First things first:
- Please go through the whole post to have a better understanding of part selection.
- You are free to make any changes but please do your own research. Remember that these components are selected to work together without any compatibility issues, keeping upgradability in mind.
- The builds may cross the 1.5L mark, as we do not want to compromise on the quality of the components. Spending 2k extra over 1.5L budget is better than saving a little money now and then regretting later on.
- The lowest prices were taken from Amazon, Flipkart, Mdcomputers, Vedantcomputers, primeagbg, itdepot at the time of posting (23/07/18). No links will be added because prices keep fluctuating and stock availability may be an issue with a particular retailer.
- These builds do not include a monitor, keyboard/mouse and speakers in the budget.
- Prices can fluctuate wildly online and offline due to supply-demand forces.
- Please make sure you double-check the product specifications from the manufacturer’s website and the online retailers. Product name and specs can be wrongly listed on a retailer’s website.
- Do not forget to check out offline stores. Offline stores offer same or lower prices because they are saving on shipping charges, which are passed on to you unless online retailers are running exclusive deals/promos. This may not always be the case, but money saved is money earned. If you are from Mumbai, get yourself to Lamington Road. Likewise, if you are from Delhi, go check out Nehru place. Find the Lamington road or Nehru Place equivalent in your city. There is a good chance you will find what you need.
- Price of Windows OS is not considered because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. However, you are free to use unactivated windows.
Note: At this budget, both AMD and Intel builds will be plenty powerful for all gaming and productivity tasks but it should be noted that each may outperform the other in different tasks. Intel’s single core performance is stronger than AMD’s but AMD can beat Intel in multi-threaded tasks because of more cores/threads. Lightroom, Photoshop and CAD are some examples that show better results because of Intel’s stronger single core performance. Streaming, video editing, rendering and some instances of machine learning benefit from AMD Ryzen’s higher core count. We also recommend you check out application specific forum to understand which CPU will be best suited for you. For example, you need a PC for video editing and gaming, check out the Adobe Premiere Pro community forums. Once you get your answer, choose your build accordingly.
This will play most games in the market at 4K/60FPS, 1440p/144hz on high to ultra settings. Very strong for productivity tasks, as expected at this price. Check the benchmarks linked above.
|Component||Name||Price (Inc. GST)||Other|
|1. CPU||8700K||27.5k||8700 (no OC)|
|2. Motherboard||Z370 TAICHI||17.1K||Extreme 4|
|3. CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-D15 SSO2 D-Type||7.8k||Masterliquid 280MM, Cryorig R1 Ultimate|
|4. RAM||2x8GB 3000MHz||14.2K||Cheapest 3000/3200hz DDR4 RAM|
|5. HDD||WD 1TB Blue @7200RPM||2.9K||Seagate Barracuda 1TB|
|6. SSD||860 EVO 500GB||11.2K||MX500 500GB|
|7. GPU||GTX 1080 TI FE||57K||Cheapest 1080 TI|
|8. PSU||RM650x||8.4K||TX750m, Seasonic X|
|9. Case||Corsair 460x||7.8K||Any other case you like|
1. This case will easily fit the CPU cooler, be it the Noctua or Masterliquid. If you settle for another case, make sure to check the cooler compatibility.
2. 8700K needs a good quality aftermarket cooler to keep it cool under sustained loads. For non-K 8700, a Cheaper Hyper 212x will do fine.
3. TX750M is better quality than lower watt models.
4. The x470 is the cheapest case we could find which can support both the Noctua cooler and a 280MM radiator.
5. If you want more storage, go ahead and buy a 2 TB HDD.
6. There are other good boards to OC 8700K. Please choose wisely from the tier list (choose a board from top of mid-range or top or upper tier):
(Credit: OCN’s br0da)
This will play most games in the market at 4K/60FPS, 1440p/144hz on high to ultra settings. Very strong for productivity tasks, as expected at this price. Check the benchmarks linked below.
|Component||Name||Price (Inc. GST)||Other|
|1. CPU||Ryzen 2700x||27.7k|
|2. Motherboard||AORUS 7 X470||20.6K||X470 ROG STRIX f, Crosshair ROG VII HERO|
|3. RAM||2x8GB 3000MHz||14.2K||Cheapest 3000/3200hz DDR4 RAM|
|4. HDD||WD 1TB Blue @7200RPM||2.9K||Seagate Barracuda 1TB|
|5. SSD||860 EVO 500GB||11.2K||MX500 500GB|
|6. GPU||GTX 1080 TI FE||57K||Cheapest 1080 TI|
|7. PSU||RM650x||8.4K||TX750m, Seasonic X|
|8. Case||NZXT S340 Elite||7.6K||Any other case you like|
1. There is not much point in OC 2700x. But if you want to, go ahead.
2. TX750M is better quality than lower watt models.
3. If you want an aftermarket cooler for OC, get one. The included Wraith Prism is better than most stock coolers though.
4. If you want more storage, go ahead and buy a 2 TB HDD.
Some benchmarks –
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