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November 2, 2010 10:24:24 PM

Hi so I have a build that comes to 792 with shipping.I would like to reduce this about 40 dollars to 750.




This build is 792+17 shipping-17 in promo codes so it remains 792. If I put the rebates in its about 767.
I would like about 750 BEFORE rebates.Also I would like to keep the build somewhat like this,just downgrade a few small things here and there to chop off some bucks.

EDIT: Oh and it is for gaming.

The promo codes I am using are:
EMCZYNW52=$15 off the HDD
EMCZYNW77=10% off drive



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a b B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2010 10:33:13 PM

are you serious? You can afford 750 but not 790? *rolls eyes

ADF65 said:
Hi so I have a build that comes to 792 with shipping.I would like to reduce this about 40 dollars to 750.

http://img816.imageshack.us/img816/6342/builddd.jpg


This build is 792+17 shipping-17 in promo codes so it remains 792. If I put the rebates in its about 767.
I would like about 750 BEFORE rebates.Also I would like to keep the build somewhat like this,just downgrade a few small things here and there to chop off some bucks.

EDIT: Oh and it is for gaming.

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
November 2, 2010 10:51:44 PM

Try looking on e-bay.

To save money, don't get a case; just duct tape the parts on top of a cardboard box.

You will get great cooling. Close the door while gaming to keep cats and kids out.

Get the case when you can afford it.
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November 3, 2010 2:24:59 AM

All right be nice to him, maybe he's married like so many of us and the wife set a strict limit of $750. ;) 
I felt the best place to cut cost was with the RAM. DDR3 1600 won't offer much extra performance over ddr3 1333, in fact there was an article here on toms a few months ago showing DDR3 1333 as the sweet spot for value/performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thats a 1333 kit i've used a couple of times and it saves you about $30. also look at rwpritchett's suggestion that will knock off enough to get you under 750.
Another thing to consider is dropping to triple core proccessor like the phenom x3 740($89.00) since your primary use is gaming and the 4th core is less important.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its OEM so you will need a cooler. this one is $30 and excellent value and you'll also have a better cooler than what AMD will give you
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
All that can cost your cost quite a bit and you might even be able to afford an upgrade to graphics like a gtx 460
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 2:44:54 AM

ordcestus said:
...maybe he's married like so many of us and the wife set a strict limit of $750. ;) 
That was my first thought. :D 
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 3:07:37 AM

Ordcestus, although the 740 is a good idea, with that said however. The RAM, is kinda iffy, heatsink-wise and such. I actually recommend this, CL8, not the best but saves you 13-15$ on the ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also would just like to say that the 460 wouldn't be like a HUGE upgrade, I mean a 6850 is really good enough. Not saying this as an ATI or Nvidia fanboy, but because they are both close to on par pretty much. Anyways, yeahh that's pretty much my two cents.

The 740 though, is a C2 stepping so, you might not be able to Overclock it as much as you would have liked. But still it's a good chip. Though, maybe you didn't know this but you can unlock the 740 to a 955 basically but just with a lower clock. So the 740 is justified.

Refer to here: http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/535501-amd-phenom-ii-...
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 3:12:51 AM

^ That'd up his cost.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 4:21:00 AM

Memory is the first place to cut because you will not notice the difference, unless you benchmark :) 

Anyhhow, this kit is from a quality vendor and is all you need for $60, free shipping:

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

That's $30 saved, and is about all you can take off your rig. Your psu is just about OK, and I wouldn't recommend anything lesser because it wouldn't be cheaper and would only cause problems.
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November 3, 2010 5:06:02 AM

aznshinobi said:
Ordcestus, although the 740 is a good idea, with that said however. The RAM, is kinda iffy, heatsink-wise and such. I actually recommend this, CL8, not the best but saves you 13-15$ on the ram.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also would just like to say that the 460 wouldn't be like a HUGE upgrade, I mean a 6850 is really good enough. Not saying this as an ATI or Nvidia fanboy, but because they are both close to on par pretty much. Anyways, yeahh that's pretty much my two cents.
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I don't think your Rams better heat dissipation is quite worth the cost in this case since this computers going to be fairly cool compared to many that we deal with. The timings are better but i think we're working from different personal preferences. I do see your point though.

And no the 460s not a big upgrade but it is generally better than the 6850 but it could quite well fit in the budget offering more performance if the cost can be cut enough.

ref: ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade... )

One more question, ADF65, Do you plan to upgrade to a second graphics card in the future? If you do the 6850 will be your choice since SLI won't work on that board. Does anyone have data on how well the 740 will handle crossfire? that may be a factor as well.
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November 3, 2010 11:41:09 AM

Ok I looked at every suggestion in this thread and changed the ram out. I also added the promo code BFCASE to take away the 5 dollar shipping on the case. This lowers the price from 792 to 758,34 cheaper. I think this should be low enough for her. I put in the g.skill ram suggested by twoboxer. Also if I take the suggestion by rwpritchett and buy the phenom ii x4 955 off that site it will be down to around 740 then after rebates it drops down to about 715.

@ordcestus I may crossfire in the future but I don't think in the near future.

I think this may be the final build,with the 955 bought off the site rwpritchett suggested instead.




Everything nice and compatible/can fit in case?

I appreciate all the answers I have gotten from all of you :) .
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November 3, 2010 2:04:58 PM

Well cool i was right about the wife ;) 

Should work just fine, i'd go ahead and order
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November 3, 2010 2:18:05 PM

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 3, 2010 4:33:14 PM

Just goes to show that - as usual - the wife is more important than the guy who saved you $30 lol. Good choice. Enjoy the build :) 
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