How to Assemble the Best Gaming Computer / Desktop in India

By Shaon Banerjee, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An ideal gaming grade PC needs to include the very best of the components out there. We know how frustrating it can be when a resource hungry game like Crysis slows down to a crawl during the intense firefights on the PC that costs thousands of rupees. To build the ultimate gaming PC he needs to be aware of exactly what he wants. He must know what kind of boost will be available from particular components. We have prepared a list of components that you should get in order to get the very best Gaming Experience from the system.

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1. Processor

A powerful processor is indispensable to run the latest games at their best. The CPU with considerable clock speed will drastically reduce the loading times for the game and offer other benefits. The CPU of any system handles the critical functions such as handling the A.I or the number of decals to be found. For machines without an Nvdia graphic card the Physics calculation is done by the CPU itself. Each year GPU standards are developing by leaps and bounds. Top of the line GPU might be bottlenecked by a moderate CPU.

To address this issue we suggest that you go for the Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition. This is one of the most powerful processors in the market today. The unique thing about the extreme edition is that the hardware lock on overclocking is removed. The users are free to overclock their systems.

The quad core processor enhances the performance of the games, optimized to utilize all the four cores of the processor. The latest games try to use the parallel processing offered by the Core i7. The average applications will be quite responsive .
Specifications

  • Quad-Core processor technology
  • 64-bit processor
  • Architecture Features : Intel 64 Technology
  • Demand Based Switching
  • Hyper threading Technology
  • Intel Virtualization Technology
  • Compatible Slots 1 x Processor - LGA1366 Socket


Price: Rs 53,000/- (approx)

2. RAM

Typically a gaming PC is not complete without seamless multi-tasking. The Intel Core i7-965 Processor Extreme Edition may be a show stopper in that respect, but when a user is playing a high end game, downloading a movie and encoding a 1080p video all at the same time gamers are sure to suffer from issues. To overcome the issue you need to get the GSKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1333MF3-10666CL9S-4GBRL Desktop Memory.

DDR 3 is the bleeding edge of memory technology. The data bandwidth may reach upto 25.6GB/s. With this piece of hardware the powerful Core i7’s true potential will be reached. It’s designed to match the processor bandwidth and the data bandwidth easily. More over with the help of the Ripjaws heatspreader built into it, the memory is sure to last for a long time. In case you are an avid overclocker it is essential that you get these modules. Moreover, with the Motherboard we have recommended you can use upto 3 of these Ram Sticks to get a maximum of 12 GB RAM.

Specifications

  • Memory Size:2GB
  • Form Factor:240-pin DIMM
  • Memory Technology:DDR3 SDRAM
  • Memory Speed:1333MHz
  • Timing 9-9-9-24-2N
  • CAS Latency 9
  • Heat Dissipator
  • Voltage: 1.5V

Price: Rs 7,068 per stick.

3. Hard Disk:

Solid State devices are the latest in Hard Disk technology. These devices do not have any movable parts, which are there in the traditional hard disks. These disks offer blazing fast access times. Another feature is that the read and write speed are almost 100 times more than the traditional hard disks. Moreover, these devices are quite environment friendly as they consume less power. These devices used to be very expensive even two years ago. But in the present situation the prices have dropped quite a bit.

We would recommend the Gskill FM-25S2S-64GBF1 Solid State Drive in the present market scenario. This is because Intel’s mainstream SSD may still be very expensive. The price of the Intel SSD may be as much as double of the Gskill FM-25S2S-64GBF1, but the increase in performance definitely does not justify the difference. If you are getting a SSD consider getting a portable external hard drive as well. The 1 terabyte models from Seagate can cost as low as Rs 5000. You may then use it to store your movies and songs and keep the OS installed on the SSD. As soon as you get the SSD you will see that the games will load faster than ever.

Specification

Read Rate: 230MB/sec(Max)
Write Rate: 135MB/sec(Max)
Sustained Write: Up to 100MB/s
Access Time: <0.2ms

Price Rs 11,000 (approx)

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4. Motherboard


The motherboard is the most essential part of any computer. But unfortunately it is also the part we ignore while buying computer peripherals. A good motherboard is essential for overclocking the components of the computer. Asus as a motherboard manufacturer is considered to make the best motherboard for overclocking by enthusiasts.

We recommend The Asus P6T6 WS Revolution Motherboard for the ultimate gaming experience. This is one of the best motherboards, based on the X58 family of Intel processor in the market. The Motherboard has a host of features and can support upto 6 PCI Expressx16 slots. This motherboard has the “out of the box’ support for Nvdia’s SLI and ATI’s CrossfireX technologies. It has support for SAS drives, WS LED and WS Heartbeat. This mother board has the spacing required to use three GTX280 dual slot cards. This board is a must have for any high-end gaming computer.

