We have seen a lot of new arrivals in the midrange PC segment. We built a reasonably powerful gaming PC for 35K a few weeks back. Let's find out if there is anything exciting in the entry level segment. Today, we will put together a config for roughly around Rs. 20,000 and see how it compares with the one we built 5 months back.
CPU: AMD Sempron 2600+ Socket 754 (Rs. 2,600)
For an entry level PC, Sempron 2600+ based on the Socket 754 platform, is a good option. The core runs at 1.6 GHz and it sports 128 KB L1 and 128 KB L2 cache which provides it with enough computing power for the needs of this segment. However, if you come across a Sempron 2800+, opt for that as it has 256 KB L2 cache and costs just Rs. 500 more. But, there is always a question mark over its availability and hence I haven't recommended it in this article. But if you can find one, buy it.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF (Rs. 3,600)
The Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF is based on Nvidia's 6100 chipset with a 410 MCP. Other than the onboard Geforce 6 based graphics, it offers loads of features like a PCI Express x16 slot, a PCI-E 1X slot, SATA2, USB 2.0, Firewire, onboard Ethernet adapter, 8-channel audio, and a lot more. At Rs. 3,600, it is an excellent buy.
RAM: Transcend 512 MB DDR-400 Memory (Rs. 2,250)
Since we are on a budget, we will stick to 512 MB of RAM. There is an extra DIMM slot to add more RAM. The motherboard supports a maximum of 2 GB.