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April 25, 2013 11:21:00 PM

Hi I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me out. I am planning to build a pc for my family under US$500, including the monitor. I live in New Zealand so prices differ slightly, but are approximately the same. Also, the cheaper the better :D . Correct me if I do anything wrong:


Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks

Budget Range: US$500 Before Rebates & shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, playing browser-based games (e.g. Moshi Monsters, Stardoll, Addictinggames, etc.), word processing, listening to music, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Do you need to buy OS: No, have 3-user licence

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Just use pcpartpicker.com so I can get rough estimates

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Parts Preferences: Sort of think I should get an AMD APU for the budget instead of purchasing a separate gpu

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No, not planning to drop money on a gpu currently


Additional Comments: Would like to have a relatively quiet PC, with a small tower (i.e. one thats maximum motherboard size is micro-atx). Also planning to be used for at least 3 years without any upgrades, if possible. Also planning to include the following parts:

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Going to use this in my own build, and give them my strontium 8gb (2x4gb) ddr3-1333 ram.

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Set on using this as main storage.

Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Set on using this for networking.

Monitor: Samsung S20B300B 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Set on using this as monitor.

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April 25, 2013 11:45:56 PM

I'm having a really hard time with that. New Zealand prices are super high. At least the ones on PCPartPicker. Everything is like 50% more than here in the USA. Maybe it's just me but PCPartPicker seems to have limited options for your place. What stores do you have access to? Any links to their sites?
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April 25, 2013 11:50:17 PM

the prices in Australia are not that close, but they're lower then new zealand... the prices for the things you're quoting i'm not even finding in ausieland... frankly... i'm not sure what you want can be done for your budget if you insist on THAT SSD. With the monitor, ram and SSD, i can't do it...


here is as close as i can get...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($72.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($62.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Scorptec)
Case: Thermaltake VN900A1W2N (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Monitor: Samsung S20B300B 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($139.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $539.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-26 16:49 EST+1000)

in the usa that would be under your budget by a bit... worse... in new zealand that build would be like $150 more expensive. I hate to tell you this, but it can't be done for 500 in new zealand... not with those parts. in a few minutes i'll post a newzealand 500 pc.
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April 25, 2013 11:53:41 PM

That's really tough for $500 including a monitor but AMD's APU is the way to go.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Samsung S20B300B 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $544.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-26 02:53 EDT-0400)
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April 25, 2013 11:54:26 PM

@ingtar33: OP lives in New Zealand, not Australia.

@envy14tpe: Nice one. But that build doesn't quite hold up on the New Zealand front on PCPartPicker. I was hoping OP knows some other stores we can pick from. Hopefully with more variety.
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April 26, 2013 12:00:13 AM

can't be done with a monitor... here is a build without a monitor in new zealand.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.25 @ Aquila Technology)
Motherboard: Asus F2A55-M LK PLUS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($96.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($50.85 @ Aquila Technology)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.00 @ Computer Lounge)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.00 @ PC Force)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 400W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($77.00 @ Paradigm PCs)
Total: $451.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-26 18:59 NZST+1200)


ksham said:
@ingtar33: OP lives in New Zealand, not Australia.

I know. i took one look at new zealand prices and started looking around. i don't know what international shipping costs are from ausieland to newzealand are... but i suspect they're sorta reasonable. hence why i tried that way.

in the end it simply isn't possible for op's request.
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April 26, 2013 12:03:27 AM

I tried the New Zealand pcpartpicker but the choices were horrible. I felt like a $500 USD PC would be $800 NZD, and the parts would be a let down.

@OP. You are going to need to increase your budget or look for some used parts or monitor.
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April 26, 2013 1:26:31 AM

Oops I guess I should of searched beforehand :p . Sort of lazy to reply to all the posts, so I'll just say that I will save more money (and do my research) before I build. I can only select one best answer, but I must say thanks to everyone!
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