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Hackintosh! With Crazily Ridiculous New Zealand Prices!

Reconmidget

63 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $90.85 @ PB Technologies
CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 87.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Mighty Ape
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $143.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Memory Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $136.84 @ PB Technologies
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.95 @ Computer Lounge
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.74 @ PB Technologies
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $309.00 @ PC Force
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $198.95 @ Computer Lounge
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $122.82 @ Aquila Technology
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $42.55 @ Ascent Technology
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $149.95 @ Computer Lounge
Monitor AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $219.00 @ PC Force
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax EW-7811UTC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $31.04 @ PB Technologies
Keyboard Razer DeathStalker Essential Wired Gaming Keyboard $66.12 @ Ascent Technology
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M95 Wired Laser Mouse $109.95 @ Computer Lounge
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1869.75
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 01:31 NZDT+1300

Used for multitasking, video games, homework, coding, and art. Prices are ridiculous in New Zealand. I went IPS because of the art bit. Any thing better for a similar price or lower? Or can I get same performance for cheaper? Will be a Hackintosh. Art will be drawn via Photoshop.

Cheers! Chief

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

if you're thinking on a hackintosh, gigabyte would be your best option and you could probably save some money with an H97 motherboard. I wouldn't recommend asrock for hackintosh but that's just me...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I''m would overclock the G3258 so Z97 is essential.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

you can overclock the g3258 even with an H81. Just needs bios updates. If it were an unlocked i5 or i7 then the Z97 would make more sense.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you sure that spending more on your mouse than on your CPU is a good idea?

With that mouse...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $163.29 @ PB Technologies
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $149.00 @ PC Force
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $129.00 @ PC Force
Storage Kingston Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $100.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.00 @ PC Force
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card $329.95 @ Computer Lounge
Case Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case $179.99 @ Mighty Ape
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $122.82 @ Aquila Technology
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $42.55 @ Ascent Technology
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $149.95 @ Computer Lounge
Monitor AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $219.00 @ PC Force
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax EW-7811UTC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $31.04 @ PB Technologies
Keyboard Razer DeathStalker Essential Wired Gaming Keyboard $66.12 @ Ascent Technology
Mouse Corsair Vengeance M95 Wired Laser Mouse $109.95 @ Computer Lounge
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1871.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 02:14 NZDT+1300
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Reason for my mouse is I need a good mouse for drawing on photoshop. Side buttons help with rapidly changing tools. High DPI is because I sketch. The sniper button can be used for when I' meowing detailed work. I' ve used the M95 with Photoshop and it was a blast. Pentium is cheap and powerful with a overclock.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It only supports 1333 RAM, any program that supports hyperthreading will be better with an i3, i3 works out of the box for less power, you aren't guaranteed to get a Pentium that clocks over 4.2 (most will, but not certain), Pentium lacks some instructions that i3 supports and you are spending $70 on a cooler for it. Pentium is great for older single threaded games, but an i3 will cope with those anyway.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Pentium is more powerful than an i3 with a overclock which why I got the aftermarket cpu cooler

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Also I have had the worst experiences with Gigabyte, never buying

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

This advice is under the assumption that all money values are listed in USD.Feel free to refute anything i say in this post, it is not the final word. CPU cooler: Scratch it out. Don't get a CPU cooler unless you are going to overclock and I have seen smooth gameplay using intel pentiums w/ stock fan.

Motherboard and memory:why are you spending so much on these components? Go for acheaper motherboard;from what i have read the main benefit is more ram capacity for motherboards. For the memory go for the AMD R9 gamer series(8 GB, DDR3, 2133 MHz) It is about 90 USD.

Storage: To make the best use of the SSD restrict it for only the most important programs. From what you have said, I would recommend putting windows,photoshop,and your favorite games on the SSD.

Video Card: Downgrade it to an R7, Radeon HD 7000 series, or invest in a card from Nvidia of an older series. Keep the memory at 2GB and mabye 3GB if your budget allows. R7 and HD 7000 are not as high end but are very reliable from what I have heard. If you use one of those it might save roughly 150 USD.

Case: Why are you spending so much on the case? I haven't read much on cases so that is all I can say.

Operating System: Downgrade it to windows 7. It will save you about 70 USD. Windows 8 is the latest so Microsoft has not fixed all of the bugs yet and 8 also crashes more.

