Help needed with PC configuration

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  1. DigitalImmigrant

    DigitalImmigrant New Member

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    Hi fellow TD rs . Plz help me configure my 1 st PC

    Requirements/Applications :

    1 No gaming ( hardly )
    2 Office work - like accounting s/w such as TALLY etc .
    3 Watching DVDs ( n sometimes recording/burning )
    4 Internet ( surfing/mailing/ downloading)
    5 Music (listening mp3 s etc )
    6 Budget not a big constraint but wudnt want to splurge .Want value for
    money .

    Configuration that I've decided :

    1 processor - AMD athlon 64 x2 3600+ ~ 6500
    2 mobo - MSI K9NGM2 ~ 4400
    ( onboard graphics , AM 2 board )
    3 RAM - 512 MB Transcend DDR2 667 Mhz ~ (not checked)
    4 Hard drive - Hitachi Deskstar 80 GB ~ 2400
    5 Optical Drive - Lite-On-SHW-1635S ~ 2400
    Dual layer DVD writer

    6 Monitor - Samsung CRT monitor 15 inch ~ 4000
    7 Keyboard - Logitech k/b + mouse combo ~ 800
    8 Speakers - Creative SBS 370 ~ 1400
    9 Case n
    Power supply - VIP/Blues/Iball -400 watt psu ~ 1500

    * I 'm giving the link for yhe mobo , so that u can check out its
    features n dispell some of my doubts .
    ( shud I go 4 Asus M2NPV-MX / M2NPV-VM )
    http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_detail.php?UID=735

    PLZ NOTE(**DOUBTS**-the serial no. below refers to the item
    in config. above )

    1 I dont really think that my use pattern warrants Core 2 Duo 6300.(does It ? )

    2 biggest confusion in mobo . I have chosen MSI K9GM2 becoz
    it is cheaper than ASUS M2NPV-MX / M2NPV-VM
    IT has firewire ,SPDIF-Out/ SPDIF-In connector , TV-Out connector.
    Not now but sometime later I would like to use it for home theatre .

    3 would later ( say 6 months ) pair to 2*512 MB (=1 GB - vista ready )
    667 MHZ becoz someone said for dual channel 667 works better
    ( 533 not good @ him )

    4,5 ,7 , 9 - No confusion , almost settled . If there is anything significant do tell me !

    6 Monitor - right now I'm not going to be home , its needed only for
    net surfing by Mom n Dad n replying mails.
    Later ( 6 months ) . I wud switch to a 19' LCD
    (viewsonic or samsung)
    So going with the cheapest option now .

    8 Speakers- right now only Mom is going to listen to music ,
    mostly old 60 s - 70 s songs . 2.1 shud be sufficient
    now.

    * Graphics card - dont need now .
    * Sound card - onboard .

    ********** Since I'm new to it Plz tellme what all softwares n
    programmes I shud get loaded for my use .
    Or anything special which I need to watch out
    or be careful about !! ??

    Thanx to think Digit n all who have bothered to help me !
    __________
    what no replies in 1 whole day . C , mon guys ! I need u r help . I'm a greenhorn just making my 1 st foray into the world of personal computing .
    N I'm waiting for inputs from knowledgeble members .
    __________
    please reply!!
     
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  2. spyingshadow

    spyingshadow New Member

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    1. No. ur requirement does not need a c2d. If its value fro money, then ucan carry on that system for 2-3 years n add sm light gaming afterwards.
    2. MSI is good enough except for da fact dat it is micro-ATX. if u dont understand dat, it means that it is in a compact form factor. Simply put they space savers albiet with less space. So rather go for an ATX mobo. If u r not going to add more than an 7300LE n a sound card at most, its OK!
    The ASUS boards lack optical audio(spdif) but have wi-fi. So take ur desicion as to vot's more imp. 2 u. go for GA-M55plus-S3G from gigabyte. OR see other models from them. People say gigabyte is rubbish but it is a pretty cool company if u ask me.
    3. right. 533 is worse than my p***. 512*2 ok!
    9. if u ask me, i'll tell u to go for nothing less than 50-watt. Try n get an iBALL benz if possible
    all other's wwell. the sohw writer should be only 2000 coz i bought 2years ago for 2900
     
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    DigitalImmigrant New Member

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    thnx spying shadow!

    Well , as I understand , One needs high end graphics cards for games. ( correct me if I'm harbouring wrong notions ).

    No one at my home is gonna play games . Maybe watch movies occassionally .So , I think , onboard graphics ought to suffice .
    If needed I will use a low end graphics card n maybe a creative soundcard .

    Do u think this can be done with this board ?

    Sound is important n hence I'm graviating towards MSI K9NGM2 .

    But if Asus board is far superior n stable then I wont mind going for them .
    Wud use a high end sound card then .

    What do you recommend .?
     
  4. ~Phenom~

    ~Phenom~ The No.1 Stupid

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    I will still suggest core 2 duo and 1GB RAM.
    I cant help it coz I m an intel FAN.
     
  5. drvarunmehta

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    1. You don't need C2D for your usage.
    2. The MSI K9NGM2 is better than other mobo's in the same segment. It's definitely better than the Asus M2NPV-MX.
    4. Why spend 2.4k and get a 80GB HDD when 500 bucks more will get you a 160GB one?
    5. The DVD writer is about 1900 bucks not 2400.
     
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    i am also an intel FAN, but,, i prefer to say make a better change in harddisk which is an quite essential for you ,, since when u have a listening music and dvd burining things,, u intially be happy,, but later on u cant have space much ,, since u will dump more and more data later making dvd burns,,, and copying things for music listening.

    just try to grab an 160GB as minumum requirement for dumping also.
     
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    thnx dr saheb , just repped u !:)
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    @ all - thnx guys d config is settled will go for 160 GB as suggested .
    Rest will be same .
    Special regards to drvarunmehta for helping across posts .Will per u all !
     
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  8. satyamy

    satyamy Alive Again...

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    go for bigger HDD & 17" Flat Monitor
     
  9. dOm1naTOr

    dOm1naTOr Wise Old Owl

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    160 GB sata2 costs only 3k or even less nd a 250 GB costs only 3.5k.
     
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