Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




16 posts

Geek


Topic # 248433 26-Mar-2019 12:01
Send private message quote this post

think its time to make the switch from console to pc 


I'm not nearly tech-savvy enough to build my own pc, so what's the best pre-built pc i can get on my budget ($2000). looking for something that can run most games at high settings 


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
988 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 397

Subscriber

  Reply # 2205072 26-Mar-2019 12:36
Send private message quote this post

Do you need a monitor as well?

 

A build to run "most games at high settings" would be pushing that budget, especially with a monitor included...

 

 

 

If you went with a slightly older GPU, you would probably be Ok - maybe even buy a 1070 or 1080 second hand?

 

 

 

Something like this would be a pretty capable machine for up to 1440p gaming

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/build/6842 





.

3671 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2148

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2205101 26-Mar-2019 13:52
Send private message quote this post




Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.


 
 
 
 


988 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 397

Subscriber

  Reply # 2205106 26-Mar-2019 14:04
Send private message quote this post

Lias:

 

https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=29654

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost identical spec to the above if you were to take the second SSD out - reckon 256Gb storage is a bit light no?





.

260 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 59


  Reply # 2205209 26-Mar-2019 17:53
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

Item:

 

Lias:

 

https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=29654

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost identical spec to the above if you were to take the second SSD out - reckon 256Gb storage is a bit light no?

 

 

 

One large issue is the pbtech build you submitted not using dual channel RAM. thats not good for ryzen systems. 

 

 


1106 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 249


  Reply # 2205238 26-Mar-2019 18:47
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

Item:

 

Do you need a monitor as well?

 

A build to run "most games at high settings" would be pushing that budget, especially with a monitor included...

 

 

 

If you went with a slightly older GPU, you would probably be Ok - maybe even buy a 1070 or 1080 second hand?

 

 

 

Something like this would be a pretty capable machine for up to 1440p gaming

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/build/6842 

 

 

This build without the CPU cooler and swap to a 1TB HDD instead of the 1TB SSD, and swap the RAM to this (so you have money for a monitor, keyboard and mouse and speakers/headset..if you are lucky) then you have a winner.

 

 

 

If you alive in Auckland I can help build it for you to save you the $90 also.

 

 

 

Otherwise I would recommend buying a pre-built gaming PC if you are not keen on dealing with warranty issues, especially if you are not computer literate.


21983 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4645

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 2205242 26-Mar-2019 18:58
Send private message quote this post

Just buy a prebuilt to save warranty hassle if its your only PC, since otherwise you are expected to faultfind with spare parts and only take the faulty part back to the retailer.

 

Also are you happy with 60Hz or do you want decent framerate gaming?





Richard rich.ms



16 posts

Geek


  Reply # 2205325 26-Mar-2019 21:10
Send private message quote this post

Item:

 

Do you need a monitor as well?

 

A build to run "most games at high settings" would be pushing that budget, especially with a monitor included...

 

 

 

If you went with a slightly older GPU, you would probably be Ok - maybe even buy a 1070 or 1080 second hand?

 

 

 

Something like this would be a pretty capable machine for up to 1440p gaming

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/build/6842 

 

 

brought a 144hz monitor from a friend  




16 posts

Geek


  Reply # 2205329 26-Mar-2019 21:15
Send private message quote this post

richms:

 

Just buy a prebuilt to save warranty hassle if its your only PC, since otherwise you are expected to faultfind with spare parts and only take the faulty part back to the retailer.

 

Also are you happy with 60Hz or do you want decent framerate gaming?

 

 

just got a 144hz monitor so would like to make full use of that


3671 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2148

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2205417 26-Mar-2019 22:49
Send private message quote this post

vdanzo:

 

just got a 144hz monitor so would like to make full use of that

 

 

I don't mean to be rude, but I think you may be really struggling to get a $2k PC that can do that monitor justice.





Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.


21983 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4645

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 2205421 26-Mar-2019 23:13
Send private message quote this post

I have no time for games so gave my nice screen to my cousins kids, but back when I did my 970 was able to cope okish on things I cared about at the time 2+ years ago so I dont think that a current mid tier card would struggle on current things. Unless its 4k or something as well as 144hz.





