Budget 0-20k Upgrade Advice Needed (MOBO + CPU + RAM)

Apex

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  • What is your budget?
    • 12~15K
  • What is your existing hardware configuration (component name - component brand and model)
    • CPU - Intel E7200
    • Motherboard - Asus P5Q
    • GPU - ATI HD4850
    • RAM - Corsair 2X1GB
    • Monitor - Dell 19" LCD
    • PSU - Corsair VX450
    • HDD - Seagate 1X250GB, Seagate 2X500GB
  • Which hardware will you be keeping (component name - component brand and model)
      • Monitor - Dell 19" LCD
      • PSU - Corsair VX450
      • GPU - ATI HD4850
      • HDD - Seagate 1X250GB, Seagate 2X500GB
  • 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.
      • CPU - Intel i3 3220 or AMD FX-6300 (Please suggest alternatives, if any)
      • Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H or GA-78LMT-USB3 (Please suggest alternatives, if any)
      • RAM - Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1X4GB (Please suggest alternatives, if any)
  • 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
    • Final, should last for at least another 5 Years.
    • Probably, I'll get another 1X4GB RAM
  • Where will you buy this hardware? (Online/City/TE Dealer)
      • Local Purchase
      • Online Purchase (Please suggest best websites with availability)
  • Would you consider buying a second hand hardware from the TE market
      • No
  • What is your intended use for this PC/hardware
      • Occasional Gaming
      • Browsing
      • Office Work
      • Development
      • Downloading
      • Entertainment Center
  • Do you have any brand preference or dislike? Please name them and the reason for your preference/dislike.
      • None but I'd prefer brands with excellent after-sales service.
  • If you will be playing games then which type of games will you be playing?
      • Strategy
      • Racing - NFS / F1
      • Sports - FIFA
  • What is your preferred monitor resolution for gaming and normal usage
      1. Desktop & Gaming - 1440X900
  • Are you looking to overclock?
      • Not in the near future.
  • Which operating system do you intend to use with this configuration?
      • Windows 7/8 64 bit
      • Linux
    • I'm also looking to buy a copy of Windows 7 or 8. I'm used to Windows 7 and have never used Windows 8. Which one shall I get? Which is the best value for money? Where can I purchase these online at a low price? Thanks in advance for your replies.
 

Apex

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Thanks @ASHISH65
BTW, how good are MSI boards e.g, MSI 970A-G43? How is their after sales service?
I'm still undecided between Intel & AMD.
Is AMD FX-6300 is better than Intel i3 3220 in terms of performance?
Which one is more value for money?
 

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Thanks @ASHISH65
BTW, how good are MSI boards e.g, MSI 970A-G43? How is their after sales service?
I'm still undecided between Intel & AMD.
Is AMD FX-6300 is better than Intel i3 3220 in terms of performance?
Which one is more value for money?
> MSI is officially closed in India. Better avoid it.

> FX 6300 is more powerful than i3 3220 but for your needs, i3 3220 will suffice. Also, FX 6300 doe not have an IGP and you'll need a graphic card or motherboard with IGP (which aren't any good).
 

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Thanks everyone. Got the following -
AMD FX-6300
Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P
Corsair Vengeance 1 x 4GB
Installed and everything is working perfectly. :)
 

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Thanks @harshilsharma63
Parts already assembled on my 5 year old cabinet. So, there's nothing to show off :p
I'll just post the prices -
  • Corsair Vengeance 1 x 4GB - INR 3041 (Flipkart)
  • Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P - INR 5748 (eBay)
  • AMD FX-6300 - INR 7239 (Snapdeal)
Also got a copy of Microsoft Windows 8.1 SL 64-bit for INR 5629 (Snapdeal)
One more thing, I've noticed that normally the CPU idles at ~35-40C but this morning after installing Windows and a couple of other apps, I noticed that the CPU temps reached above 70C for some time (monitored with Gigabyte EasyTune 5) but soon after the CPU temps seemed to be hovering around 50-55C. Is this normal? I'm using the stock cooler with pre-applied thermal paste. I'm not to such high temps. on my Intel dual core setup. Should I be worried? Thanks.
 

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@Apex, can you post the link of fk corsair ram?
I need to buy one urgently and have same mobo.
 

RIJIN P K

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Thanks @harshilsharma63
Parts already assembled on my 5 year old cabinet. So, there's nothing to show off :p
I'll just post the prices -
  • Corsair Vengeance 1 x 4GB - INR 3041 (Flipkart)
  • Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P - INR 5748 (eBay)
  • AMD FX-6300 - INR 7239 (Snapdeal)
Also got a copy of Microsoft Windows 8.1 SL 64-bit for INR 5629 (Snapdeal)
One more thing, I've noticed that normally the CPU idles at ~35-40C but this morning after installing Windows and a couple of other apps, I noticed that the CPU temps reached above 70C for some time (monitored with Gigabyte EasyTune 5) but soon after the CPU temps seemed to be hovering around 50-55C. Is this normal? I'm using the stock cooler with pre-applied thermal paste. I'm not to such high temps. on my Intel dual core setup. Should I be worried? Thanks.
first, congrats on the purchase :)
have you applied thermal paste perfectly?