So, finally I’ve given into the fact I need to upgrade to something newer, as my CPU and motherboard will be 10 years old this year. And of course, 2nd hand parts have become a bit of a crapshot because there’s barely any cheaper 5th gen intel stuff available at bellow NZ$300. And due to my circumstances I need to go with afterpay/part-pay payment systems, since I can use those to work around my depression and ADHD getting in the way of trying to save.
Luckily for me, one of the best PC shops in NZ now is offering Laybuy, wherein you pay for the item over 6 weeks in 6 payments. Which I can definitely make work, since I’ve been doing similar for afterpay (4 payments over 8 weeks) + Laybuy and will have managed to pay off ~$400 by next week.
So here’s the stuff I’m wanting to buy, and will reuse my current hard drives, any suggestions appreciated:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 - NZ$269 - https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/shop/components/processors/amd/amd-ryzen-5-2600-processor Going with this simply because I can overclock the CPU easily.
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming Motherboard - NZ$228 - https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/shop/components/motherboards/amd/asus-rog-strix-b450-f-gaming-motherboard Pretty solid judging from the reviews and good for overclocking. My only complaint is that it only has 6 Sata ports, so will have to get a Sata expansion card off ebay.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Kit, White - NZ$198 - https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/shop/components/memory/desktop/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2x8gb-ddr4-3200-memory-kit--white Going with 3200 just for the little extra umph.
PSU: Corsair RM750X V2 750W 80 Plus Gold Full Modular Power Supply, White - NZ$219 - https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/shop/components/power-supplies/desktop-psus/corsair-rm750x-v2-750w-80-plus-gold-full-modular-power-supply--white I could probably go lower, definitely want a modular PSU though, because fixed wire ones are messy. Can’t use current PSU because it lacks an 8pin CPU connector.
GPU - AMD RX 470 4GB - second hand off trademe.co.nz for NZ$200 - which I’ll snag in a fortnight or I can get a new RX 570 4GB for NZ$229 if I miss the RX 470. Are their cheaper ones? Yeap, but they don’t have afterpay/Laybuy. Long term, probably replace with a RX 580 8GB, since that’s pretty much the best for 1080 in terms of price/performance.
Case wise it’ll all go into my current Corsair 600T White, which will take everything nicely, but needs another hard drive cage, which I need to find (or just mod one to fit) and get more fans for. Also need to get a AM4 socket compatible cooler, but those are cheap enough I can pick one up easily.
May add a SSD eventually, but the fact they wear out quicker than HHD makes them hard to justify budget wise.
Monitor wise, I’ll use my current ancient viewsonic VG2012m or pick up a cheap 2nd one if the viewsonic dies on me. But will likely get this: https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/shop/peripherals/monitors/gaming/acer-sa270b-27-ips-4ms-freesync-gaming-monitor When I can squeeze it into the budget.
But for 2020 I’ve really got to get my tramping boots resoled so I can fluffing use them as my winter boots and get some walks in on the hills. Along with the usual bike stuff, since I’ve got tires that’ll wear out and put the bike in for a much need service.
And yes, NZ prices are stupidly high, welcome to the joys of living in an isolated island nation, where bloody high shipping costs means buying in from overseas can be very, very expensive. Which also means it’s a pain in the arse to RMA anything you buy in from overseas. Also, Computer Lounge has free, insured shipping on everything, which means if the courier steals the stuff, I get it resent free of charge, along with not fluffing around customer service wise. So the slightly more expensive costs make them worth using.