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Is there any way I can reduce the price of my build without losing performance?

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October 14, 2013 10:03:20 AM

Hey guys, I'm new to PC building but I have been researching the parts for my build for nearly a year. This is my build:
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core $189.98
CPU Cooler Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid $54.99
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ $54.99
Memory Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $62.99
Storage Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" SSD $52.99
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $52.99
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB $305.91
Case Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower $79.99
Power Supply Corsair 600W ATX12V $54.99
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $94.98
Monitor BenQ GW2255 21.5" $121.99
Mouse Logitech G500 Wired Laser $55.98
Headphones Razer Kraken Pro $67.98

Is there any way I can reduce the price but not lose frames or performance as much? My original budget was supposedly 1000$ including monitor, OS, mouse and headset. Please help me guys. Thanks
October 14, 2013 10:09:58 AM

One thing you're not going to like is that I would recommend a larger SSD. 64GB is right at the edge of too small.

To reduce $$...lose that liquid cooler. A good air cooler will do just as good. $30 for a CM Hyper 212 EVO, for instance.
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October 14, 2013 10:22:34 AM

+1 for losing the H55 liquid cooler.

I had an FX 8350 on a CM Hyper 212 EVO for a week waiting for an upgraded cooler to arrive. The 212 EVO would handle the FX8350 at 4.4GHz on stock voltage and kept the CPU in the 55-57c range under load.

Additional suggestions:

1) The M5A78L-M board won't support the FX 8350 well. You want at least a 970 chipset board with 8+2 phase power. Put the money you save on the cooler into a better board.

2) As much as I like the FX 8350, I have to suggest you switch to an FX 6300 instead. That will save you a good chunk of money and still handle gaming and multithreaded workloads well. The FX 6300 will also do 4.4GHz or so easily on near stock voltage and stay in the 53-55c range with the same Hyper 212 EVO cooler. It will also be a little more forgiving on a motherboard with lower grade power spec.

Pairing a power hungry and hot FX8350 high end CPU on an older 700 series chipset motherboard is risky from a voltage/stability standpoint.

3) Change your GPU to something like an HIS HD 7950 and overclock it. You'll get near 7970 performance out of it for substantially less cost.
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October 14, 2013 11:00:25 AM

I agree with these two^^ for the most part.

The 212 Evo will be more than enough.

A FX 6300 is like $80 cheaper and would still perform 99% in games.

HD 7950 is $190 right now and will handle 1080p pretty easily.

The one thing I don't agree with is I think 64GB is big enough for windows ONLY. I have a Samsung 830 128GB ssd in my laptop for win7 and I keep it under 40GB. Just disable hibernation and move your pagefile to your hdd.

Honestly, I'm sure you could save quite a bit more if you're patient enough to wait for deals. Check newegg, tigerdirect, amazon, and ebay on a daily basis and you will find good deals. Or if you happen to live close to a Microcenter.
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October 14, 2013 11:11:25 AM

CTurbo said:


The one thing I don't agree with is I think 64GB is big enough for windows ONLY. I have a Samsung 830 128GB ssd in my laptop for win7 and I keep it under 40GB. Just disable hibernation and move your pagefile to your hdd.


For only Windows, yes...a 64 will do. But given the currently small price difference between a 64 and a 128, I'd go with a 128.

My 128 currently sits at ~50GB used. I'd be sweating that free space with only a 64GB.
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October 14, 2013 11:38:44 AM

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For only Windows, yes...a 64 will do. But given the currently small price difference between a 64 and a 128, I'd go with a 128.


Well I certainly can't argue with that logic. 64GB ssds are usually way overpriced and 128s are often only $10-15 more. Plus, a 128 will last longer.

I do keep windows + all of the programs that I use on a regular basis on my ssd(avg, chrome, nero, etc...) and it's at 40.2gb right now.
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October 14, 2013 11:51:10 AM

Thanks for the feedback, sadly I live in Asia and none of those online site will ship there so I will have to stick with the higher priced products available here because of the shipping fees -_- Also, I want to include the 8350 cuz im gonna be doing a lot of rendering and editing but i still want to keep the cost at a low. Another thing i found is that if i scratch the 64 gig ssd and hdd, and use this instead:
Seagate Solid State Hybrid ST500LM000 500GB 64MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Laptop Thin Hard Drive -Bare Drive
it's much cheaper. But do you think that it's reliable?
If i wish to keep the 8350, what cheap microatx boards do you guys suggest me to get?
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October 14, 2013 11:57:08 AM

Also, I heard that the 7950 runs much hotter and that it wont support the new mantle thing AMD's doing?
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