Monday, 25 February 2019

My brother's used Gaming PC under 12k INR Budget

So recently, my brother got an awesome deal on a PC in used market. He got i3 6100 CPU, MSI H110 motherboard, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, PSU and Cabinet all under ₹6,500. Later down the line he also bought used Zotac 1050 Ti Mini 4GB for a mere ₹5,500 with more than 3 years warranty left which bring total to ₹12,000 excluding the brand new LG 22" IPS monitor he bought off amazon to pair with it.

The story starts when my brother bought a Micromax (well known local brand here) monitor back in Aug 2018 on a deal for ₹4,000 at a sale on amazon but that monitor is absolutely pathetic as it seem to have too much blue light and extremely poor color calibration out of the box. As it was also only 18.5" he had to buy another one anyway and so he did after few months.

He got LG 22MP68VQ, a 22" IPS display with DVI, VGA and HDMI port. It has also 3.5mm audio jack for HDMI audio pass-through. Looks really nice, has thin bezels and picture quality is quite good and it also looks very crispy. He got this monitor for ₹8,000 while sale Diwali sale (The Great Indian Festival) on Amazon where it normally costs around 9-10k.

He used our uncle's PC for few months before he could finally get his own rig which had gaming capable performance potential. The PC was bought after at least 2-3 weeks since he got monitor and wait actually seemed to be worth it.

I still can't believe someone can get this hell of a deal, i was surprised how much my brother was able to fetch so much for so little. I mean i3 6100 used refurbished itself cost more than what he got whole system for.

He went to buyer's home and deal was already decided for ₹8,000 but due to some issues dvi port not working on his motherboard (which he checked using dvi to vga converter adapter as he had an old basic monitor with only VGA port), my brother asked for discount of ₹2,000 and but the guy agreed on reducing the amount by ₹1,500 and my brother was okay with that which finalized this amazing deal.

In the end, even DVI port seem to be working (when he came back home and checked) so it was probably an issue with converter adapter, even though it still would have been steal at ₹8,000. But he was lucky to get some discount by accident which is never a bad thing.

Overall, build turned out to be satisfactory in terms of real world and raw performance. My brother gets 40-45fps at 1080p high in Shadow of the Tomb Raider which is quite remarkable for such a demanding game. The build was really value for money but i was little disappointed that monitor was bit on the expensive side but still okay considering GST on them and including printers is 28% right now (18% for all other computer components).


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