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    I have a 6870. This thing is a beast!

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    have you tried Maple with morphological anti-aliasing on?

    Fewer jaggies, and everything feels like it's on drugs!

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    Haven't done it. Don't even know where to turn it on. I'm too used to nVidia having owned only nVidia cards since the dawn of time (gogo Ti4600)

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    Can some more people help?

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    I would help, but I don't know any online stores that ship to NZ. The only ones I know of are australian, and I don't know how well AU-->NZ shipping is.

    Also, there's the problem that you're shopping in USD but NZ uses a different dollar. That makes things confusing for me. X_X

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    I'm not looking for stores, just a build from you.
    I have converted the money I'm willing to spend from NZD to USD.
    I'll be looking to buy the parts here in NZ, so nothing too new please (takes forever to get anything new here).
    This also means that prices are going to be higher here than the exchange rate suggests, so please go on the cheap side.

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    Hate to break it to you, but you simply cannot afford an i7 on that budget. Plus, if you're going to be gaming I'd recommend a lighter processor and a heavier GPU. The i5 750 is right up your alley. It's a mainstream i7 equivalent and it's quad core. It's also $100 USD cheaper, uses cheaper motherboards, and also only uses dual channel RAM (as opposed to triple channel on the i7). It's a downgrade, sure, but you'll still be getting a lot of performance from the i5.

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
    $199.99 USD

    Pick any of these motherboards. You'll find their prices are much more reasonable and they'll likely be easier to find in NZ. I'm going to budget $150 here for a mobo.

    The case I find is a personal venture, and I have no idea what cases will be available to you, so I feel a bit finnicky about telling you which one to get. Just make sure it has front intakes and rear outtakes and you'll be fine. The CPU itself comes with a stock cooler that will be able to OC a little bit for you. Budgeting $100 for the case.

    As for the RAM, I am partial to my own RAM:

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-5300CL4D-4GBPQ

    For the Power Supply, it's hard to go wrong with Seasonic:

    SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    For the video card, I'd recommend the nVidia 460 GTX 768 MB. It costs maybe $10 more than a 5770 and is a lot stronger. It should be easy to find in NZ too as it's not exactly a brand new part.

    MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    And then you also need a hard drive:

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    And a CD-ROM Drive

    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support

    Add that all up and it totals $865 which is under your $1000 budget. Can you see how there's really no way you can fit an i7 in there without cramping your video card?

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    Thank you. The case will be whatever will fit with the other gear.
    There's just one thing different, why the DDR2? Isn't DDR3 a lot faster? Or does the mobo not support it?

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    The difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is negligible. The power consumption decrease is more important. I doubt you'd feel a noticeable difference between the two. Most 1156 motherboards support DDR2, so that's why I chose it here.

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    Do cheaper PSU's fail easily? I can find a higher wattage PSU for cheaper.

    As for the graphics card, can't a Radeon 5770 do? It's a lot cheaper in NZ by 100 NZD, which means I can get the i7, which is 140 NZD more.
    The i7 850 is 31% faster than the i5 750 based off some benchmarks.

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    The 5770 will do. Again, I wish I knew where you were shopping so I could see your prices and do a better comparison.

    Seasonic is just an awesome brand. 5 year warranty? They stand behind their products. I'm sure you can find one for cheaper, but I prefer Seasonic. Also, 520W is more than plenty for the parts you have.

    And I don't doubt the i7 CPU seems like a good tradeoff, but also take into account that you have to get a more expensive motherboard and an extra RAM stick. That might push you over your budget.

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    I'm using a NZ website that compares prices:
    Radeon 5770:
    Geforce GTX 460:
    Intel i7 860:
    Intel i5 750:
    Seasonic PSU:

    Remember all prices are in NZD. The current conversion rate from NZD to USD is 0.766.

    Also, both the i7 860 and the i5 750 use the same socket. So I don't need 3 ram sticks.

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    I want to buy a new computer.My budget is near about $1000-$1200.Can you please suggest me the best one and which have the best configuration.

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    Take the build I just made and put in a 6870 with the i7 860. Done.

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    The 6870 is weaker than the 5870 though, since the 6870 is considered mid range (Around power of 5850)

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    The 6870 is also weaker than the 5970. What's your point?

    Also, if you're suggesting to get the 5870, good luck finding one for under $300 when I can get a 6870 for $240. At that pricepoint, you'd be better off with a GTX 470.

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    I made a pretty big mistake with the speakers.

    Apparently, sitting in the room full of electronics was an old X-220 Logitech set, which has been used before (exactly how much I'm not sure, but it definitely works), but being idle atm. I must be extremely blind or something to have missed it This came to my attention after my speakers from newegg (Cyber Acoustics CA3550RB) arrived at the door, at which point my parents started yelling at me for wasting money.

    Yes, I screwed up. But now they're asking me to return the thing and to order from instead in the future. This is where I disagree. The shipping cost was $15.58, but the product cost is $27.72. The sunk cost is pretty high, and it would make better sense to keep these speakers around as a backup in case someone in the family needs a replacement. I'm not exactly sure how the free shipping policies work on, but even with the free shipping deals my mom apparently gets, it wouldn't be a whole lot cheaper to buy from amazon.

    TL;DR Should I keep my speakers as a backup? Or return them for roughly two thirds the cost?

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    Don't return them, the cost is way too high to send them back.
    Also an extra set of speakers can be put in other places around the house.

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    icka - that would be a very fine computer! I remember you said you didn't want to get anything recent, but the 6850 is quite recent and it looks like you're overpaying considering the exchange rates.



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