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$800 Build Beast Advice- Cut Costs

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April 10, 2014 7:55:09 AM

I'm looking to build a new gaming PC in the near future, hopefully by the end of the summer. I'm looking to keep this under $900, which i feel is very easy to accomplish, with an extra bit of money to use for a monitor an other peripherals. I'm just looking for was to cut costs as of now. The main thing I really want to keep is the GTX 760. If I could keep the CPU around 4.0 GHz that'd be nice. Here's my current, very very rough, set up.

OS- Win 7 Home Premium $99.00
Processor- FX 8350 Black 4.0 Ghz (4.2 Ghz Turbo) $199.00
PSU- CORSAIR RM Series RM1000 1000W $199.00
Case- Corsair Obsidian Series 550D $140.00
Mother Board- ASUS M5A99FX PRO $145.00
Memory- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB $80.00
Storage- Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB $179.00
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB $200.00
GPU- GTX 760 2GB 256-BIT $260.00
Optical Drive- ASUS DVD-Writer 24X $20.00

I have 2 storage devices due to duel booting my OS and other storage. If anyone can point me into the direction of cutting costs let me know! Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2014 7:57:04 AM

why 1000watts? total waste of money.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2014 7:59:29 AM

Grab a XFX 650W or SeaSonic 620W PSU and you'll be fine for a single GPU system. If you're looking to go SLI in the future, go with 750W (if you plan on SLIing two 760s) or 850/860W via XFX/SeaSonic/Corsair AX/HX/TX (if you plan on upgrading to 780s later).

You could swap out to a 8320 and overclock it, assuming you ge ta CPU cooler.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2014 8:06:24 AM

I'm not sure where you're buying, but you should be able to chop that way down.
Look for a FX-8320. It will be a lot cheaper than the FX-8350, but still likely able to hit the same clocks.
A 128GB SSD should not cost $200; I'd expect less than half that now. The 830 is a couple of generations old now, so you'd probably be looking for a 840 EVO. The 1TB drive should be cheaper too, but again that no doubt depends on where you are.
For a single GTX760, a 550W PSU provides for a comfortable margin even if you OC. I'd choose a unit built by Seasonic or Superflower.
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a c 318 4 Gaming
April 10, 2014 8:07:23 AM

most ppl using GTX 760 buy FX 6300 cpu

fx 8350 is usually for Radeon 280X or gtx 770
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April 10, 2014 8:25:18 AM

Optimizations (won't affect costs):

I hope you're getting dual channel memory (2x4 and not 1x8). Also make sure you get low profile memory modules, if you really want corsair then these will do - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IMHO you should get the FX-8320, currently $160 at Newegg, and get a decent cooler such as the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO with the spare $40 (currently at $30-$35 at Newegg). This will improve heat management and lower noise levels, and since the cpu got an unlocked multiplier you'll probably be able to achieve to 4-4.2ghz and even a bit higher with just a multiplier bump pretty easily.

Cutting costs:
The case is just too expensive for my taste. If you want clean looks and easy assembly I think you should go with something like the Fractal's R4 ($100).

As enemy1g mentioned, your PSU is a major overkill, you should swap to something cheaper.

The SSD choice is just plain wrong, you can get the newer Samsung 840 Pro 256GB at $210 or the 840 EVO 120gb at $90 @ Newegg.

The Caviar Black is indeed quite fast, but if you have an SSD, then IMO it's gonna be hard to justify its higher price and added noise vs the 'normal' drives. Seagate's 2TB 7200 RPM drive currently sells at $90 @ Newegg, for example.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2014 8:44:31 AM


Your projected prices are quite a bit high.

Windows will go on sale for $80 every few weeks -- the FX-8350 will go $180 (the FX-8320 for $140) -- $20 on the mobo -- $15 on the HDD -- your SSD has been as low as $70 at MicroCenter (and the non-Pro Samsung 128GB Evo hits $80 at the Egg every few weeks).

I like nice stuff, too, but you've gone a little "pricey" That's okay, but in a gaming rig it's your video card, and the GTX760 is starting to get "The Squeeze" from the R9 280X (the XFX DD was $290 yesterday with code).

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a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2014 9:00:23 AM

As others have said, change to:

FX 8320 + a good cooler like CM Hyper 212 EVO
650-750w PSU by a good brand like XFX
Samsung 840 EVO series SSD in the 250GB range

This will get you better bang for your buck.
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