TE PC Buying Guide July 2009

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PC Buying Guide July 09



General Purpose Office Machine + 24/7 Downloading (Budget 15k)

Motherboard: Asus M2N68-AM PLUS - 2.3k
Processor: Sempron LE1250 - 1.4k
RAM: Transcend 2GB DDR2 800 MHz - 1k
GPU: Onboard N.A.
HDD: Seagate 160GB SATAII - 1.7k
Cabinet: Zebronics Bijli ATX w/ bundled 400W SMPS - 1.7k
SMPS: N.A.
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Creative SBS 2.0 - .5k
Monitor: Benq 15" LCD T52W - .4.3k
Keyboard: Samsung Pleomax - .2k
Mouse: Logitech Optical - .4k

General Purpose Home Machine + Casual Gamer (Budget 28k)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G31-S2L - 2.5k
Processor: Intel E5200 - 3.3k
RAM: Transcend 2 x 2GB DDR2 800MHz - 2.2k
GPU: Palit 9600GT 512MB 4.5k
HDD: Seagate 320GB SATAII - 2.2k
Cabinet: Zebronics Bijli ATX - 1.1k
SMPS: Zebronics Real Power 360W - 1.5k
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Creative Inspire 2.1 M2600 - 1.8k
Monitor: Samsung S2033SW - 7.5k~
Keyboard: Samsung Pleomax - .2k
Mouse: Logitech Optical - .4k

Low End Gaming Rig (Budget 43k)

Motherboard: Biostar TA790GXB - 4.5k
Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 550 - 5.4k
Cooling: SCCF 92MM - 1.9k
RAM: Transcend 2 x 2GB DDR2 800MHz - 2.2k
GPU: Sapphire 4850 512MB - 7k
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500GB SATAII - 2.8k
Cabinet: Gigabyte GZ-X3 ATX - 1.5k
SMPS: Gigabyte Superb 460W - 2.2k
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Altec Lansing VS4121 - 2.8k
Monitor: BenQ 22" T2200HD 9.5k~ / Samsung S2233SW - 10k~
Keyboard: Logitech Multimedia - .5k
Mouse: Logitech MX518 - 1.4k

Med End Gaming Rig (Budget 64k)

Motherboard: Jetway HA 07 790GX - 6k
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 920 - 9.3k
Cooling: OCZ Vendetta 2 - 2.5k
RAM: G.Skill 2 x 2GB PI Black/PQ 1000MHz/PK 1066MHz - 3.4k~ KMD
GPU: Palit GTX 260 Core 216 Sonic - 11k
HDD: Western Digital 640GB SATAII - 3.4k
Cabinet: CoolerMaster 590 - 3.8k
SMPS: Corsair VX 550W - 5.8k
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Edifier C3 2.1Ch - 3.9k
Monitor: Benq 24" G2412HD - 11.6k
Keyboard: Logitech Multimedia - .5k
Mouse: Logitech MX518 - 1.4k
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK Mini - .5k

Med End Gaming Rig (Budget 95k)

Motherboard: Asus M4A79T Deluxe - 12.5k
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE - 12.5k
Cooling: Xigmatek Thor's Hammer - 3.3k
RAM: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz - 5k~ KMD
GPU: Palit GTX 275 Sonic - 14k
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500GB SATAII - 2.8k + Western Digital Green 1TB - 4.2k
Cabinet: CoolerMaster HAF 922 - 6.5k
SMPS: Corsair TX 650W - 7k
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Altec Lansing MX5021 - 6.5k
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX - 4.5k
Monitor: Benq 24" G2412HD - 11.6k
Keyboard: Logitech Multimedia - .5k
Mouse: Microsoft Intelli Explorer 3.0 - 1.8k
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK Solo - 1.4k

High End Rig

Motherboard: DFI LP-UT X58-T3EH8 - 18.3k / EVGA X58 Tri SLi - 18.7k / Gigabyte EX58-UD5 17.5k
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 D0 - 14.8k
Cooling: Prolimatech Megahalems - 3.8k + Delta 120CFM - .5k
RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 - 7k~ KMD
GPU: 2x (SLi) Palit GTX 260 Core 216 Sonic - 22k
HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200.12 X 2 (RAID 0), WD Velocity Raptor 300GB
Cabinet: CoolerMaster ATCS Raytheon 840 - 15k
SMPS: Corsair TX 850W - 9.2k
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 5.1Ch - 18k
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX - 4.5k
Monitor: Dell 24" US2408WFP / LG 24" L246WP / Philips 24" Brilliance 240PW9EB/69
Keyboard: Logitech G15 - 4.3k
Mouse: SteelSeries Ikari Optical - 3.9k
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK Mousepad - .85k

Home Theater Enthusiast (Hybrid Crossfire)

Motherboard: Asus M3A78-EM - 4.5k
Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 250 - 4.3k
RAM: Transcend 2 x 2GB DDR2 800MHz - 2.2k
GPU: PowerColor HD 4350 512MB GDDR2 HDMI - 2k
HDD: Western Digital 640GB SATAII - 3.4k
Cabinet: Zebronics Pro Cube mATX - 2.5k
TV Tuner: Hauppauge PVR 150 + MCE Remote
SMPS: Corsair CX 400W - 3.2k
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Altec Lansing MX5021 - 6.5k
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX - 4.5k
Monitor: Pioneer 50" Plasma
Keyboard: Logitech Bluetooth Dinovo Ultra Flat Keyboard - 3.2k
Mouse: Logitech MX Revolution - 5k

Discuss CONs & PROs of above configs here :)
 
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himakanth009

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Nice Post..

