A Budget PC Under Rs. 25,000
| by Jayesh Mansukhani
One of the most significant changes that have taken place, over the last couple of years has been the gradual erosion of the single-core processor market by dual-cores. AMD and Intel have been waging a price war against each other on this front and this has lead to a situation where single core processors are now just literally 200-300 rupees cheaper than their dual-core counterparts. This is of course great news for consumers, as it means that it is now possible to assemble a dual-core powered multi-media ready desktop for as low as Rs. 25,000! Please note that since this is just a basic Rs. 5,000 upgrade from our popular Rs. 20,000 machine, many of our peripherals and components remain the same.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ (Rs. 4,500)
While searching for the ideal processor for our machine, we considered both solutions from Intel and AMD. Though Intel has significantly lowered its prices and introduced the Intel 945 GZ chipset, we find that the AMD 4400 X2 processor/AMD 690G chipset combination offers far better VFM.
This is a mid-rung processor that offers a clock speed of 2.3 GHZ, 512K of L2 cache and in an important development has been made on a 65nm die process. This results in decreased power requirement, keeps the processor running significantly cooler and with its clock speed actually offers the performance of the Intel E6300 which costs Rs. 3,000 more.
Keeping in mind our budget, we had to choose our motherboard very carefully. Our first choice was the Asus M2NPV-VM board which has been featured in previous roundups. However, while we were making enquires in the market about the availability of the product, we found that most major dealers simply said that it was not available. The product seems to have just disappeared. This forced us to reevaluate our choice. Our second choice therefore and our choice for this machine was another Asus board – the Asus M2A VM.
RAM prices have recently been going south and it's time take advantage of this. 1 GB of system memory is absolutely vital for system operations nowadays with the increased size and requirements of software. Kingston really needs no introduction. They have been making quality RAM sticks for a long time. Now available at a price of Rs. 2,500 with a 5 yr warranty, it’s the perfect product for our machine.
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