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Current Gaming PC Build. Looking for help reducing cost.

Hey guys, Right now I have the parts below:
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CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core £145.80

Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 £109.04

Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 £65.76

Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM £59.99

Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB £198.91

Case Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 ATX Mid Tower £77.99
Power Supply Corsair 500W ATX12V £47.67

Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer £13.18

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) £67.97

Keyboard Zalman ZM-K500 £34.20

Total: £820.51
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I'm looking for any advice where I can save some money but get near equal performance or make general improvements as this is a bit out of my budget right now. Parts need to be priced from UK/Ireland so no American websites please.

Thanks!
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  1. You have a non-overclockable CPU with an overclocking Z87 motherboard. 820 GBP should give you more, let me make you a build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£156.87 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£98.24 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£53.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.46 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£203.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.23 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.50 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.97 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Keyboard: Zalman ZM-K500 Wired Mini Keyboard (£34.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £818.31
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 20:29 GMT+0000)
  2. Blaise170 said:
    You have a non-overclockable CPU with an overclocking Z87 motherboard. 820 GBP should give you more, let me make you a build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£156.87 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£98.24 @ Aria PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£53.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£45.46 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£203.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.23 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.50 @ Ebuyer)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.97 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Keyboard: Zalman ZM-K500 Wired Mini Keyboard (£34.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £818.31
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 20:29 GMT+0000)

    Ya I hadn'tchosen an overclockable cpu because I hadn't really been planned on overclocking but I may in the future so it is worth having. I do still need to bring the price down however so any ideas where can I cut some some money out?
  3. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0kJ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0kJ/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0kJ/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£136.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£109.04 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£72.71 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.50 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£66.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.97 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Keyboard: Zalman ZM-K500 Wired Mini Keyboard (£34.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £770.31
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 20:39 GMT+0000)

    The GPU basically is the part where you could save, that 7870XT is a steal at that price.
    Also if it helps, you can for now leave out the after market CPU cooler.
  4. PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0sg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0sg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0sg/benchmarks/
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£160.79 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk) Motherboard: Asus H87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£84.83 @ Dabs)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£53.49 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.50 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£197.71 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£74.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.23 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.97 @ Scan.co.uk) Keyboard: Zalman ZM-K500 Wired Mini Keyboard (£34.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £798.13 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 20:39 GMT+0000)

    Pairs your locked CPU (and upgraded a little; 4570 - 4670) with a motherboard suited for locked CPUs.
  5. Chrisd3676 said:

    Ya I hadn'tchosen an overclockable cpu because I hadn't really been planned on overclocking but I may in the future so it is worth having. I do still need to bring the price down however so any ideas where can I cut some some money out?


    You could go with an AMD build for cheaper with similar performance.
  6. rvilkman said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0kJ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0kJ/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2f0kJ/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£136.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£109.04 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£72.71 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£42.50 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£66.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£67.97 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Keyboard: Zalman ZM-K500 Wired Mini Keyboard (£34.20 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Total: £770.31
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-04 20:39 GMT+0000)

    The GPU basically is the part where you could save, that 7870XT is a steal at that price.
    Also if it helps, you can for now leave out the after market CPU cooler.

    I do like the build you suggest but I would prefer to upgrade to a overclockable cpu. I would still prefer to get a gtx 760 but for the budget im on it might not be a realistic choice.
  7. Blaise170 said:
    Chrisd3676 said:

    Ya I hadn'tchosen an overclockable cpu because I hadn't really been planned on overclocking but I may in the future so it is worth having. I do still need to bring the price down however so any ideas where can I cut some some money out?


    You could go with an AMD build for cheaper with similar performance.

    I would prefer to pay the extra for Intel as i've always used it but I know i could save a bit on the gpu any suggestions on a card that close to gtx 760 on performance but cheaper? I had someone else in this thread suggest the Radeon 7870
  8. that 7870XT is close to performance with 7950, which is pretty close to the 760.
    Basically you will get about 90-95% of the performance at 75% of the price.
  9. rvilkman said:
    that 7870XT is close to performance with 7950, which is pretty close to the 760.
    Basically you will get about 90-95% of the performance at 75% of the price.

    Thanks for that bit of advice! It does save a lot of money so I will have a look at it.
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