Future-safe ~75k PC config help needed

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  1. koolbluez

    koolbluez Šupər♂ - 超人

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    My priority is in a great gaming rig with 7.1 channel audio, inbuilt HDMI,, future-safe config (can be upgraded without any major fuss). Real-worl performace needed, especially in gaming & audio-video encoding. I do do multitasking. But practically not more than 5 applications, maybe max like burn DVDs while watching video while video-encoding while downloading online (OK maybe one application lesser)
    I'm not interested in a huuuggee screen but am going for the BenQ E2200HD as it's good for 12k. I don't wanna spend more on larger screens as I'm going for a 40" LCD by this month.

    I came up with this config :
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    Proccy - AMD Phenom X4 940 BE
    Motherboard - GIGABYTE-MA790GP-UD4H
    RAM - Corsair DDR2 1066 2x2 GB
    HD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA
    Graphics Card - XFX Raedon HD 4770 750MHz 512MB GDDR5
    Monitor - BenQ E2200HD
    Soundcard - ASUS Xonar DX
    Speaker - Altec Lansing MX5021E
    Cabinet - Cooler Master Elite 340
    Drive - LG DVD writer
    Power supply - Cooler Master Extreme Power 500W
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    Totals around 71k/-

    Is there anything which might be either an overkill or a bottleneck?
    I'm looking for an optimal config, future-proof but not futuristic ;)

    Is the soundcard & power supply unit needed for this config? The default units on the motherboard & case might suffice, right. How is the Altec Lansing VS3251 BTW, 1.5k more than the XONAR, worth it?

    What about ASUS M3N78-T or ASUS M3A78-T instead of the GIGABYTE? What is the diff between M3N78 & M3A78?

    Also, I was looking for DDR3 supporting motherboards for the Phenom X4 940 BE in the 10k bracket. Is that an overkill? Will the DDR2 be enough? If there is one, please mention. I'm in Bangalore, consider availability too.

    I was also considering an INTEL config
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    Proccy - Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz
    Motherboard - MSI X58 Pro
    RAM - Corsair TW3X4G-C9DHX 2x2GB DDR3 1333
    HD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA
    Graphics Card - XFX Raedon HD 4770 750MHz 512MB GDDR5
    Monitor - BenQ G2412HD
    Soundcard - Altec Lansing VS3251
    Speaker - Altec Lansing MX5021E
    PC Cabinet - Cooler Master Elite 340
    Optical drive - LG
    Power supply - Cooler Master Extreme Power 500W
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    It stretches to 75.5k/-. Is it worth? I dont get my HDMI port too :(
    Also, i920 is getting ditched, good for price-reduction, na. No other effect on the rig, right. Will I get the same output as inbuilt HDMI with a DVI/HDMI adapter?

    Are there better options? Please tweak my config to be the best at that price range.

    Also, I want a good writer. I was not able to successfully write dual-layer DVDs on my current system even though it could burn them. Always verification failed & DVD was not readable on some systems. The DVDs used were of Verbatim, Imation & Sony. Can't blame them. My HP writer works wonders for regular DVDs. Actually burnt a dual-layer successfully of 10 trails. Something else is wrong here. I tried burning on a friend's LG DVD writer too. That too failed, 7.5GB data. I had ~50GB free space in my active partition.
     
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    for gaming and audio-video encoding, replace MX5021 with Logitech X-540 or Z5500

    Monitor: I would go for Dell 2409W or 2408WFP

    PSU: Get a bigger one, atleast a 650W if you want future proof

    GPU: Go for GTX275 atleast.

    HDMI is the least thing you should worry about as you won't be using monitors speakers.
     
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    DB.. I want this config for the 75k budget. I might skip out monitor, speaker & soundcard for the moment & adjust with the default & my old hardware to reduce costs to 55k. 55k IS WHAT I PLAN TO SPEND NOW.

    THAT'S WHY I NEED FUTURE-SAFE. SO THAT I CAN UPGRADE IT BY YEAR-END. I'M PLANNING TO BUY MY RIG "INSTALLMENTS" WITHOUT FEELING IT INCOMPLETE :D

    Replacing MX5021 with Logitech Z5500 will stretch my budget 8k further.
    GTX275 will stretch it 8k further. 16 grand is huge.

