Rig of the Month by ulrikov
With the advent of the disappointing AMD Bulldozer, it seems like more and more enthusiasts are inclining for Sandybridge systems. And this may affect the pricing of upcoming Intel products in the market such as the Ivybridge.
For this month, we're going to build a budget computer based on the Sandybridge platform. Following the PVP Principle, we try to go for Sandybridge platform on October 2011's "Rig of the Month" and limiting the expenses to less than Php 23,000.
*Components with +2.5% Cebu Gaisano Interpace
**Prices as of October 30, 2011; May change without further notice.
**Based on Pricelists, call local store for availability
PURPOSE - Budget Gamer
Sandybridge has proved to be an amazing technology for Intel. It has proven to be very power efficient and performance is very optimal as well. This time around, we choose the entry level Pentium G620 as our main processor for our basic budget Sandybridge gaming rig. It costs a bit higher than the cheapest Athlon II x2 but take note that this is newer technology and performs more efficient than the older Athlon II counterparts.
For this setup, we choose the Asrock H61M-VS motherboard. Although it doesn't have USB 3.0 and SATAIII support, it still has very decent performance capabilities. We choose Asrock since it has a nice set of features like the XfastUSB, XfastLAN and much more. This may not be equally astounding as the USB 3.0 and SATAIII features, but it still makes up for it. And another thing we like about the Asrock motherboard is that it has that Combo Cooler Option. What's this? Simple - Asrock made sure that older coolers from LGA 775 and 1156 platforms can still be used in their LGA 1155 motherboard. Overall, there's plenty of reasons why we choose Asrock in this setup than any other brand within the same price range.
For the graphics processor, we choose the Powercolor HD 6750 2gb (from PCquickbuys). Take note that this is the best you can get for your money. With Php 4,300, the only decent thing you can get from other stores are HD 6670 models. This one is certainly a bargain and definitely a steal. Partnered with decent power supply from FSP, the HEXA 500, this rig would certainly go a long way for the budget-conscious gamer. The casing comes from Fractal Design and it costs just over 1.5k... airflow is nice in this case and it doesn't take much space. So, if you're looking for a very decent gaming rig that doesn't hurt your pockets, this October 2011 Rig of the Month is the way to go. On a side note, we incorporated the newly opened "Enigma" store in our feature since they offer competitive prices also.
CERTIFIED : PVP (Performance, Value and Practicability)