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Need help with a gaming PC!

smackcroker
  • 57 months ago

Budget: Around $1800 Location: New Zealand Use: Gaming, mostly. Peripherals: Will need monitor, but mouse and keyboard are not super urgent. OS: Windows, not picky about the version.

My son and I want to build a pc together. I've got plenty of computer experience, but have been out of the game for the last 10 years or so (at least when it comes to pc gaming). We want something that is going to last, and can be upgraded as needed. I would prefer to get all the parts in NZ, as the dollar is crap at the moment. I've got a good idea of what we want, but I'd like some suggestions to make sure we are on the right track! Thanks in advance!!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, these Kiwi prices really hurt. Here's a list that uses some pretty standard choices and will do well for medium 1080p gaming. It can handle the more demanding AAA titles at lower settings, and can usually max the less-demanding AAA games. The keyboard/mouse combo is an inexpensive but nice little combo (I use it myself), and it comes in blue backlit as well for the same price

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $304.74 @ PB Technologies
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $159.84 @ PB Technologies
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $90.85 @ PB Technologies
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $87.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 4GB SOC Video Card $412.85 @ PB Technologies
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $134.48 @ Ascent Technology
Power Supply SeaSonic 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $154.64 @ Ascent Technology
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $145.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Monitor Samsung S24D300H 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $224.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $58.00 @ 1stWave Technologies
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1771.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-22 08:53 NZST+1200
  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Say the budget could stretch to $2000. What should I upgrade? I was thinking about an SSD, or is there something else that would be more important, in your opinion? Thanks for the quick reply!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

The two most noticeable improvements would be an SSD or a stronger GPU. The next step up for the gpu would be to the 390, which would take it up to the newer $2000 limit.

If having the highest visual presets in games isn't as important, an SSD will be a very tangible and worthwhile upgrade.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Bit of a tough one really. I want the speed from the SSD, but also want the graphics to be as high as possible (within budget). Thanks again for your help!

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