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Need help in a tight budget gaming/designing PC

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June 25, 2012 4:08:24 AM

This is my first post. Although i have been a reader since a year now. I always thought, i will make an account when i upgrade my PC. So here i am

Approximate Purchase Date: A WEEK OR TWO

Budget Range: 15000INR (263-265$) Due to currently abysmal exchange rates.. :p 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Photoshop/Illustrator/All rest adobe apps afterwards/Maya and AutoCAD! All having equal importance.

Parts Not Required: Not sure right now(explained below)
Already have a WDC 500gb HDD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.flipkart.com or locally

Country: India

Parts Preferences: Intel for CPU, Not sure about GFX, Open to anything.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Current Monitor : 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I have 3 Different builds in mind. Totally Confused.


Here is what I am planning to go with

i3 2120 = 6950 (local price) 122$
Intel DH67CL = 5400(local price) 98$
Corsair 4 GB RAM = 1350(flipkart) 23$= 13700-2700(Sale of Old mobo, processor, ram) = 11000. Keep the balance 4000 and save for a better GFX and PSU later

I will keep the case from my old PC, 17in CRT Monitor resolution 1280x1024(i know pretty lame), Speakers, Mouse Keyboard etc


or I have another option

All prices from flipkart. Maybe available cheaper locally.

Intel Dual Core G620 = 3466 60$
+
Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2H Motherboard = 3168 55$
+
MSI AMD/ATI R6770-MD1GD5 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card = 6863 120$/ OR A STANDARD LED Monitor for same 6800(120$)
+
Corsair 4 GB RAM = 1350 23$
+
Crosair CMPSU-430CXV2UK 430 Watts PSU = 2536 44$


Total 17390-2700 = 14990 (263$) Later Save for a LED Monitor.

My questions
1. Which build is better?
2. Should i get a LED Monitor Now or Get the GFX.
3. How is the performance of G620 and will it bottleneck 6770.
4. Is it worth investing in i3 now without GFX or get some new processor+motheboard after a year or two..??
I have to keep this rig for atleast 2 years before any further upgrades, unless i save for a monitor. Will the G620 sustain me till then..??

Thanks.
June 26, 2012 11:30:03 AM

Can someone help..
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June 26, 2012 4:27:00 PM

Best option:

Intel Dual Core G620 = 3466 60$
+
Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2H Motherboard = 3168 55$
+
MSI AMD/ATI R6770-MD1GD5 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card = 6863 120$/ OR A STANDARD LED Monitor for same 6800(120$)
+
Corsair 4 GB RAM = 1350 23$
+
Crosair CMPSU-430CXV2UK 430 Watts PSU = 2536 44$


Total 17390-2700 = 14990 (263$) Later Save for a LED Monitor.

I think that Corsair 4GB RAM is a single stick. you need 2 x 2GB of RAM for Dual Channel Memory to work on the CPU. Using only a single stick is a significant performance loss.

Corsair DDR3 2 GB (1 x 2 GB) PC RAM (VS2GB1333D3) you need 2 of these Rs 743 x 2 = Rs1486
http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-ddr3-2-gb-1-x-gb-pc-ram...

Then save for a LED monitor. Since you already has a monitor to use (1280x1024 isn't that bad)

also if you could find a G840/850 CPU locally I would upgrade to it (only + $20-25 in the US). the G6xx series memory controller only use PC 1066 memory, the G8xx series will handle PC 1333 memory. The combined Ram and CPU clock increase may be worth the $.

Gaming wise there is a small performance difference (less with the G8xx series CPU), but is it worth twice the Price? considering your budget, it think not. I would only consider an i5 quad core as a meaningful upgrade.

the G620 will be ok with the HD 6770.

I don't know what games will be like 2 years from now. so its hard to say if the any rig will make it that long. the main differences between the i3 2120 and a G620 are the G620 doesn't have turbo boost, Quick Sync, hyperthreading and the memory controller only supports PC 1066 memory. only a few games support hyperthreading (or more than 2 cores).
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