Well the spanking new vista is here and I know most of us had refrained from upgrading waiting for Vista to arrive. As Vista is here I thought it might be a good idea for upgrading and get a new system, The rates mentioned here are steet prices, I think you have a hunt a little bit for products, but its certainly worth it. So here we go
Processor: AMD Athlon64 X2 4000+
I know all you Intel fanboys out there will say C2D is a better option, but you can never compare price to performance ratio to an AMD. AMD 4000+ is a cheap yet powerful option, Even in terms of gaming it gives a good performance.
RAM: Transcend 1GB DD2 800 MHz
I think this will be enough for most of our puposes.
Mother Board: Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G
The reason for choosing this Mother board is simple, This is a nForce 430 chipset board and has a onboard GeForce 6150 graphics controller, for those on a tight budget can skip buying a dedicated graphics card and still a good performance, Vista rates this 3.0 if 64MB is shared video memory, and it also has a PCI-Express slot for expansion for that cool graphics card. It has a 5.1 Channel HD Sound OnBoard. And is Vista Certified.
Hard Disk: Seagate 200 GB SATA HDD
I know this might not be enough for all the videos and music and stuff(you know what I mean), but It is still a good option, and you can record some shows too, but keep in mind if you want to do a lot of recording get a second HDD.
Graphics Card: XFX GeForce 7600 256MB
Should I say anything more??
Keyboard and Mouse: Logitech cordless Desktop
This is the perfect combination of usability and ergonomics, but if you want to use mouse a lot, I suggest you get a wired version cause you cant using those AA batteries which die out in a month.
TV Tuner : Haupauge WinTV PVR 150+
This TV tuner is certified for Vista, and if you really want get a second one by which you can record one show while watching other.
Monitor : Viewsonic VA1912W
This Monitor is simply great for viewing anything, it a 16:10 display ratio, with 1440x900 resolution with a response time of 5ms and a 500:1 Contrast Ratio. And is Vista Certified.
Optical Drive : Sony DVD Writer
Well this is the cheapest option, it doesn't have Lightscribe but hey how many of us get Lightscribe compatible blank DVDs
Speakers: Creative Inspire 5.1
You cannot go wrong with these speakers, this the best possible speakers within 5k and it is the reason enough
CPU Casing : Really your choice
|AMD Athlon64 X2 4000+||Rs.06,000|
|Transcend 1GB DD2 800 MHz||Rs.05,200|
|Seagate 200 GB SATA||Rs.03,000|
|XFX GeForce 7600 256MB||Rs.05,600|
|Logitech cordless Desktop||Rs.02,000|
|Haupauge WinTV PVR 150+||Rs.03,500|
|Sony DVD Writer||Rs.01,800|
|Creative Inspire 5.1||Rs.03,600|