What’s a guitarist without his guitar? What’s a painter without his colours? What’s a sailor without a boat? What’s an IT professional without a desktop PC? Answer is common, “nothing much!”. Hence when one of my friend finally decided to get a PC assembled I was very happy for him. I thought to help him out before other priorities gets hold of him and he changes his mind.
Before, he use to work either on his age old Celeron laptop or on my computer. He use to play games and watch movies on weekends with me. But now that he finally decided to get his own PC, I had a reason to get my geeky hands dirty in assembling a new PC. There’s some kind of charm in shopping for PC components and then putting them together in one coherent piece so that we can then appreciate the modern advancement, human beings now take for granted.
I started my research by studying many of the rig suggestions by fellow members on digit forum and also the suggestions put up in digit magazine. After analyzing my friend’s requirements and the suggestions on forum we decided to go with following components:
|Monitor||AOC 21.5 inch LED Backlit LCD – i2269Vwm Monitor / I2279VWHE / i2267Fwh|
|LG 21.5 inch LED Backlit LCD – 22MP56HQ Monitor|
|Processor||Intel 3.4 GHz LGA 1150 i3 4130|
|Intel 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 i3-4150 (BX80646I34150)|
|Motherboard||MSI B85M-G43 Motherboard|
|Gigabyte GA-B85-D3H Motherboard|
|HDD||WD Blue WD10EZEX 1 TB Internal Hard Drive|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) PC DRAM (CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9)|
|Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) PC DRAM (CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10)|
|Cabinet||Antec VSK 4000B U3 New Solution Series Cabinet|
|PSU||Antec VP450P I 450 Watts PSU|
|Optical Drive||Samsung DVD Combo|
|Keyboard||Logitech MK200 USB Standard Keyboard|
As can be noticed, some of the components had two or more choices in them, arranged by priority. After spending considerable amount of time in researching the prices (in offline and online markets) we finally decided to go to “Nehru Place” to see if we can get good deals in the biggest computer hardware market of Asia.
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