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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Assembling My New Desktop - The Price War - Part 2

Well, this is the 2nd Part off the series I have started titled "Assembling My New Desktop" - Part 1 is titled "Deciding on Configuration and Basic Stuff" and is available here.

There's a lot of Price War and that's makes it that much more difficult to decide on the right spec. Do you sacrifice power/features for money? Well, sometimes you do have to.

After a lot of research - I could get the following price points of the different components in Bangalore, India as on 30th April, 2008. Currently the US Dollar costs about 40 Indian Rupees (1USD = 40 INR). All prices quoted in INR.

Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz E8200-(6MB L2 cache 2.66Ghz 1333MHz) 8000
Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz E6750-(4MB L2 cache 2.66Ghz 1333MHz) 7800

Intel DG33TL Intel® G33 Express Chip 1333 FSB 7200
GigaByte GA-G33M-S2H Intel G33 chipset 6000
Intel DG33FB Intel® G33 Express Chip 1333 FSB 5400
ABit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI NVIDIA®nForce® 650i SLI 1333 FSB 6900

Transcend DDR 2 2 GB 800 Mhz (X 2 = 4GB) 1850 X 2

Western Digital Sata 2 500 GB (7200.10 RPM) 4150
Seagate Sata 2 320 GB (16 MB Buffer) 3500
Seagate Sata 2 500 GB (16 MB Buffer) 4600
Seagate IDE 320 GB (7200 RPM) 3600
Western Digital Sata 2 320 GB (7200.10 RPM) 3200

Lite - On 20X Sata 1400
Sony 20x (Sata DRU 170S) 1700
Samsung DVD - Writer 20x SATA SH-203B 1350
LG 20x 1300

Zebronics Antibiotic 3 LED Fans(1Side,1Black,Hop) Transparent Side Panel, Temperature Display, USB & Audio Port (Without SMPS) 2050
Zebronics Marco USB + Audio,120 mm side led fan Don't know
Zebronics Rage USB & Audio, 220mm side Led Fan Don't know
Novatech HTNT-2688-B With Display Cabinet (White / Black) 1750

ViewSonic 22" VG2230WM TFT Monitor 12900
ViewSonic 20" VG2021M TFT Monitor 11200
ViewSonic 19" VG1930WM Analog/Digital 15-pin mini D-sub/DVI-D 9850
Benq 19 '' E900W (DVI-D) 9700
Acer 22'' AL2216W 13400
Benq 19 '' FP92W (DVI-D) 9800
L.G. 19 " L1952S (15 Pin D-sub only) 10100

Logitech M50 MM 5.1 Spkrs 2310
Creative SBS 560 5.1 Spkrs 2600

Logitech G1 Gaming Desktop (Combo) - Wireless 1430
Logitech Cordless Desktop EX90-Black (Combo) - Wireless 1305

Gadmei TV 3488E External TV Tuner Box 950
Avermedia TV GO 007 FM Plus - Internal 1945


  1. james2901 said,

    Good research...
    I think you should save money in whichever department possible and extend your choice of processors to include Intel Quad Core Q9450, 1333 Mhz FSB, 45 nm, 12 Mb L2 cache.
    Its about 14500, steep but definitely worth it...

    on 5/08/2008 10:49 PM

  2. Jason S said,

    Thanks for the advice James - definitely appreciated.

    Well, I didn't find the Quad core to be any value for money. For almost double the amount - I don't really need that much of a processing power.

    Also, one must note that most programs we use aren't really built even for a Dual core and to make use of the twin processing power yet - let alone a Quad Core.

    I did get my system assembled last week and struck to the Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz E8200-(6MB L2 cache 2.66Ghz 1333MHz) processor. I will be posting more on that and my experiences and Benchmark tests.

    Thanks again.


    on 5/09/2008 9:27 AM