Budget amd gaming build

i am building a gaming computer for my friend and wanted your guys opinions of the build i have put together.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: part by part for a month, start purchasing in a week.

BUDGET RANGE: under $1200NZD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.playtech.co.nz/index.php

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none

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case: antec two hundred
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7911

psu: corsair vx-550
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7462

hdd: seagate barracuda 500gb
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7189

optical: asus DRW-24B1ST
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7922

operating system: windows xp home edition OEM
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=359

RAM: corsair xms2 4gb kit
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=2863

graphics card: xfx hd4850
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7942

motherboard: asus m2n-68am
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7428

cpu: athlon II x2 240 2.8ghz
http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=8057

total: $1128

wow that's cheap! was also wondering about the cpu's performance, will it bottleneck the gpu? Any room for improvement under the budget?

p.s i want to buy just from playtech since they are just down the road, and i know about www.pricespy.co.nz

your opinion would be much appreciated, thanks guys.
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  1. thats an alright build

    have you heard of i5 750 build? it basically owns everything amd has right now.

    it fits your budget too. or maybe it doesnt because NZD is quite low compare to USD
    1 New Zealand dollar = 0.709 U.S. dollars

    and 180nzd for windows XP are you serious?
  2. lol an i5 build fitting into this budget?!?! lol prices are in NZD don't forget so that's $800USD
  3. rawirig said:
    lol an i5 build fitting into this budget?!?! lol prices are in NZD don't forget so that's $800USD


    800USD can make a i5 build, done that today. but i dont know about the NZD sites
    edited post above, read.

    You CAN build an i5 for $700-800.

    Here we go:
    Antec 300 $70
    i5 750 $200 ($160 at Microcenter)
    400CX $50
    GSkill Ripjaw 2*2GB $80
    WD Blue 320GB $45
    Samsung LightScribe DVD RW $32
    Vista Home Premium x64 with win 7 upgrade $110
    XFX 4850 (512 MB version) $115
    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 $110
    Total: $811 before MIR for the 400CX. With MIR $792.
  4. yep lol $180 and that's xp home basic OEM, vista OEM home basic costs $209. i'll have a look at i5 prices now
  5. rawirig said:
    yep lol $180 and that's xp home basic OEM, vista OEM home basic costs $209. i'll have a look at i5 prices now


    if only im familar with NZD sites i could help you, but damn operatin system is expensive.
  6. rawirig said:


    haha i guess that's too bad then, new zealand isnt so good with computer prices(currency problem)
  7. i wished i lived in america, so much cheaper for computer parts!! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
  8. rawirig said:
    i wished i lived in america, so much cheaper for computer parts!! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:


    true, me too. i live in canada it's slightly more but it still pisses me off.
  9. so, other than that what do you think of the build?
  10. rawirig said:
    so, other than that what do you think of the build?


    only dual core processor? um..not so good..

    video card..you said 1280x1024 resolution, you dont need 4850, get 4670 or 4770 instead.

    for hard drive is there this in NZ:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product
  11. i chose dual because that is all he needs. 4770 in new zealand is actually more expensive than 4850 http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=7436 . spinpoint is more expensive by $5 http://www.playtech.co.nz/product.php?action=showdetail&id=5745
    cheapest quad is $80 more

    remember, this is a gaming computer
  12. funny 4770 is more expensive. in that case 4670 can do the job too.

    stay with the dual core then.
    the spinpoint f3 is a better hard drive. 5 dollars, i would do it. how bout you?
    the one with 500gb, link me
  13. like i said before, seeing how your resolution is 1280x1024. 4670 will be fine. but getting the 4850 for 60 dollars more might future proof you.
    read this pricing review if the 4670 is good enough or not
    and you can google a 4670 review too.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2404-2.html
  14. yeah, just read the OCC review and i think i'll stick with the 4850.
  15. why so?
  16. because it's faster and is still under budget
  17. rawirig said:
    because it's faster and is still under budget


    good one. i would choose the 4850 too.
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