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January 21, 2010 4:11:57 PM

suggest me a low range gaming pc...I ve chosen the hd4850 as my graphics card ....i need to know the best possible processor for gaming as well as multitasking below rs 6500 (135$)...also a compatible motherboard alongwith it..

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January 21, 2010 4:17:59 PM

AMD Athlon II 630 = 110$ (Quad core @ 2.8Ghz that will kill the I3 or Core2D)
Asus M4A785M-Evo is about 80 to 90$
2x2 Gigs DDR3-1333
Any Medium tower case will do
500W Thermaltake PSU

Later down the road you can upgrade to one of the latest AM3 CPU's such as PhenomX4 965 (or newer)


For the budget, an AMD is a better choice then Intel
I3 is only good to break overclocking records and a Core2D is expired.
January 21, 2010 4:30:10 PM

C00lIT said:
AMD Athlon II 630 = 110$ (Quad core @ 2.8Ghz that will kill the I3 or Core2D)
Asus M4A785M-Evo is about 80 to 90$
2x2 Gigs DDR3-1333
Any Medium tower case will do
500W Thermaltake PSU

Later down the road you can upgrade to one of the latest AM3 CPU's such as PhenomX4 965 (or newer)


For the budget, an AMD is a better choice then Intel
I3 is only good to break overclocking records and a Core2D is expired.





hey...i appreciate your suggestion...Thankz....can u jst tell me if the hd4850 is a good choice...also if this configuration would give me the freedom to play any game in todays market...
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January 21, 2010 4:52:08 PM

If you get the 4850 before prices jump/availability run out its a good deal at $99 free shipping on newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+1 to Athlon II X4 630-- or save money by going with the Athlon II X3 -- A triple core processor that would perform just as well in most tasks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

A better quality PSU would be the OCZ 500w which is currently available for $39 after MIR on newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also check out Tom's best gaming CPUs for the money article
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,252...
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January 21, 2010 4:53:48 PM

4850 could play any game-- its performance would depend on the size of your monitor. It might slow down a bit with a really big monitor.
January 21, 2010 5:00:54 PM

hey thanks for the links....wouldnt ddr3 cost more..is it better to go for 4gb ddr2 or a 2 gb ddr3???
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January 21, 2010 5:05:14 PM

Go with ddr3. Most computers sold today have it, and prices on ddr2 are rising as its usage diminishes. Also ddr3 will be easier to upgrade in the future.

Edit: you can make it on 2 gigs, but 4 would be a lot better. If you need to skimp do it by getting the 2.9 Ghz X3 processor-- very few tasks can use 4 cores, and the higher clock speed will make it faster for you right now.
March 7, 2010 12:59:29 AM

AMD Phenom II X3 720

ATI Radeon HD 5750/5770 1GB DDR5
(5770 is more recommended)

ASUS AMD780G chipset M/B AM3 compatible

2X 2GB DDR3 Dual Channel RAM (Kingston Value RAM)
(Go for Kinhston HyperX or Corsair, if you want to spend more)

Cooler Master 500W PSU
(Corsair is very costly)

WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD
(1 TB performs better than 500GB one)

Monitor Samsung 18.6" 1600X900
(if you want to go for bigger monitor, either the total no. of pixels will increase
making most games unplayable at their maxxed settings or the pixel density will decrease.
If you do not want to play at maxxed settings with this cnfiguration just for the monitor,
go for it. Be happy explicitly with 18.6")


I would recommend you this configuration.
This can really perform at low price.


You can also go for,
Creative SB X-Fi Titanium and Creative Inspire T7900.




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March 7, 2010 1:05:27 AM

Negative on cooler master. The PSU is NOT the place to skimp. The most reliable PSU brands are Corsair, Antec, OCZ and Seasonic.

Spending more on a processor makes your computer faster--spending more on a PSU ensures that it wont burn up or short out.
March 8, 2010 12:45:57 AM

deadlockedworld said:
Negative on cooler master. The PSU is NOT the place to skimp. The most reliable PSU brands are Corsair, Antec, OCZ and Seasonic.

Spending more on a processor makes your computer faster--spending more on a PSU ensures that it wont burn up or short out.




Yes I gave the option for Corsair.
And CoolerMaster is enough reliable.
He also mentions about his tight budget.
March 8, 2010 12:51:50 AM

deadlockedworld said:
Negative on cooler master. The PSU is NOT the place to skimp. The most reliable PSU brands are Corsair, Antec, OCZ and Seasonic.

Spending more on a processor makes your computer faster--spending more on a PSU ensures that it wont burn up or short out.



