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Any way to make this build cheaper without too much of a performance drop?

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March 22, 2014 6:29:21 AM

So this is my build: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Fraser2799/saved/3Wfx

And im wondering if there is any way to make this build cheaper without too much of an impact on the performance. I am planning to overclock in a couple of years, and i want to be able to play games like BF4, Rome 2 etc, at 1080p.

Help would really be appreciated, :D 
March 22, 2014 7:02:51 AM


AMD FX-6300 Piledriver
Asus M5A99X Evo R2.0
Sapphire Dual-X AMD Radeon R9 280X OC

Should be less than £400. You can save another £30 or so with the Asus M5A97 (not LE) or the Gigabyte 970A-UD3P.

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March 22, 2014 7:26:55 AM

well, you can.... if you dont pick specific black-red items

better mobo for OC
--you can add 212 EVO cooler later
better ram 1600 CL8
cheaper hdd, case, psu (1 GPU only need 550W)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.85 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£34.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£186.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Cooler Master K380 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.48 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£44.98 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan (£9.99 @ Ebuyer)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan (£9.99 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £657.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-22 14:25 GMT+0000)
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March 22, 2014 7:32:51 AM

Are you trying to get it under any magic number? I'd dump the fans for a start. Add them later when you have the $$$ again. Might want to look at a cheaper case as well. Otherwise the only thing that really jumped out at me was the 650W gold PSU. That's a good price for it, but perhaps you can shave another 10 off by going with something with a bit less wattage. You'd probably need to step down to 80bronze for anything cheaper though.
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March 22, 2014 8:02:50 AM

I'm trying to get it under £725, I'm kind of in love with the nzxt h440 so I don't really want to change that, I'm also trying to get all my components to be either black or red. I've dropped the fans and that puts me on £734 (including shipping for the case)
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March 22, 2014 7:56:51 PM

I'd honestly bite the bullet and just spend the extra £9. Not worth it really to get anything else to get it under £725.
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March 22, 2014 7:59:57 PM

I work in an electronics store and one thing I can tell you whenever doing a custom build, buy the best parts you can afford otherwise you will regret it. I have customers return all the time saying the wish they would of spent the extra money. That will be a very solid build you will be happy. ENJOY!
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March 22, 2014 11:10:13 PM

Spend the extra 9 quids lol, if you need it under 725 just remove one of the fans.
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March 23, 2014 6:33:42 AM

I think he already removed all the fans. I'd still switch to another case. There has to be something in the £50-75 range that you like. That will get it under 725 and not effect performance at all. You can save ~£7 if you get from AMD Radeon's build his Hdd and GPU.
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March 23, 2014 6:50:51 AM

Problem is he's already picked out a gold unit. I'm on a bit of gold kick right now. They are finally coming into a "normal" price range where just about anyone can get one. Why spend $45 on a bronze when you can spend $60 on a gold? That's $15 (or is that £15?) well spent.
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