Rig of the Month by ulrikov
So, I was out for work. I was doing my job routine when a colleague of mine approached and ask me if I could recommend him a computer with a very limited budget. I asked him what was it for and he told me it was really for basic browsing and maybe a little bit of online gaming. He already has other components like the monitor, keyboard, mouse and the like. He just needs a system unit for this one.
Well, this is what I've come up so far.
March 2011 Rig of the Month
Processor: Sempron LE140 - Php 1,450 (PCX)
Motherboard: ECS A785GM-AD3 - Php 2,850 (PCX)
Memory: 2GB 1333Mhz DDR3 Kingston - Php 895 (GI)*
Hard Disk Drive: Samsung 500GB SATA (16MB) - Php 1,750 (PCX)
Video Card: Sparkle 9500GT 512MB 128bit - Php 1,600 (PCQB) SALE!
Power Supply:FSP Supersonic 500w - Php 1,800 (PCX)
Casing: Any Black Case - Php 750 (Nulbax's Shop)
Total:Php 11,095 + ~25 = Php 11,120
*Components with +2.5% Cebu Gaisano Interpace
**Prices as of May 26, 2011; May change without further notice.
**Based on Pricelists, call local store for availability
PURPOSE - Basic Applications & Light Gaming
So, what's the real good about this rig. For one, this basically costs a little higher than the 10k border. For Php ~11,000 you already got this rig that can do all your basic stuffs - Facebook Browsing, word processing, and even a little bit of online gaming, with its discrete 9500GT.
Another good thing about the May 2011 Rig of the Month is that the motherboard which carries the components is another rock solid motherboard from ECS black series. This is exceptionally good in terms of lifespan with its solid capacitors. Additional features from this board is that it supports hybrid crossfire and GigaLAN. Another thing that I really like about this cheap setup is that you have a lot of room for future expansion. Once you've garnered enough funds, you can always replace the CPU and add more memory sticks since this naturally has a lot of space in it.
Now, many of you may ask why I would add an FSP Power Supply to run this basic rig when a "generic" PSU may carry this. First, I don't recommend generic PSUs always. It will slowly kill your system in the long run. And two, I'm looking at the possibility of "unlocking" on this rig. With the motherboard supporting ACC (Advance Clock Calibration), there is a slight chance that this Sempron can be unlocked into a dual core processor if done right. And if you're not satisfied with the stock performance, you can always boost it up with additional power from overclocking. So, there we go...
CERTIFIED : PVP (Performance, Value and Practicability)!!