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January 4, 2013 8:44:12 AM

Hi, I'm new here. My name is Jacob. First, a little background. My research has led me to believe that upgrading is not an option. Building a PC has always been a goal of mine, since I was younger. I just never really had the resources or a real reason to do it.

For the past few months I have been spending countless hours researching articles, forums, etc. I have learned a whole lot, but I still have an overwhelming feeling when trying to put together a parts list. My brain has become so strict on trying to achieve the best performance for the lowest dollar amount. Since I'm not knowledgable enough to know about every single piece of hardware out on the market and how it performs, this creates a problem.

I finally sat down this morning, and decided to just put something together. I got serious on a budget, and really thought through what I absolutely needed. I used this Tom's Hardware article to decide on which CPU and GPU I wanted to buy. I found that once I decided on those two components it made choosing the others a little easier.

Before I dive into the parts list, here are a few details on my build:

Budget
$400-$600 ($650 if absolutely necessary)

Use
Almost 100% for gaming, mostly amra 2, arma 3(when it is released), dayz

Not Needed
Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, OS

Preferred Website
None

Country
NEW ZEALAND

Parts References
Not particular to any brands.

Overclocking
Maybe in the future.

SLI or Crossfire
Maybe in the future.

More about : building 600

a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2013 10:55:45 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $624.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 07:31 EST-0500)

This build maybe over 600 NZ dollar....
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2013 11:00:14 AM

please look up the price in your local store about this build
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $504.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 07:59 EST-0500)
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January 4, 2013 12:44:20 PM

Sorry if im being picky.
January 4, 2013 12:57:51 PM

AMD Radeon said:
please look up the price in your local store about this build
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $504.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 07:59 EST-0500)




i found this on tigerdirect.com .

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] =B69-0673.

The only thing with your http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vP3v suggestion is that most of the sites on there don't ship to new zealand. sorry im being to demanding but it would be necessary to have new zealand selected in the drop-down box it the top right of www.pcpartpicker.com or alternatively http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/parts/partlist/

thanks,

Jacob
January 4, 2013 1:01:00 PM

Do you have a previous pc you can take parts from? My last build I was able to reuse some parts such as case, optical and hard disk drives, and power supply. Also will you need a new os? What CPU and GPU did you decide you were interested in?
January 4, 2013 1:11:03 PM

zdaggs said:
Do you have a previous pc you can take parts from? My last build I was able to reuse some parts such as case, optical and hard disk drives, and power supply. Also will you need a new os? What CPU and GPU did you decide you were interested in?


no sadly i dont but i have OS, Screen Ect.
January 4, 2013 1:19:40 PM

I'm in the same boat as op, and I have the same budget. I do have a computer to use parts from, but it's not a great computer.
January 4, 2013 1:26:20 PM

so then what cpu and gpu were you interested in? do you have a local shop you could purchase parts form to save on shipping? with a 400-600 budget your going to have to look for ways to cut cost as much as possible. What about looking for used parts in your area and focusing on only buying the cpu, mb, and power suppy new? there are lots of great used gpu available for very affordable prices if your not looking for a 6xx or 79xx series.

Also are you looking for around 400-600 in kiwi or us dollars?
January 4, 2013 3:18:38 PM

New Zealand Dollars don't seem to be worth much. This is the best you can get for $650. I3 + discrete graphics cards, etc are all way out of your price range in NZ dollars/NZ shipping sites, even though in US dollars you could get that.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vQAN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vQAN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vQAN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.00 @ Aquila Technology)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($90.85 @ PB Technologies)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.00 @ PC Force)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.35 @ PB Technologies)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($91.65 @ Ascent Technology)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 400W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($82.23 @ Aquila Technology)
Total: $646.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 06:17 NZDT+1300)

a b B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2013 12:52:51 AM

Awesome! Another NZ'er like me. I suggest looking around on trademe for a cheap GPU after you have built this.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vW6A
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vW6A/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vW6A/benchmarks/

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.00 @ PC Force)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PC Force)
Other: IVY BRIDGE INTEL CORE I3 3220 / 8GB PREM COMBO ($339.00)
Other: FSP GROUP RAIDER 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE ($105.00)
Total: $638.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 15:52 NZDT+1300)

GPU's such as- http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/components/video-car...
January 5, 2013 4:57:47 AM

camohanna said:
Awesome! Another NZ'er like me. I suggest looking around on trademe for a cheap GPU after you have built this.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vW6A
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vW6A/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/nz/p/vW6A/benchmarks/

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.00 @ PC Force)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.00 @ PC Force)
Other: IVY BRIDGE INTEL CORE I3 3220 / 8GB PREM COMBO ($339.00)
Other: FSP GROUP RAIDER 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE ($105.00)
Total: $638.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 15:52 NZDT+1300)

GPU's such as- http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/components/video-car...



Awsome yes thanks. New Zealand is awsome.
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