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May 25, 2013 8:43:38 PM

Hey guys, I really need some help in reducing the price of my new build. This is my first time building a computer and I've been aiming for something around AUD $900 to $1050. However, in total, my parts cost around $1200. Is there any way I can decrease this to around $1000 without reducing a lot of performance?

Here is the build:

    CPU: i5 3570k - 235
    CPU Cooler: cooler master hyper 212 evo - 35
    MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z77x-d3h - 135
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 700RPM 64MB SATA 3 - 69
    SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB - 121
    RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Low Profile Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9(B) - 70-80
    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - 143
    Power Supply: Corsair HX650 V2 - 139
    Graphics Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB OC - 229

I do not wish to change the case, since it is awesome, but if you guys could tell me it is worth to get a 80 Plus Gold power supply in Australia and whether i need that cpu or motherboard since I prefer not to overclock, but will try if i desperately need to. Also with the motherboard, should i get the GA-Z77X-D3H or GA-Z77-D3H.

Thanks for all the help.

I was also wondering whether it s worth overclocking, since i could possibly save 30 or 40 bucks.

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May 25, 2013 8:46:39 PM

if you're not into overclocking get an i5-3350p, and a H75 chipset motherboard. that should save you a lot of money right off the top.

make sure the 660GTX isn't available for less then the 7870, as it's about equal to it.
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May 25, 2013 8:49:56 PM

Consider a less expensive case and power supply.

If you're not overclocking, consider a less expensive i5 cpu and motherboard and save by using the stock heatsink.
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May 25, 2013 9:04:43 PM

You should consider dropping the SSD for now. It really only impacts start up and slightly shorter game loading time for people who don't do a lot of video/picture editing. This way you can keep most of the performance for gaming.
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May 25, 2013 9:11:10 PM

moornix said:
You should consider dropping the SSD for now. It really only impacts start up and slightly shorter game loading time for people who don't do a lot of video/picture editing. This way you can keep most of the performance for gaming.


Actually, the only things that a ssd doesn't impact is gaming and video/pic editing. SSD means amazing startup and program speed if you're doing normal things on your PC also.
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May 25, 2013 9:14:27 PM

moornix said:
You should consider dropping the SSD for now. It really only impacts start up and slightly shorter game loading time for people who don't do a lot of video/picture editing. This way you can keep most of the performance for gaming.


+1 Your SSD won't be affecting the performance in your games and is costly. Save the SSD for a future upgrade, your mobo should also have SSD caching tech. so you won't have to reinstall Windows to reap the benefits once you do upgrade.

Your PSU is good and will allow you to expand further so I wouldn't choose that component to compromise. You could also opt for a cheaper case as above poster mentioned. SSD would be most drastic savings though.
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May 25, 2013 9:57:56 PM

i was wondering whether the corsair vengeance RAM is worth it since the corsair xms is much cheaper?

UPDATE: I just realized it was around the same price XD
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May 25, 2013 9:59:58 PM

just make sure the ram isn't over 1.5V
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May 25, 2013 10:02:26 PM

Should I change my PSU to a TX650M (modular, same as the hx) V2?
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May 25, 2013 10:03:49 PM

JezzyMC said:
Should I change my PSU to a TX650M (modular, same as the hx) V2?


Yes. That would do just fine.
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May 25, 2013 11:38:42 PM

Also, I was wondering which mobo would be best, the gigabyte GA-z77x-d3h($135), gigabyte GA-z77-d3h($114), asrock z77 extreme 4($135), or asrock z77 pro3 ($99)? what difference would it make if I were to still use the i5 3570k and possibly overclock in the future?
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May 25, 2013 11:54:58 PM

the asrock extreme 4/6 is a very popular overclocking board.
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May 26, 2013 2:54:35 AM

ingtar33 said:
the asrock extreme 4/6 is a very popular overclocking board.


Would I lose performance or anything if I used a cheaper mobo?
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May 26, 2013 4:02:58 AM

JezzyMC said:
ingtar33 said:
the asrock extreme 4/6 is a very popular overclocking board.


Would I lose performance or anything if I used a cheaper mobo?


well, cheeper mbs will run your cpu just fine at stock voltages and stock speeds.

the difference between a cheap and expensive mb is the limits to your overclocking. as cheaper boards tend to overheat and have poor voltage regulation, which makes stable overclocks hard to achieve... where as better overclocking mbs have robust voltage regulation and heat-sinks/spreaders to help disperse all that extra power. This results in a lot more stable and higher overclocks.
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May 27, 2013 1:48:31 AM

i've decided to take the ssd out and buy one later when its cheaper and if i need it. And i've also decided to get an asrock extreme 4 since I would like to over clock.
i was wondering if i should get a 750 watt psu over the 650 cause i dont know if the power usage of components will increase? (I dont think i'll go for sli/crossfire).
Also, i was wondering what sort of difference overclocking a cpu will make and if you guys would know a good guide for me to follow?

thanks guys, your help has been much appreciated.
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May 27, 2013 3:15:24 AM

Also, which of these cases would you guys think is best for the money, space and for cooling performance?

- Thermaltake V9 - $99
- Corsair 300R with window- $115
- Corsair 500R - $143
- Cooler Master CM Storm 2 - $129
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