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September 23, 2013 5:34:34 PM

hi i recently posted a request and got an answer but im still trying to bring this down a bit more it has to be able to run Crysis battlefield the triple a games i have a list from pc part picker and was curious what i should swap out to get this under 1 grand if its possible

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($96.36 @ Amazon)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($116.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($364.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Zalman ZM-F1Plus 80mm Fan ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case Fan: Zalman ZM - F3 120mm Fan ($6.11 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Zalman ZM - F3 120mm Fan ($6.11 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1411.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 20:16 EDT-0400)
September 23, 2013 5:47:48 PM

For gaming can cut the DRAM back to 1600 sticks (still want the 2x4GB), can do better pricewise on an SSD and if needed cut it back to 128GB, , can save some with a 1 or even 2 TB HD, go to a lower priced 7970 or get a 760 nVidia (better than a 7950)
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September 23, 2013 5:49:56 PM

Drop off the SSD completely. That's 215 saved right there. If you want, you can add it later, but for a 1000 dollar build, you just don't have the budget for an SSD.

Other than that, go with these parts instead of what you have listed, and I think you'll hit your 1000 mark.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.75 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($353.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $917.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 20:49 EDT-0400)

You have the money left to get the 3tb HDD if you want. Or add some fans. The case I listed is similar to the Zalman, but it's cheaper from a still great case maker.
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September 23, 2013 5:51:44 PM

Use a 120 gig SSD, and a 1 terabyte hard drive

You will be fine with a 600 - 650 watt psu

skip the extra fans

dvd drives cost from about $17 at newegg

That will save you around $200 and make no difference to gaming performance
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September 23, 2013 5:58:17 PM

If you can walk into a micro center there CPU prices are the lowest and there combo deals with mb.
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September 23, 2013 6:11:15 PM

Swordkd said:
Drop off the SSD completely. That's 215 saved right there. If you want, you can add it later, but for a 1000 dollar build, you just don't have the budget for an SSD.

Other than that, go with these parts instead of what you have listed, and I think you'll hit your 1000 mark.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.75 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($353.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $917.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 20:49 EDT-0400)

You have the money left to get the 3tb HDD if you want. Or add some fans. The case I listed is similar to the Zalman, but it's cheaper from a still great case maker.


are all these parts avaliable in australia as i cant egt them unless i can ship them to australia
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September 23, 2013 6:43:38 PM

o this is what i have know is this good or will it lose performance
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GWY0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GWY0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GWY0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($364.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 700W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1091.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 21:43 EDT-0400)
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September 23, 2013 6:50:17 PM

Looking better and closer to your goal ;) 
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