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trying to trim down on the cost of my new build, suggestions?

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July 2, 2008 2:04:21 AM

Well I am going to be building a new computer in the next week or so. (First time wish me luck) and I am looking to trim off any unnecessary expenditures. Tell me your thoughts on what I can get cheaper or can get a different item. Thanks for any help.

Case - XCLIO Windtunnel - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Q9450 - $299
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

CPU Cooler - Zalman CNPS 9500 $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - DFI Lanparty DK X38-T2R - $184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - ASUS HD 4850 - $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - XCLIO Greatpower 600W ATX - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive - LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S - 30.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - Acer 22" 5ms LCD Monitor - $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

= $1389.91 without shipping added in so just tell me what you guys think and any ways that I can cut down the price a bit
July 2, 2008 2:11:59 AM

Change the CPU cooler this one: saves money and its a better cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

NO NO NO on the PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005&Tpk=PC%2bPower%2band%2bcooling%2b610W This one instead. It comes out $5 cheaper and is MUCH better.

If you are only gaming change the CPU to E8400 and save $110.

Are you Crossfiring? You don't really need to with your monitor you picked. Change your motherboard to Asus P5Q Pro and save another $40. It is a Crossfire board and will work fine below 1920x1200 which yours is. If you NEVER plan to Crossfire change the motherboard to MSI Neo 3FR and save $85. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130180&Tpk=MSI%2bNeo3-FR

Get this video card instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131111 Save $25 with the MIR.
July 2, 2008 2:31:45 AM

The only thing is that the p5q board only has 8x/8x crossfire and if i planned to in the future wouldnt that bottleneck them or would that not matter for a 22" monitor?
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July 2, 2008 2:40:57 AM

shadow that cooler sucks,
July 2, 2008 3:06:08 AM

crazywheels said:
shadow that cooler sucks,


Can I ask why?

I own that cooler and it does amazingly well on my e6400. I can go from 2.13ghz to 3.0ghz and probably beyond that all under 55C.

The push pins worked fine for me, so I can't complain about that. However, I'd recommend buying the bracket so you don't have to worry about breaking your motherboard.
July 2, 2008 3:15:03 AM

It doesn't suck, it works fine with the retention bracket (you have to buy that seperately).
July 2, 2008 3:20:28 AM

I have used the zalman 9500's and 9700's, they are the best in terms of cooling/noise. and you don't have buy a bracket so you don't have to break your motherboard
July 2, 2008 3:43:52 AM

ajhen314 said:
The only thing is that the p5q board only has 8x/8x crossfire and if i planned to in the future wouldnt that bottleneck them or would that not matter for a 22" monitor?


Under 1920x1200 it won't bottleneck. 22" fits into that category.
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