Build a Brand New Assembled PC Powered By new Microsoft Vista for Rs.40,000 only Now lest have a look in the details
As we all know that vista is launched and has started rocking the software market. Even the company is expecting a huge turnover with this operating system. But this time the old PC users more than 2 years old there are some limitations for them to upgrade to vista as it has its own specifications which are bit difficult to find in old computers and if they somehow manage to get that vista installed. The OS will run really slow believe me I also tried that but dint work so I planned to make my own computer for cheap.
So, First of all lets have a look on the minimum requirements of the Vista operating system which are as under
A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
A modern processor (at least 800MHz).
512 MB of system memory.
A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:
1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
1 GB of system memory.
Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum), Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
Audio output capability.
Internet access capability.
So many of You like me might be thinking why this kind of heavy hardware requirements this time, I will tell you this is because this time the Microsoft has introduced the Aero user interface. The new aero user interface is very visual, complete with features such as glass-like interface elements, translucent Start Menu and taskbar, Windows Flip 3D, and Live Taskbar Thumbnails. In the earlier versions of windows the user interface was rendered in software. In Vista with Aero, it utilizes the hardware capabilities of your graphics card. It’s not in entirety that systems with on-board graphics will be unable to run Aero, rather these systems will run very slowly, may be unstable and hence would reduce the overall productivity. In fact onboard graphic chips like Nvidia’s 6150 for AMD processors and Intel’s latest X3000 for the 965 chipset are Windows Vista Premium capable. But a dedicated graphic card is always the best option.
So our aim here, is to build a PC that is decently powerful, feature rich, isn’t unnecessarily expensive and of course is Vista Premium capable. So without further ado let’s bring forth the Vista Premium machine.
Intel Core2 Duo E6300 (Rs. 8,700)
Enough has been said about it. Take our word for it, Core 2 Duo is the best desktop processor series you can buy at the moment. The E6300 is the second lowest in rung after the recently introduced E4300 processor. Not taking that lowly, the E6300 is a screaming performer. This dual core processor has a clock speed of 1.83 GHz with a 2MB L2 cache. As with the other Core 2 Duo processors it has a FSB of 1066 MHz.
Asus P5LD2-VM (Rs. 4,500)
This was a really tough choice to make. Since our aim was to make a set-up for the masses, we wanted to keep the cost as low as possible without cutting any corners. So we started off with options that had an onboard video chip that was Vista Premium compliant so that we didn’t have to invest in an add-on graphics card (this motherboard has onboard video in Intel’s GMA 950 but is not Vista premium capable). So we first turned to Nvidia, they had their 6150 series that is Aero capable but unfortunately it’s only for AMD processors. So, next we looked at Intel. They had recently launched their already popular 965 chipset with onboard X3000 graphics in the G965 chipset. But then the price of Intel’s G965 board as compared to a board with the 945 chipset was around Rs. 2,500. Logic prevailed that we rather get an add-on graphics card in that price difference. Of course the 965 chip is the successor to the 945 chipset, both from Intel, but the difference with the components we are using is almost negligible. For example, the 965 chipset supports up to DDR2 800 Mhz memory as compared to DDR2 667 for the 945 chip. But then, as 1 GB 800 MHz DDR2 RAM costs almost 75% more than 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 RAM, the choice was obvious—the Asus P5LD2-VM with Intel’s 945 chipset and 1GB (512×2) of 667 MHz DDR2 RAM as you will discover later.
The board is equipped with 4 SATA ports, 2 IDE ports, 3 PCI slots and 4 memory banks with support for DDR2 533 and 667 MHz Ram. It offers Hi-Definition 7.1 channel sound employing the Realtek ALC882M audio chip and has a single PCIe 16x slot for a dedicated graphics solution. For LAN connectivity the board sports an onboard Gigabit LAN adapter, and peripheral expansion is taken care of by 4 USB 2.0 ports.
Transcend 1GB (512×2) DDR2 667 MHz RAM (Rs. 5,000)
We have pretty much spoken about the RAM in the motherboard section. 1GB for the Vista Premium requirement. As for the two sticks of 512MB, we did that to avail the benefit of dual memory channels on the motherboard.
MSI NX7300LE-TD128E (Rs. 2,400)
The most important component for a Vista Premium build. This card is Vista premium compliant along with proper driver support from Nvidia. The card has onboard 128MB of GDDR2 memory expandable up to 512MB with turbo cache enabled, which it shares from the system memory. In this respect the system should at least have 1GB of RAM, which we do.
The card has Microsoft DirectX 9.0 and Shader Model 3.0 support and also comes with a TV-out port along with the standard DVI and VGA connectors.