But what I suggest is Home Theater Enthusiast would like to have 5.1 Sound setup instead of 2.1

and you missed to mention the price of "TV Tuner: Hauppauge PVR 150 + MCE Remote"
 

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Any Intel alternatives in those same price ranges? or are they no longer vfm..?
 

The Sauron

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Good guide, Asus M2N68-AM PLUS is great board@2.3k supporting 45nm AMD quads and AM3 CPU with Nvidia 7025 graphics on board.
 

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i guess if u say 24/7 download rig..atleast hdd shd be 500giga...though it might cross 15k budget..but still

For everything else thumbs up...

Also i would luv to see the new zotac ion system somewhere for peeps who are just interested in surfing and downloading..i guess in 30-40k range
 

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honestly , this is really disappointing.

1. Can't we have a descent gaming pc within a budget of 40k ?

2. where the hell intel c2d proccy gone ?

3. where are midrange and mainstream ATI graphics card ?

I think sidhupunjab is heavily burdened by his new additional duty
 

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IMO, there should be a configuration between 25K and 42K for us lesser morons, because this budget slot is most suited for newbies. :)
 

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1. Read Read Read :cool2:
2. :S Why U wanna buy C2D when you can unlock AMD X2s, quad @ 5k. ;) Then compare AMD platform budget mobo vs Intel budget mobo, see features differance.
3. Pricing and availability, 260/275 pricing is way better than 4870/4890. 4770 has availability issues.

satyanjoy said:
honestly , this is really disappointing.

1. Can't we have a descent gaming pc within a budget of 40k ?
2. where the hell intel c2d proccy gone ?
3. where are midrange and mainstream ATI graphics card ?

I think sidhupunjab is heavily burdened by his new additional duty
 

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ya guide this time is not that sensible , for 25k , depending on onboard graphics for gaming , they cant even run 5 fps :lol: , amd p2 is good but considering w hole rig at 25k , gpu power is more important , E5200 + dedicated gpu like 9500gt will be more sensible

At 42k , even though u can get a quad by unlocking , still will with 9800gt can it run games at full hd ? :p , cheaper combo + powerful gpu is needed .
 

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SidhuPunjab said:
1. Read Read Read :cool2:
2. :S Why U wanna buy C2D when you can unlock AMD X2s, quad @ 5k. ;) Then compare AMD platform budget mobo vs Intel budget mobo, see features differance.
3. Pricing and availability, 260/275 pricing is way better than 4870/4890. 4770 has availability issues.
Not all wanna undergo oc and unlocking more cores..
22" lcd with 9800gt??..y not a 19"/20" and a 4850??..
 

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Looks good now...there should be an intel combo withing 25k range e5200 and g31-s2l combo. Good work.
 

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welcome change SidhuPunjab. "General Purpose Home Machine + Casual Gamer (Budget 28k)" - this is the segment where more sells will happen, considering recession time.Also as PC Gaming is tagged as "cheap gaming platform" as compared to console counterpart - a good gaming rig with 19" monitor with better graphics card will and less of OC stuff will be more appealing for a newbie who want to setup a descent gaming setup.There will be another 10k of investment - if the person want to go for legit OS and couple of games. Don't we should encourage that ? We can include the cost of OS and two-three VFM games (orange box,GTA IV)- which can be titled as "New Comer Gaming setup" or something like that.
 

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I think this guide lacks a bit of options for low end... Eventhough for basic needs a sempron would suffice i think most home users have a budget of around 20k and more than 85% of PCs sold dont have discrete GPUs.... So i think a config like this for 20-21k is needed for the home user who uses the PC for basic entertainment, office and browsing... This is just a merger of the 15k and the 28 k config. But i just felt 20k is a crucial price point. So just add such a config to make the guide more complete :)

Processor: Intel E5200 - 3.3k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G31-S2L - 2.5k
RAM: Transcend 2GB DDR2 800 MHz - 1k
GPU: Onboard N.A.
HDD: Seagate 320GB SATAII - 2.2k
Cabinet: Zebronics Bijli ATX w/ bundled 400W SMPS - 1.7k
SMPS: N.A.
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Creative Inspire 2.1 M2600 - 1.8k
Monitor: Dell S1909 - ~6.5k
Keyboard: Samsung Pleomax - .2k
Mouse: Logitech Optical - .4k
 

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Thanks for this guide... I wud get this config for my dad this weekend..
thanks once again...
Karthi007 said:
I think this guide lacks a bit of options for low end... Eventhough for basic needs a sempron would suffice i think most home users have a budget of around 20k and more than 85% of PCs sold dont have discrete GPUs.... So i think a config like this for 20-21k is needed for the home user who uses the PC for basic entertainment, office and browsing... This is just a merger of the 15k and the 28 k config. But i just felt 20k is a crucial price point. So just add such a config to make the guide more complete :)

Processor: Intel E5200 - 3.3k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G31-S2L - 2.5k
RAM: Transcend 2GB DDR2 800 MHz - 1k
GPU: Onboard N.A.
HDD: Seagate 320GB SATAII - 2.2k
Cabinet: Zebronics Bijli ATX w/ bundled 400W SMPS - 1.7k
SMPS: N.A.
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Creative Inspire 2.1 M2600 - 1.8k
Monitor: Dell S1909 - ~6.5k
Keyboard: Samsung Pleomax - .2k
Mouse: Logitech Optical - .4k
 
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