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Well, after weeks of compiling and devising a budget gaming pc that fits in my reasonably tight budget ($1800 ish NZD) I have finally put together a potential list of parts. Unfortunately as I live in New Zealand PC parts are usually way overpriced due to the lack of demand, so what may be budget in the USA could be extremely expensive over here. I'm hoping to order the parts from two websites today, so if anyone picks up on a terrible choice of hardware or incompatible tech I'd greatly appreciate it being pointed out! The main purpose of this rig is to play Battlefield 3 and Skyrim on high to ultra settings. Additionally this build is going to have to last a while so I'm not really considering overclocking with this setup.

Monitor: Viewsonic VX2453mh-LED 23.6" 2ms HDMI LED
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=14872

Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B3ST 24X DVD Writer SATA
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=15470

CPU/Mobo/RAM: Battlefield 3 Essential i5G Upgrade Combo
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=15876

Video Card: HIS ICEQ X HD 6950 2GB
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=300/EX=0/ID=16554/SID=767918921/idPlaytechNZ_OrderDetails=530925/idOrderDetailsSession=286124631/productdetails.html

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer HCG-620 620W
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=534/EX=0/ID=16254/SID=803632156/idPlaytechNZ_OrderDetails=530909/idOrderDetailsSession=286124631/productdetails.html

Case: BitFenix Shinobi Mid Tower w/ Side Window
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=182/EX=0/ID=16338/SID=458271978/idPlaytechNZ_OrderDetails=530900/idOrderDetailsSession=286124631/productdetails.html

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 OEM Home Premium 64Bit
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10410

For storage I'm going to use two WD 80GB 7,200RPM HDD in RAID 0 until I can get an SSD. For sound I'm sadly going to just have to use integrated in the mobo and generic Genius speakers. The same goes for mouse and keyboard which will be budget mouse and keyboard that I had sitting around home. Hopefully in the future I'll be able to upgrade to some sidewinder gear.

Any advice etc would be greatly appreciated as I was hoping to order today. Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 12
I feel you man, buying components here demands the selling of multiple organs.

For the same price you could potentially go with a nvidia card
http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=301/ID=16330/SID=243970969/productdetails.html

im not sure how the two compare though.

Also, any chance you could loosen the budget with some christmas gifts xD
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post #3 of 12
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Yea I've been comparing the GTX 560 ti with the Radeon HD 6950, and I finally decided that the Radeon was slightly better (If only for its future proofing in the form of the 2GB vram). Xmas gifts are viable, but I think all my friends and family are too cheap to splurge on multi hundred dollar computer parts. However, a $50 mouse/keyboard is always an option...
post #4 of 12
Even just ask for cash or giftcards for playtech, then you can collaborate thumb.gif

Well I'm an nVidia fanboy so i dont have an unbiast opinion to give, other than futureproof isnt such a great thing to look at. A new pc now will be outdated in 6 months anyway, maybe less, so i wouldnt worry about it. Just get the best you can now.
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I know...its just this PC has to keep me going for quite some time, so if I can get a graphics card that is equal to all it's peers currently, but will provide better gaming potential in 2 years, then I'll go for that option.
post #6 of 12
well the 6950 should be better than the 560ti because it can be unlocked. It also should perform better non-unlocked
post #7 of 12
Is it just me or is that monitor way overpriced, even for LED? Even in New Zealand?
I like the build, although that Gigabyte mobo is meh.

And if your going to spend $130 on a PSU get a 700W unit you can trust, you can find one for that much.
Overall, It's nice though.
Edited by amstech - 12/15/11 at 7:52pm
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Originally Posted by amstech View Post

Is it just me or is that monitor way overpriced, even for LED? Even in New Zealand?
I like the build, although that Gigabyte mobo is meh.
And if your going to spend $130 on a PSU get a 700W unit you can trust, you can find one for that much.
Overall, It's nice though.

i don;t think so... it's only 10$ more than the cheapest monitor i kind find of equal specs.
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I know the monitor is expensive, but it was that or a AOC razor monitor of equal specs, which to my mind was a lot more flimsy and breakable. Believe me, I have searched everywhere on NZ computer store websites, and there just aren't any cheap 700W+ PSUs that I can find. 700W Corsair PSUs are at least $230 NZ, and IMO that is just ridiculous when you consider that it is just a power unit. The closest I could find was a rather suspect looking 750W Aywun PSU for $150. So in the end I gave up and went for the cheap Antec. On the subject of the motherboard, I was quite keen to get one that could use Intel's onboard CPU graphics encase of a GPU failure as an emergency backup. That Gigabyte mobo also seemed to have most of the features of the higher end ones, and as the next gigabyte mobo up (UD4) was around $50 - $60 more expensive, I opted for the cheap board. Finally, I wasn't aware that the HD 6950's could be unlocked any more. I thought it was just the revision 1 cards that were capable of it, and even then they needed a bios switch. I don't think that HIS card has one...
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It doesn't have a switch, but it can still be flashed.
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