We have seen the arrival of several good value and midrange graphic cards in the market in the past few weeks. Also, unlike our stock markets, the prices of other components have been quite stable. So we believe, it's the right time to do a gaming PC guide. Today, let's start off with a modest budget of Rs. 35,000 and see what a gamer with that much dough can land up with.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 939): (Rs. 8,500 with motherboard)
It's been a while since we published our last PC buying guide but the Athlon 64 3000+ continues to be the best value for money CPU in the market. With a core running at 1.8 GHz and 128 KB L1 and 512 KB L2 cache, a 1 GHz HyperTransport bus along with an integrated DDR memory controller that supports dual channel DDR RAM, this CPU is ideal for an entry level gaming PC.
Motherboard: Asus A8N-VM (N.A.)
Based on Nvidia's 6100 chipset and 410 Southbridge, this board along with the 3000+ CPU is a great combo for Rs. 8,500. The board supports a handful of features like Dual Channel Memory, PCI Express x16 slot, PCI-E 1X slot, 2 PCI slots, SATA2, USB 2.0, 6-channel audio, onboard LAN and a few more. You also have a Geforce 6 chip driving the onboard graphics but we won't be using that in this setup as we plan to opt for a discrete PCI-E graphics card.
RAM: Transcend 2 x 512 MB DDR-400 Memory (Rs 4,500)
1 GB is the ideal quantity for this system. Since the motherboard supports Dual Channel Memory, we will opt for 2 sticks of 512 MB DDR-400 each. Transcend is our preferred brand for this PC.