Richard rich.ms

255 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 41


  Reply # 2205428 26-Mar-2019 23:38
Send private message quote this post

Can definitely run a 144hz screen on $2k, especially if it's a 1080p screen.  For example:

 

https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/xLkXcY


988 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 397

Subscriber

  Reply # 2205457 27-Mar-2019 07:28
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

Just FYI, I will likely be selling my current gaming tower in the next week or two - it is currently hooked up to a 144hz 1440p screen and works really well:

 

CPU=4790k

 

RAM=16Gb

 

GPU=GTX1070

 

Storage= 1 x 250 SSD, 1 x 500Gb SSD, 1 x 1TB HDD

 

Cooler Master full tower and a decent cooler, 850W PSU

 

If you are interested, it could be a way to break into PC gaming well under your budget!

 

 

 

 





.

3671 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2148

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2205472 27-Mar-2019 08:06
Send private message quote this post

Tzoi:

 

Can definitely run a 144hz screen on $2k, especially if it's a 1080p screen.  For example:

 

https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/list/xLkXcY

 

 

As per OP's first post, he wants something pre-built, because he doesn't have the skills or desire to self build, so part picker isn't really a solution. 





Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.


3272 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 978

Trusted

  Reply # 2205487 27-Mar-2019 08:50
Send private message quote this post

Playing devils advocate but....   Don't do it! It will suck up decades of your life and tens of thousands of dollars.  Stick with pre-built consoles which are basically heavily subsidised, well supported PCs these days anyway.  (xbox already has keyboard+mouse support on some games aye?)


39 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 12

Subscriber

  Reply # 2205541 27-Mar-2019 11:09
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

Item:

 

Do you need a monitor as well?

 

A build to run "most games at high settings" would be pushing that budget, especially with a monitor included...

 

 

 

If you went with a slightly older GPU, you would probably be Ok - maybe even buy a 1070 or 1080 second hand?

 

 

 

Something like this would be a pretty capable machine for up to 1440p gaming

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/build/6842 

 

 

 

 

I'd change a couple of things here.

 

No need for the AIO as the included AMD cooler is very decent, can be a bit loud when really pushing the overclocks but otherwise it is fine.

 

The money saved there I'd put into getting faster RAM which is going to make a huge difference for Ryzen PC. 

 

I think the 2060 is a wierd card and not sure what it is for. I'd either look at a 1660ti and save some money for the same performance minus the ray tracing or go for the 2070 for extra performance.

 

Also there are many many ways to get Windows and paying full retail price is the least attractive IMO.

 

Personally I'd would go with Ryzen but the intel alternative just for gaming is going to be slightly quicker in most titles. It will have a worse upgrade path, won't multitask as well (so if you want to do streaming or any creative work) and I personally have problems with Intel's past business dealings in the past, but it is a viable alternative (unlike current AMD and nVidia where you'd be a mad man to buy anything but a budget GPU from AMD at the moment)....

 

 

 

 


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Orcon announces new always-on internet service for Small Business
Posted 18-Apr-2019 10:19


Spark Sport prices for Rugby World Cup 2019 announced
Posted 16-Apr-2019 07:58


2degrees launches new unlimited mobile plan
Posted 15-Apr-2019 09:35


Redgate brings together major industry speakers for SQL in the City Summits
Posted 13-Apr-2019 12:35


Exported honey authenticated on Blockchain
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:19


HPE and Nutanix partner to deliver hybrid cloud as a service
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:12


Southern Cross and ASN sign contract for Southern Cross NEXT
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:09


Data security top New Zealand consumer priority when choosing a bank
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:07


Samsung announces first 8K screens to hit New Zealand
Posted 10-Apr-2019 21:03


New cyber-protection and insurance product for businesses launched in APAC
Posted 10-Apr-2019 20:59


Kiwis ensure streaming is never interrupted by opting for uncapped broadband plans
Posted 7-Apr-2019 09:05


DHL Express introduces new MyDHL+ online portal to make shipping easier
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:51


RackWare hybrid cloud platform removes barriers to enterprise cloud adoption
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:50


Top partner named at MYOB High Achievers Awards
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:48


Great ideas start in Gisborne with hackathon event back for another round
Posted 7-Apr-2019 08:42



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.