Building a Vista Premium PC for Rs.50k

Do it Youself Projects Mar 8, 2007

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
Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G Rs.03,800
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
Viewsonic VA1912W Rs.13,800
Sony DVD Writer Rs.01,800
Creative Inspire 5.1 Rs.03,600
CPU Casing Rs.01,200