I'm attempting to build a gaming-oriented PC for the first time and I'd really appreciate any advice that people here can give me. I live in New Zealand, so unfortunately the prices for components are higher and the range is less extensive than in the US.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between now and the end of the year.
BUDGET RANGE: $1400-1600 New Zealand dollars before rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web browsing, watching movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Optical drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers/headphones.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: playtech.co.nz, computerlounge.co.nz, pbtech.co.nz.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: New Zealand.
PARTS PREFERENCES: None, my only concern is budget.
OVERCLOCKING: Probably not.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I can afford a bit more in the budget if needs be, but I'd like to keep the total cost down if possible. On the other hand, if people think I'm spending too much on any part I'd appreciate advice on that.
I’ll need to add some sort of wireless adaptor, which I’ve allocated $60 for. If possible I’d like a fairly understated PC case - I’m not really a fan of side windows, lights etc. Air filters in the case would be nice too - I'd rather not have the case interior fill up with cat fur...
Games I'm interested in playing include Starcraft II, Civilization V, Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II (when it comes out).
Sorry, converting to NZ $ is so hard. That is probably why you have not received a reply until now. Anyone out there in New Zealand to pick up these requests? Hope I am not too late.
Your build has a nice balance for gaming. The only thing that really stands out is that your power supply is overrated. No really, you probably won't get 460 watts from it. Here is an Antec for only a few extra dollars ($10 more for $89 total): http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=534/ID=14...
Wow, thanks for your reply, eloric - at this stage I honestly wasn't expecting to get any...
I haven't started the build yet so I will probably follow your suggestions and incorporate the new power supply and 5830 you recommend (the $200 extra wasn't an absolute limit anyway, and I'm happy to spend a bit more if it will future proof the system).
I wasn't keen on overclocking because with my lack of experience with building PCs I felt a bit jittery about having to install a third party cooler and manage the extra heat within the case, not to mention the prospect of damaging parts if I mess up. I may have another look at this option though.