To upgrade entire PC or just get a new graphics card? Budget 40k.


Jul 12, 2008
Hi guys,
I am not sure whether to upgrade my current components or just upgrade to a better graphics card. So, I am following the template. Thank you!

1. Q: What is your budget?
1. 40K

2. Q: What is your existing hardware configuration (component name - component brand and model)
1. CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
2. Motherboard - GA-EP35C-DS3R (rev 2.1)
3. GPU - XFX Geforce 9600GT 512 MB
4. RAM - Transcend 1 x 2GB DDR2 800Mhz
5. Monitor - Dell U2311H
6. SMPS - Zebronics Delta 520W
7. HDD - WD 1 TB Green
8. Cabinet - Frontech Noble

3. Q: Which hardware will you be keeping (component name - component brand and model)
1. Monitor - Dell U2311H
2. HDD - WD 1 TB Green
3. Not sure what else to keep

4. Q: Which hardware component are you looking to buy (component name). If you have already decided on a configuration then please mention the (component brand and model) as well, this will help us in fine tuning your requirement.
1. Sapphire Radeon 5870 1 GB
2. A decent soundcard with Altec Lansing MX 5021

5. Q: Is this going to be your final configuration or you would be adding/upgrading a component in near future. If yes then please mention when and which component
1. Yes, will upgrade the following within 6 months
2. SMPS - 600W
3. RAM - 2 x 4GB DDR3 or DDR2

6. Q: Where will you buy this hardware? (Online/City/TE Dealer)
1. CTC, Hyderabad
2. Open to online purchase

7. Q: Would you consider buying a second hand hardware from the TE market
1. Maybe

8. Q: What is your intended use for this PC/hardware
1. Gaming
2. Browsing
3. Development
4. Desktop Processing
5. Download rig, 24x7 operation
6. Watching HD movies
7. Video encoding

9. Q: Do you have any brand preference or dislike? Please name them and the reason for your preference/dislike.
1. Don't want to buy from Frontech, Mercury, Zebronics or Intex.

10. Q: If you will be playing games then which type of games will you be playing?
1. Action - Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty, Bad Company
2. Racing - Grid, NFS

11. Q: What is your preferred monitor resolution for gaming and normal usage
1. Gaming - Greater than 720p
2. Desktop - 1080p

12. Q: Are you looking to overclock?
1. No / Not much.

13. Q: Which operating system do you intend to use with this configuration?
1. Windows 7 x64
2. Linux - openSUSE


Active Member
Jun 19, 2010
Sell the whole thing and go fr a new one... u should get around 10-15k for it... so with 55k get a new system... check the rig in my sig below... around the same price except for keyboard and mouse and monitor :)


Active Member
Jun 15, 2010
You could sell the
1- Transcend 1 x 2GB DDR2 800Mhz ~1k
2- XFX 9600GT ~3k
4-Zebronics Delta 520W- No idea
5-Frontech Noble- RIP To the grave yard
6-E8400~4k ?

Approx prices IMO , Please refer to this for the exact approximates :p

Now with ~40k + 10k = 50k you could get this , assuming you have HDD + Monitor + KB+ Mouse + Speakers already ...

1 - For RAM Going with Mushkin - Great Performance - Mushkin Silverline 2*2GB Model -996768
Refer - Mushkin Pricelist

2- Chassis , You have a lot of choices -
a) Coolermaster 690 II Advanced ~5.5k
b) Xigmatek UTGARD ~6k
c) NZXT M59 ~3.7k
d)Antec Six Hundred ~5.5k
e) Lancool DragonLord PC-K56W ~5k
f) CM Storm Scout ~6k
g) NZXT Tempest EVO ~5.5k

Choices are Endless on the case , Make sure you get a good one - This will be good showoff for the MSi GTX 460 and will be having good thermals

H/W Model Cost
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 945 7000
Mobo Asus M4A785TD-V EVO 6000
RAM Mushkin Silverline 2*2GB Model -996768 4800
GPU 2*GTX460 768MB GDDR5 MSI Cyclone 23500
PSU Corsair 550VX 5000
Case CoolerMaster 690II Advanced 5500
Total Approx 51800

Hope :hap2: Helped


Well-Known Member
Apr 10, 2009
Corsair VX550 and GTX460 SLI :O Its better to get a TX650/TX750 in case of SLI ~ 6.5k/7k


Jul 12, 2008
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

If I just upgrade my graphics card to Radeon 5870, will that bottleneck my CPU? I am not sure how much performance gain would I have from E8400 to Phenom 945 :confused:

If I have to consider upgrading, then from l33t's suggestion:

Processor AMD Phenom II X4 945

Mobo Asus M4A785TD-V EVO

RAM Mushkin Silverline 2 * 4 GB Model -996768 ==== Is this DDR2 or DDR3? what's the speed? I want to go for 8 GB.

GPU 2 * GTX460 768MB GDDR5 MSI Cyclone ==== SLI on a crossfire board? I lost confidence on Geforce, do you think 460 SLI would beat 5870?

PSU Corsair TX650

Case CoolerMaster 690II Advanced

Soundcard Audigy Live

Speakers MX5021 (depending on availability) or Logitech Z-2300?



Active Member
Jun 15, 2010
DarkAngel said:
Corsair VX550 and GTX460 SLI :O Its better to get a TX650/TX750 in case of SLI ~ 6.5k/7k
Point Noted Sir , Thanks for correcting