Building gaming PC for GTS 250 - Please suggest

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    Hi! I asked this same question a few months ago and was told to wait until the i5 came here. Well, now it is here and I want to get rid of my old noisy PC :)

    I bought a GTS 250 512MB and CoolerMaster Extreme 600W a few months ago and now I am upgrading my system, a 4 year old P4 based. I will mainly use it for gaming and image processing. My current PC can't even give me 100 fps in CS and I won't use my gfx card with it as there is no point to it. Besides, it might not fit into the small cabinet.

    I will keep the following from my current system:
    -GTS 250 512 MB
    -PSU CM Extreme 600W (contrary to its name, it is just passable, it seems)
    -LG 19" LCD display with max resolution@1440X900
    -160 GB SATA HDD. I might junk the old 80GB though. Will add a new HDD, of course.
    -Logitech keyboard and mouse.

    My budget is around 25-30k, which should be sufficient :)

    Preferences - I prefer Intel but if the price advantage for an AMD is sufficient, I will go for it too. I am thinking of the following:

    - CPU - i7 and its motherboard is still expensive, so I will have to go for the i5. Or should I wait even more?
    -A compatible motherboard. Not sure how much it will cost and if I should go for a cheap one or a better one. NO OVERCLOCKING for me!
    -A good but cheap cabinet without a good PSU.
    -4 GB DDR3 RAM, but if necessary I can settle for a 4GB DDR2 RAM as well.
    -A good 500GB/1TB HDD.

    If necessary and if budget left, I could also go for:
    - A new and cheap DVD-R drive
    - Decent speakers (1-1.5k only!) (I have a good Philips headphone for my games, BTW :smile: )
    - Any other component you think I should buy?
    -Please note that the PC will be running in a high temperature, high humidity and high dust environment for a large part of the year.

    BTW, will my PSU be sufficient to run a system like this? I think it will be, but still...

    I know that this is a long post, but I don't want to make a mistake with this one. I am regretting buying the CM 600W extreme PSU. All suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to make drastic changes to any of my mentioned preferences :smile:
     
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    CPU: Intel Core i5: 10k-10.5k
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 for 7.5k
    Transcend DDR3 1333MHz RAM: 2x2Gb: each stick around 2.5k
    Cooler Master CM335 : 2.4k or Zebronics Bijli : 1.3k
    Seagate 7200.12 or WD Blue 500GB: 2.3k-2.5k or 1Tb for 4k

    AMD:

    AMD Phenom II X4 955BE: 9.5k
    ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO: 7k or MSI 790GX-G65: 7.5k
    rest is same.
     
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    Cilus laborare est orare

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    tHE PRICE OF PHENOM ii 955 IS LESS than that. It costs u around 8.6k at 10.5k Phenom II 965 is available

    Same for the Asus Mobo. It is available at 6.7k
     
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    I am for the i5 config if OP can afford it. I won't pair a GTS250 with an i7 rig. :)
     
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    Taking the i5 config with CM335 and 500GB HDD, the cost comes at around 28k. If I add a DVD drive as well, it will be around 29k, which is very much within my budget. So, after the upgrade, my gaming system will be:

    -CM Elite 335 (Excellent)
    -Intel core i5 750 (Excellent)
    -Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 (Excellent)
    -Transcend DDR3 1333MHz RAM: 2x2Gb (Excellent)
    -500 GB HDD (Good)
    -GTS 250 512 MB (Good enough for 1440X900)
    -PSU CM Extreme 600W (Passable, but will do)
    -LG 19" LCD display with max resolution@1440X900 (Bad for FPS, racing but will do for strategy game)
    -DVD drive (Good)
    -Useless speakers but excellent Phillips headphones

    I am already drooling with anticipation, now the only thing is to actually go and buy this stuff. I don't think buying it here in Allahabad will be a good idea, as the shops are too expensive. That leaves Delhi as the only feasible option. Any ideas on which Delhi shop might be reliable?
     
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    Better PSU is CM Real Power Pro 460W @ 3.5k or Corsair VX450W @ 4k.
    Good speakers are Altec Lansing BXR1121 @ 1.1k
    Kingston Ram's have been better for me than Transcend.
    Otherwise, config is good.
     
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    Sorry for not mentioning it in my second post, but I already have the PSU and graphics card - not the best choices but nothing can be done now. I might get the speakers though, if I feel like it when in the shop. I don't know about Kingston vs Transcend - they are both good AFAIK, so I will take the cheaper one.

    But I still don't know a good PC shop in Delhi - any suggestions?

    Thanks for all the help :)
     
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