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Topic # 157535 3-Dec-2014 23:29
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Hello! I am looking for help to create the best $1,100 PC you can get in NZ, all opinions and suggestions are appreciated and acknowledged.

What I have so far: http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/user/Pandality/saved/cVpV3C

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  Reply # 1188356 3-Dec-2014 23:40
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what games do you want to play ?




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  Reply # 1188359 3-Dec-2014 23:44
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And does the $1100 include a keyboard, mouse, and monitor?





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1188361 3-Dec-2014 23:59
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I'd highly recommend budgeting for an SSD (or at least make it your first upgrade in the future), even if it's only 64GB for the OS, best decision I ever made.

-A.



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  Reply # 1188410 4-Dec-2014 07:39
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l43a2: what games do you want to play ?

things like BF4, FC4, Dota 2 etc



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  Reply # 1188411 4-Dec-2014 07:39
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Brumfondl: And does the $1100 include a keyboard, mouse, and monitor?

No, this is just the main PC

JWR

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  Reply # 1188572 4-Dec-2014 11:48
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Personally, I would spend another $30 and get a motherboard with 4 RAM slots.

But, I guess you have considered that.

An SSD would be the single best uograde you could make to that system.

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  Reply # 1188573 4-Dec-2014 11:50
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Agree with everyone about SSD. Best investment in any computer
EDIT: everything else does seem to look just fine. If this is a budget machine, i expect it to last you at least 2 years.

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  Reply # 1188577 4-Dec-2014 11:57
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if it's a gaming pc, you want to spend a good half of the investment into GPU. Since mostly, it'll be the GPU that is going to be bottlenecking.

do consider changing your cpu to AMD and getting a GTX970.

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  Reply # 1188586 4-Dec-2014 12:23
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Agree definitely on getting an SSD into the mix. I certainly noticed a massive difference when I added one to my system. Having 4 ram slots would be ideal but not a deal breaker. Other than that, the rest looks good.





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  Reply # 1188596 4-Dec-2014 12:43
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iPhysc: if it's a gaming pc, you want to spend a good half of the investment into GPU. Since mostly, it'll be the GPU that is going to be bottlenecking.

do consider changing your cpu to AMD and getting a GTX970.


I both agree and disagree on this one - but open to other opinions. Does GTX970 really make that much of a difference? Yes it is correct that GPU could be your bottleneck, but a lot of the times, this depends on the games you play as well. I personally play games like Fifa, COD, L4D2, Age of Empires. 

I am currently running on AMD 270 GPU which is quite decent and its certainly lower than GTX760 (maybe I am wrong). I am happily able to play COD Ghosts and other games (given I dont play the same games I used to) on full on my 1440p monitor.

But yes he is right in that if you want a gaming rig, generally the GPU budget is about 500 bucks. Having said that, if you have a strict budget, you will be ok with the GTX760 or even the AMD 270X which is a decent performer. You can still play most games on full for the next year or so and upgrade your GPU when you gather more dough.

Quite important to have a good mobo though - allows easier upgrades in the future. Decently spaced PCI slots, enough sata ports, usb ports, RAM slots etc. At $1100, i dont think you can budget $500 bucks for a GPU. Get the best bang for buck - which seems to be AMD 270X from having a brief look over pricespy. Saves about 70 bucks - put that towards a longer term mobo and SSD. Get budget for GPU next year and then upgrade to a big daddy GPU.

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  Reply # 1188598 4-Dec-2014 12:47
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Personally, I would ditch the el-cheapo motherboard (H81 is a budget chipset), and add an SSD in. How flexible is the budget? The extra little bit to do these two things could be a fairly major improvement on the system overall.


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  Reply # 1188601 4-Dec-2014 12:50
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I made this List by starting with what you had and swapping out a few parts, more designed around being able to upgrade parts later on but still being fully usable now.

It's $55 more expensive but has a gtx970 and an ssd in it and you can drop in a core i5 and more memory later on.

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  Reply # 1188621 4-Dec-2014 13:12
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How do you know if someone does crossfit?has an SSD?
Don't worry they will tell you

Seriously tho get an SSD



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  Reply # 1189098 5-Dec-2014 08:03
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Poll: I made this List by starting with what you had and swapping out a few parts, more designed around being able to upgrade parts later on but still being fully usable now.

It's $55 more expensive but has a gtx970 and an ssd in it and you can drop in a core i5 and more memory later on.

I am guessing you would like me to overclock the CPU to about 4.1-4.3GHz? Also, only a 128 GB SSD and no 1TB HDD, I think I'll get a 1TB HDD and make the SSD an after-project.

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  Reply # 1189100 5-Dec-2014 08:09
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The GTX970 is amazing, I love mine.  If I was building a system today I would get a GTX970 and at least a 120GB SSD for the main hdd.  possible a 240GB SSD to install the odd game to for speed improvements loading those games.

Also I would stick with an intel cpu, but thats personal preference.

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