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Ignorance Unlimited: Urgent help needed for optimum PC Conf

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October 2, 2006 7:31:15 PM

Hi All,
Please advice me on the optimum PC configurations for a PC which I intend to buy within a budget of a moderate $1000.00 (INR 48000.0):

Processor: AMD 64 X2 3800+ (AM2)@8200.00(INR)
MoBo: ASUS M2NPV-VM@5400.00
HDD: Barracuda SATA 250 GB
RAM: Kingston DDR2 667 1GB@ 5800.00
ROM: Lite-On 16X DVD Writer@2000.00
Monitor : ViewSonic 1912wb@14000.00
Speakers: Creative Inspire 5200@4000.00
Others(Cabinet, SMPS, UPS,KB/Mouse)@5600.00

I would like to know:
1. Whether to go for Core2Duo E6300+ ASUS P5B-VM @13400.00 instead of AMD
2. Whether I should go for DDR2 533 and thereby save some money
3. Compare graphics capability of NVidia 6150 vs. Intel GMA X3000
4. Any other relevant suggestion

I intend to use the PC for general multimedia purpose(watching DVDs), a little bit audio-video editing, occassional sound recording, occasional 3D games and programming like Matlab.

By the way, among other peripherals, the current prevailing price rates are like:
XFX 7600GS 256 MB PCI-E cards@7200.00
Creative Audigy 4 sound card@4200.00

Please respond....
With thanks in anticipation,
October 2, 2006 10:54:30 PM
October 3, 2006 2:05:53 AM

Get C2D 6300 and replace ddr2 667 to ddr2 533. Also 7600GS should be enough for what u want to do.
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October 3, 2006 5:35:23 AM

He doesnt have access to newegg...

The first thing is that since youre using the computer for watching DVDs and occasional 3D gaming I would strongly suggest a video card. The 7600GT for about ~$120 is an exceptional value.

Try going for the 4200+ if its only about $15 more. It'd be worth it.

If you arent planning on OCing simply get the cheapest mobo (that complies to all your personal specs) with the 550 chipset.
But if you are try going for the EPoX EP-MF570SLI, no idea if youll find it in India. Another option would be a DFI board.

DDR2 667 CL4 would be just fine if you arent overclocking. But if you are, go for DDR2 800 with 4-4-4-12 timings, the cheapest kit will do.

Look for the Logitech X-530. Best surround sound on a budget IMO.
October 3, 2006 12:21:11 PM

Hi All,

Thanks for the valuable comments from all of you. Some clarifications and further querries are as under:

1. Sorry, I do not have access to online purchasing from newegg...its still not here in India!
2. A64 X2 4200+ is not yet available in our market...the 3800+ is the highest model right now...the authorized suppliers could not commit for a higher model within a reasonable time as according to them, the "Demand" for higher models is very poor in India!
3. From ur feedbacks I am not able to convince myself yet whether I should go for the stable and proven AMD X2 3800 or the new, praised but not-so-proven C2D (E6300)(especially the motherboard issue with C2D)
4. I guess, if I am to get a graphics card (7600GS or GT), I may do with MoBos without any onboard graphics.
5. I found no comparative specs or suggestions between the choice of onboard Intel GMA X3000 and NVidia GeForce 6150.(In case I do not buy graphics cards and settle for onboard options)
6. Should I skip the 19" WS ViewSonic LCD monitor and go for a 17" normal Syncmaster LCD and save some money by that for investing on the graphics...(or perhaps go back to the good old 17" CRTs....)?
7. With low-budget 5.1 speakers (Logitech or Creative), do I need an Audigy type sound card, or onboard HD Sounds will be fine?
and by the way...I don't think I'll be OCing my system...

Hope I am not boring you...
Thanks once again in advance,

October 3, 2006 1:52:41 PM

Trust me on this, the C2D is proven and stable.
Its a better chip than the 4200+
The E6300 pulls ahead in all of the gaming tests, while the 4200+ manages a few wins in the encoding and 3D rendering benchmarks. General application benchmarks generally favor the E6300 over the 4200+ but there are some cases where there's effectively a tie or the 4200+ pulls ahead.

Link here at
What motherboard issue are you referring to though?
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
October 3, 2006 4:00:32 PM

5: Also have not seen any comparison GMA X3000 vs. GeForce 6150. But either one is a decent choice for High Defination video and possible future MS Vista upgrade.

6: 19" WS maybe a good investment - especially for HD DVD playbacks in WS format. Because you spend so much time with the visual interface the WS choice is never a bad choice if it fits your budget.

7: On board sound chip should be satisfactory. If it's not for some reason - its easy to upgrade later.

3: Do not forget that the AM2 motherboard is actually "newer" than the C2D 975X motherboards. And the 965s shipped just weeks after the first AM2s shipped. 965s were actually out in reviewers hands well before any AM2s were out to be reviewed.

If you are certain that you will not be overclocking a C2D 533 DDR2 RAM is fine.
If you won't be overclocking AMD X2 400 DDR2 RAM is good.

The best computer is the one you can actually get your hands on, at the price you want to pay. Either AMD or INTEL systems will work very well for you.
October 3, 2006 5:55:46 PM

Hi All,

Thanks again to all of you...u r really splendid...
However, for C2D the E6300/E6400, (higher models are beyond my budget here)...I am not sure whether ASUS 965 chipset MoBos will be fine or not...ASUS975 one is too expensive for me...Intel Desktops are also significantly good is 965 chipsets for C2D? I am not sure...
October 3, 2006 6:58:27 PM

Just built a C2D comp today at work using the Asus P5B (No deluxe) mobo. A quite nice budget computer if you ask me, E6300 + 1GB DDR2 533 Kingston ValueRam and a X550 for like 20€ (the graphics card) :lol: 

No issues as expected.

And the P965 chipset was designed with C2D in mind.
October 4, 2006 4:39:10 AM


Thanks Batspoon for ur u have any information about the comparative performance between P965 and G965 for C2D? And by the good do you find the audio-video rendering performance of ur 6300?
October 4, 2006 5:05:44 AM


Thanks Batspoon for ur u have any information about the comparative performance between P965 and G965 for C2D? And by the good do you find the audio-video rendering performance of ur 6300?

The 965P and 965G differ in that the G has onboard video and for the most part, the G only comes in microATX for custom builds (I think, not sure) If you don't plan to overclock you can get an intel board which will be very stable(but little to no overclocking)

Lastly, I second the other reviewers on going with Core 2 Duo over the X2 4400 or 3800. Hope this helps you some