I wrote an article on buying a sub 20K PC some 4 months back. I generally repeat the budget once every 6 months. But given the growing number of requests for an encore, and with Diwali just round the corner, here we go sooner than that. Let's check if anything has changed in the past 4 months.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ (Rs.3,000)
Back then, we included a dual core CPU in a sub-20K config for the first time. This time we opt for the Athlon 64 X2 4000+. It has 2 cores running at 2.1 GHz -- with 512 KB of L2 cache each. Rs.3,000 is a great price for a CPU running at that speed.
Motherboard: Jetway M2A692-GDG (Rs.3,150)
We'll continue with the same Jetway motherboard that we used in June. Based on AMD's 690G chipset, this board offers excellent value for money -- thanks to its good performance and excellent feature set. Other than a good integrated display based on the x1250, the board features 1 IDE connector, 4 SATA2 ports, 4 DIMM slots for DDR2 RAM, 1 PCI Express x16 slot, 2 PCI slots, 8-channel audio, loads of USB ports, and more. To keep the cost down, Jetway has done away with the HDMI port that you'd generally find on 690G motherboards. As of now, I don't see a need for that unless you plan to connect your PC to an HDTV. In that case, pay a grand more and opt for the MSI K9AGM2-FIH board with an HDMI port onboard.