Features

  • True @16 3-Way SLI
  • 6 PCI-E Gen2 x16
  • Diag LED
  • ASUS Heartbeat
  • SAS Onboard
  • GP Diagnosis card
  • ASUS SASsaby Card Support
  • LGA-1366 Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7 Processor
  • X58 Chipset
  • PCIe 2.0
  • ATI CrossfireX Technology
  • SLI Technology
  • Triple Channel DDR3 1600 (OC)/1333/1066
  • ASUS EPU-6 Engine
  • ASUS TurboV
  • ASUS Express Gate
  • AI Nap
  • Fan Xpert
  • Q-Shield
  • Q-Connector
  • CrashFree BIOS 3
  • EZ Flash 2
  • OC Profile
  • TPM
  • Noise Filtering
  • External SATA
  • Dual RAID
  • Dual Gigabit LAN
  • High Definition Audio
  • SPDIF

Price: Rs.30,477

5. Graphics Card

The Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5970 21165-00-51R 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card is pretty much the current market leader in terms of speed. This card has an enormous memory of One GB of GDDR5 on each board. The on-board PLX chip handles the communications between the two cards. This card is best in the segment for DX 11 enabled graphics cards. With the ATI’s Eyefinity technology this board can handle display in 6 monitors simultaneously. With the price for a good 22” inch monitor coming down enthusiasts may take full advantage of the technology. With this card ATI has unlocked the possibilities of overclocking it. They have promoted the card to be able overclock the core upto 850MHz and the memory can be increased to a massive 4.8GHz. This kind of overclocking is possible even in stock voltage. Various board partners are coming out with softwares to modify the voltage. So the overclocking potential for this card is virtually limitless. The talked about ceramic super capacitor is designed to push the card to its limit.

But if you get this card be sure to check if your case is going to fit it. The card may be expensive but it will give the most definitive experience to be had while gaming. This particular card comes with two of the best DX11 compatible games namely DiRT 2 and Battle Forge.

Specifications

  • Basic Specifications
  • Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • Chipset Manufacturer: ATI
  • GPU: Radeon HD5970
  • Core Clock: 735 MHz
  • Memory
  • Memory Size: 2GB
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 512(256 x 2)
  • Supported Technologies
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • Crossfire Support
  • Dual-Link DVI Support
  • HDMI
  • Features Full Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • ATI Eyefinity Technology(B)
  • ATI Stream Technology(A.D.)
  • 40 nm Process Technology
  • Advanced GDDR5 Memory Technology
  • Dual 2nd Generation TeraScale Engine
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Support(E.)
  • ATI CrossFireX Technology(C.)
  • Enhanced Anisotropic Filtering
  • Accelerated Video Transcoding
  • Display Flexibility
  • HDMI 1.3
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTSHD Master AudioTM Support
  • Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay technology including memory clocks (D.)
  • PCI Express 2.1 support
  • ATI Avivo HD Support (D.)
  • ATI Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD) for Blu-ray and HD Video.
  • Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT)
  • DVD Upscaling
  • Dynamic Contrast
  • Built-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support

Price: Rs 41,277

It is also recommended that you invest in a Razer Mako Speaker for the ultimate in sound system for a gamer. You should also try and get a decent HD Monitor to make sure that you do not miss out on all the awesome Vistas on offer in the latest games.

In case you really want a gaming FutureSafe PC that will be able to handle the best of games for the next generation your PC should have these as the core components. You may want to overclock the components, but it is not recommended for this configuration. The components suggested here are quite overclocking friendly. It will be advisable to go for a specialized CPU cooler. The CORSAIR CWC-H50 CPU Water Cooler would be advisable. The component would be around Rs 6000 in cost. The truly adventurous users would prefer a nitrogen cooler, but it is scarcely available in India. We would suggest you to wait a little longer. Until then check out the awesome performance this machine will give for each and every game available in the market.
Discussion

Shaon
November 29, 2010: 6:04 pm

Well the title reads
How to Assemble the Best Gaming Computer / Desktop in India

and not how to assemble a gaming PC. I understand your concerns but the PC our testing lab uses actually uses a AMD graphic product. For all the article has been written keeping the really upwardly mobile in mind. Else if you are like me and on a budget it is better to keep your eyes peeled. I have used a pc which was used by me in during my college years and I was able to run Crysis on it at max (agreed I had to do a considerable upgrades) The point is To the upwardly mobile VFM is a concept that will not really matter. Because snob value is also an economic phenomenon that urges people to get the biggest rock for their wedding day, never to use it again. And that is quite understandable.


orcinus
November 27, 2010: 1:12 pm

all written BULLSHIT here…. search somewhere else.. It can never be the value for money, should have use AMD

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