    Any recommendations for the PSU in 3-4k bracket? Is it worth?

    HDMI I heard gives better video output compared to normal DVI. That's why I'm inclined to it. I need to connect to my 42" TV.

    ALSO, 940BE or I7 920?
     
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    Stick to the X4 940 B.E., but get a PowerColour HD4890 1GB @ 14.4k
     
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    ^ Isn't the MSI ATI Radeon HD4890 better for the same price? With HDMI too.
    But it'll stretch my budget 8k. MoBos supports Crossfire, so better to add another 8.5k XFX Raedon HD 4770 later, right?
     
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    ^^Wait, I'm sorry.

    Here's the deal:

    Sapphire HD4890 1GB GDDR5 @ Rs. 13,100

    Now find a better deal(I don't think you will).

    This beats the 2xHD4770 in price too(7.2x2=14.4)

    So your choice. But I strongly recommend the HD4890, I mean look at the PRICE:performance!!!!
     
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    Sapphire HD4890 1GB GDDR5 @ Rs. 13,100! I thought that was costlier than PowerColour or MSI variant? Still HD4770 has better price-performance ratio, na? Read somewhere that ( 2 x HD4770 >performance than HD4890 )
     
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    ^thats true but there are alot of issues to deal with in any multi gpu setup...some games might not be supported, glitches sometimes etc etc...i dont think 4770 cfx is a better deal that hd4890.
     
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    What is the best mobo I can get for the Phenom X4 940 BE @ 10k?
    Is it better to go for the i7 920 combo or X4 940 combo?
     
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    If you are looking for pure gaming rig, go for Phenom II X4 based rig.
     
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    Get:

    Phenom II X4 940 B.E. 3GHz @ 10.8k
    Jetway 790GX HA07-LF ULTRA @ 6.8k
    4GB G.Skill Pi PC26400 CL4 Black @ 4.2k
    Corsair VX550W @ 5.8k
    Sapphire HD4890 1GB GDDR5 @ 13.1k

    There u go!
     
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    add to that.

    HD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA
    Monitor - Dell 2409W
    Soundcard - ASUS Xonar DX
    Speaker - Altec Lansing MX-5021E or Logitech X-540
    PC Cabinet - Cooler Master Elite 345
    Optical drive - Sony/Samsung
    Power supply - Corsair VX550W
    xbox 360 controller for PC
    Logitech G15 gaming desktop.
    steelseries mousepad
    APC 650VA UPS
     
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    Sapphire HD 4870 1Gb is 10.5k now.
    4770 isnt available now.
    Or you can get Sapphire 2xHD 4850 for 6.5k**2=13k
    kicks GTX 275 or 4890 hard. But u need a heft PSU, like the TX 650.
     
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    Hey why not try the following config.
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Q9550
    Motherboard: XFX 630i/7100
    HDD: 1 Tb 7200.12
    RAM: 2x2 GB 1066 MHz
    Graphics Card: Palit HD 4870 SONIC 1GB
    Cabinet: Cooler Master HAF 932 or Cooler Master Storm Sniper
    PSU: Cooler Master 650 Watts

    It is future proof and very fast and also has an HDMI port(on the motherboard and an DVI to HDMI adapter for the graphics card and you can also attach a water cooling system in the cabinet though I dont recommend that.
     
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    are u joking?
    630i mobo at this era?
    And the Q9550 itself costs 14k+.
    btw, dun even mention about the HDMI on the mobo. It wont work with a card.
     
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    Why aint any one suggesting DDR3? I suppose that would be more future proof than DDR2.
     
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    lol Q9550+630i????
     
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    @Techalomaniac, I would also prefer DDR3 but cheapest board available in the market costs around 11k-12k I think. If the thread starter can get MSI G65 DDR3 board (790FX, costs around 9k), DDR3 is the way to go. It certainly would be more future proof than DDR2AM2+
     
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