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    My Laptop doesnt cut it anymore, and looking to spend at maximum $1000 NZD aprox $853.90 USD

    What sort of computer can you build with that budget?

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    If you want the attention of a certain person, PM them. Otherwise, the title isn't appropriate.

    What sort of things do you plan on doing with your computer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iKilem View Post
    If you want the attention of a certain person, PM them. Otherwise, the title isn't appropriate.

    What sort of things do you plan on doing with your computer?
    normal things, playing the odd game. Dont want to have like 10 FPS playing 07..

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    Please give us a little bit more information as to what you'd want..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Maggot View Post
    Please give us a little bit more information as to what you'd want..
    would like a core i5..

    i wanna be able to play skyrim on high-ish so sorta like an average gaming computer than can play the newer games fine without lagging.

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    CPU: Core i5 3570k
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
    Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz or higher
    Graphics card: Radeon HD 7770*
    Power supply: Seasonic G Series 550W
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro**

    Is this okay? It's a little difficult to know whether it's within your budget because you live in New Zealand. Let me know what the prices are like; there might be better value parts I could suggest. I left out the case so you can choose one to your liking, but bear in mind that it's not just about aesthetics. Consider build quality, noise isolation, cooling, air flow etc. You might want an optical drive as well. Another component is the CPU cooler. You don't need one if you're not planning on overclocking, but aftermarket coolers do a better job and are quieter. I recommend the Hyper 212 EVO.

    * I didn't specify a manufacturer. The differences (overclocking, cooling, noise, size) are usually small, but it's worth finding out which is the best for your needs.
    ** You might want an additional HDD. Also, if you think the Pro is a little expensive, there's the Samsung 840. (Or you could always buy an SSD later.)
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    I don't think getting an SSD fits into this budget. The power supply is probably okay, I would suggest a higher wattage for future upgrades, though. I don't agree with the 7770 either, you could get a 660/660 ti with a $1000 budget.

    Other than those problems, good choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer 99 View Post
    I don't think getting an SSD fits into this budget. The power supply is probably okay, I would suggest a higher wattage for future upgrades, though. I don't agree with the 7770 either, you could get a 660/660 ti with a $1000 budget.

    Other than those problems, good choices.
    Assuming the other parts are unchanged, an SSD does fit into his budget, at least if he bought from a US retailer. Not sure what prices are like in NZ, which is why I asked if it's okay. On second thoughts, though, my first recommendation should've been the Samsung 840 instead of the Pro.

    Based on his needs, a HD 7770 is fine, and I'm going to assume he's not going to get a second graphics card any time soon, so 550W is also fine. As far as future proofing goes, as long he doesn't plan on going all hardcore gamer, a HD 7770 should last for a while. It's ultimately up to the OP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iKilem View Post
    Assuming the other parts are unchanged, an SSD does fit into his budget, at least if he bought from a US retailer. Not sure what prices are like in NZ, which is why I asked if it's okay. On second thoughts, though, my first recommendation should've been the Samsung 840 instead of the Pro.

    Based on his needs, a HD 7770 is fine, and I'm going to assume he's not going to get a second graphics card any time soon, so 550W is also fine. As far as future proofing goes, as long he doesn't plan on going all hardcore gamer, a HD 7770 should last for a while. It's ultimately up to the OP.
    A 128 or even 256 gb SSD alone is usually not enough, especially for gamers. Almost anyone would rather have $100-200 more into a graphics card for PLAYING the games rather than LOADING them. SSDs are a luxury, not a necessity.

    As for the 550 power supply: you can find a 600-800w for around $25 more AND (unlike almost every other part you will buy) they can be used for future builds.

    Also, I simply suggested a more powerful cards for the money, nothing wrong there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer 99 View Post
    A 128 or even 256 gb SSD alone is usually not enough, especially for gamers. Almost anyone would rather have $100-200 more into a graphics card for PLAYING the games rather than LOADING them. SSDs are a luxury, not a necessity.
    SSDs significantly speed up boot times, loading times and the overall responsiveness of the OS. We're not focusing on games only. It's not a luxury when it can arguably make a noticeable difference. I could say the same thing about a more powerful graphics card. If Skyrim is the most demanding game he'll play, he won't notice a difference by getting a better graphics card. It's a luxury in that sense. Edit: If buying an additional HDD goes over the budget, then yeah, ditch the SSD.

    Quote Originally Posted by Killer 99 View Post
    Also, I simply suggested a more powerful cards for the money, nothing wrong there.
    I'm not saying it's wrong, but that it's perhaps unnecessary (let's wait for OP's reply). Like how you're saying an SSD is unnecessary.
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