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Reduce PC Build Price?

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:

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. just make sure the ram isn't over 1.5V
  8. Should I change my PSU to a TX650M (modular, same as the hx) V2?
  9. JezzyMC said:
    Should I change my PSU to a TX650M (modular, same as the hx) V2?


    Yes. That would do just fine.
  10. 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?
  11. the asrock extreme 4/6 is a very popular overclocking board.
  12. 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?
  13. Best answer
    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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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