A few weeks back we had a look at a sub-20K PC. While researching for that article, I was pleasantly surprised to see the kind of components we could afford in that budget. Although it was a reasonably powerful configuration, it wasn't the one that would have gamers drooling over. So today, let's add another 15K to the budget, and see if we can have our gaming brethren interested. Version: 07.07 implies July 2007 edition.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Rs. 3,250)
A lot of you would have wanted to see an Intel Core2Duo CPU in this setup. I too considered it for a while, but then thought otherwise. After all, it is not just about the cost of a CPU, but the entire platform which runs pretty high in case of an Intel C2D. Also, games these days rely more on the GPU than the CPU. Hence, I thought that it wouldn't be a bad idea to hold back those extra funds for a better graphics card and more RAM. Therefore, I chose to go with the Athlon 64 X2 3800+. It may not be as powerful as the C2D, but is certainly no push-over. It has 2 cores running at 2 GHz, with 512 KB of L2 cache each. Available for less than half the cost of its Intel counterpart, this dual core CPU packs a serious punch.
Motherboard: ASUS M2N-E SLI (Rs. 5,450)
I was looking for a good discrete solution for this PC. In my vain hunt for the Asus M2N-E board, I came across this SLI version from the same company for more or less the same price. This Nvidia Nforce 500 SLI motherboard sports a full ATX form factor and features 2 IDE connectors, 4 SATA2 ports, 4 DIMM slots for DDR2 RAM, 2 PCI Express x16 slots, 2 PCI 2.2 slots, 2 PCI Express x1 slots, 8 channel audio, loads of USB ports and all other bells and whistles you expect from these boards.