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: My friend will mostly use it for web browsing. Even I advised him to go for 500GB HDD as the price difference is only Rs.600 between the two, but he said 250GB is more than enough for him. I’ll try to tell him that again.
As for the RAM, I doubt he’ll need that much, because he’s gonna use it for very basic tasks, like web browsing or listening to music or document editing. Though I think I’ll be able to squeeze in another gigabyte if it’s really needed (Windows 7 will be installed). RAM is the easiest part to upgrade so he can upgrade it later when needed and it will also be cheaper by then.
I don’t want to him to go for a Chinese PSU because when he gets this PC, he’s gonna use it for a while and he usually leaves his PC running for long periods at a time. Stability/durability matters more to him than performance.
I want to make the computer future-proof, in the sense that it might require minor upgrades later on, but it should run as long as possible without upgrading the computer as a whole.
A few years down the road you will find that you run out of RAM and hard disk space much sooner than CPU power. So, for a general use computer that has to be future proofed, RAM and HDD space is more important.
You may think that 2GB RAM is enough but are you aware that firefox alone uses 512mb when you have a lot of tabs open? A few years down the road that memory footprint will only increase.
HDD speed is also something you have to consider. It doesn’t help your computer’s performance if the fastest component, which is the CPU, is wasting time waiting for the slowest part, which is the HDD, to deliver it data to be processed. A larger HDD will deliver better speeds because of higher aerial density. So that is another reason why you should go with the 500GB hdd. But it is best to see the benchmarks before you decide:
Now as far as RAM is concerned its ok if you don’t buy 4gb now. You can buy another stick of 2GB RAM later although its possible that DDR2 prices will rise. Go with DDR2 because DDR3 delivers no benefit when paired with a core2duo. DDR2 is also cheaper. The only reason to go with DDR3 is if you don’t plan to upgrade within 2 years. 2 years from now 4GB DDR3 RAM modules will be common place and you can just jump to 6GB total.
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@mianmars: I checked out czone and the estimate from them comes to around 26,700 for the same components.
As for Core i3, it’s a better choice but I don’t think it’ll fit in the budget. I’m gonna try and find out more, maybe I can find a 2nd hand processor/mobo deal, would that be a good idea as I’ve read they don’t really degrade with time/use?
I agree core i3 is not a good choice. It will cost a lot more:
Also both LGA1156 and lga 775 are dead end platforms with no future. Intel’s next gen platform “sandy bridge” will use a new socket. So only reason to go with lga1156 is for core i5 750.