Recommended Value Desktop PC (Assembled) Configuration for Home Users in India

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Saturday, February 24, 2007

We recently purchased parts for a home desktop PC in India for the value oriented price sensitive segment (along with several new computers for office). My objective was to choose a solid home desktop personal comnputer with decent graphics, solid sound system and strong processor speed. There should be no compromise on quality and yet it should be priced at the sweet spot of around Rs 21, 000, which is very acceptable in Indian market today. In other words what is the best value we can provide within Rs. 21, 000. The set should include a PC (obviously), a good UPS and Monitor.

We ended up with Pentium 4 HT 3.06 CPU with Intel original mother board 865, 160 GB Seagate SATA disk, 512 MB DDR RAM, Combo DVD CDRW Drive, Intex 2000 Watt Speaker with Subwoofers, APC UPS 500 VA.

Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.06 is a decent CPU at a moderate price of Rs. 3400. While it isn’t a trail-blazer like Core 2 Duo series, it gives pretty good value for the buck. It doesn’t have the heating problem of later Pentium D series and yet it supports hyperthreading which gives some of the benefits like a dual core cpu. For a desktop system at home what more do you need?

I selected 160 GB SATA because harddisks are cheap these days and having a huge harddisk allows you to backup movies and audio cd’s along with your programs and files. In short it would be long time before you have to spent time on cleaning up your hardisk for more space. It is a great value for Rs. 2475.

Intel original motherboard gives you a peace of mind. It also comes with inbuilt LAN. Nowadays you can get cheap ADSL connection from BSNL for Rs. 250 / pm. Having a LAN means you don’t have to spend anything extra to get connected to the net.

512 DDR RAM will make your application run faster even with multi-tasking. The price here is for ZION RAM, which is the bext quality RAM available currently in India.

I have added an extra fan for extra cooling keeping in mind the hot Indian climate.

A screen filter will go a long way to protect your eyes.

An UPS is must for India where power-cuts are frequent. I have learnt the hard way the importance of UPS in India.

So finally here is our dream value home desktop system for the value centric but price conscious market:

Price (Rs.)

Mother Board Intel 865 2900
CPU Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.06 GHZ 3400
160 GB Seagate SATA Disk 2475
DDR 512 MB 2180
Combo Drive LG 52X 1060
Speaker Intex 2000 Watt 800
APC UPS 500 VA 1940
Monitor Samsung 17″ Color 4400
Floppy Disk Samsung 230
Cooler Fan 40
Chasis 850
Keyboard 550
Screen Filter 17″ 80
VAT @ 4% 836.2
Total 21741.2

Note 1: The prices quoted are for Calcutta / Kolkata. The prices vary from day to day and from place to place.
Note 2: We purchased parts in bulk so the price you get may be slightly higher.
Note 3: VAT is value added tax which is compulsory.

BTW: Samsung CD ROM has chronic heating problem. So I avoid Samsung optical drives.

Overall my suggestions for new PC owners is to play safe and purchase parts from reputed brands like Intel. Asus, Samsung, LG, Sony etc.

I recommend Fedora Core 6 as desktop operating system instead of overpriced Microsoft Vista.


July 3, 2010: 11:22 am

Dear Sir,
Can you please suggest me a standard desktop configuration as I want to upgrade my home PC.
Please suggest me within Rs. 12,000.
The current configuration that I use, was the latest configuration of 2001 (2.4GHz P4, 40 GB hard disk, 256 MB DDR1 RAM).

Please help..!

July 3, 2010: 11:18 am

Dear Sir,
Can you please suggest me a standard desktop configuration as I want to upgrade my home PC.

The current configuration that I use, was the latest configuration of 2001 (2.4GHz P4, 40 GB hard disk, 256 MB DDR1 RAM).

Please help..!

June 15, 2010: 12:21 am

Kindly suggest me latest PC configuration for home use. Please give the prices also so that other options can be worked out.

May 17, 2010: 10:21 pm

Processor = Intel® Core™ i5-750 Processor (8M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
Operating System = windows 7 professional
Softwares productivity and photgraphy = microsoft office, adobe (R), DVD/CD burner, movie software, Dictionary.
Monitor = Samsung p2770 hd
Memory = 8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [4 DIMMs] from 6GB
Hard Drive = 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Optical Drive = Light Scribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
TV & entertainment experience = TV tuner, dual format ATSC-NTSC with PVR, remote
Video Card = 1. Hauppauge(WinTV v7) WinTV-HVR-2250, MediaMVP-HD
2, More than 512 MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0 x16, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support multi-threaded processor cores,
Sound Card = Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
Front Productivity Ports = 6-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB, headphone port, 15-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB,
audio, video (for TV Tuner)
Speakers = stereo speakers with subwoofer and remote
Keyboard = wireless keyboard
Mouse = wireless optical mouse
Wireless Solution = Wireless LAN card and Bluetooth(R)
Built-in 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Integrated Intel(R) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Networking

March 13, 2010: 10:17 am

i would like to assemble pc with i7920 processor intel motherboard nvidia graphic card upto rs.7000/- 1tb hard disc 8 gb ram blue ray/dvd writer.20 inch screen
(touch screen if available) 8 usb ports blue tooth, original windows 7 and office 2010 original. built in tv tuner. Please tell me what will be the total price including wireless mouse and keyboard.

March 5, 2010: 2:37 pm

Good configuration and at reasonable prices, best suited for any web designing it enabled services, customer care as well as home use.

Thanks a lot

February 12, 2010: 12:13 am

i want latest configuration to assemble a pc

shaheer ptk
January 19, 2010: 7:45 am

sir ,

please list out some of the new and old pc configuration with price including the cabinet..
it is for the assignment purpose ..please list atleast 4 configurations.

