How can I cut down on price?

Hi All,

The following is what I currently have for a setup. I'm looking for some advice on how I can cut down on price.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About a month

BUDGET RANGE: 1,000+

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software development (local servers, db's and such), very light gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I want to stick with the i7 and the Megahalem. Which means I need a full tower because it is so big??

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (shooting for 3.8)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't care. Not yet at least

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none!





Thanks for the help!

EDIT: I would also like to have a decent size SSD boot drive (40+ GB), but I am completely uninformed regarding SSD.

Thanks!

Erik
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  1. Hmm, had gaming been your priority I would have said dump the CPU for an i5 750, get a P55 mobo and just 4gb RAM. Of course, you clearly stated you want the i7, and for non gaming I do not know how much better the i7 is and I guess you will need the 6gb RAM.

    Of all of it, the first thing I would cheapen is the case, others may have strong opinions about that but usually my cases are about $50 - $60. A typical ATX tower case should fit the fan in
  2. Thanks for the reply. I thought I read somewhere the using the Prolimatech Megahalem cooler required a full case because it is HUGE.

    Do you have any recommendations for cheaper cases that would fit the Prolimatech Megahalem?

    Thanks!
  3. Get this RAM combo'd with your CPU

    G. Skill PI Series CAS 7 + i7 920

    That's 60 dollars saved right there. Also, your mobo is sold out. If there's a better combo that saves more than 10 dollars with your mobo, get that instead.

    Also, if you're not going over 4.0ghz, I don't really see a need to get the megahelms. The Hyper 212+ should do just fine. Another 30-40 dollars saved right there.

    You also don't need a 200+ dollar case. The HAF 922 or antec 900 should suffice. Unless you're really set on a full tower, get a HAF 932 or Antec 1200.

    I didn't see an ODD in your build. Do you need one? There's also some combos you can find with an ODD and those cases I listed.

    You can even combo the antec cases with a power supply to save even more money.

    If you make the changes I listed that's $100+ saved.
  4. Better 1156 based build for $1k.

    Case
    HAF 922 $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    HD
    No Change F3 1tb $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    MOBO
    ASUS P7P55D-E LGA $155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131620

    HSF
    Hyper 212 Plus + random floppy $29
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.366504
    They're paying you to take the floppy...

    PSU/GPU
    XFX 5770 and CMPSU 650TX $245 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.362034

    RAM/CPU
    Rijpaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 and i7-860 $388
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.365196

    Total Comes to ~$997

    Optical you can add 1 for $20 promo code BHDAPR28
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

    Don't know exactly what software you're using bu don't think you need more than 4 gb of RAM. if you do another kit is just $120 more.

    Can also throw in 2 Intel X25-V 40gb drives for boot and apps. Throw these in Raid 0 in Win 7 (trim is supported in RAID 0 by Intel SSD's only) and you've got incredible performance for the price.

    $115 each
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167025&Tpk=x25-v
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