Along with CoolerMaster you are also going for APC 500VA UPS.
Now don't ask for 800VA or 1000VA because they are costly.
taking 500VA over 800VA can save upto >Rs3000.
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March 8, 2010 12:42:06 PM

Swarnendu said:
Yes I gave the option for Corsair.
And CoolerMaster is enough reliable.
He also mentions about his tight budget.



What retailers do you have available? A 400 or 450w quality brand PSU would be a better choice than a cheap 500w. I dont know what information you have, but the US newegg listing for the coolermaster doesnt even list the +12v amperage--and it costs as much as my Corsair did.

This is a much better deal at that price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 8, 2010 2:07:37 PM

Which components you wanna upgrade?

What's your total budget?
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March 8, 2010 3:34:41 PM

negative on the phenom processor... i'd rather suggest a athlon... i'm an indian... so is shubham1401... if u can tell us your budget than we can suggest better configuration based on the indian market...
March 8, 2010 4:47:51 PM

That was a reply to "rockintez".
March 8, 2010 5:01:08 PM

deadlockedworld said:
What retailers do you have available? A 400 or 450w quality brand PSU would be a better choice than a cheap 500w. I dont know what information you have, but the US newegg listing for the coolermaster doesnt even list the +12v amperage--and it costs as much as my Corsair did.

This is a much better deal at that price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Can you please inform me about CoolerMaster not being considered enough
reliable to use.

I live in Kolkata, since I am a student I always have very low budget, that is why
I went for a Zebronics Platinum 500W PSU for Rs2080. In Kolkata Corsair prices
are very high, and CoolerMaster being nowhere low priced. Among these Zebronics
is minimum. Is Zebronics that bad? If CoolerMaster is not reliable then Zebronics
is nowhere, is'nt it?
March 8, 2010 5:20:29 PM

deadlockedworld said:
What retailers do you have available? A 400 or 450w quality brand PSU would be a better choice than a cheap 500w. I dont know what information you have, but the US newegg listing for the coolermaster doesnt even list the +12v amperage--and it costs as much as my Corsair did.

This is a much better deal at that price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Also my configuration is,

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (OC to 280MHz x10.5 = 2.94GHz)
2x 2GB DDR2 800 Dual Ch. RAM KVR (OC to 420MHz)
ATi Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3 (OC to 850MHz core/980MHz memory)
ASUS G31 chipset m/b
Zebronics Platinum 500W PSU
1x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 320GB and 1x WD Caviar Blue 160GB
Creative SB X-Fi Titanium & Creative Inspire T7900 (+ Creative SBS 560 with realtek)
2x DVD RAM drives
APC 500VA UPS
Samsung SyncMaster 793s monitor
iBall combo multimedia keyboard and mouse


Here's everything you may need for your opinion.

Will there be any problem if I upgrade to ATi 5770 1GB with Core 2 Duo E8400?
I have a pcie 1.1 x16 slot, a 5770 requires pcie 2.1 for full functionality
like atomic operations of directcompute 11.
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March 9, 2010 5:06:40 AM

Swarnendu said:
Also my configuration is,

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (OC to 280MHz x10.5 = 2.94GHz)
2x 2GB DDR2 800 Dual Ch. RAM KVR (OC to 420MHz)
ATi Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3 (OC to 850MHz core/980MHz memory)
ASUS G31 chipset m/b
Zebronics Platinum 500W PSU
1x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 320GB and 1x WD Caviar Blue 160GB
Creative SB X-Fi Titanium & Creative Inspire T7900 (+ Creative SBS 560 with realtek)
2x DVD RAM drives
APC 500VA UPS
Samsung SyncMaster 793s monitor
iBall combo multimedia keyboard and mouse


Here's everything you may need for your opinion.

Will there be any problem if I upgrade to ATi 5770 1GB with Core 2 Duo E8400?
I have a pcie 1.1 x16 slot, a 5770 requires pcie 2.1 for full functionality
like atomic operations of directcompute 11.


Please don't hijack someone Else's thread .
Make your separate thread for your query. :) 
March 9, 2010 6:23:48 AM

rockintez said:
suggest me a low range gaming pc...I ve chosen the hd4850 as my graphics card ....i need to know the best possible processor for gaming as well as multitasking below rs 6500 (135$)...also a compatible motherboard alongwith it..


It is too dear.

This one is pretty good.

Link
March 9, 2010 11:15:57 AM

shubham1401 said:
Please don't hijack someone Else's thread .
Make your separate thread for your query. :) 



I asked this question directly to "deadlockedworld".
If any one else has some idea is free to quote.
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