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September 21, 2009 4:33:09 AM

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
September 21, 2009 4:36:42 AM

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?
September 21, 2009 4:38:58 AM

lol an i5 build fitting into this budget?!?! lol prices are in NZD don't forget so that's $800USD
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September 21, 2009 4:40:13 AM

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.
September 21, 2009 4:45:41 AM

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
September 21, 2009 4:49:36 AM

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.
September 21, 2009 4:51:18 AM

i wished i lived in america, so much cheaper for computer parts!! :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry: 
September 21, 2009 4:52:35 AM

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.
September 21, 2009 4:56:32 AM

so, other than that what do you think of the build?
September 21, 2009 5:33:31 AM

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
September 21, 2009 5:50:42 AM

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,...
September 21, 2009 5:53:01 AM

yeah, just read the OCC review and i think i'll stick with the 4850.
September 21, 2009 5:59:01 AM

why so?
September 21, 2009 6:05:06 AM

because it's faster and is still under budget
September 21, 2009 6:07:00 AM

rawirig said:
because it's faster and is still under budget


good one. i would choose the 4850 too.
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