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globe
15-08-2010, 10:54 PM
the old desktop is getting a bit old and i'm tired of shoveling coal in the back ao its time for a new one.

So I am after some advice on the best way to get a new machine.

Firstly budget, prob a max of about $1500.
Use - home office stuff, web surfing, minor photoshop stuff, and the odd game (not online) here and there.

So if I can get the above for my budget am I better to just stroll into one of the chains, e.g. noel leeming, and see whats on special or am i better to go to a specialist store e.g. computer lounge and buy off the shelf or get them to knock something up or finally build myself (novice and no idea of which parts to buy).

All advice is most welcome cheers

Speedy Gonzales
15-08-2010, 10:57 PM
I would get a shop to put it together

globe
15-08-2010, 11:02 PM
I would get a shop to put it together

thanks, any recommendations for auckland ?

Speedy Gonzales
15-08-2010, 11:05 PM
Computerlounge I guess. There maybe a few who will do it. Where in Auckland are you, if you're in Auckland?

globe
15-08-2010, 11:07 PM
Computerlounge I guess. There maybe a few who will do it. Where in Auckland are you, if you're in Auckland?

North Shore but like most people in Auckland travelling around aint a biggie - just got to chose which day and the time when you take the trip.

Speedy Gonzales
15-08-2010, 11:21 PM
Playtech @ 60 Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay? http://www.playtech.co.nz/ ? Dont know how good or bad they are. Never brought anything from there or the shore. Since I'm in Mt Eden

pctek
16-08-2010, 07:36 AM
ComputerLounge first, Playtech second. What games?
That is quite importnat - high end FPS you'd need a high end PC, just the odd RPG not quite so high end, Solitaire - budget will be fine.
You need to tell them that so that parts suit it's use.

SolMiester
16-08-2010, 09:24 AM
I would suggest an i3 CPU as a budget processor. Once you have the CPU architecture worked out, you have something to work on for your budget. Its a Nehalem dual core with hyper threading, and clocks like a demon!
GPU wise depends on your LCD, are you keeping the existing? GTX460 or if too steep, 5770? The rest is just fulling in the gaps!

Poppa John
16-08-2010, 11:55 AM
Speedy isn't allowed to advertise on this site. Why not ask him or pctek to build one for you? PJ

inphinity
16-08-2010, 12:13 PM
North Shore but like most people in Auckland travelling around aint a biggie - just got to chose which day and the time when you take the trip.

PBTech in Porana Rd.

jd2759
16-08-2010, 03:13 PM
http://pricespy.co.nz/mypage.php?&b=19387

SolMiester
16-08-2010, 03:58 PM
http://pricespy.co.nz/mypage.php?&b=19387

I would still say the GTX460 1GB is a better bang for buck than the ATi5850 and considering you can get the factory gigabyte OC for $370 v $450 a good saving...then again, I would still recommend the i3 over the AMD Phenom II X4 965

Anand has a new benchmark page...
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/164?vs=180

globe
16-08-2010, 08:12 PM
ComputerLounge first, Playtech second. What games?
That is quite importnat - high end FPS you'd need a high end PC, just the odd RPG not quite so high end, Solitaire - budget will be fine.
You need to tell them that so that parts suit it's use.

odd rpg.