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Budget PC, in India, Should I go for AMD 4Core or Intel Core i3 2Core

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January 21, 2013 3:18:00 AM

I want to build a budget pc under 25000 for my cousin who is not so tech savvy.
But as always he wants it to work perfectly for atleast 3 years without upgrade.

After surfing Toms Hardware and internet I have one confusion, should I go with AMD or Intel.

I have following two processors in my mind,

AMD 3.6 GHz AM3+ FX4100 Processor : Price Rs. 6046

http://www.flipkart.com/amd-3-6-ghz-am3-fx4100-processo...

Intel 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Core i3 2120 Processor: Price Rs. 7197

http://www.flipkart.com/intel-3-3-ghz-lga-1155-core-i3-...



I have realized that AMD processors are good for Low budget I would always opt them for my own PC.

But in the future something comes up that AMD may not support, I don't want to take the blame.
So I think it will be safer to go with Intel Core i3 since it is not my PC.

But Intel Core i3 has 2 cores and AMD has 4 cores.

More ever the budget is only Rs.25000, in which I have to squeeze in a LED Monitor (Approx Cost Rs.6500).

I am thoroughly confused, please help me out.
January 21, 2013 3:34:01 AM

I just recently seen a benchmark test on the core I3 versus the FX4300, If you can get an FX4300 that would be the better choice but as for the FX4100 I would choose the Core I3 over the FX4100, The bulldozer chips were pretty much a flop and the Core I3 performs almost as well as a 4 core chip because it has 2 cores and 2 threads.
January 21, 2013 3:56:04 AM

Ok considering your suggestion and reading more I have made up my mind to go for Intel Core i3.
The processor that I mentioned previously was
Intel 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Core i3 2120 Processor: Price Rs. 7197
Would it be worth to spend a Rs.7400 on IVY bridge Intel core i3, because it has Onboard HD graphics and it is IVY bridge is better than sandy.

Also will the On board graphics suffice or do I have to get a separate one?

Also will I get heat sink in the package of processor or do I have to buy it separately.
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January 21, 2013 4:06:05 AM

madthomas said:
Ok considering your suggestion and reading more I have made up my mind to go for Intel Core i3.
The processor that I mentioned previously was
Intel 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Core i3 2120 Processor: Price Rs. 7197
Would it be worth to spend a Rs.7400 on IVY bridge Intel core i3, because it has Onboard HD graphics and it is IVY bridge is better than sandy.

Also will the On board graphics suffice or do I have to get a separate one?

Also will I get heat sink in the package of processor or do I have to buy it separately.


The onboard graphics are great on the Ivy Bridge, Especially if you can get the I3 3225. It has the HD4000 which does a very good job on gaming and photo video editing. I believe you have made a wise choice going Ivy Bridge But I would recommend the I3 3225 over the I3 3220.
January 21, 2013 4:11:53 AM

I also forgot to mention that it does have an included heat sink and fan.
January 21, 2013 4:20:32 AM

Since the heat sink is included , the cost of buying heat sink got saved.

Finding 3225 is difficult in India.
I think combining Core i3 3220 with a low priced graphics card would do the job.

Sapphire AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5450 1 GB DDR3 Graphics Card: Price Rs. 1970
http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-radeon-hd-5450...

I cannot allocate more than Rs. 2500 for the GPU.

Will the above GPU/CPU combination work or do I have to postpone the purchase of GPU for future upgrade.
January 21, 2013 4:46:28 AM

madthomas said:
Since the heat sink is included , the cost of buying heat sink got saved.

Finding 3225 is difficult in India.
I think combining Core i3 3220 with a low priced graphics card would do the job.

Sapphire AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5450 1 GB DDR3 Graphics Card: Price Rs. 1970
http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-radeon-hd-5450...

I cannot allocate more than Rs. 2500 for the GPU.

Will the above GPU/CPU combination work or do I have to postpone the purchase of GPU for future upgrade.


I was checking the site for another graphics card Because I don't believe that one has the power of the HD2500 on the core I3 3220, If I were you I would just use the on board graphics of the I3 3220 until you can afford a better GPU later. The HD2500 Is not that big of a drop in graphics power than the HD4000, And will do fine till you can get a better graphics card. But the Motherboard would need to be Ivy bridge compatible so use caution on that purchase.
January 21, 2013 5:04:09 AM

The Lucid Virtu MVP software on the Z77 motherboard will combine the chip graphics with the dedicated graphics card and give it a boost in gaming so it wouldn't hurt to get the Radeon 5450 for the extra boost, I didn't think of that so the graphics card you chose may not be a bad idea after all.
January 21, 2013 5:11:00 AM

Z77 is costly for me.

IVY Bridge compatible motherboard,
I am going with

ASUS P8B75-V Motherboard: Price Rs. 6678
http://www.flipkart.com/asus-p8b75-v-motherboard/p/itmd...

I prefer ASUS because, they provide good support in India.
Also I am going with B75 because there would be no over clocking.
Also maximum RAM supported is 32Gb.

PROVIDE YOUR OPINION FOR THE MOTHERBOARD.

This makes the total of CPU and Motherboard to Rs. 14000

I think 4gb Ram will be suffice

Which One should I go for.
Transcend DDR3-1333 DDR3 4 GB PC RAM (JM1333KLN-4G) Rs. 1338
http://www.flipkart.com/transcend-ddr3-1333-ddr3-4-gb-p...

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) PC RAM (CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9) Rs. 1659
http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-vengeance-ddr3-4-gb-1-x...

Which RAM should I buy.
January 21, 2013 5:37:07 AM

madthomas said:
Z77 is costly for me.

