Heavy multitasking rig with medium encoding and gaming


Junior Member
Apr 12, 2015
1. What is the purpose of the computer? What all applications and games are you going to run? (Stupid answers like 'gaming' or 'office work' will not work. Be exact. Which games? Which applications? Avoid the word 'et cetera.')
Ans: I use my computer for HEAVY MULTITASKING - heavy browsing 2-4 FIREFOX (2-4 instances of firefox portable) opened with 50+ tabs EACH + google chrome 1 instance (chrome portable) + some softwares launched like kingsoft writer (office alternative) + virtual machines 1-3 opened up at some times (linuxelementary etc.) , 1 vm opened up at all times. Though I would like to go on with minor to medium encoding + minor to medium gaming in near use of this pc. No photoshop to be used. some other softwares too opened up all times. pc used for long hours.

2. What is your overall budget? If you can extend a bit for a more balanced configuration, then mention this too.
Ans: 70k+. but can extend to 1lakh too if quite better performance configuration is there. please note the following. BUDGET - I can spend as much for the config for my need told above like between 70k to 1.1lakh, but would like to cut extravagancy, but also want best parts to cover my usage. And I want to be future proof for upto minor-medium encoding and gaming. Heavy multitasking I do currently - remember - 4 browsers opened with 50+ tabs each, vms, softwares. Add the near future encoding and gaming to it (medium both)

3. Planning to overclock?
Ans: Yes and no. the reason I am saying so is that I will certainly buy a k cpu - and most probably only the COREi7 4790k, and not a locked cpu, when I am to spend so much and not upgrade for 5 years. so only a unlocked cpu, but the thing is I want to not buy a 12k+ mobo only to OC a 4 ghz cpu to 4.5ghz. want also to use my corsair Cx430 psu, so can't OC MUCH. but I really want to cut the cost on a mobo and buying a new psu, and want to buy a reasonable priced mobo which has all good features I have listed in my mobo requirement(see in my mobo details please) and can give a little OC to COREi7 4790k (if only it can give), even when not being a z chipset mobo (I saw even so low priced mobos giving some OC - see below in my MOBO section)

4. Which Operating System are you planning to use?
Ans: windows 7, and windows 8/10. 64 bit.

5. How much hard drive space is needed?
Ans: Already have ssd samsung 840 pro 256gb and 1 hdd. Want to get storage 4tb more.

6. Do you want to buy a monitor? If yes, please mention which screen size and resolution do you want. If you already have a monitor and want to reuse it, again mention the size and resolution of monitor you have.
Ans: already have ASUS 22inch. 1920x1080.

7. Which components you DON'T want to buy or which components you already have and plan on reusing?
Ans: monitor, speakers I will buy later and not now(already have), psu I have corsair cx430 and would like to use it as already had bought after reviews seen and dont want to OC much.

8. When are you planning to buy the system?
Ans: within 2-4 days if possible, so request fast guidance on my configuration.

9. Have you ever built a desktop before or will this be done by an assembler?
Ans: will be built by assembler.

10. Where do you live? Are you buying locally? Are you open to buying stuff from online shops if you don't get locally?
Ans: near delhi. but would buy either from online or a nearby assembler.

11. Anything else which you would like to say?
Ans: I have the config in my mind - Sorry for so long text but I want to specify all my requirements, and want to get these requirements, without upgrading for 5 years. SO PLEASE BEAR WITH ME and help me to get my best config (thanks a lot) -

CPU - Intel core i7 4790K.

MOBO - (Guide me what to buy, very unclear I am on it) - I would like to OC my 4790k to a decent frequency, but I dont want to buy a mobo like ASUS Z97-A priced so big only to get an OC of 4790k from 4ghz to 4.6ghz - just a little OC and so much price to pay. my mobo should have good audio, hdmi, decent amount of usb3 ports (front too so that I can plug my usb3 drive in front in the cabinet), and if it can OC my 4790k to a decent amount while being reasonable in price then I would buy that, inbuilt wifi will be a nice addition (or tell me rate of external wifi device), 4 memory slot (very important), 32gb upto memory, decent amount of slots for SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s. Note that I want minimum a - Intel® B85 Express Chipset MOBO and can spend higher too, if the mobo told by you guys is better than the b85's.
I saw even so low priced mobos giving some OC - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...k-h81m-hds-asus-h81m-e-msi-h91m-e34,4099.html. In that article I also saw this line so I will never buy a H81 mobo, as it has only 2 memory slots and very few SATA 6 ports, . But see this line too on that article - 'The H97 and Z97 chipsets add support for M.2, SATA Express and Thunderbolt, as well as baked-in support for Intel's Haswell refresh.') SO should I buy H97 if its quite better than B85 mobo ?

RAM - 16GB DDR3, and it should be very good and if some priced higher ram makes quite some difference, please tell its model too with price. also tell me whether dual channel is better or 4channel, although I would like to buy 2 8gb sticks, so that I can add more later in the 4 slots. 1600 mhz is a minimum, though tell me if there will be any advantage of higher freq ram.

HDD - I have ssd samsung 840pro 256gb and I dont think I need to buy 850 then, but tell me your thoughts of what improvements have been of 850 (pro even) on 840, as in that case I will buy 850 pro or evo and place this 840 pro on my other pc. for hdd I need 2 to 4tb, preferably 4tb and would like some inputs on all advantages of wdblack over blue - like speed (firefox portable, chrome portable, vms kept on the harddisk) and harddiskfailure probabilities of wdblack vs blue. I can spend on hdd and want best features, as data loss is too big a concern for me (but if hddfailurerate on wddblack is not far less than blue then tell me that too) so please tell me what to buy. also tell me if the speed of ext hdd for normal usage is better than internal hdd, and even a SEAGATE BACKUP PLUS exthdd is better for usage as browsing (with firefox and chrome files kept on the exthdd) than the browser files kept on a internal hdd. and are there any 4tb internal hdds or 4tb external hdds, very good in performance and medium price (i mean not cheap slow hdds and having bad reviews, and not exhorbitant in price too).

