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PC Buying Guide - July 2011

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venram87700

Learnin in progress
^^^ ashu
i did get the steel series headfone from their santacruz office .. u hav to go straight from the santacruz station get down at the wast side by the public bridge and walk straight there is a famous sweet shop there i cant remember their name rite now (it starts with a B) but if u call up faxtel(steel series distributor) they can guide you to their office directly just say that u are at the station and they will tell you which is that sweet shop and it is only a few minutes walk from the station ..
when i went there i treid only 2 headfones 3H (the one i eventually purchased) and the siberia v2 series without the usb .. 3H was way better than the costlier siberia i must say and the experience i have with the 3H is awesome i must say i play fifa 2011 and COD MW 2 on my p4 system and the sounds are just superb i dont even hav to crank the volume half way up and it sounds loud .. if i crank it all the way up (i do it when i listen to some music that i like) then u just remove the headfone form your head and you can listen to the music thorough out the room it feels as if u hav a speaker set connected to ur pc and it is kept on a low volume .. it is so loud that it is a challenge to keep it on your ears without u gettin a head and earache .. also the retractable mic got my attention and i tried it out on skype it gives an awesome clarity .. and it is non directional so no matter which direction it faces the mic will be able to capture ur voice .. it cost me Rs 1799 (actual price 1999 they gave me a 10% discount) .. there i also saw the merc series keyboard and when i saw the FPS game dedicated keys i wanted to buy it then and there but i didnt hav that kinda money with me that day (i believe he told me that it cost 2999 or 3999)..it was awesome ...
 

ashu888ashu888

Core i7 (nehalem) Owner
^^^ ashu
i did get the steel series headfone from their santacruz office .. u hav to go straight from the santacruz station get down at the wast side by the public bridge and walk straight there is a famous sweet shop there i cant remember their name rite now (it starts with a B) but if u call up faxtel(steel series distributor) they can guide you to their office directly just say that u are at the station and they will tell you which is that sweet shop and it is only a few minutes walk from the station ..
when i went there i treid only 2 headfones 3H (the one i eventually purchased) and the siberia v2 series without the usb .. 3H was way better than the costlier siberia i must say and the experience i have with the 3H is awesome i must say i play fifa 2011 and COD MW 2 on my p4 system and the sounds are just superb i dont even hav to crank the volume half way up and it sounds loud .. if i crank it all the way up (i do it when i listen to some music that i like) then u just remove the headfone form your head and you can listen to the music thorough out the room it feels as if u hav a speaker set connected to ur pc and it is kept on a low volume .. it is so loud that it is a challenge to keep it on your ears without u gettin a head and earache .. also the retractable mic got my attention and i tried it out on skype it gives an awesome clarity .. and it is non directional so no matter which direction it faces the mic will be able to capture ur voice .. it cost me Rs 1799 (actual price 1999 they gave me a 10% discount) .. there i also saw the merc series keyboard and when i saw the FPS game dedicated keys i wanted to buy it then and there but i didnt hav that kinda money with me that day (i believe he told me that it cost 2999 or 3999)..it was awesome ...

Sounds impressive, thanx fo the Update buddy,

can u gimme the contact number of their office..?? :) wud really like to go and test it myself..

Do they hv all the headfones and the merc keyboard on display, like i mean can we test it out (hear thru the headfone and play with the Merc Keyboard) b4 buying..? or its just box packed products that we hv to buy straight away.??

Cheers n e-peace...
 

akshayt

Wise Old Owl
IMO (for Gaming Systems)

ENTRY LEVEL:

To play relatively recent games at low-medium settings at 1440x900 or 1024x768 with 30-60 FPS.

