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Topic # 57094 2-Feb-2010 20:30
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http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/systems/systemdetail.asp?systypeid=4


What do you guys think? For a bit of gaming, videos, music and uni work. Good value for money? Quality system? Cheers :)

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  Reply # 295558 2-Feb-2010 21:47
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Whats your max budget? Do you need screen keyboard mouse OS etc etc let us know :)

that machine looks alrite but you may be able to get alot better machine for a fraction more

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  Reply # 295560 2-Feb-2010 21:50
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apparently some mobos can unlock 2 cores within the phenom x2 and you get quad core! i wonder if it still works :)

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 295561 2-Feb-2010 21:51
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Do you want to have a tower in your lounge? Why not have something small, like a Dell Zino HD?






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  Reply # 295563 2-Feb-2010 21:54
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$1500 max. Would prefer lower. Yeah, I do need Windows 7, monitor, mouse and keyboard and was planning on getting those separately. I've heard pretty good things about Computer Lounge but are there any cheaper sites that do a better deal? 



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  Reply # 295565 2-Feb-2010 21:56
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Was looking at the $1450 Dell Inspiron 580 as well. Pretty keen to leave myself as open as possible to upgrading components in the future though.

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  Reply # 295576 2-Feb-2010 22:25
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Even with that computer lounge pc you still likely to go over budget. An os is 200 so u only have 250 for a screen/ keyboard and mouse. A decent intel setup would cost you about 1650. That would include Antec 300 case, 2.9ghz core 2 duo, 600w psu, 4gb ddr3 ram, western didgital 1tb drive. radeon 512mb graphics, dvd drive, windows 7 os 64 bit, 23.6 hd screen, generic keyboard and mouse. I would personally take the core 2 duo intel option. (i just think they are a really good preforming cpu, quad core is abit ott unless u have apps that actually use all cores)

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  Reply # 295579 2-Feb-2010 22:34
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You could get something marginally cheaper from an etailer (no retail store) or your small local computer store, or by getting parts only and putting it together yourself.

However...

Computer Lounge have a excellent reputation for using quality parts and providing impeccable service and support. They take their builds seriously and the cabling will be optimised for best airflow and tidyness like nobodies business. They have a retail store and have been around for many years.

So basically I would definitely go with them over a Dell or an etailer. Whether you go with them over a local computer store (depending where you live) like pbtech, xpcomputers, etc, eden computers comes down to piece of mind really.

Bbuying the parts only and doing a DIY build is fun and rewarding if you are confident, saves a hour or so in labour cost off the price.  It's not for everyone though!

Finally if $1500 is your max budget I suggest making a post on their forums with your requirements and asking for a quote to fit that budget, you can see there are lots of other builds done to fit peoples budgets and requirements on there. 

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/forum/Default.aspx?g=topics&f=36

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  Reply # 295589 2-Feb-2010 23:56
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Ragnor: Computer Lounge have a excellent reputation for using quality parts and providing impeccable service and support.

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My son bought some stuff there during November.  After a few hours, his brand-new 24" LG monitor developed a flickering bright-green pixel.  They exchanged it on the spot when we went back to the store.

The staff also seemed pretty knowledgable about the stuff they were selling, right down to the nitty-gitty details of power supplies and their specs.

Computer Lounge are definitely a cut-above anywhere else I've shopped in the last few years.







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  Reply # 295596 3-Feb-2010 00:10
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Well with the positive recommendations Computer Lounge is getting, I'm pretty sure I'll go with them as soon as I get the money together (course related costs, yuss!). I'm thinking about getting it with an AOC 21.5" monitor (http://www.computerlounge.co.n...) and getting a cheap mouse and keyboard from the local Dick Smiths or something. The 2 year warranty at Computer Lounge makes me feel a bit safer too. But if something goes wrong with it, do I have to pay to ship it all the way back up to Auckland? Would cost a few bucks...



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  Reply # 295598 3-Feb-2010 00:12
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Anybody know if that monitor is any good?

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  Reply # 295600 3-Feb-2010 00:17
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natos17: The 2 year warranty at Computer Lounge makes me feel a bit safer too. But if something goes wrong with it, do I have to pay to ship it all the way back up to Auckland? Would cost a few bucks...

It is normal practice in the computer industry that you would have to pay to return the faulty item, and the supplier will pay the freight back to you.  However, if you pay extra for an on-site warranty, you won't have to pay any freight cost.

It would pay to check with Computer Lounge and see what their policy is in this area, maybe they do something different.

Regarding AOC Monitors, I wouldn't recommend them.  Best to go with a well-known brand who make their own LCD Panels such as LG or Samsung.  Viewsonic are another good brand, but they buy their panels from other suppliers.  Philips also don't make their own LCDs, and I have had bad experiences with Acer.





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  Reply # 296476 5-Feb-2010 17:58
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don't get a mouse/keyboard from dick smith(I assume as just want a basic USB keyboard & optical mouse as you're using your course costs), as I don't know their prices but I know they are generally always too expensive compared to others

just use one of these tools to find the best deal:
gearbot.co.nz
pricespy.co.nz
priceme.co.nz




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