Here at , we are planning to come with a new PC build every month. We are starting this new series with a midrange gaming PC build with a budget of around $1000. This PC will cost you around a thousand bucks in the US, NPR 180,000 in Nepal, or INR 100,000 in India.
Midrange gaming PC build around $1,000
For this build, we went for MSI’s B560M Mortar Wi-Fi. Though not as good as the expensive Z-series, it is a decent budget motherboard with some big upgrades over the last-gen B460M.
The Voltage Regulator Module on the MSI B560M Mortar Wi-Fi can deal with the Intel Core i5-11400 that we chose for this build. In addition, it has an extended heat sink design and is Wi-Fi 6E-ready. The motherboard has four RAM slots, and it even supports RAM overclocking. You can also opt for the cheaper B560M Bazooka or the slightly more expensive B560M Tomahawk variant if the price difference in your region is not that much.
Processor and Cooling
As for the CPU, we were confused between the Intel Core i5-11400 and the Ryzen 5 3600. Both have similar specs and pricing. We ultimately decided to go with the i5-11400, as it is slightly better in gaming.
The stock coolers that Intel provides you with its CPUs aren’t that good. Thus, we got ourselves an aftermarket air cooler from Cooler Master, the Hyper H410R. It costs around $30 and comes with a thermal paste as well.
RAM and Storage
As for the memory, we bought two 8GB sticks of XPG Spectrix D60G DDR4 RAM with 3600 MHz speed and CL14 timing. But, you should be fine with 3200 MHz RAM sticks as well.
We have been a little conservative when it comes to storage. Although our motherboard supports the newer PCI Gen 4 standards, we avoided it on account of them being expensive. Instead, we installed a 256GB PCIe Gen 3 NVMe SSD from PNY. To store all the games on our PC, we also installed 1TB of HDD from Seagate.
You are probably already familiar with the market situation for graphics cards these days. GPUs are scarce and as a result, their prices have skyrocketed. This is all due to the ongoing global chip shortage, scalpers, and crypto-miners.
Luckily, we were able to secure the NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER from MSI, which we paid $400 for. The pricing is crazy given that it is not an RTX card with dedicated Ray Tracing cores. It is still a decent mid-range card though. However, we should have been able to buy RTX 3060 for the same price, if not for the GPU shortage.
Case and PSU
Here, we were able to secure a good deal for the Asus TUF GT301. We got this for around NPR 12,000 in Nepal. At the time of the build, it was on a deal at MDComputers in India too. Asus TUF GT301 is an ATX Mid-Tower case that comes with four 120mm fans pre-installed, has bold aesthetics, tempered glass, and all.
We went with a 600W power supply from Cooler Master. It is a non-modular PSU with an 80 Plus White certification.
|Model||Price in Nepal|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-11400 (Buy)||NPR 32,000|
|Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper H410R (Buy)||NPR 3,500|
|Motherboard||MSI MAG B560M Mortar WiFi (Buy)||NPR 25,000|
|RAM||XPG Spectrix D60G 16GB RGB (Buy)||NPR 16,000|
|SSD||PNY CS1031 256GB NVMe SSD (Buy)||NPR 5,000|
|HDD||Seagate Barracuda 1TB (Buy)||NPR 5,000|
|GPU||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC (Buy)||NPR 65,000|
|PSU||Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 600W (Buy)||NPR 10,000|
|Case||Asus TUF Gaming GT301 ATX Mid-Tower (Buy)||NPR 12,000|
Midrange Gaming PC Build Around $1000: Gaming Performance
|Cyberpunk 2077||33 fps||40 fps||48 fps|
|CS: GO||–||200 fps||230 fps|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||73 fps||78 fps||86 fps|
|Assasin Creed: Syndicate||61fps||98fps||115 fps|
|Valuing||–||250 fps||290 fps|
|League of Legends||183 fps||190 fps||235 fps|
Midrange Gaming PC Build Around $1000: Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark Fire Strike
|Score||1077%||5338 MIPS||6,777 MIPS|
Blender 3D Rendering
|Result||3m 55s||10m 44s||5m 20s||7m 40s||11m 17s||18m 36s|
|CPU||2D Graphics||3D Graphics||Memory||Disk|
Unigine Heaven 4.0
|FPS||Score||My FPS||Max FPS|