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# 177778 13-Aug-2015 22:10
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Hello everyone hope you guys and gals are having an awesome day/evening/night!

I have a query? I searched up budget gaming PC and they could build PCs with less than $400 USD which equals around about $600 NZD. So I was what the heck I'm going to try it! After all I am low budget student trying to get into the computing line and thought this is the start of everything right here.

Well I'm hoping if you guys could please please please build me a budget gaming pc .

My budget: $550 approx Excluding Case and PSU and OS
I know this is low budget but all I need is CPU, MOBO, GPU, RAM, Storage,Wireless network adapter (USB one would be nice) and if possible OS

I sincerely hope you can do good and if have had previous success with budget builds with similar budget than please reply I'm not that techie so I'm reaching out.
Good site : NZ PC PART PICKER

Also does anybody know how to get Windows 7,8 or 10 cheaper or free? I find it way too expensive but that's life I guess?
Plus are those $1.00 Trade me prices for Computer components and monitors worth it? I mean they have 100% positive feedback and 300 stars yet how do they make money? Lol plus has anyone bought from Newegg overseas and got good cheaper components?

Sorry for the questions in just really excited about starting my Computer career and gaming as well!

Cheers and thank you! I really appreciate it!

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  # 1365918 13-Aug-2015 22:18
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American prices for computer parts are among the lowest available which is why they can put cheap computers together.

Haven't tried Newegg before because they seemed more expensive than Amazon to get the products to NZ

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  # 1365921 13-Aug-2015 22:24
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($98.50 @ 1stWave Technologies)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($63.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($210.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($20.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Total: $603.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-13 22:22 NZST+1200

CPU/CPU cooler combo allows you to overclock. If you don't want to overclock, go for a cheap i3 and the stock cooler.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1365923 13-Aug-2015 22:42
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I think you'd get a better machine in that budget second hand.


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  # 1365925 13-Aug-2015 22:46
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Many students have access to cheap/free copies of windows through their educational institute.

https://www.dreamspark.com/






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  # 1365965 13-Aug-2015 23:11
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Lias: Many students have access to cheap/free copies of windows through their educational institute.

https://www.dreamspark.com/




How do I do this. I have a Microsoft account, I have a school email and am currently a high schooler.

How can I get an OS cheap-free? Does this work if I install it onto a blank pc (new custom budget pc with no os)
Can I do work/study and play games on it?
Also how long does it last?

Cheers,



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  # 1365966 13-Aug-2015 23:14
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Tzoi: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($98.50 @ 1stWave Technologies)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($63.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($210.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($20.00 @ 1stWave Technologies)
Total: $603.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-13 22:22 NZST+1200

CPU/CPU cooler combo allows you to overclock. If you don't want to overclock, go for a cheap i3 and the stock cooler.


Thanks for the build surprised me alot with what you could get!

Thanks again! Also thank you everyone else I read All your comments and appreciate it deeply!

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  # 1366020 14-Aug-2015 07:13
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Don't buy the cpu cooler the stock cooler will be fine. or use the savings to upgrade to a better CPU




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  # 1366042 14-Aug-2015 07:31
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mentalinc: Don't buy the cpu cooler the stock cooler will be fine. or use the savings to upgrade to a better CPU


I second that it's a complete and utter overkill for that CPU ....

I run a AMD FX-8350 on that cooler and cant even get it to think about warming up lol!




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  # 1366049 14-Aug-2015 08:04
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Keep in mind any PC for this price won't be top of the line or particularly fast. Adding an SSD will make it feel a lot faster.

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  # 1366067 14-Aug-2015 08:49
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Yeah the stock HSF with the G3258 will be fine, even with some overclocking.

Loving my one..... :) 




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  # 1366090 14-Aug-2015 09:24
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Just assembled my first desktop, yesterday.
My old one appeared to have been shorted out by the kids and had slowly died. 

Previously bought a 256gb Sata III SSD via Aliexpress with intention of fresh install.

I elected to build because I could, I had a couple of components I wanted to re use rather than bin, and a new SSD.

I could have bought decent specification A grade ex lease laptop or desk top with Windows 7 for half the price! 

New parts $600
Coolermaster Elite 130 Mini ITX Gaming Case - No PSU
400watt 80+ Silver OEM PSU, 24pin, 8pin, 6+2pin PCI-E, 4 x SATA, 3 x Molex, Floppy
Gigabyte F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX Socket FM2 Motherboard
AMD A8 7650k Black Edition Quad Core APU, R7 Graphics, 384 Shaders, 3.3ghz, turbo 3.8ghz, Unlocked multiplier
Corsair 8gb (2 x 4gb) Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 1600mhz Dual Channel Kit with Black Heatsinks

Plus Kingfast 256 SSD Sata III $116
LG DVD-RW existing
Old 500gb hard drive as back up.
Graphics card not used.
Multi card reader not used, no where to mount it on this case nor spare pins on board.

OS currently Linux Mint 17.2, I may find a copy of Windows 7 pro and go to windows 10.   


I paid more because I wanted the cube style case, the motherboard was more expensive.
The new kit was $600 including shipping from

 

Chris Hayton www.techtoniccomputers.co.nz because I had just bought small items from him on trademe and his service was excellent.

The case is bigger than I wanted due to using 5.25 LG DVD-RW.  I elected not to use my old graphics card as the new on board graphics are excellent.

In summary great experience, a very nice home destop (not gaming spec) cost $605, plus $116 for the SSD and a couple of parts I had.  Although I could have bought cheaper.
The fast boot, shut down and responsiveness with an SSD, is tremendous. 

If you are on a budget then a build may not be cheaper.  







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  # 1366103 14-Aug-2015 09:37
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xpd: Yeah the stock HSF with the G3258 will be fine, even with some overclocking.

Loving my one..... :) 


How you going with Windows 10 and overclocking on that board?








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  # 1366226 14-Aug-2015 11:33
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Just brought an ex lease lenovo for $500.

Core i7 2600
8gb ram
Small case, quiet/silent operation etc
Windows 7 Pro COA

It doesn't have a graphics card, but a small & low power one (like a 750 ti) could easily be added.
Seems like better value.



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  # 1366229 14-Aug-2015 11:35
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How and Where!

Where was tho great deal? desktop or laptop? What are the specs! Do you think this can handles bf4 on at least low ?

Thanks!

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  # 1366235 14-Aug-2015 11:42
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xpd: Yeah the stock HSF with the G3258 will be fine, even with some overclocking.

Loving my one..... :) 


Yea I don't have any experience in overclocking the G3258 but didn't think there would be much headroom with the stock cooler. If he didn't want to overclock, swapping out the cpu for an i3 would be better.

Ex-lease pcs may be cheaper but I don't know how big the cases on those are and whether they'd fit a graphics card

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