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17-07-2011, 09:22 PM
Hi there

I am saving up to buy the parts for my own gaming PC. How much should I spend on each part? My budget is $2000-2200 (NZ). Also where should I buy the parts?


17-07-2011, 09:29 PM
Parts priority for gaming will go in this order.
GPU > CPU > Mobo > HDD > Ram > rest.

Oh and PSU is incredibly important, but just buy a thermaltake or corsair or something with enough wattage for the card you choose, and you'll be right on the money.
As for where to buy, computerlounge.co.nz can do bundle deals and the like. Hit them up and give them a list of what you're looking to play, and they'll see you right.

17-07-2011, 09:52 PM
+1 comp lounge

17-07-2011, 11:05 PM
ComputerLounge or PlayTech. I'd look at the 2nd-gen SandyBridge i5s/i7s, 8GB RAM, a 560Ti or 6870, Corsair 750W PSU, Gigabyte or Asus motherboard, and an SSD + a 2TB drive if you can stretch it.

18-07-2011, 09:07 AM
I buy from here. (http://www.ascent.co.nz/) according to the latest comsumer mag, number one for customer support.

18-07-2011, 12:55 PM
I'd rate RAM & MB about the same, neither can actually effect the performance more than a few % unlike graphics and CPU. Other than that I'd agree with everyone so far.

A few personal tips on current hardware:

i5 2500K is the best gaming CPU option currently, or the plain i5 2500 if you are not into overclocking. Although the i7 2600 & 2600K are faster the difference is tiny (100 Mhz) and games really don't benefit from hyperthreading which is the only other difference.

8Gb of RAM is the current sweet spot, but at least 4Gb is required to game smoothly on new titles. Any more than 8 is only really worth considering if you are trying to future proof a machine to last a long time as memory requirements tend to increase over time.

For the motherboard one thing to consider is wether or not you plan to SLI/Crossfire (myself I wouldn't again). A board with an extra space between PCIE slots can help with cooling

Short Version:
i5 2500K
4-8 Gb RAM
any p67 or Z68 Asus or Gigabyte Motherboard
Geforce GTX560Ti, ATX 6950 or better graphics card
A fast Hdd and / or an SSD
Windows 7 64 bit
Quality 650-800W PSU, corsair or similar
Case with good airflow
1080P widescreen monitor :)

Any extra cash left in the budget spend on the graphics card, it is the biggest performance boost possible. After that consider CPU and fast SSD's as options, or add extra RAM. If you are having trouble getting in under your budget go with a cheaper hard drive like A WD blue 1TB and a basic model motherboard (the actual gaming difference with a single graphics card on a cheap motherboard vs a high end gaming one is actually very small, usually 1-3%).

really though 2k should get a nice gaming rig, especially if you have any existing pats worth reusing.

18-07-2011, 01:15 PM
Just to add, I priced up my list including a monitor at CL and it came to $2208
cpu $305
mb $229
RAM $199
case $209
PSU $259
HDD $90
OS $179
560Ti $399
22" monitor $339

18-07-2011, 01:36 PM
I would suggest spending 2-3x on your GPU what you do on your CPU, as the GPU is basically always the bottleneck.

18-07-2011, 02:08 PM
Hmmm, When building a gaming PC, I always start with Platform\MB>GPU\s(LCD)>CPU>RAM>HDD

Reason being, a GPU will always be upgraded before CPU. If the CPU wont last a couple of GPU upgrades, your in for another platform upgrade!

18-07-2011, 02:17 PM
I would suggest spending 2-3x on your GPU what you do on your CPU, as the GPU is basically always the bottleneck.

In a top-end gaming rig, sure, but in mid-range as we'd be looking at with this budget I'd say you're looking at about 1.5x the CPU cost on a GPU to get bang for buck without sacrificing too much in other areas.

18-07-2011, 02:25 PM
@OP do you need a screen and os?