TE PC Buying Guide November 2009

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

Processor+Motherboard: Intel D945GCLF-ATOM board + ATOM 1.6 GHz - 3.1k (for 24/7 DL and browsing) (or)
Processor: AMD Sempron 140 - 1.7k(for a bit more power)
Motherboard: Asus M2N68-AM PLUS - 2.3k
RAM: Kingston 1GB DDR2 800 MHz - 1.1k
GPU: Onboard N.A.
HDD: Seagate 250GB SATAII 7200.12 series- 1.9k
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+Mouse: Logitech Combo - .6k
General Purpose Home Machine(Budget 21k)

Processor: AMD AthlonII X2-240 - 2.85k
Motherboard: Biostar A785GE - 3.5k(HD 4200 is a very good IGP. Plays HD with eaze and directX 10.1 complaint)
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHz - 2.1k
GPU: Onboard N.A.
HDD: Seagate 250GB SATAII 7200.12 series- 1.9k
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: Altec Lansing 2.1 BXR1121 - 1.1k
Monitor: Dell 18.5" - E1910 IN - 6k~
Keyboard+Mouse: Logitech Combo - .6k
General Purpose Home Machine + Casual Gamer (Budget 28k)

Processor: AMD AthlonII X2-240 - 2.85k
Motherboard: Asus M2N68-AM PLUS - 2.3k
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800MHz - 2.1k
GPU: Palit 9600GT 512MB DDRIII - 4.5k
HDD: Seagate 500GB SATAII 7200.12 series- 2.5k
Cabinet: Zebronics Bijli ATX - 1.1k
SMPS: Zebronics Pro(Real Watts)-350W - 1.5k
Optical Drive: L.G. GH22NS30 SATA/Samsung SH-S22F SATA - 1.1k
Speakers: Altec Lansing 2.1 BXR1121 - 1.1k
Monitor: Samsung S2033SW - 6.6k~
Keyboard+Mouse: Logitech Combo - .6k
Low End Gaming Rig (Budget 42k)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 550 - 4.5k or Athlon II X4 620 - 4.95k
Motherboard: Biostar TA790GX A3+ - 6.3k
RAM: Kingston 4GB (2*2GB) DDRIII 1333MHz - 4.4k
GPU: Sapphire 4850 512MB DDRIII- 6.5k
HDD: Seagate 500GB SATAII 7200.12 series- 2.5k
Cabinet: CM Elite 334 - 2.2k
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" G2200HD 8k~ / Samsung S2233SW - 8.7k~
Keyboard: Logitech Multimedia - .5k
Mouse: Logitech MX518 - 1.4k

Go for the PhenomII if you can get a good batch and confident of unlocking it. Else stick to a AthlonII X4.

Do the following changes to the above config to get a bit power into your Gaming rig
GPU: Sapphire 4870 512MB DDR5 or Sapphire 5750 1GB GDDR5(DX11)-8.7k
PSU: Corsair VX450 - 4.2k
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE - 8.5k
Med End Gaming Rig (Budget 70k)

Processor: Intel Core i-5 750- 10k
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 - 6.75k
Cooling: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B - 3-4k~
RAM: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz - 5k~ KMD
GPU: Palit GTX 260 Core 216 Sonic - 11k or Sapphire 5770 1GB GDDR5(DX11)- 10.5k
HDD: Seagate 1TB SATAII 7200.12 series - 4.2k
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
High End Gaming Rig (Budget 95k-100k)

Processor: Intel Core i-7 860 - 14.6k
Motherboard: Asus P7P55-D - 9.8k or Asus P7P55D-PRO- 11.8k
Cooling: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B - 3-4k~
RAM: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz - 5k~ KMD
GPU: Palit GTX 275 Sonic - 14k or ATI 1GB GDDR5 HD5850(DX11) - 18k
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500GB SATAII - 2.4k + Western Digital Green 1TB - 4.1k
Cabinet: CoolerMaster HAF 922 - 6.5k/ LanCool DragonLord PC-K62 - 6.9k
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

Processor: Intel Core i7 920 D0 - 14.8k
Motherboard: DFI LP-UT X58-T3EH8 - 18.3k / EVGA X58 Tri SLi - 18.7k / Gigabyte EX58-UD5 17.5k
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 (or) ATI 1GB GDDR5 HD5870(DX11)-24k (or) ATI 2GB GDDR5 HD5970(DX11, fastest GPU in the market)- 40500 :eek:hyeah:
HDD: Seagate 500GB 7200.12 X 2 (RAID 0), WD Velocity Raptor 300GB
Cabinet: CoolerMaster ATCS Raytheon 840 - 15k/ Lian-Li PC-A71F - 15.5k
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

Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 240 - 2.85k
Motherboard: GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H - 5.8k
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDRIII 1333MHz - 2.5k
GPU: NA
HDD: Seagate 1TB SATAII 7200.12 series - 4k
Cabinet: Zebronics Pro Cube mATX - 2.5k
TV Tuner: Hauppauge PVR 150 + MCE Remote
SMPS: Zebronics Pro 350w - 1.5k
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

Do let me know about the choice of components for the various configurations.

P.S: Many of them have asked for more DDRIII based AMD motherboard options. Here is a list of few of them
MSI 785GM-E51 -4.6k
MSI 785GM-E65 -5.6k
Gigabyte 785GMT-UD2H - 5.45k
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P - 6k
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO -6.6k
Asus M4A78T-E - 8.5k
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P - 12k
Asus M4A79T-DELUXE - 13k

Also for CPU cooler consider the CM Hyper 212 Plus~2k. Its VFM and works with LGA 775/1156/1366 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3
 
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Dark Star

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^^There is no AM3+ nor there will be :p All iheard was Am3r2 and that too for 32nm @ 2011 :p

Very nice compilation kartik ;) Keep up the good work :D
 

DarkAngel

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Thanks:D Thought the list was ageing. Thats why edited it and came up with a refreshed one :)
 

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great work Karthi007 .....
seriously the list wasnt updated 4 a long time ..
some reps 4m my side bro !!
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mav2000

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Awesome, very good work....but just a heads up there is no megahalems available as of now
 

anup_ja

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Great help... Thanks
Can anyone tell me whats the cost of Pioneer 50" Plasma
 

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Go for the PhenomII if you can get a good batch and confident of unlocking it. Else stick to a AthlonII X4.
dude even though if the phenomII 550BE doesnt get unlocked
it beats athlon II x4 in every gaming aspect right (correct me if i am wrong):huh:

so y suggesting it in a gaming rig instead of 550BE

AnandTech
 
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sydras

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I was looking for an updated list as I'm not in sync nowadays with what's current. Thanks a lot for your effort.