3000MHz will serve to further boost the performance. One thing to note is that the CPU does not have integrated graphics, leading to a dedicated GPU to be bought for this PC. The best choice for non-gamers is the GT 710, priced at ₹3100. It is the lowest end card on the market, and will serve the purpose of this build.
The total cost of the build is pegged at ₹41,700, with close to ₹5,000 being saved if the user decided to opt for an 8GB setup. However, this PC is a beast, and will perform very well in settings that require a lot of processing power. This includes use cases such as running virtual machines, heavy video editing, streaming HD video from the machine, and even gaming with the lower end card. The dedicated GPU still functions adequately in many older titles, and performs significantly better than the UHD 630 iGPUs in the Intel processors.
Team Blue’s Retort To The Mid Range
Intel’s reply to the Ryzen 2600 comes in the form of the Intel i5 8400. However, the reason for Intel falling behind in CPU sales is seen clearly with the positioning of this processor. The 8400 comes with 6 cores as well, albeit without support for hyperthreading. Notwithstanding, the card still has a slight performance increase over the 2600, and comes with an integrated UHD 630 GPU.
This PC will also have the Gigabyte motherboard, along with 16GB of Corsair RAM. Paired with the Cooler Master Master Force 500 case, priced at ₹3000, the price of the completed build comes up to ₹41,900, just a little bit more than the Ryzen build. However, it is important to note that the Ryzen build comes with a dedicated GPUm whereas the Intel one relies on the integrated GPU to perform.
The build will perform similar tasks to the Ryzen build as it has comparable compute power. However, it will fall shorter in multi-threaded workloads, instead relying on its higher clock count to make up the difference. This PC can be used to run video editing software, encode or decode HD video, and run multiple virtual machines simultaneously.
As mentioned, there is a lot of choice for the consumer looking to get into the CPU market. This is due to the golden age of competition that is going on currently, with newer CPUs slated to launch in a few months from AMD and Intel’s side. This will shake up the already disrupted CPU market.
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