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Mister
26-08-2009, 08:40 AM
Hey all,

I'm trying to build a new gaming desktop, and I have around $2000 to spend. I first went to new egg, and built a great desktop, with a I7 Intel quad core, GTX290 and all that awesome stuff. But then I found out NewEgg doesn't ship to NZ.

So then.. I go to NZ sites that are like NewEgg, and the processor is like $1000.

So can some people please give me some advice for making a good computer that will be able to run all games on high detail?

I tried places like PCUnlimited.co.nz but there selection of items is quite limited.

jwil1
26-08-2009, 08:45 AM
That will be US currency, which is why it seems more expensive here.

$2000 US equates to about $3500-$4000 NZ.

Welcome to PF1 btw :)

Mister
26-08-2009, 08:46 AM
That will be US currency, which is why it seems more expensive here.

$2000 US equates to about $3500-$4000 NZ.

Welcome to PF1 btw :)

Thank you, nice and fast reply :D

I used a currency converter and it all came to $1700 NZ with no monitor.

pctek
26-08-2009, 09:03 AM
I have around $2000 to spend.
So can some people please give me some advice for making a good computer that will be able to run all games on high detail?


For $2000 you certainly won't be getting the latest graphics card and a core i7 CPU.

Take a look at computer Lounge - they have a selection, look at what your budget can afford, or keep saving.

Computer Lounge is one of the reputable places in NZ to buy from. Stick to reputable.

utopian201
26-08-2009, 10:57 AM
The shipping alone would have probably made it too expensive to get from overseas. Search on pricespy. Agree with the others, with 2k you aren't going to get high end parts. But even mid range stuff is still pretty adequate for current games.

Blam
26-08-2009, 12:30 PM
If you just need good gaming then grab an old dual core(E8400 or such) or an overclocked E5200, with a 4890.

Mister
26-08-2009, 06:19 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I think I'll just but new off trade me. I think

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Desktops/LCD-monitor/auction-237274629.htm

Will do fine for gaming.

kenj
26-08-2009, 07:55 PM
Sniff, sniff, sniff........ do I smell tinned meat?

Ken

Blam
26-08-2009, 09:00 PM
Ask them what motherboard they use. Better not be a crap one.

Mister
27-08-2009, 01:38 AM
Chipset LGA775 ATX Intel P45+ ICH9R MB FSB 1333/1066/800Mhz, DDR2 800 ,PCI-e x16, SATA II,RAID, USB, 7.1ch audio ,GbE LAN, CrossFireX

wratterus
27-08-2009, 01:44 AM
It's an ECS board. Don't touch it with a 40ft barge pole.

pctek
27-08-2009, 08:25 AM
Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I think I'll just but new off trade me. I think
.

Doesn't mention an operating system, and unless it's 64bit it won't even see 8GB RAM.
There is no such thing as a 10GHz CPU.
The monitor has a 3 yr warranty - and it's not a brand I'd get anyway, but how are you going to get warranty on the PC?

The GPU isn't all that great.
Doesn't say what brand HDD.
Doesn't say what brtand graphics either.
Icute case - and probably the PSU it was bundled with.

Go to a reputable shop with proper after sales service.

Mister
27-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Hey guys, I see what you mean about TradeMe. Thanks.

Anyway, I found A System Builder on ComputerLounge and I choose some pieces to put in it. I was just wondering if you friendly peoples could say if its good or bad (This is my first time really looking at computer pieces/parts, and I don't want to stuff it up, sorry if I'm a pain ::blush:)

Anyway, Before I list the parts. Two Video Adapters? There's a option here for a second, I did some research and it says that it will increase the FPS, but it did not say what quality the second card has to be. So could someone please clarify a 2nd video card.

SYSTEM BOARD: ASUS P5Q SE2 Intel P45 DDR2 PCI-E

PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33 GHz 4MB 1333MHz LG

MEMORY: SuperTalent 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-800 PC6400 Dual Channel

GRAPHICS ADAPTER: BFG nVidia Gefore GTX275 OCX 896MB DDR3 PCI

GRAPHICS ADAPTER 2: (Just a cheaper one) ASUS nVidia Geforce 9500GT 512 MB PCI-E

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition OEM Edition.

Thank you.

Blam
27-08-2009, 09:35 PM
You can add another one in, but you won't get the full power of both cards.

Probably 80% or so.

Its good if you plan to upgrade in a while after saving some money.

You cannot use the 9500GT SLI(linked together) with the GTX275.

That motherboard doesn't support SLI anyways.

And DON'T get XP. Go for 7

Blam

Mister
27-08-2009, 10:43 PM
You can add another one in, but you won't get the full power of both cards.

Probably 80% or so.

Its good if you plan to upgrade in a while after saving some money.

You cannot use the 9500GT SLI(linked together) with the GTX275.

That motherboard doesn't support SLI anyways.

And DON'T get XP. Go for 7

Blam

Alright cheers. I should be good to go then.

viperviperviper006
28-08-2009, 04:05 PM
hey buddy have a good look at what www.playtech.co.nz has to offer. They have plenty of custom made systems and cheap components. Probably safer to buy of these guys than someone over trademe (warrant etc).

