Why Assembled PC?

Most of the folks upon reading the tagline will come up with a very simple question, “Why go through the hassle of getting a PC assembled when you can either:

  1. Get an assembled PC from Amazon, or a vendor like Dell etc.
  2. Be smart and get a laptop

Well, to some, no matter how much I explain about the dynamics of PC building, things shall remain the same. However, to the ones interested in getting the bang for every buck they spend, I suggest you read on.

Behold, I had a budget once to get either a laptop or assemble a PC. It was a few years ago and I just wanted to look cool, hence I spend 53,000 on a very nice laptop I still use.
The end effect-

  1. I still run games at 1280X720 resolution despite a decent on paper configuration.
  2. I have to hit save after every spline I make in 3Ds Max, constantly live in fear of it crashing in 4 view mode, Adding families to Revit that might make the file heavy and the general sense of everything to be run on “basic mode.”

While I already purchased a laptop, some of the classmates I study with got themselves a new one after their existing ones failed to do justice to the softwares we work on. The worst part, the price tag on such new laptops was ‘scary’ to be honest. We compare laptops in accordance with the ‘lumion’ score generated by the software itself and the best we saw was 1150 whilst mine was 300.

Henceforth, my budget was tight, since I already purchased a laptop, hence buying another one was out of question. My needs were simple, I needed a CPU to handle most of my work and a build that was robust enough to last long and give me the value for the money I spend, something that we all yearn for.

I decided to build myself a monster of a CPU build on a meager budget of 55000 Rupees only. While the laptop that scored 1150 on the lumion benchmark was 105000 INR. I wanted to cross that score in half a budget. The problem was simple, I had zero experience with assembling builds. So Google to the rescue.

Spending days researching online and talking to vendors gave me an idea, but my ‘idea’ of a monster wasn’t cheap either. So, I took a field trip to Nehru Place, New Delhi. Google searches gave me a satori of the places I want to visit and I followed it diligently. I could have ordered it online, but I had no idea about the performance of elements that I have to buy, in short, I was in dire needs of the free Indian’s advice. To make things easier: I am providing the Amazon Links to the products to make your life easier.

I spent the whole day checking prices against the online vendors to the prices I was offered. There was quite a difference and the knowledge was immense. Hence, I finalized the build and went on with the computer part shopping.

The Build

1Motherboard: MSI B250 M PRO VH

This motherboard is the beast of all under my budget. Capable of a 4K resolution right from the chip set was an added bonus. It supports Intel 6/7th Generation processors and its DDR4 Compatible. The LGA 1151 Socket supports most of the processors and the turbo boost ensures transfer rates of up-to 32GB/Sec. It wasn’t a dent on the pocket either, cashing out for 7857.14 INR. In every way a decent motherboard. Supports up-to 32GB of RAM.

 

2The Graphics Card- Gigabyte GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5 

The Graphics card was the core of all the capabilities, hence I spent an extra dime to get a pretty good one from Gigabyte. Gigabyte is known for its robustness in the products with the copper piping and excellent heat management. The GTX 1060 of nVidia is no different. It packs a powerful 3GB GDDR5 top notch memory and a staggering 1152 CUDA cores for all the Vray RT rendering in the world. The graphics card is VR ready, supports the Vulkan API and the software bundles that supports the card lets you monitor virtually everything on the graphics card. When the time asks for, it can also be overclocked by 20% just by the click of a button. To get a gist of its power, I was running Far Cry 4 at +60FPS at 1920 x 1080 resolution and high-best settings. This baby cost me 16190.48 INR.

More RAM means more business and hence the 16GB DDR4 memory meant business to me. The RAM is quick, memory is huge, the price is legit and the quality is noteworthy. 16 GB also lets me run 3Ds Max without the worry of crashing-Tells you a story. The price spent on 2 RAMs for 8 GB each was 7219.04 Rs.

4 Power Supply- Antec 450WATT

450 WATT is simple and justifiable. But why did I spent almost 3K on a power supply? The answer is amazing as the question is. The Antec 450 Watt offers a staggering 83% power efficiency. That is a lot of power saved and lot of power in the hands of the user. The 2 Year warranty is an icing on the cake too. As an Indian, that means less bill than a usual power supply.

 

5 Processor- i5 Intel 7400

The 7th Generation Intel processor was a mix of power efficiency of an i3 and the power of an i7.  It was justifiable for my needs and easy on the budget too. Landed me for 12,095.24 Rs.

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7400 Processors
  • Number of Cores – 4, Number of Threads – 4
  • Processor Base Frequency – 3.00 GHz, Max Turbo Frequency – 3.50 GHz
  • Cache – 6 MB SmartCache, Bus Speed – 8 GT/s DMI3
  • Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 64 GB
  • Memory Types DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
  • Max Number of Memory Channels – 2, ECC Memory Supported – No

 

The cabinet ought to look good and the Cooler Master looks like a bride with the mesh caging and the USB 3 ports at the disposal. The ample space is a gift for the graphics card and the heat management is excellent, as it happens from 3 sides along with a fan.

  • Motherboard Support ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Expansion Slots 7, Drive Bays – 5.25″ Bay – 3 (exposed) and 3.5″ Bay – 4 (hidden)
  • Pre-installed Fan(s) Front Blue LED 120mm x 2 Fan Support
  • Liquid Cooling Support Rear 120mm and CPU Cooler Height 159mm Limit
  • Dust Filters Front, Top, Bottom.

 

7 Storage- 240 GB Kingston SSD

The SSD’s are quiet, extremely fast and kinda expensive. The faster transfer rates does justice to all the processing power and the graphics rage. Landed me for 6100 Rs.

 

  • 10 times faster than a 7200RPM hard drive
  • More reliable and durable than a hard drive
  • Available as a bundle kit for easy installation
  • Baseline Performance Data Transfer (ATTO) 240GB – up to 550MB/s Read and 490MB/s Write
  • Maximum Random 4k Read/Write (IOMETER) 120GB – up to 90,000 and 15,000 IOPS

8 Rest?

Uber Expense from Delhi to my house, Yes I carried the build in my hands all the way home. Still in love with it.

Rs 200 to the guy who assembled it
Rs 700 for all the wiring.

That sums it up.

The moment of truth?
the PC fared a lumion score of 3350!!

3 times more than the laptop that fared 1150 with a price tag of 105000.

Isn’t Life Awesome?

 

 

Disclaimer: The prices may vary on online and offline stores. TechBull is not responsible for any change in prices.

 

 

2 COMMENTS

    • Thank you Anand, the build is recommended for 1080p gaming and video rendering as well. Demanding softwares like Adobe premier pro, Sony Vegas and Camtasia will work with ease on this build. We will bring more great builds in future.

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