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  1. dinic J says:

    Hi Rajib
    I read your article and found it very useful
    I am planing to buy a new desktop pc
    and I am planing to assemble it
    my budget is 15k- 20k without monitor and ups and sound systems can you please give me suggestions about the best configuration possible performance wise.
    Thanking you in advance
    Dinic J

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Dinic J,

      Buy a system today is easier than ever. In many ways choices are more, yet simpler.
      Since you have mentioned that you intend to assemble it and plan to spend 15-20K on just the CPU unit, I am assuming that you want a decently endowed system capable of some good multimedia. Lets go about buying the components:

      CPU: I personally prefer Intel CPUs, but you can also purchase AMD CPUs (they cost less, burn run hotter). The lowest Intel/AMD CPU today is more than sufficient to handle most people’s day to day IT tasks. Plan to spend around 5K for the CPU. You should be able to buy a Core2Duo CPU for this price. If not, go for a Dual-Core CPU (older than Core2Duo) and it should save you 1.5K. Do not buy the latest CPU, buy something in mid-range as it will deliver the best value for money.

      Motherboard: If choosing an Intel CPU, buy a basic Intel motherboard like DG31PR (Rs. 2.7K). Plan to spend a max of 3.5K on the motherboard. Most motherboards today come with audio-video-lan built-in and feature PCIx slots so that you can plug in a Graphics Accelerator later on.

      RAM: I have a feeling that you will want to run Microsoft Windows 7 OS on it. If so, plan to buy 4GB RAM. Typical RAM configurations are: for XP buy 1-2GB RAM, for Vista buy 2-3GB RAM, for 7 buy 3-4GB RAM. 4 GB RAM should cost around 4.5K.

      HDD: Buy a Seagate 500GB SATA drive to start with. You can buy external drives of 1-1.5TB capacity to store your growing collection of movies & music later. A 500GB drive should cost around 2.5K

      Addl. Cards: Buy a D-Link PCI Network card if you intend to connect your computer directly to a DSL line or Cable Internet line. Many users report burnt motherboards when high voltage spikes are inadvertently received by the CPU over the communication lines. The addl. PCI cards generally are better capable of absorbing such spikes. Plus if the card gets spoiled, you only need to replace it vs. replacing a motherboard because the onboard Ethernet chip burned out.

      SMPS & Cabinet: If you plan to install a high-end graphics accelerator, then you will need to buy a high quality SMPS (Corsair, Zalman, CoolerMaster) of at-least 600W. Otherwise, just buy a Zebronics 400W SMPS for now. When selecting the cabinet, don’t go by the external plastic faring, lights or chrome. Instead look inside: How many HDD install bays are there? Are they nicely spaced? How many DVD drives can you install? How about the quality of the metal used? Is it so thin that it will bend and tear? Are there front USB ports? Cooling fans to circulate air near the HDD area?

      Keyboard, Mouse: Buy a basic PS/2 Keyboard and PS/2 Optical Mouse for the computer. Not only it will free up the USB ports, but also help you install OS such as Linux & XP (which don’t recognize USB devices till the OS has been installed).


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