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Current Gaming PC Build. Looking for help reducing cost.

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December 4, 2013 12:23:59 PM

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.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 4, 2013 12:29:46 PM

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)
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December 4, 2013 12:39:53 PM

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?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 4, 2013 12:39:54 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 4, 2013 12:40:56 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 4, 2013 12:44:08 PM

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.
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December 4, 2013 12:46:47 PM

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.
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December 4, 2013 12:48:46 PM

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
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a b 4 Gaming
December 4, 2013 12:53:16 PM

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.
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December 4, 2013 12:55:50 PM

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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