Onboard: 7.1 channel Realtek ALC882M Controller (Price: N.A)
Onboard audio has improved over the years with Realtek’s ALC882M offering 8 channel High-Definition surround sound. It is also Dolby Digital capable and with a SPDIF connector, which has to be purchased separately. As with the sound quality, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish between a sound card and an onboard audio solution unless you pair the sound card with expensive speakers. With the speakers we have, onboard audio suits us fine
Onboard: Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller 10/100/1000 (Price: N.A)
This is the standard Intel Gigabit onboard 10/100/1000 LAN that gives a maximum transfer speed of 1000 Mbps. It is fast enough to take care of your broadband internet (most users have a connection speed of 256 Kpbs or 512 kbps). Though Gigabit LAN is already present, most home networks are only capable of handling 100 Mbps speeds. Hence, you have the right firepower in Intel’s 10/100/1000 LAN.
Western Digital SATA II HDD 160 GB (Rs. 3,000)
With the world going digital, the amount of storage space needed has drastically increased. Besides, the world has moved over from CDs that store 700 MB of data to DVDs that store at least 4.7GB of data on a single disc. How does that matter? It translates into the ability to dump more data (almost 7 times) at a time on your hard drive. As a matter of fact Vista itself will come on a DVD as opposed to Windows XP on a CD.
Bottom line, 160GB is mandatory. SATA II drives cost just a few hundred more than PATA drives and there is no reason why you shouldn’t go for them. As with the confusion between SATA and SATA II, it has been put to rest almost everywhere. Almost all manufacturers ship even their lowest end drives with SATA II compliance. For the uninitiated SATAII offers a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 3 Gbps as opposed to 1.5 Gbps for SATA.
We chose Western Digital over the others because of their unique warranty support. In case your WD hard drive goes bad, you will have a WD guy pick up and return the HDD right at your doorstep.
Asus DRW-1608P3S 16X DVD Writer (Rs. 2,100)
We have rightly balanced the system to fit in a top-of-the-line DVD Writer—the Asus DRW-1608P3S. It’s a multi-drive i.e. along with reading and writing the regular DVD-R and DVD+R discs it can also read and write DVD-RAM discs (mostly used in camcorders). The reason why we choose Asus is that its based on Pioneer’s DVR-111. Pioneer is known to build quality drives that last long.
Viewsonic VA1703wb 17” wide-screen LCD (Rs. 10,750)
LCDs are definitely in vogue. They occupy less desk space, look sleek and now come in wide-screen. Until now, we only had 19-inch and above wide-screen LCDs with 17-inch LCDs coming in the standard 4:3 aspect ratio. But now we have wide-screen in the 17-inch category too. Viewsonic has just launched their 17-inch wide-screen LCD that comes with a native resolution of 1440 x 900, the same as with 19-inch wide-screen models. It comes with a response time of 8ms and only has a VGA connector, no DVI here.
Keyboard & Mouse
Microsoft Optical Keyboard and Mouse Set (Rs. 800)
Microsoft builds excellent keyboards and mice that are sturdy and ideal for long hours of work. At a cost of just Rs. 800 this is considered to be an excellent buy. To top it, the set comes with a three-year warranty unlike other brands which offer only one-year warranty.
VIP-755B with 300 watts PSU (Rs. 1,450)
Among the zillions of entry level cases and power supplies, VIP offers good quality with a reliable 300 watts Power Supply. It has a slot for front USB ports and allows you to hook up 80mm fans (the standard size) at the front, back and side of the case, facilitating good case ventilation. The fans don’t come with the case and you will have to buy them separately.
If you haven’t observed, we have chosen all the components in black, for a good looking desktop computer. The black case follows the rest, with the silver front panel further alleviating the looks.
Creative SBS 370 (Rs. 1,250)
This has been our favorite for a long time. The best part—it comes with a woofer to give you that thumping bass and gives you good sound quality for the price. The satellites are powered at 5 watts RMS each and the Subwoofer is powered at 11 watts RMS.
All At a Glance
|Processor||Intel Core2 Duo E6300||8,700|
|RAM||Transcend 1GB (512×2) DDR2 667 MHz||5,000|
|Sound||Onboard, 7.1 channel Realtek ALC882M||NA|
|LAN||Onboard, Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller 10/100/1000||NA|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-1608P3S 16X DVD Writer||2,100|
|Hard Disk||Western Digital SATA II HDD 160 GB||3,000|
|Monitor||Viewsonic VA1703wb 17” wide-screen LCD||10,750|
|Keyboard/Mouse||Microsoft Keyboard & Optical Mouse||800|
|Case||VIP 755 with 300 watts PSU||1,450|
|Speakers||Creative SBS 370 (2.1 Channel)||1,250|
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