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February 16, 2011 12:53:22 PM

I plan to purchase a good pc around july or so..

here is my config i want to buy :

Processor :

AMD Phenom :
x2 555
x4 955
x4 965

Intel :
i5
i7

Preference :

Good for gaming for atleast coming 5 years.. and cost effective also

RAM :

8 GB (upto 8GB I see significant improvement but after 8GB the improvement is marginal and i prefer optimal)

Motherboard :
Asus or Gigabyte (which one is better? Gigabyte is economical)

Graphic Card :

(in order of preference)

ATI 5870 HD
ATI 6870 HD
NVIDIA GTX 460

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) :

250GB
500GB

(no idea what to choose and how to choose..)

Coolant/CPU Box :

Have no idea.. heard some water cooler system is good but its costing some 3500 INR (approx 78 USD) here..

What i want :

A good Optimum(cpu,graphic card, coolant)/economical(RAM, HDD,) Gaming PC that will serve me for at least 5 years and run games good..

Additional Information/Queries :

- I saw some cpu-gpu relation bottlenecks that will reduce the performance of gaming.. pls enlighten me..

- What amount of Power Supply can i take in??

- Is nVidia-Intel or ATI-AMD are they combos? i heard that those combos give good performance.. is it true?

- Is there any going-to-be released hardware that i can take into consideration?

pls help me in my first assembled pc..

btw i am planning to buy all the hardware and assemble at home.. can i do that? or shall i get it done by the shopkeeper itself??

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February 16, 2011 1:07:42 PM

If your budget is only 500USD ish i would go for an Athlon II x3, it will give you more to put into other things. Also, a CPU today isnt likely to give you great performance with games in 5 years, but planning for a slightly cheaper system now so you can do an upgrade in 3 or 4 years will give you a better system in the end with reasonable performance throughout.

If memory prices plummeted in your area too i would definitely grab 8GB, in the US its super cheap right now less than 2x2 kits were a few months ago.

The 5870 is much better than either the 6870(between a 5770 and a 5850) and the GTX 460(closer to a 5850) but also likely significantly more expensive, i would probably go for the GTX 460 1GB model.

Get one of the newer 500GB drives like the Samsung F3, it will be significantly faster than any 250GB drive you can find.

I wouldnt get a liquid cooler system, they arent too much better than air coolers for the cheap ones, try with the stock cooler first and if you need better cooling then get something like a hyper 212+

I would suggest a good 500-550W unit like the Corsair 550VX, or the Seasonic S12II 520W. You want a unit that has about 40A between its 12V rails if you want to put a 5870 in there.


You can definitely assemble it at home, its not that hard, especially if you follow tecmo's guide.
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February 16, 2011 1:19:34 PM

hunter315 said:
If your budget is only 500USD ish i would go for an Athlon II x3, it will give you more to put into other things. Also, a CPU today isnt likely to give you great performance with games in 5 years, but planning for a slightly cheaper system now so you can do an upgrade in 3 or 4 years will give you a better system in the end with reasonable performance throughout.

If memory prices plummeted in your area too i would definitely grab 8GB, in the US its super cheap right now less than 2x2 kits were a few months ago.

The 5870 is much better than either the 6870(between a 5770 and a 5850) and the GTX 460(closer to a 5850) but also likely significantly more expensive, i would probably go for the GTX 460 1GB model.

Get one of the newer 500GB drives like the Samsung F3, it will be significantly faster than any 250GB drive you can find.

I wouldnt get a liquid cooler system, they arent too much better than air coolers for the cheap ones, try with the stock cooler first and if you need better cooling then get something like a hyper 212+

I would suggest a good 500-550W unit like the Corsair 550VX, or the Seasonic S12II 520W. You want a unit that has about 40A between its 12V rails if you want to put a 5870 in there.


You can definitely assemble it at home, its not that hard, especially if you follow tecmo's guide.



thanks.. but i prefer quad core.. and i said around 500.. so maybe i can stretch a bit.. does the quad have any advantage for 5 years??
and btw.. you didnt tell me anything about the combos.. pls help me..

the choices i put up are the ones available in market now in india.. so.. pls..
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February 16, 2011 1:20:03 PM

You will be very hard pressed to put all that in a $500 budget.

What is the resolution of your LCD screen?
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February 16, 2011 1:45:27 PM

WR2 said:
You will be very hard pressed to put all that in a $500 budget.

What is the resolution of your LCD screen?


well didnt think of that one.. some about 18.5 inches :) 
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February 16, 2011 1:51:22 PM

fine.. i removed any budget limit.. asked dad for that.. :p 
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February 16, 2011 1:55:43 PM

Well if you have no budget just go here

http://magicmicro.com/
you will find good deals there and they will it will be assembled for a reasonable price.
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February 16, 2011 2:03:50 PM

jjthomp said:
Well if you have no budget just go here

http://magicmicro.com/
you will find good deals there and they will it will be assembled for a reasonable price.


thanks but im building my own..
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February 16, 2011 2:03:58 PM

Over a five year life span a quad core CPU makes a lot of sense.

