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Benmb1
19-11-2007, 09:14 PM
Hey all ill be buying a new comp for gaming in a few weeks and i have no idea what to look for and what to get etc..(i dont know much about pc's)
Ill be spending up to 1500 max as i have to borrow money :xmouth:
it well be used mostly for COD4 and i hope ill be able to run it alright with only spending that much

So any recommendations of what parts to get etc would be great :)
o and i live in hamilton so ill most likely be buying it from a shop some were around h town :P

Any help would be appreciated :thumbs:

Metla
19-11-2007, 09:16 PM
$1500?

COD4?

Do you need to get a screen?, OS?

LOWTEC
19-11-2007, 09:19 PM
you will be able to get the best deal using a site like pricespy.co.nz, essentially lists all sorts of pc components and the cheapest nz retailer for the said component. after buying the parts if you dont want to make your new desktop you can get most shops to do it for you for round $60ish. you will also need to know what parts youll need, basically:

motherboard - i like either gigabyte or asus mobos (gigabyte s3 range are fairly good value)

power supply

cpu - id go for a core 2 duo

graphics card - if budget allows it the nvidia geforce 8800gt is amazing value

a hard drive or two - seagate sata 320gbs are best value for money i think

case - up to you depending what look you like.

monitor - either samsung or viewsonic, personally id go for a samsung

keyboard and mouse - logitech make very good keyboards and mice

ram - prolly 2gbs ddr800 brands like kingston or super talent are good

cd/dvdrw drive - most will do the job your after

operating system - either vista or xp id reccommend

this might go over your budget a bit but should be close enough.

LOWTEC
19-11-2007, 09:39 PM
just added up a rough estimate going on what i reccomended will be about 150-200 more than you budget so if 1500 is your absolute max then go for a cheaper graphics card than the 8800GT and should be right on 1500

dugimodo
20-11-2007, 09:59 AM
if you want to use a store in Hamilton you have 2 main choices, PBtech on angelsea st or Promax ( Tisco ) on Kilarney rd.

Both are quite similar in price.

I'd agree with the reccomendations above, but if budget becomes an issue you can possibly save some money by Going AMD, A 5600+ or 6000+ is still pretty quick and quite cheap, although a bottom end core 2 duo may still be a better choice.

As for Graphics, the 8800 series is the best if you can afford it, but if not consider a 7900GS if it saves you enough, or even a 7600GT as a bottom end ( will still run most current games decently and is fairly cheap )

Benmb1
20-11-2007, 08:07 PM
Yer ive got a monitor,mouse and keyboard etc...
also can you trust the salesman or are they just as bad as car salesman trying to rip you of,if so i think ill have to go with some who knows what there talking about :P


Thanks for the help so far :D

Metla
20-11-2007, 08:19 PM
I have heard dribble from computer sales-persons that would make a car salesman look like Jesus himself.

Though there are plenty that know their stuff and are honest, They only way to tell is if you also know your stuff, In which case you don't need to be talking to the salesperson.

I have found the bigger the store, The bigger the lies.

qazwsxokmijn
20-11-2007, 08:38 PM
I have found the bigger the store, The bigger the lies.
How do you think they got big in the first place? ;)

george12
20-11-2007, 08:45 PM
I say work out exactly what you want here (with the help of PF1 users) and then go shopping with your parts list. We can recommend good stores. Buying locally is a good idea if the shop is a decent one.

You don't want to have to deal with a sub-par business if something goes wrong.

Metla
20-11-2007, 08:48 PM
How do you think they got big in the first place? ;)

I think they sacrificed 1000 vigins, and in return were given the gift of MASSIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS, This weekend only, We have cut our prices to just a few hundred more then everyone else, Plus the quality sucks, And the salesman is telling you lies and tempting you with easy credit so he can make his $6.50 and buy a pie.

winmacguy
20-11-2007, 08:56 PM
I think they sacrificed 1000 vigins, and in return were given the gift of MASSIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS, This weekend only, We have cut our prices to just a few hundred more then everyone else, Plus the quality sucks, And the salesman is telling you lies and tempting you with easy credit so he can make his $6.50 and buy a pie.

Don't forget that the people they are selling the computers to get completely baffled by all the bull**** as well.

xmojo1
23-11-2007, 02:08 PM
Regarding the Nvidia 8800GT cards, they are in short-supply worldwide. Some computer stores have just received a new batch of the cards and it looks as if the prices have gone up (not surprising, as the cards are in great demand and are in short supply) from around $450 as of 2-3 weeks ago to around $500. ATI have just released 2 mid-range cards which, while not quite as powerful as Nvidia's 8800GT, are priced to be cheaper (maybe around $400-420) so you may consider ATI's cards as a more cost-effective choice.

Trev
23-11-2007, 02:50 PM
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G33M, Intel G35 Chipset 1333 MHz FSB
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0GHz 4MB Cache
Memory: DDR2 Memory, 2 GB Corsair XMS2 Xtreme PC2-6400, 800MHz CL4; Supports maximum 8 GB
Graphics: PCI Express X16 Graphics 320MB GeForce 8800 GTS DDR3
Audio: 8 Channel Integrated High Definition Audio
HDD: 320GB SATA II 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Trio 550 Watt
Optical Drive: 20x DVD±RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ LightScribe
Operating System: Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2b

:)

pctek
23-11-2007, 03:18 PM
Regarding the Nvidia 8800GT cards, they are in short-supply worldwide. and it looks as if the prices have gone up

Asus 8800GT 512MB 600mhz Clock $470
Asus 8800GT 512MB 700mhz Clock $900