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January 9, 2011 5:12:45 AM

I'll finally be building a gaming pc soon as I've waited patiently for Sandy Bridge. Below is my current build. I'd like ideas on how to lower the price without touching the CPU, GPU and if possible the PSU, although If necessary I'd be willing to change the PSU. I would like it to at least be capable of handling 2 570s in SLI. My goal is to shave money off of this build in whatever ways I can seeing as I will still have to fit in a mouse and keyboard. I would like to get my final price with shipping below 1500 without the mouse and keyboard and $1400 would be ideal. Thanks in advance for your help everyone.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $229.99

Intel BOXDP67BG LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $53.99

KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... $173.49 (includes the #60 instant)

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ... $377.30

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor $189.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $119.99

Windows 7 Home Premium for System Builders - OEM $109.99

January 9, 2011 5:36:49 AM

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=188494 <--- PSU Quick Reference Guide

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 $109.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $349.99 FREE SHIPPING
PNY VCGGTX570XPB GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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January 9, 2011 7:42:15 AM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply. 1000W is overkill.You can handle 2 GTX 570@850w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 w/Speakers & HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:1279$ Before 55$ Rebates

Suggestion for keyboard and mouse

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 53$

RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$













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January 9, 2011 8:30:11 AM

Hmm why i5 instead i7. Price for performance in gaming most benchmarks so far but the 2500k ahead of the 2600k. HT has no performance increase at all on games. For the extra what is it like 105$ its not worth it at all when he can throw the extra money into a better or another GPU or anything else he might need
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January 9, 2011 11:53:18 AM

well i suggested the i7 bcoz its scores high in cpu dependent games and its higher clockspeed gives an extra edge.well what gpu upgrade he can get for 100$.the next upgrade gtx 580 costs about 170$-200$ more and the i7 is more futureproof.but as u said still this wont satisfy the price difference of 100$.i edited the post as per ur info.thnx
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January 9, 2011 7:07:10 PM

I plan to overclock the CPU so I doubt it would be worth buying the i7 but thank you for your help so far everyone.
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January 17, 2011 12:06:46 AM

From all the charts, reviews, and benchmarks I've seen the Game performance between i5 2500K and the i7 2600K is small. For me 5-10 more FPS isnt enough for me to spend 100 more bucks on the i7 2600K. Buying 2 cheaper Graphics card for SLI/Crossfire instead is the way to go. 2 470s vastly outpaces single GTX 5xx cards.
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