Mister
28-08-2009, 10:46 PM
ooh just found ascent.

I'm honestly struggling trying to find a good desktop for 2grand with a monitor.

Oh, and viperviperviper006, there was a really nice desktop on playtech. But it was 2.2 with no monitor (Around there)

-Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Socket 775, Retail pack with fan, Low Power

-Intel BOXDP43TF Motherboard, Socket 775, 4xDIMM DDR2, 0xPCI, 12xUSB2, Firewire, Audio, 1xATA, ATX

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS Hard Disk Drive, 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, SATA-2

-OCZ Gold Dual Channel Kit, XTC Heat Spreader, 2x2GB, DIMM, DDR2-1066

-Galaxy GF GTX 275 Video Card, GeForce GTX 275, 896MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, DVI, SLI ready

viperviperviper006
29-08-2009, 01:19 PM
also there are some cheap monitors at he dell outlet. currently there is a 20inch S2009WFP series for just over 120bucks.

Blam
29-08-2009, 02:15 PM
ooh just found ascent.

I'm honestly struggling trying to find a good desktop for 2grand with a monitor.

Oh, and viperviperviper006, there was a really nice desktop on playtech. But it was 2.2 with no monitor (Around there)

-Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Socket 775, Retail pack with fan, Low Power

-Intel BOXDP43TF Motherboard, Socket 775, 4xDIMM DDR2, 0xPCI, 12xUSB2, Firewire, Audio, 1xATA, ATX

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS Hard Disk Drive, 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, SATA-2

-OCZ Gold Dual Channel Kit, XTC Heat Spreader, 2x2GB, DIMM, DDR2-1066

-Galaxy GF GTX 275 Video Card, GeForce GTX 275, 896MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, DVI, SLI ready

Those are all decent parts.

Go for a viewsonic or LG monitor. Cheap and most are full HD..

pctek
29-08-2009, 02:54 PM
ooh just found ascent.
I'm honestly struggling trying to find a good desktop for 2grand with a monitor.

-Intel BOXDP43TF Motherboard, Socket 775, 4xDIMM DDR2, 0xPCI, 12xUSB2, Firewire, Audio, 1xATA, ATX

-Galaxy GF GTX 275 Video Card, GeForce GTX 275, 896MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, DVI, SLI ready

ComputerLounge


GRAPHICS ADAPTER 2: (Just a cheaper one) ASUS nVidia Geforce 9500GT 512 MB PCI-E


Computer Lounge
Ascent
Playtech
in that order. Ascent won't build it for you though.
Skip the parts shown above, ASUS is the better motherboard - or use Gigabyte. Same with Graphics card brands.

Two graphics cards isn't worth the cost, stick with the better of the ones you looked at.

Mister
29-08-2009, 04:31 PM
Computer Lounge
Ascent
Playtech
in that order. Ascent won't build it for you though.
Skip the parts shown above, ASUS is the better motherboard - or use Gigabyte. Same with Graphics card brands.

Two graphics cards isn't worth the cost, stick with the better of the ones you looked at.

The thing about computer lounge. Is I found it so much more expensive. And yeah, I know about Ascent won't put it together, but I thought it'd be good experience if I put one together myself. So then when I go to update it at a later date, I won't have to take it into a shop.

Mister
29-08-2009, 05:16 PM
Ok. After looking through Ascent again, I changed the Video Card to Gigabyte, the Mother board to Asus, and the Memory to 4g DDR3.


Anyway, This is what I'll order.

-Aerocool Vx-9 ATX Mid Tower Case, Black

-Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, Socket 775, Retail pack with fan, Low Power

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS Hard Disk Drive, 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB Cache, SATA-2

-LG Electronics GH22NS50 DVD Writer, DVD 16R/22W/8RW, CD 48R/48W/32RW, Internal, SATA, Black, OEM

-OCZ Platinum Kit, 2x2GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL7, DIMM, XTC Heat Spreader

-Asus M4A785TD-M EVO Motherboard, Socket AM3, 4xDIMM, DDR3, PCIe-16, 2xPCI, 1xPCIe-1, 12xUSB2, Firewire, Audio, Video, 1xATA, 6xSATA, RAID, M-ATX, DVI, HDMI

-Gigabyte GV-N26OC-896I Video Card, GeForce GTX 260, 896MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, DVI, SLI ready, HDMI (Yes, 260, but it will do for now, and I'll upgrade next year to the newer one, after I get some more cash, but 260 atm, will be able to handle most things I through at it)

-ST Lab M-114 Sound card, 4.0, PCI

-ViewSonic VX1940w Monitor, 19" LCD, 1680x1050, DVI, Black

-Genius GM56PCI-LA Modem, 56K, PCI

-D-Link DFE-528TX Ethernet Adapter, 10/100 Mbps, PCI

-Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus, 460W ATX PSU, SLI Ready, Black

I think that is all I need for everything to work, along with cabled and wireless Internet. (Buying OS from a local shop)