My Perfect Build..too expensive, help me cut costs.

Alright fellow forumgoers. I've got my perfect setup ready to go, only 1 problem, its too expensive by about 100 or so dollars. Here is where I need you guys to step in. The only thing I don't want changed is the video card. Anything else is fair game.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UB Black /Blue Aluminum Bezel-$49.99

Corsair HX Series CMPSU-520HX 520W PSU-$105

GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 Mobo-$109.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775-$184

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB-$279.99

G. SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)-$88.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive-$52.99

ASUS Black 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe-$33.99 146

Total: 904.94

I'm fairly certain the CPU and Mobo can be brought down quite a bit, but I don't really want to bottleneck myself either, so please, help a brother out :D
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  1. One option is going with 1 Gig of ram and upgrading later.
  2. You can save $50 easy on the PSU. Thermaltake and Rosewill make some very popular and reliable ones in the 400W and $50 range. That system can run on 300W so anything over 400 is more then enough.
  3. Also should look at the e4300 or e4400 CPUs. They can be moderately overclocked with the stock fan. If your afraid of getting bottlenecked, you can pick up a nice aftermarket CPU fan later and get really aggressive.
  4. Power Supply:

    there's like $50 saved.


    $4 plus free shipping saves you $5 more, $59 saved.


    with the ds3 you'd prolly wanna stay with a earlier C2D for bios reasons, then just overclock this baby a lil' (super easy to do)

    saves $20, up to $79 total.

    Hard drive:

    saves $4, $83 total.

    DVD Drive:

    saves you about $5 and is a little quicker and good quality if Lightscribe isn't important, $88 total.

    well there you go, you're not sacraficing much at all and this build will last you years. Hope i helped.
  5. Thought about an AMD chip? They are not as fast or efficient as C2D but for price/performance they are the way to go. Just make sure you get one with the Brisbane core.
  6. Awesome suggestions. I was only going for the Corsair PSU because a bunch of people here were saying that the Rosewills weren't very reliable.

    As for AMD, I would certainly consider getting one to save money, but I also want to be certain that its not money that would be better spent on a lower Intel chip.
  7. The case from newegg is like $65.98 with shipping. You can always get this one from zipzoomfly for only $39.99 with free shipping. You cant beat that.
    I just saved you $25.99

    The power supply is a little expensive for what you get. You can get this one for $79.99 with free shipping from zipzoomfly
    That saves you $25.01. If you get it from newegg it will cost you $10.00 more.

    That mobo is good, but you might want to upgrade your cpu later down the road. P35 chipsets will be compatible.
    You should get this mobo
    Its only $102.83 with shipping. This will save you $13.49!

    Get the cpu from zipzoomfly
    It will save you $1.00

    Crucial Ballistix are some of the best, parent company Micron supplies most other companies with their memory chips.
    $120.99 before rebates is well worth it, lucky you can get a $40.00 rebate! $80.99 will be the final price.
    This will save you $8.00
    Sony NEC DVD Burner
    $31.99 with free shipping.

    HDD is only $54.99 and with free shipping.
    Saves you $2.29 and you have more space.

    Your new total = $839.11 with some shipping and your rebates.
  8. just get an E2140 and overclock to 3ghz, will out perform a standard E6700 by far and is way more than enough performance to feed a GTS
  9. Don't skimp on the PSU whatever you do. Stick with the Corsair.
  10. i just picked up the corsair for $99 shipped at, plus i get a $20 rebate and i used google checkout for another $10 bringing it to $69. that will save u a few bux plus get u the good psu.
  11. I like the build, as is. But to answer your request, consider an Antec NSK6500 "B" stock case which also includes a pretty good 450 watt PSU for $59.95. Don't know what delivery $ is, if any. will save just about your $100. Also, look at the gigabyte P35-S3L for $89.99 . It will save you $20, and it is a newer chipset.
    ---good luck---
  12. foxrocks said:
    Don't skimp on the PSU whatever you do. Stick with the Corsair.

    I highly agree! Stick with the Corsair PSU. A good psu is very important. Crappy ones like those others have suggested are much more likely to go bad and fry your system. To cut costs you should:

    1. Consider buying an e4400

    2. Save $38 on Ram by This Deal
    and Save $20 with Promo Code: WEB07284354025

    3. Search around for better prices on your components. While Newegg is a great retailer, you can sometimes find better deals if you search other places.

  13. Follow OrangeGator's advice, Froogle is your best friend.

    And geofelt is has the right idea with the P35 chipset motherboard.

    For the PSU, take the advice to stick with a good quality brand. You can still get a good quality PSU for a budget price from the Fortron Source line-up like this one:

    FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX500-PN ATX2.2 500Watts Power Supply $65

    Hope this helps.
  14. Most awesome guys, thanks! I've got the price down to 756.05 after rebates.

    Coolermaster RC-330-KKN1-GP Elite 330 Mid Tower Case (Black)-$39.99

    FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX500-PN ATX2.2 500Watts Power Supply- $64.99

    GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard-$94.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2.0GHz-$126.00

    EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB-$259.99

    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800-$73

    Sony NEC Optiarc 18X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model-$33.99

    Now I'll just need to come back and ask you guys how to overclock my CPU when it gets here :D

    Maybe I'll get myself a sound card and some speakers with the money I'm saving instead of using headphones...
  15. Looks good. Forget the sound card, use the money for better speakers. Onboard sound is very good these days.
  16. Maybe put the money towards a good aftermarket HSF so you can make that E4400 scream.
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