AMD Phenom II 955 BE Rs.6600
compatible motherboard for about 3-4k without onboard GPU
Corsair XMS3 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Rs.2500
Seagate SATA 3 1TB 7200.12 Rs.2700
Seasonic S12DII 520 watts Rs.~3500
Coolermaster cabinet Rs.1500
DVD RW Rs.1000
AMD Radeon HD5670 Rs.5k+
TOTAL Rs.26k approx
Dell/Samsung 19" monitor Rs.6000-6500
Microsoft Keyboard Rs.500+-
Gigabyte Mouse Rs.700+-
TOTAL Sub Rs.35k


LOW END

To play most games/recent games at medium-high settings at 14x9 to 19x10

Intel Core i5 2400 Rs.9700/Buy a Core i5 2500k for VFM or AMD 9xx for saving some money, the 2500k is much much better.
Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2-B3 (rev. 1.1) Socket 1155 Rs.5500
Corsair XMS3/GSkill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Rs.2500
AMD Radeon HD6850 11k
Seagate SATA3 1TB Rs.2700
Coolermaster HAF 912 Rs.6k
Seasonic 650 watts or more Rs.5500 approx
CM Hyper 212 Plus Rs.1850
DVD RW x 2 Rs.2000
TOTAL 47k approx
Samsung/Dell 21.5 Full HD monitor Rs.8000-8500 approx
Razer mouse Rs.1500-2500
Razer/Decent keyboard Rs.2000
TOTAL ~Rs.60k approx


MID RANGE

To play most games at max settings at full HD or nearly, without AA.

Core i5 2500k 11850
Gigabyte P67A UD3 B3/MSI P67 GD65 B3 Around 10k
AMD Radeon 6950 2GB Rs.16k+
Corsair XMS3/GSkill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 Rs.2500
2xSeagate SATA3 1TB Rs.5400
Coolermaster HAF 912 Rs.6k
Coolermaster V6GT 4k
DVD RW x 2 Rs.2000
Coolermaster Silentpro M700 Rs.7k
TOTAL ~70k
Dell 2311 IPS panel 14k
Razer Deathadder Rs.2000-2500
Razer Lycosa Rs.4000 Could be old though, there may be other options available!
TOTAL <90k


HIGH END | Ultra high end

To play nearly all games at full HD maxed out and most with 4x or more AA as well. | To play most games at HD+ with AA maxed out!

Core i7 2600k | Core i7 2600k 17k | 17k
Gigabyte UD4 B3 | Gigabyte UD4/5/7 12.5k | Up to 20k
AMD Radeon HD 6970 | 6950 2GB CF OR 6990 20k | 32k OR 40k
Seagate + WD Black 1TB each | Plus 90 GB SSD Rs.7500 | Rs.17000
Coolermaster SilentproM 850 | Coolermaster Silentpro GOLD 1200 8.5k | 15k+
Coolermaster V6GT | No end Rs.4k | Rs.4k+
Coolermaster HAF 932 for both Rs.9500
2DVD RW, Blu ray optional Rs.2000
Asus Xonar DX/STX Rs.5000-10000
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600Mhz 2x4GB | GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 2Ghz 2x4GB Rs.5500 | Rs.8000 approx
TOTAL 90k+ | Around 120-150k
Dell 2311 14k | Dell 27"/30" 25-100k
 

vickybat

I am the night...I am...
@ akshayt

For the mid range rig, msi gtx 560 twin frozr II/OC will be a much better option if gaming at fullhd without aa. It will be cheaper as well by almost 2k. The alternate would be 6950 1gb.

The intel p67 board can also be advised and its good enough to overclock. Again 2k can be scraped of.

5670 is not a good addition in that 35k rig. 5770 will be good at 2k more.

In other words, there are better configs on the first page of this guide. Please refer them.
 

flamereaper

Broken In
Hey guys i just came across acer s222hql full hd, led, slim monitor for 7.6k at deltapage. Seems to be more VFM than 2220hd. Dont you think so?
 

jpushkarh

Broken In
off Topic
I recently (12-Apr) bought AMD Athlon II X3 440 (Rs.3300) + Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H (Rs.4300) + Corsair 2GB DDRIII 1333MHz VS2GB1333D3 G (Rs.1050/1200) from lamington road.
Q:
I wonder what is idle CPU Temperature ? & fan speed ?
I found w/o doing any oc Just running as is i found my CPU temperature is 55 deg C @ 6250 rpm. Very Noisy.
No.s are from BIOS as well from HW monitor. mostly identical.

