If you are building a gaming PC, here are the top suggestion for the processors which you can choose depending upon your budget. We have listed best processors starting from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 25,000.
The processor ranking is done based on performance per rupee and value for money. We have classified the processors in 3 categories :
- Entry Level Processors.
- Enthusiast or Main stream processors.
- High End/ Ultimate Processors for Gaming PC.
I have a neutral view for AMD/Intel for inclusion in this list. The only consideration is the return on investment.
Also noticeably the cost of PC Hardware/ Processor is different in India in comparison to US/Canada/UK markets. Hence recommendations in US/UK may or may not be very relevant in Indian context.
I have also mentioned the approx. budget and linked some of the earlier articles which will help you choose the right compatible components for you gaming pc setup.
Let’s Begin with entry level Processors.
Entry Level Processors For Gaming PC
Price Rs. 4,500
Intel G3258 – Haswell Unlocked – This is a great entry level processor, one of the cheapest Intel processor which has the ability to over-clock. It can reach the performance of core i3 when aggressively over-clocked. If you are building your gaming Rig for the first time you can simply leave this processor and move to my next suggestion that is FX 4300. If you don’t want to get into the over-clocking, FX 4300 is also a good choice.
Most of the low end Intel processors without the “K” series does not have the ability to overclock. However this Pentium Anniversary edition G3258 has overclocking capability.
You may need to pair it with a board like ASUS H81M-K Motherboard (Overclocking Needs Bios Update), to realize it’s full potential.
Even if you don’t wish to overclock it a good processor to purchase for a start level gaming PC rig.
The caveat here is you may have to spend Rs. 1,500 to buy an after market cooler to overclock this little beast. The better option can be to spend the same amount and get a better processor, if you wish to stay away from OC.
Key Specs for Intel G3258
- Architecture – Intel Haswell.
- Socket Type – LGA 1150
- Clock Speed – 3.2Ghz base frequency, can be overclocked 4.0 Ghz easily.
- Cores – 2 Cores without Hyper threading.
- TDP – 53 watts
- Process – 22 Nm
This is one of the cheapest true gaming processor which you can use for start level gaming PC build. If your budget is around Rs. 30,000 (Gaming PC BUILD Rs. 30,000).
Price Rs. 5500
Next we have on the list is the AMD FX 4300 the 4 core processor with 32 nanometer die shrink design. It comes with the AMD turbo Boost technology. Processor has 4MB L2 and 4MB L3 Cache.
Key Specs for AMD FX 4-Core Black Edition
- Architecture – Bulldozer.
- Socket Type – AM 3+
- Clock Speed – 3.8 Ghz base frequency, can be overclocked 4.4 Ghz easily.
- Cores – 4 Cores
- TDP – 95 watts.
- Process – 32 Nm
It can be an ideal companion if you are looking to build a Gaming PC around Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000.
Compared to the Intel G3258 at stock level, you may find FX 4300 outperform the G3258.
Overclocking FX 4300 is fairly easy, you may use the stock processor cooler for mild overclock.
I would recommend you to buy a better low end cooler like Deep Cool Gamaxx 300 in case you want to push it upto 4.5 Ghz to keep the temperatures in safe zone.
Read more on how we overclocked the Core i5 using the Hyper 212X after market cooler.
You can buy Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Motherboard along with the FX 4300 processor. Read more about building a Gaming PC Build for budget of Rs. 40000.
continue reading… 9 Best Processors Gaming PC Build India 2015.