why a core i7 pc? if u choose amd, u can buy for less than this and put in money where you really need it. hope that made sense. of course, u are to make the final decision based on many factors
just an example with my config to give u an idea for gaming. i have not tested it with any graphics-intensive applications so i cannot comment on that front.
pls note that i got this system in early jan. i still keep checking prices to see if i missed out on any drastic price cuts - and so, i can tell u that the prices have come down now
INR 4100: amd athlon ii x3 - 435
INR 5200: Gigabyte GA-MA 785 US2H
INR 3800: kingston 4 GB (800 Mhz) ram
INR 2460: WD Caviar Blue 512GB
INR 2800?: A good UPS (i think APC brand)
INR 8800 / 10500: ATI 5750/5770
INR 7950: AOC F22 22-inch monitor (1920 x 1080)
INR 1850: Case: Cooler Master Elite 310
INR 0000: Recycled KB, mouse
again these are all jan 2010 prices, and now in apr prices have come down noticably.
one thing about the AOC F22 monitor, the view angle is a bit low - so if ur eyes are slightly below the monitor, the top of the monitor starts to look dark. it's not serious but something u have to watch out for. after all, 22-inch monitor at below 8k :-D - cant really complain
hope i dint miss anything. as you can see, the cost is around 39k and it can a few latest games at ultra smooth fps at max settings at 1080p.
i have to admit that MOH A, Serious Sam HD and Risen are the only newer games that i played....have yet to see if i get any lags in demanding games like crysis.
I have not measured power but the heat output is very low...ok, not ice cool and all - but .. nothing to even bother about
of course, graphics apps are also part ur need so i am not sure how well this system would play there. just for your info, there was a recent (apr 2010) article here in toms which shows how the latest mid-range (like intel i3, amd athlon ii, low end phenom ii) perform on par in games with the high i5 and the i7 CPUs.
(have edited a couple of mistakes in the last section of my first reply)
as i said, i am not aware of the graphics-applications prowess of my AMD system. if that is ur primary objective with ur comp, suggest u do more research. :-( i have not done any in this area. but for gaming, good to go
as far as graphics applications, the cheapest (my wallet is tight hehe) intel that comes to mind is i3-530. which performs similar to the similar(?) priced athlon ii x4 630.
hey man i also got my new syatem for 3d n gaming in dec..
igot it for 50000rs ..
my config was..
core i5 process
n250GTS nvidia 1 gb ddr3 graphics card
4 gb ddr3 ram
50 gb hd
smps by cooler master..(500 o 600 va sumting)
cooler master elite cabinet
n microtek ups
u can get core i7 by spendin 7 -8 thousands more on dis ting
n can go for more high in graphics card bt i m not facin ne probs in dis one til date on workin 3ds maxx...or playin d latest games lyk bad company 2 or just cause 2...
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