Don't think ok ?
or should dump stock cooler & go for something else ... Any Suggestion ..
 

venram87700

Learnin in progress
@ ashu
no they dont have any of these on display but they do get it from their storage space to allow you to test it i actually tried the headfones on my friends phone (he had a nokia c6) i suggest u carry an mp3 player to test it but cudnt test the keyboard on any pc but was able to hold it in my hands and get a feel for the buttons they felt sturdy and the key print wuality seemed good atleast they didnt seemed to get erased due to use like they have on my old logitec keyboard (keys weasdxc have all been erased along with my arrow keys due to excessive gamin :D )
their nos are (91-022-2611 3055 / 5524 / 2617 0971) got it directly from the website for steelseries ill post the link as well
SteelSeries – India
you can always ask them if u can try it on a pc it can never hurt to ask doesnt it ???
CHEERS N E-PEACE to u too bro !!!!!
 

ashu888ashu888

Core i7 (nehalem) Owner
@ Venram

Thanx for the info buddy, yup atleast if they Do not hv a System to test out the keyboard, i wud be satisfied if i can jus hold it in my hands and get the feel of this keyboard.. :)

hv taken down the numbers, thanx again.. yup I hv my Xperia x10 smartfone with me, so will check out the sound quality as well.. (will take my EP 630's also with me for a comparison).. :)
 

Cilus

laborare est orare
Guys, another addition to my inventory...Corsair HS1A gaming headset.

Last Saturday I've purchased it from M.D. computers @ 4K all. It is ok in music and movie but very good in gaming, especially with its 3D effects. Checked it with Resident Evil 5 in my Kolkata home. Will test it with Crysis 2 by today.
 

ashu888ashu888

Core i7 (nehalem) Owner
ALright Guys, : D

Received My MSi N580GTX TWIN FROZR II/OC (800 Mhz) Gpu today by DTDC Courier, so posting the pics now,

(Sorry for the Image Quality if its poor and NOT hi DEf as its From my XPERIA x10 Smartfone) : )

Feast your eyes, I myself am going gaga over it, hv reopened the anti-static packing thrice already to hv just one more look and touch this beast.. : P





























 

akshayt

Wise Old Owl
Your wrong man. At 4.5k the 5670 sells. But at 7k the 5770 is not much of a deal. 4.5k is what anybody who isn't into IT/gaming may shell out as extra for his kid, but 7k he will really think.

And no point in spending just 7k, when for 9k(exactly 2k more) you get 6850 which is at least twice as fast. So there is no end to the 2k thing. Spending 2.5k extra for 4.5k is more than 50%, so of course you do get much better performance.

Also, 6850 is the king of cheap VFM cards and far more VFM than 5770. But these cards aren't really required on such a low budget or at least don't really fit in either, because the rest shouldn't be compromised either.

Also, Intel boards are pretty bad especially for oc. The boards I recommend can easily hit 4.5/4.6-4.8/4.9 Ghz with decent cooling.

I would rather buy Gigabyte UD3 B3 at 9.5k than Intel at 8.5k. No arguments! PERIOD! :p

Also, MSI P67 GD65 B3 around 10.5k is pure VFM and nothing compares to it in that segment, the closest Gigabyte which competes is like 12.5-13k which too won't be produced any longer because of Gigabyte's news.

Also, in future games and in games like GTA IV, 2 GB over 1 GB VRAM means twice the experience(not twice the FPS, but twice the experience), so shelling out 1-1.5k for it is a no brainer.

And I would any day prefer a ATI card over a nvidia card, if they perform around the same mark, and they do in this case. Now that is a personal reason :D Actually, I find ATI to have a smoothness which nvidia cards lack, in real gaming, not FPS :D
 

venram87700

Learnin in progress
@ ashu how much did the MSi N580GTX TWIN FROZR II/OC (800 Mhz) cost buddy n from where did u purchase it ???
by the way the BEAST looks AWESOME man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hope u hav a rockin time playin games on that BEAST
 
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