IVY Bridge compatible motherboard,
I am going with

ASUS P8B75-V Motherboard: Price Rs. 6678
http://www.flipkart.com/asus-p8b75-v-motherboard/p/itmd...

I prefer ASUS because, they provide good support in India.
Also I am going with B75 because there would be no over clocking.
Also maximum RAM supported is 32Gb.

PROVIDE YOUR OPINION FOR THE MOTHERBOARD.

This makes the total of CPU and Motherboard to Rs. 14000

I think 4gb Ram will be suffice

Which One should I go for.
Transcend DDR3-1333 DDR3 4 GB PC RAM (JM1333KLN-4G) Rs. 1338
http://www.flipkart.com/transcend-ddr3-1333-ddr3-4-gb-p...

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) PC RAM (CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9) Rs. 1659
http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-vengeance-ddr3-4-gb-1-x...

Which RAM should I buy.

I like your motherboard choice, I too am an ASUS fan and have one in my PC. The Z75 is a good choice since you'll not be over clocking, I too am not overclocking my processor to extend the life span. As for the RAM I would say the Corsair, They have a high reliability record and its faster memory. The 4 gigs of memory is plenty but with the duel channel memory controller on the processor in the future I would recommend adding another stick for a nice bump in speed. All in all its sounds like a nice build and you have everything well covered. I love building PC's so if your like me it will be fun so enjoy and also I hope your cousin enjoys the new system.
January 21, 2013 7:59:20 AM

Thanks a Lot :) 
January 21, 2013 8:07:24 AM

What is the purpose for this build?
January 21, 2013 8:34:47 AM

Autocad, Photoshop, Surfing Internet, Watching Movies and Playing games.
Mainly this build should be able to play games at least at the low settings 2 to 3 years from now.
January 21, 2013 9:01:58 AM

madthomas said:
Thanks a Lot :) 

You're welcome. I enjoyed working with you. Gotta get some sleep :sleep:  now. Have a great day on your side of the world. :) 
January 21, 2013 9:03:22 AM

You'll need at least a 6670 to run recent games at the low preset.. a 7750 would be more ideal.. for gaming you should spend less on the cpu and more on the gpu.. but since it is also meant for autocad and photoshop you are going to find it difficult to build a decent rig at that budget.. i'm from India too.. the prices here are lot more higher than in the US.. rs 25,000 for the tower alone is not enough.. including a rs 6,000 monitor is going to be really hard.. but its only my opinion.. i'm just saying because you said you don't want to recommend anything thats going to land you in trouble.. lets see what the others suggest.. i'm sure someone will let you know you if it can be done..
January 21, 2013 9:39:28 AM

This is the cheapest intel build for gaming that i can put together.. but i would'nt recommend this to you and it may be able to run recent games at 1366*768 but not for long let alone for the next couple of years.. a similar build will cost you about 28,000- 30,000 rs in India.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yL4q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yL4q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yL4q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $401.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 06:27 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yL5i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yL5i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yL5i/benchmarks/

And here is an AMD a10 build

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($116.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $404.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 06:30 EST-0500)

So like i said its better you don't recommend something like this to your cousin..
January 21, 2013 9:50:19 AM

Thanks for your opinion.
I know it is difficult to build a machine in Rs.25000

I will let you what type of machine I have built in the end, and yes it surely will be under Rs.25000.

If you can suggest a CPU + Motherboard combination under Rs.9000 it would be of great help.

9000 is the MAXIMUM, LOWER THE BETTER :sol: 

CPU should be INTEL
Motherboard should be ASUS.

I think I have to put the GPU for a future upgrade.
January 21, 2013 10:10:20 AM

madthomas said:
Thanks for your opinion.
I know it is difficult to build a machine in Rs.25000

I will let you what type of machine I have built in the end, and yes it surely will be under Rs.25000.

If you can suggest a CPU + Motherboard combination under Rs.9000 it would be of great help.

CPU should be INTEL
Motherboard should be ASUS.

I think I have to put the GPU for a future upgrade.


Alright.. if you still want to go ahead with it then i will help you in any way i can.. and yes it will be better if you add the gpu later..

for 9,000 you can get a pentium g8XX (850, 860 or 870) and an h61 mobo which is cheaper and offers less features or a b75 mobo which will let you upgrade the pc later.. get asrock motherboard because they are the cheapest and are reliable..

if you add 1,000 more you can get an i3 2100/2120 + mobo.. use flipkart only for reference.. the prices will be less at local retail stores but may depend on where you live.. and also i got 2 faulty stuff from flipkart.. a wireless mouse and a controller.. so i'm not confident about flipkart.. although i have seen lot of good reviews on the website too.. anyway check with the local stores on prices..
January 21, 2013 10:24:48 AM

There is also a pentium g2120 which offers slightly better performance than the g8XX and supports 1600mhz RAM while the g8XX only supports 1066/1333mhz.. but it does not have hyper threading like i3
January 21, 2013 10:27:43 AM

Ok After finalizing my motherboard I think the cheapest I can go is

ASUS P8H61-M LX Motherboard Rs. 3000
http://www.flipkart.com/asus-p8h61-m-lx-motherboard/p/i...

And the previously mentioned Processor

Intel 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 Core i3 2120 Processor Rs. 7197
http://www.flipkart.com/intel-3-3-ghz-lga-1155-core-i3-...

OR
Intel Core i3-3220 3.30 Ghz Processor Rs. 7377
http://www.primeabgb.com/index.php?page=shop.product_de...

Depending upon price of other components I will choose any one of the above processor.

Will the Motherboard support i3-3220 ??

Also will this build without the graphics card be able to play GTA 4 or NFS Run or any 2012 game at any setting?
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