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Cutting cost from $2100 to less than $1500 HELP

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March 19, 2014 2:09:51 PM

With a basic knowledge in PC building, I am seeking the helpful expertise of the few who will see and hopefully help me. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cMnD . Here is the link to my pcpartpicker page where i have put everything i need to far. I am looking to cut down on the price withouyt losing out on too much performance. Some things I need include and will not be taken out (unless for a reason of "i simply don't need it or want it) include:
-mouse
-keyboard
-RAM
-case
-orbweaver

I am looking foward to your input and any help is good help :) 

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March 19, 2014 2:20:37 PM

That's hard to do when you're wanting to keep $400 in overpriced preipherals. Why do you need a full mechanical keyboard along with the orbweaver?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($239.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($157.00 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad ($28.09 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer Orbweaver Elite Mechanical Gaming Keypad Wired Gaming Keyboard ($115.61 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Ouroboros Wireless Laser Mouse ($125.21 @ NCIX US)
Headphones: Func HS-260 Headset ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1585.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 17:19 EDT-0400)

This would be almost identical performance. I don't know where you found that hard drive lol that case is way overpriced, but that's personal lol and the i7 is overkill for gaming, especially on a tight budget.
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March 19, 2014 2:22:24 PM

First off, ditch the uber-expensive peripherals--they're a waste of money and you can get nice mechanical keyboards and great mice for FAR less.

If you take away the mouse, keyboard, headset, and keypad you're at $1600 so I'd strongly recommend doing that--you don't want to skimp on your computer hardware for excessive peripherals.

You could cut another $100 by getting a different case--there are SEVERAL high-quality cases that are $100 or so, don't get a $200+ case...that's just silly.

And now you're at $1500 and you didn't have to change your hardware at all! Get a cheap keyboard, a cheap gaming mouse, and a basic headset and you won't notice the difference (other than looks, which aren't worth much) in your gaming performance.
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March 19, 2014 2:36:24 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($237.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.29 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Razer Orbweaver Elite Mechanical Gaming Keypad Wired Gaming Keyboard ($115.61 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Ouroboros Wireless Laser Mouse ($125.21 @ NCIX US)
Headphones: Func HS-260 Headset ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1505.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 17:33 EDT-0400)


There are better keyboards for less. There are better mice for less. There are better cases for less.

Don't get slimline keys. Get a full mechanical keyboard. This IPS monitor is on sale as well.
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March 19, 2014 2:38:34 PM

Mechanical keyboards are all the rage, but they don't offer any tangible performance benefit other than a cool sound and bragging rights--I use and have used membrane keyboards for years and never had a stuck key or mis-fire.

If you've got the money, go for it. Otherwise you're better off spending money on things that'll actually improve performance i.e. components
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March 19, 2014 2:41:06 PM

Illumynization said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($237.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.29 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Razer Orbweaver Elite Mechanical Gaming Keypad Wired Gaming Keyboard ($115.61 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Ouroboros Wireless Laser Mouse ($125.21 @ NCIX US)
Headphones: Func HS-260 Headset ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1505.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 17:33 EDT-0400)


There are better keyboards for less. There are better mice for less. There are better cases for less.

Don't get slimline keys. Get a full mechanical keyboard. This IPS monitor is on sale as well.


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cOii how about this?

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March 19, 2014 2:41:26 PM

s4in7 said:
Mechanical keyboards are all the rage, but they don't offer any tangible performance benefit other than a cool sound and bragging rights--I use and have used membrane keyboards for years and never had a stuck key or mis-fire.

If you've got the money, go for it. Otherwise you're better off spending money on things that'll actually improve performance i.e. components


how about this? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cOii
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March 19, 2014 2:44:24 PM

That's a much better overall build. Perfect combination of these builds here :) 
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March 19, 2014 2:58:07 PM

Beautiful--that'll be a 1080p monster!
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March 19, 2014 3:53:19 PM

s4in7 said:
Mechanical keyboards are all the rage, but they don't offer any tangible performance benefit other than a cool sound and bragging rights--I use and have used membrane keyboards for years and never had a stuck key or mis-fire.

If you've got the money, go for it. Otherwise you're better off spending money on things that'll actually improve performance i.e. components


That's like bashing every mechanical keyboard user out there. I've used and still use a nice gaming membrane keyboard. While it's great and all having a cherry red mx keyboard has helped ghosting issues when playing starcraft 2. High apm causes issues with membrane boards on occasion and having really light weight keys with no feedback resistance is a plus as well.
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March 20, 2014 10:34:49 AM

Illumynization said:
s4in7 said:
Mechanical keyboards are all the rage, but they don't offer any tangible performance benefit other than a cool sound and bragging rights--I use and have used membrane keyboards for years and never had a stuck key or mis-fire.

If you've got the money, go for it. Otherwise you're better off spending money on things that'll actually improve performance i.e. components


That's like bashing every mechanical keyboard user out there. I've used and still use a nice gaming membrane keyboard. While it's great and all having a cherry red mx keyboard has helped ghosting issues when playing starcraft 2. High apm causes issues with membrane boards on occasion and having really light weight keys with no feedback resistance is a plus as well.


Not bashing mech users at all, if I had $100s to spend on a keyboard I probably would too. Instead I put that money into a beastly computer which in my opinion has way more tangible performance benefits than a fancy keyboard.

My Logitech mk710 kb+m combo works just fine for me, but I only play first and third person games--nothing like starcraft or the like that requires lots of input.
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March 23, 2014 6:11:07 PM

Better build. The razer keyboard is a great board, I've used it myself. It is a bit pricier than other boards though, but I'm not saying it's bad. If you are just playing on a single 1080p monitor I suggest you should get the 2gb gtx 770. You will cut costs and get the same performance. More VRAM for multi screens and 4k screens.

The WD Caviar blue and Seagate barracuda both have the same specs of the WD black and cost ~$60.

The NZXT case is costing you a fortune. Must you get a full size and a window? The mid tower with window is less expensive and the full tower without a window and a 200mm fan instead is less than half the cost ~$100.

The MSI motherboard is great, I've had it for a few months now. But if you need to cut costs; look into the MSI G45, MSI G43, ASUS Z87-Plus, ASUS Z87-A, or ASRock Z87 Extreme4. I got the GD65 because I need 7 SATA ports. Unless you have specific needs such as that you can still get a quality motherboard for much less.

Edit: Perhaps something like this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3fi7l
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