Monitor: Don't worry about getting a large monitor or 4K unless the budget allows. I haven't researched this much so that is all I will say, I think 1080x920 will be fine.

Keyboard and mouse: Scratch it out. You don't need high end input devices to game or be productive.

Wireless Adapter: Does your home already have one? If it does you may want to consider getting a router later on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh455l3348s (in case you do not trust me about that video card downgrade and keeping the Intel Pentium on stock fan.)

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

How's this? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $90.85 @ PB Technologies
Motherboard Asus H81M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ Mighty Ape
Memory Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $136.84 @ PB Technologies
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.95 @ Computer Lounge
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.74 @ PB Technologies
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card $239.00 @ PC Force
Case Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case $179.99 @ Mighty Ape
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $122.82 @ Aquila Technology
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $42.55 @ Ascent Technology
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $149.95 @ Computer Lounge
Monitor AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $219.00 @ PC Force
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax EW-7811UTC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $31.04 @ PB Technologies
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $49.00 @ PB Technologies
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1535.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 02:44 NZDT+1300
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's still got 1866 RAM, no point getting faster than 1333 with a Pentium G3258. You now have no cooler, the Pentium will get very hot with a high overclock. You only need a 400 watt power supply with a 750 Ti and a Pentium.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $90.85 @ PB Technologies
CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 87.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Mighty Ape
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $143.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Memory Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $136.84 @ PB Technologies
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.95 @ Computer Lounge
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.74 @ PB Technologies
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $266.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Case Cooler Master N600 Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case $143.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $122.82 @ Aquila Technology
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $42.55 @ Ascent Technology
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $149.95 @ Computer Lounge
Monitor AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $219.00 @ PC Force
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax EW-7811UTC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $31.04 @ PB Technologies
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $49.00 @ PB Technologies
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1643.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 23:02 NZDT+1300
  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes keep a good CPU cooler if you are going to overclock. The Nvidia cards are more expensive but give better effects (e.g particle affects) and i think they cut about 2-5 fps i think but it might compensate in terms of special effects. Consider using an AMD processor they have good bang for buck and are cheaper. In fact the last laptop my family had was made with AMD HD graphics 6000(I can't remember the specific number;it was discreet graphics) and had a 1.5 GHz AMD A8-3500M quad w/ turbo boost 2.4 GHz and not overclocked. It gamed smoothly but lagged in terms of heat venting.(It was a laptop what would you expect)

The point being that you should look at that Radeon R7/Radeon HD video card and consider an AMD processor. In addition a good processor for cheap from AMD might not even need overclocking. I said this before but downgrade to windows 7. It crashes less and is cheaper. When looking for parts, use the filters. I think i saw a HDD with 64MB cache w/ 7200 rpm and 2 tb for about 80. So use filters to make sure parts like that hard drive have the best value.(PS i think you might be able to get a better supply for less) In addition I would recommend that you use the Radeon R9 Gamer series memory( DDR3-2133 2x4GB)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw Reconmidgit here is something you may be interested in.(off topic I know, but will probably be good to have for gaming and photo shop.) It is called Radeon RAMdisk. It is made by AMD where it partitions your RAM to create a temporary disk drive on the RAM partition. It will store small amounts of data that can be transferred to the CPU and motherboard much faster then a HDD or SSD is capable of. In gaming the most apparent difference would be that levels load much much faster. It is also good for storing productive files that need to quickly activated. While you use the computer it will transfer the data to your SSD or HDD without instruction. Just make sure you leave at least 4 GB of RAM partitioned or to be safe 6. For further info you just have to search ramdisk in a search engine.

I know this is off topic but you may be interested.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $90.85 @ PB Technologies
CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 87.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler $64.99 @ Mighty Ape
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $143.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Memory Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $136.84 @ PB Technologies
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.95 @ Computer Lounge
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.74 @ PB Technologies
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card $266.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Case Cooler Master N600 Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case $143.00 @ Paradigm PCs
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $122.82 @ Aquila Technology
Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $42.55 @ Ascent Technology
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $149.95 @ Computer Lounge
Monitor AOC i2367Fh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $219.00 @ PC Force
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax EW-7811UTC 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $31.04 @ PB Technologies
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $49.00 @ PB Technologies
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1643.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-19 23:02 NZDT+1300
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