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Need help cutting price on new i5 build to $1k

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January 6, 2010 11:27:52 PM

I'm building a new budget gaming desktop for my roommate, and I'm borrowing heavily from the "budget" i5 build in the stickied thread. The total budget for the tower/LCD/accessories is roughly $1,000.

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter - Retail
HIS H577FN1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Logitech 967740-0403 Black USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard - OEM
Microsoft N71-00007S Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
ASRock P55M Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Antec Three Hundred +
Antec earthwatts 500W
Combo

TOTAL = $820.22 after tax and shipping

add in $165~ for the i5 at microcenter and that doesn't leave much for a monitor. Though, I can find an LCD cheap on Craigslist: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/ele/1536320713.htm....

I still need to cut about $100. Where??? I could have him install the Windows 7 RC instead of the retail version but that will be a hassle to reformat in a couple months when it expires. Another option is to trim the Video Card/LCD but that seems harsh. He's mostly interested in playing Starcraft 2 when that comes out, so nothing extreme.

Any thoughts?

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January 7, 2010 3:36:29 PM

$1200-1500 is the best i5 gaming budget. $1000 is not enough for high-end gaming unless you go AMD which is what I recommend for this budget.

You don't need Ripjaws cuz there's cheaper ram with that speed. You can get a cheaper same GPU. This GB board is full size ATX. More room to work with.

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LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

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$26.99

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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$54.99

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GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter

GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter - Retail
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$19.99
$16.99

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POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card

POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
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$159.99
$154.99

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Logitech 967740-0403 Black USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard

Logitech 967740-0403 Black USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard - OEM
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$17.32

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Microsoft N71-00007S Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse

Microsoft N71-00007S Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
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$9.99

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OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
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GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3L LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

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$124.99
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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$104.99

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Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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Subtotal: $691.18
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You can even save more money if you go AMD. All you gotta do is swap the mobo & cpu out for these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or even grab a X4 if you can justify it:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 7, 2010 3:43:59 PM

Purchased the parts last night before I saw your post. It's going to come out under $1100, which I think is pretty good for i5. I would've switched out the motherboard for the Gigabyte one that I didn't know existed, but I don't think it will matter that much. Thanks though!