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October 3, 2013 9:54:08 PM

I'm wanting to build my first gaming computer, and all of the parts I picked turned out to be $700. That's a bit over the price that I would prefer, so what do you think I could change to make it about $100 cheaper? No need to worry about OS.

Current Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KCZa

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $701.89

I was wanting to upgrade to a i5 3750 when I got the chance, and then later add another 650 with SLI, so preferably any answers would keep that in mind.

Any improvements that don't increase the price are fine as well.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 10:26:57 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KEcM

i cut off ~10 dollars for you but, upgraded the cpu, mobo, psu, so all you have to do in the future is buy another 650ti boost or a better card, and maybe a liquid cooler for high end overclocking.

edit: didn't save my last change to the ram modules, and i know its a 1gb card, but odds are when you want to upgrade the gpu (right now you still wont max it out at 1080p) you'll be opting for a better single card (maybe look into the new line of amd gpus that will be released)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 10:33:02 PM

If you dont plan to overclock, go with a SLI certified B85 or H87 motherboard.

You could stick with a Pentium for the time being.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 10:38:12 PM

honestly its going to be hard to chop that build down by $100 without really stepping down to the next tier which i wouldnt suggest doing.

if you just wont have the cash up front then perhaps you can purchase everything sans the video card.... and just use onboard for a few weeks until you have enough to fork out the rest for a video card. sure it doesnt really solve the issue of lowering the price but it makes it easier to take a bite out of at once for you.
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a c 203 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 10:39:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KElJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KElJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KElJ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $580.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-04 01:39 EDT-0400)
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a c 203 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 10:41:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KEnr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KEnr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KEnr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($132.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $623.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-04 01:41 EDT-0400)
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a c 203 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 10:41:47 PM

30 more for full size z87 mb if your going to overclock.
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October 7, 2013 5:35:11 PM

Ok, thanks everyone!!! I used parts of everybody's advice, but I mostly based it on smorizio's build, so he gets the coveted Best Solution award =P

Anyways, here's my 2 options. I was going to go for the i3 4130 at the expense of the GPU being bumped down to 1 GB, but when I saw the Pentium g3430 has a combo with the RAM, I decided to go for that to let me keep the GPU at 2 GB.

I know I won't see much improvement for the 2 GB, but I want this system to be fairly futureproof, with CPU upgrades being the main thing. Anyways, do you guys think the switch from i3 to Pentium is worth it, or will that cost too much in performance?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1M76a

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3430 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($155.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $559.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-07 20:53 EDT-0400)


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1M7eP

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($124.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $571.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-07 20:55 EDT-0400)

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