18.5" LCD probably means a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
And that means you can use a less expensive video card and still get excellent gameplay. What are the chances you'll upgrade the monitor in the next 5 years?
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February 16, 2011 2:09:09 PM

Ok well you sound like an indian so i can tell u prices from around here (i'm an indian too)

I can tell you prices from around Delhi, so its easier to relate
Website used : http://www.smcinternational.in/

Intel Build:
CPU: i5-760 http://bit.ly/fh1J16

Mobo: MSI P55-GD65 http://bit.ly/fd4uVj
(Has 2 pci-e slots for future SLi, if you don't plan to then u could take http://bit.ly/gX2r9g)

PSU: 600W Cooler Master or 750 W if you are planning to SLi

GPU: GTX 460 Cyclone version( Factory Overclocked) http://bit.ly/gUfRz9

Case:Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Cabinet http://bit.ly/if1yU2

Memory: 4 GB @ 1600 mhz http://bit.ly/hw8jHc


AMD Build ( Cheaper and more cost effective)

CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 BE http://bit.ly/f8ajx2

Mobo: MSI 890GXM-G65 http://bit.ly/iiOxOw (CrossfireX Ready)

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB http://bit.ly/fGBVog (seen it for Rs.9800 in Nehru Place)

Case: Same as above

PSU: Same as above

Memory: Same as above

CPU cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Which is for about Rs.1900 ( Its good for overclocking your cpu)

You can mix and match the GPUs in the 2 sets, but remember, AM3 mobos don't support SLI ( There are some mobo's but i haven't seen them in india)
Taking Dual pci-e slot mobos are good because you can pick up the cards for a cheaper price later and get a performance boost, instead of buying another expensive one.
You didn't specify your budget,so i was going with 40k budget

Personally my build is Phenom x6 1090T with a gtx 470 and it costed me about 48k
AMD 6950 also released soon after my build and is an eye candy, plus its close to the price of the gtx 470 (15-16k). Let me know if u want more details.
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February 16, 2011 2:10:31 PM

For a July build it's much too early to start picking specific parts.
What you can do is look over some recommended builds based on budget and type of usage.
Recommended Builds by Usage

Look at the suggested Budget: $662.91 build. That seems right in the ballpark for your needs.

The Budget: $792.91 build is what I'd like if you're thinking of a future LCD monitor upgrade as well.
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February 16, 2011 2:12:32 PM

When you're about two weeks out from wanting to buy the parts stop back here and make a new topic.

Use the format the THG forum likes to see: *How To Ask For New Build Advice*
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February 16, 2011 2:22:53 PM

WR2 said:
Over a five year life span a quad core CPU makes a lot of sense.

18.5" LCD probably means a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
And that means you can use a less expensive video card and still get excellent gameplay. What are the chances you'll upgrade the monitor in the next 5 years?


very less..
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February 16, 2011 2:26:52 PM

thanks.. i got a fair idea.. but costs about 40k??
btw ati uses crossfire and only nvidia uses sli :) 
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February 16, 2011 2:31:51 PM

illuminatuz said:
thanks.. i got a fair idea.. but costs about 40k??
btw ati uses crossfire and only nvidia uses sli :) 


Yes, the total cost of the main unit itself is 40k, not including monitor or UPS, etc. A good 20 inch LED monitor is for Rs 6500 ( AOC) and 20 inch LCD for the same price (Samsung)
and yes i know amd uses crossfire and nvidia uses SLI. The Motherboards i stated above support them.
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February 16, 2011 2:42:07 PM

sync_nine said:
Yes, the total cost of the main unit itself is 40k, not including monitor or UPS, etc. A good 20 inch LED monitor is for Rs 6500 ( AOC) and 20 inch LCD for the same price (Samsung)
and yes i know amd uses crossfire and nvidia uses SLI. The Motherboards i stated above support them.



thanks.. and how about this?? intel i5 with ati?? hope it wont bottleneck.. do you recommend that one??
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February 16, 2011 2:45:45 PM

Core i5-2500K with ATI HD 6870. Or even Core i3-2300 with HD 6850
if there is a 1920x1080 LCD monitor in your future.
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February 16, 2011 2:50:36 PM

WR2 said:
Core i5-2500K with ATI HD 6870. Or even Core i3-2300 with HD 6850
if there is a 1920x1080 LCD monitor in your future.


well currently i wont go for higher res.. but after 5 years maybe..
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February 16, 2011 2:58:09 PM

AFTER 5 years? not in 2, maybe 3?
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February 16, 2011 3:10:28 PM

WR2 said:
AFTER 5 years? not in 2, maybe 3?


lol ya.. 5 years.. :) 
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February 16, 2011 3:43:55 PM

lol with i5-2500k, add about Rs.5000 to your original budget. But i don't suggest buying those till Intel doesn't released the fixed mobos . But Yes they are very fast.
I use this websites to check CPU and GPU ratings.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2
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February 17, 2011 1:41:04 AM

well.. i thought that it might work faster.. atleast upto some years..

anyways here are the choices i have to purchase near my home..

phenom x2 555
phenom x2 955

then comes i5 well i think i5 would make more sense clubbed with 6850 then overclock it after some time.. :)  btw i live in hyderabad.. so expect prices to be lil higher than in delhi..
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February 17, 2011 12:46:13 PM

sync_nine said:
But i don't suggest buying those till Intel doesn't released the fixed mobos .


whats that??
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