Getting the best bang for your buck (VR Ready)
PC Gaming can be an expensive hobby, especially here in Pakistan, where all our beloved hardware is subject to exorbitant taxes and customs etc. This results in PC hardware being way more expensive here than it already is. However, even in Pakistan, it’s not as expensive as a lot of people think it is. With the correct knowledge of components, knowing what to buy and from where, cost benefit analysis of individual components, you can make budget PC gaming.
The thing is, not everyone needs to have the very best hardware. You don’t need an i7x or a GeForce GTX titan X to have an enjoyable gaming experience. It’s all about what you require, what kind of games you play, what resolution you play at and so on. It is on the basis of those factors that you select the hardware suitable for those needs and weed out unnecessary expenses that you don’t require.
Our featured budget gaming PC is designed to take on most modern gaming titles at 1080p-1440p with max graphic settings providing 60fps on average.
Note: we are only using brand new components in our guide. We will not use any used components from dealers, however, we may make a future article with that in mind.
Rig #1 (Target 60fps at very high settings 1080-1440p on modern games)
Budget Gaming PC Build Guide under 75K / $700 Specifications:
- Intel core i5 6402p: available at Czone for 19,700 PKR
- Gigabyte GA-H110M-DS2 (Rev 1.0): available at Czone for 6500 PKR
- G.SKILL NT value 2400Mhz DDR4 8GB RAM: avilable at PakDukaan for 3899 PKR
- ZOTAC GTX 1060 Mini 3GB: available at PakDukaan for 28,899 PKR
- Thermaltake versa N21 Snow White: available at Czone for 5500 PKR
- Thermaltake Litepower 550W: available at Czone for 4400 PKR
- Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1tb: available at Czone for 5500 PKR
TOTAL COST: 74,000 PKR
Now lets discuss the components for a moment
At the time of writing it is the cheapest Skylake CPU you can find in Pakistan. Basically, it is a slightly higher clocked i5-6400 however it comes with a slightly weaker integrated graphic solution. Since we will be using a dedicated graphics card in our build that won’t matter at all. Furthermore a 6th Gen i5 has been already more than adequate for gaming, so therefore it will cause no bottlenecks to our system making it a great choice.
Gigabyte GA Motherboard:
Currently the cheapest LGA-1151 motherboard I could find. Feature 2 ram slots, 1 PCI-e 3.0 slot and everything that you find on a standard motherboard. Pretty decent specs and looks nice too, so it’ll get the job done.
G.SKILL value 2400mhz ddr4 8gb:
The 8GB of 2400Mhz DDR4 memory below 4000rs. I’d say it’s a pretty good deal. Furthermore, I chose not to get 2x4gb sticks as I wanted some room for upgrading. You may also opt for 16gb instead, but at the moment 8GB is sufficient for gaming.
ZOTAC GTX 1060 Mini 3GB:
At the moment the best value for money graphics card available in Pakistan. Although personally I would’ve gone for the 6gb version, however the price gap between the 2 here is too much for me to recommend the 6gb one for now. Despite 3GB of VRAM it is good enough to max out any modern gaming title at 1080p.
Thermaltake versa n21 white casing:
Looks good, good value for money. You can save some money by going for a cheaper case, but if you’re making a best budget gaming PC then I suggest you do it some justice and get a decent looking case.
Thermaltake litePower 550W:
Cheapest power supply I could find that came from a reputable brand. NVIDIA recommends a minimum of a 400W PSU for a gtx 1060 system, however the price difference between a 400W PSU isn’t much and it’s always good to have a higher wattage PSU for upgrade.
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 1Tb:
Standard 1TB HDD. You can opt for a Western digital hard drive instead if you want to. You could buy an SSD too, if fast loading times are very important to you. Also an optical drive can be added here, however nowadays they are not really needed.
Stay tuned as another build guide is coming soon which will be targeting the 40,000 PKR price segment.
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.
Hope this guide helps in deciding what to buy for your next gaming rig.
[Highlight color=Grey] Radeon RX 470 is also a good alternative, but the whole RX-mid range series is not available in Pakistan at the moment. But still, for the piece of mind MSI GAMING RX 470 GDDR5 8GB for $239.99 will also do the best job for this budget gaming PC build and it will cost you around 29,000 in Pakistan if you are interested in importing it. [/highlight]