September Budget Computers

EDITORIAL

No matter the circumstances, no matter the weather, no matter what the wife might say or whether the notes in your wallet are getting dangerously few, there will always be a need for a computer upgrade or a just a whole new build. And then there was monthly budget computers.

In this article I will be highlighting some current deals in major stores such as Evetech, Rebeltech and Wootware for those of you who are looking out for that shiny new PC part but want to avoid the shiner from the missus at home. Every month I will post an article to highlight some genuine deals as well as some advice on what to look for on Carbonite in order to afford the two-minute noodles you will be buying the rest of the month. So here we go…

New Specials:

Evetech has a decent Antec C40 CPU Cooler for the low price of R299. While crunching core clock speeds with your cooler why not head to the keyboard section to crunch some keys on their gaming keyboards. Get a Redragon Karura K502 Gaming keyboard for R229 or the MSI Intercepter DS4200 Gaming Keyboard for R499. In case storage is what you’re looking for, their 3TB HDD are also quite competitively priced at R1099. To display those ultra-graphics, and size does matter, Get a 24” Dell Full HD Screen for only R1799.

For your graphics cards who better to go to than Rebeltech for that GTX 1080 you always wanted. Get the Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming for R7999 which is quite honestly bang for buck. Rebeltech also has some decent prices on their RTX cards coming in soon in case you are feeling over-zealous. Otherwise check out Wootware’s Asus GTX 1060 Pheonix Edition for the low price of R3 749 (WHAT!?) or maybe buy a decent XFX RX 560 2GB for R1879.

If CPUs is what you’re looking for this month then Wootware is the place to go. Get the Coffee Lake Core i7 8700k for R6949 or the Core i5 8600k for R4849. These don’t come with a cooler but that’s okey because they’ve got what you need with a Phanteks Cooler Black PWM 120mm Aluminium Cooler for only R669 or for the water-boarders they have the Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 240mm for R1699. While you’re at it get an Antec 500W 82 Effeciency Power Supply for R649 or the Antec PRO Earthwatts Gold Pro 550W 80 Plus Gold Power Supply for R999. Now that’s price for power (are you listening Eskom?).

Now all you will need is a good home for all your goodies and once again Wootware has some great prices on their Fractal Design, Phanteks, Antec and Cooler Master cases. Honestly there are too many to list but the three that really did it for me are the Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Micro-Atx Case for R679, the Antec GX330 Windowed White ATX for only R499 and the Fractal Design Focus G Windowed White Steel ATX Mid Tower for R799.

In case your memory is leaving you behind, head down to Evetech for their Crucial 4GB DDR4 2666MHz Ram (after all it is the number of the beast) and in case you need something to run that OS from, Evetech has pretty much unbeatable prices on SSDs. To wrap up all those parts together nicely, Wootware has some pretty good prices on Biostar Motherboards (ugggh) but I would spend my hard earned cash elsewhere on a Asus ROG B360 for R1999 at Wootware or Evetech. Or just take my buddy’s advice here and hold out on that Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2.0-OP for some serious overclocking.

The Beggars Picks:

For those of you who like the older ladies and are looking to get pretty great performance for a much better price  this is what you can look out for on Carbonite:

Socket 1150 motherboards seem to be in a scarcity right now and especially those nice z motherboards we’ve all been looking for. This means prices are pretty high for these parts right now but it may be worth keeping a lookout for that once in a life match for your CPU. If you are thinking of selling your socket 1150 motherboard now is the time to get your bang for buck.

If you are happy with 2nd and 3rd Gen performance then this is the time for you. There seems to be quite an availability of motherboards and CPUs for socket 1155 components and at pretty great prices. A decent z motherboard will put you back about R1000 and then you will be looking at between R500 and R1000 for a matching 2nd gen CPU. Quite honestly if you’re looking to upgrade your core 2 quad, look no further.

I won’t advocate the buying of Hard Drives and Power Supplies second hand, unless very well looked after, as these components do deteriorate during their life time. My advice with regards to these is just save the few extra bucks and buy new bud.

If you are feeling for a new…errrr…ish Graphics Card then my advice would be to keep an eye out for the Nvidia 9 series cards. You should be able to pick up a decent GTX 960 or GTX 970 for around R2000. My advice: wait it out till the release of the 2060 and 2070 cards, keep the Vaseline close by and hope that Nvidia does not try to screw us again then buy a decent GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 at a decent price.

That’s all from me. Remember: buy smart don’t buy hard.
 
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John Scheffer

About John Scheffer

John started his writing career right here on Carbonite News. When not writing, he can normally be found trolling around Carbonite Forums. He enjoys long walks on the beach and sundown pinna-colladas, but what really gets his fire going is computers. "There is just so much to talk about, such as bits and the logic behind Intel’s naming of their processors or even generations of processors". He likes living dangerously, zooming in on google maps very quickly just to remind himself that skydiving is not for him and working on his own computer at home. He also enjoys learning the ways of overclocking, water cooling and floating-point performance in order to achieve maximum performance. He hopes to keep all his readers entertained with articles where they will hopefully be able to swallow all that dry overload of information, normally provided in reviews, with some good humor.