CABINET - Brilliant looks, and maybe transparent sides. I can spend much on them but want best looking cabinets, and performancewise as I will not OC much and not game or encode to extreme levels, so dont need fool proof and best for extreme heating cabinets, but just want best looks. led lights and modding - please tell me about them, though these can be added later (I will add them later certainly), and I just need to buy a cabinet with best looks and capable of led lightning and mods. can spend like 4,000 + on them and even upto 9k maximum, but quite lower than 9k would be better for me, filling all the above requirements of best looks, led and mod capability, ok performance.

GPU - As I think, I would add up minor to medium encoding and gaming, would I need a gpu ? If I can get a cheap to reasonable price gpu which fastens encoding by big and reduces encoding time really much, it would be considered to be added into my config. and that can also be good for medium like gaming, but not being too costly. I dont play many games as of now but suggest me some more strategy games (fond of aoe2), and games like nfs, dirt, gta. Are there some other popular and intresting games too being played much, please suggest me their names and thereby related configuration for the gpu.

TV TUNER CARD - I will plug in a tv tuner into my old pc - CORE i3, for watching cricket as ipl and some tv shows, movies. I have tatasky hd connection bought.
Tell me an excellent tv tuner - and please tell me - IS THE QUALITY RECIEVED FROM EXTERNAL TV TUNERS ANY DIFFERENT FROM INTERNAL ONES? A remote for the tuner and brilliant tv display in my monitor or tv from my Tatasky HD, is what output I would like from the tvtuner. also if quality from external tvtuner is same as that of internal then I would prefer an external one.

MOUSE - mouse with many buttons - the more the better, but the buttons should be configurable and easy to click, without accidentally getting other button being pushed instead of the desired one. also only tell wireless ones, and lightweight in use.

KEYBOARD - What I want is a veryvery good looking, soft and with many multimedia keys - wireless keyboard, with good base below keys too - similar base size (below keys) to this - like the keyboards seen on this page - http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/sculpt-ergonomic-desktop, or like the base of Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard (please see the images in google images) - but the price of my keyboard I would like it to be reasonable. if the base can be added to normal keyboards then please tell me how to buy the base (with any links to online buying or price). tell me a very good keyboard with above listed all features except the base that will be bought extra.

The mouse, tvtuner and keyboard parts dont need immediate models suggestions from you guys, and can buy after 2-4 days, but need to finalize on the other parts quickly and buy within 2-4 days. Really thanks a lot in advance, and do need to get these very soon and in 2-4 days, so please help with fast replies.


Diamond Member
Jun 24, 2008
Few westerners can relate intuitively with lakhs, and nobody knows the hardware prices in India so you should maybe provide a link to the shop where you may be buying from.

Also format the text better to make it readable.


Elite Member
Super Moderator
Jan 17, 2010
1 lakh == 100,000 Rs.

Since you're using an assembler, you should link us to the parts that are available through that assembler as well as their respective prices.


Oct 9, 1999
1 lakh == 100,000 Rs.

Since you're using an assembler, you should link us to the parts that are available through that assembler as well as their respective prices.
Yes, we need links and we need them now.
Aug 11, 2008
No offense intended, but if i understand your post, you will have 100 to 200 plus tabs open at one time? ( 2 to 4 instances of firefox with 50tabs each). Why? Why not just close some tabs and reopen them when needed? Especially with firefox seems like you are just begging for memory leaks.


Elite Member
Aug 26, 2000
No offense intended, but if i understand your post, you will have 100 to 200 plus tabs open at one time? ( 2 to 4 instances of firefox with 50tabs each). Why? Why not just close some tabs and reopen them when needed? Especially with firefox seems like you are just begging for memory leaks.
Mostly just with add-ons. I have a 1000+ tab session, ongoing for many months, and the few times it's crashed, it has been an add-on that very shortly got a fix. Chrome is much, much, for an of issue, wrt RAM use.

CPU/cooling: get an aftermarket HSF for the i7-4790K, even if you don't overclock. Thermal throttling is quite dependent on heatsink efficiency.

Motherboard: if wanting to save a bit, forget overclocking, and get a H97 board.

RAM: Cheap RAM is fine. 1600MHz CAS 9 through 2133MHz CAS 12 tends to be a good value. If faster is a little cheaper, it won't hurt to have it, for the occasional program that may benefit. But, it should be the lowest priority, in terms of spending on performance. For every program that will get +5% from 50% faster RAM, there are 100+ that will get <2%.

SSD (not HDD!): if the 840 Pro is large enough, and you can transfer it, just do that.

HHD: SSDs and HDDs fail. They tend to do so randomly, from your POV. When you buy a Black, you are paying for the warranty. If you want to protect your data, you need a backup strategy, not to concern yourself much with individual drive reliability.

GPU: look at reviews. You will only need the video card for gaming.

Tuner: most analog tuners are luck of the draw in quality. You'll just have to research individual models. The good ones from a few years ago are all discontinued, and today, the analog quality is an afterthought. For digital tuning, the quality will not vary; only features. USB tuners are perfectly fine, but as high as the frequencies are, internal aren't really any worse.
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