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Need opinions on New Gaming/Work Build (approx $1200 - $1500 NZD)

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May 26, 2014 10:09:01 PM

Hello Everyone

I am looking at building a new desktop PC. Ive never built one before but have always looked in to building one.

My main uses for the build are going to be; gaming, uni work which consists of CAD work, Programming (VBasic, MATLAB etc etc), report writing and browsing the net.

In terms of gaming, i play War thunder alot and would like to be capable of playing on high-max settings at 1080p. Also I would like to have a bit of future proofing i.e. play games such as Watch Dogs on High - Max settings at 1080p.


After researching components here is 2 builds that i have put together one is an AMD build and the other an Intel build that i think would meet my requirements.

Im posting here to get an opinion on what others think of the builds i.e. if it all fits together, if it they are capable of meeting my requirements and if anything can be modified to make them better or cheaper ( if can go under $1200 for similar performance would be well chuffed). Which one would you choose and why?

Keep in mind i live in New Zealand and parts don't seem to be as cheap as they are in the U.S. I cant afford to go over the budget.

($1200 - $1500 NZD)

(1,027.16 - 1,283.89 USD)

I dont need to get an OS, Mouse or keyboard as i already have them and will probably be ablr to get an optical drive from somewhere.

Any suggestions for a decent cheap screen would be appreciated.

I plan to look into overclocking at some point hence the k processor.


Thanks in Advance for your feedback


Intel build: Cost: $1,311.39 NZD

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2650077

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz Socket 1150 Box

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1879575

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Dual-X OC HDMI DP 2xDVI 2GB

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2266020

Storage (SSD and SATA): Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 64MB 1TB & Samsung 840 EVO Series MZ-7TE120 120GB

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=984878 & http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2074412


Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL9 2x4GB (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL)

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=804401


Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo & Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1008748 & http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=518922


PSU: Corsair VS650 650W

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1502691


Case: Antec One (Black)

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1078563






AMD Build: The same except the MOBO and the CPU

Cost: $1,237.57


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=893765

CPU: AMD FX-Series FX-8320 3.5Ghz Socket AM3+ Box

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1462289







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May 27, 2014 5:02:34 AM

the intel build is good ..., coz amd gets heated soon even after a cooler installation .. nd u need a Radeon R9 290 .., a radeon r9 270 cant go ... thats it .. if u go for nvidia ... its GeForce GTX 780 that u need ... hope u get the correct specs nd enjoy ur gaming ...
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