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July 27, 2007 5:37:49 AM

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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July 27, 2007 6:14:33 AM

One option is going with 1 Gig of ram and upgrading later.
July 27, 2007 6:59:34 AM

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.
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July 27, 2007 7:02:09 AM

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.
July 27, 2007 7:07:49 AM

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.

July 27, 2007 7:14:00 AM

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.
July 27, 2007 7:47:09 AM

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.
July 27, 2007 8:45:32 AM

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.

July 27, 2007 8:50:18 AM

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
July 27, 2007 3:23:41 PM

Don't skimp on the PSU whatever you do. Stick with the Corsair.
July 27, 2007 3:34:04 PM

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.
July 27, 2007 4:44:17 PM

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.

July 27, 2007 5:06:22 PM

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.

July 28, 2007 6:58:47 AM

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...
July 28, 2007 7:06:48 PM

Looks good. Forget the sound card, use the money for better speakers. Onboard sound is very good these days.
July 28, 2007 10:00:24 PM

Maybe put the money towards a good aftermarket HSF so you can make that E4400 scream.