January 5, 2010: 10:31 pm

Dear Sir,
Please provide me the price range of an assembled computer with the following configurtaion. And , if possible, some good dealers or person who can get 1 for me.My Budget is Rs 30,000

Intel core 2 duo 3.0 GhZ
4 GB DDR3 ram
520 GB Hard disk.1GB Nvidia Graphics processor unit.
52X DVD/ CD drive
17 inch flat screen.
& other common/basic hardwares like USB ports , LAN Card, Modem, speakers(optional) etc..

Thanks in Advance

December 27, 2009: 6:03 am

latest desktop congiguration alongwith price ( assembled and branded)

vikas Rathore
October 21, 2009: 1:12 am

Mother Board Intel 865
CPU Intel Core 2dule
160 GB Seagate SATA Disk
DVD Writer
Monitor Samsung 19″ Color
Floppy Disk Samsung
Cooler Fan
Screen Filter 19″

Please send price

October 7, 2009: 1:52 am

Hello! I want to upgrade my PC to the latest configuration. I just want to change my CPU unit. My budget is 15000 INR. Please contact me.

October 3, 2009: 9:37 am


Plz provide me rate with the configuration below,
as i have to buy pc(s) approx 10000 qty for govt. supply. My
budget is around RS 10000-12000.


Intel Dual Core

Branded Mother Board

Branded 1 GB RAM

Branded HDD 160 GB

Branded Key Board / Mouce

Branded TFT 15”

Branded DVD R/W


September 27, 2009: 11:57 pm

I want an assembeled desktop

September 4, 2009: 3:40 am

sir, I’ve completed Hardware course. I want to assemble new system for my friends. so please sent me good configurations. And its costs.

Dipu George
September 1, 2009: 8:43 am

Dear Mr. Angsuman,

Much as I have seen your post was ell accepted and appreciated by most of the people here, there are a few things, I would like to add…

Pentium 4 HT is under no way a substitute for Pentium Duo Core. To begin with P4-HT is not not a 64 Bit architecture. While this is at present sufficient since OS are now shipped ith 32 bit, one does not see a scope of expansion should the OSes opt to move towards 64 Bit rendering our PC useless. Hyper Threading was never a leap in computing, but Dual Core is. Compare that Dual Core supporting Hyper Threading. Two cores operating for the OS and application at the same time means less heat, more power and more faster flip-flop. While all that I have mentioned is not an absolutely necessary to have a working PC. a 486 running Intel processor can run windows 98. But then why would we want to be left behind when the world is moving forward. I recommend all PC users to buy a 64 Bit Intel Dual Core. One user contriuted AMD is faster. AMD achieves this by adjusting the field multiplier by increasing voltage supplied to the processor and the FSB, thereby showing a clock speed increase. This though functional is always considered harmful and is termed as overclocking as your motherboard and your processor can get ried faster than an intel processor. I hope this helps the readers

August 7, 2009: 4:23 pm

my current configuration is 512 ddr ram,80 gb harddisk,intel pentium 4 processor 3 ghz.
i have no grapic card and i am a great game freak so most of the games which are out now like most wanted etc .. doesn’t work that good in my pc.
i want to upgrade my pc in a decent price of about 15000 to 10000 just want to change my cpu
will it be possible to get a better config, then my current 1…

Rajesh Dhakad
July 5, 2009: 10:50 am

hi, i want to puchase the desktop computer in reasnable price please contant me

June 29, 2009: 6:05 pm

I am interested to buy a desktop pc along with latest configuration for use at home. Kindly suggest me a cheap and best configuration.

June 7, 2009: 8:05 am

Please suggest which make pc and which configurations should be bought for home use and from where in karnataka(bangalore)

May 22, 2009: 10:47 am

sir i want to buy a Desktop for my animation course.
So which ‘ll be the best configuration @ max price 50000.

Thank you

January 24, 2009: 5:33 am

hai jay change your ram

December 9, 2008: 10:34 am

My sys confg:

Intel Pentium 4 cpu 2.40GHz.
128 MB RAM.
Now i wud like to change it ,will it support support 1GB of RAM.

Thank you.

December 8, 2008: 2:30 am

sir i want to now which is the best processor from AMD in market

September 4, 2008: 12:57 pm

I am looking for new CPU only(under 12000).I dont need CD-ROM in that.
Which configuration will be good for me .
My basic req. are:
Intel Motherboard (or Intel processor compatible)
CPU Intel Pentium 4 HT 2.5 GHZ
100 GB Seagate SATA Disk
Please let me know any dealer in Bangalore near Airport Road/Indiranagar/Kormangala

May 5, 2008: 6:12 am


Plz provide me with the configuration ,
as i plan to buy a pc . I am planning to install
oracle,sql server for eductional purpose.My
budget is around RS 8000-12000.

prashant mishra
April 19, 2008: 3:27 am

sir i am a student and i want to buy a desktop
for my study purpose my budget is around 21000 but the above conf. i think will not suit me so please tell me some other suitable configuration and i m from kanpur so plz suggest the place also where i should buy this

December 13, 2007: 8:25 am


I am looking out to buy a desktop pc and want to install softwares like .NET / Oracle / SQL server etc just to get trained.

Please can you suggest some ideas for the configuration and the price.

November 23, 2007: 8:00 pm

I recommend this lenovo desktop at this time.

Aneesh E.C
November 23, 2007: 12:46 am

I would like to Buy an assembled PC for home use with the following configuration.Pentium 4 processor,1GB RAM,180GB HDD,17 inch LCD screen,Good Audio output.can you help me to get the best configuration and price .My budget is 25000RS to 28000 and i would like to know any dealer avilable in Bangalore.

Thank you.

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