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Trying to build a computer (looking to cut cost)

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May 18, 2011 4:40:05 PM

Trying to build a tower for a gaming computer. I haven't built a computer in a 10 years so I don't even know where to begin. This is my start and I am looking to cut cost or find suggestions. I don't know enough about hardware changes to even know if this is a good build. Also I need a tower to house it. I Welcome any advice.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $21.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

-$30.00 Combo

$405.98
$375.98

ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131701

Combo
$464.98

OCZ ZX Series OCZ-ZX850W 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...



Total $1,187.41 (from newegg.ca)
May 18, 2011 5:05:38 PM

This is definitely a good start! It's a solid build for sure.

The Antec Three Hundred is a good tower and is not very expensive. If memory serves, it comes with two fans. You might buy one or two more case fans just to max it out.

The USB 3.0 box that comes with your motherboard is designed to fit in a floppy drive bay. May have to get a drive bay adapter for it depending on the case you choose (the antec three hundred tower will require one. They make one especially for that tower. It's $10) That's an expensive motherboard. You can probably find one for $100 less if you aren't concerned with SATA III and USB 3.0. I haven't built an intel machine in a while so I'll let someone else suggest a board. If you want to cut costs: AMD systems are almost always cheaper than nearly-equivalent Intel systems.

The power supply is slightly overkill for what you have but is about right if you want to SLI in the future.
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May 18, 2011 5:10:28 PM

Probably wont do SLI I will likely just get a new system when the card is no good.
Which leads me to my next question can I cut back on the motherboard if I don't do SLI? And what sort of PSU would you recommend if that one is overkill
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May 18, 2011 5:13:53 PM

Also Is the processor too much? I mean I don't do overly much multitasking. I will play a game and maybe keep a browser open or two. Not like i'm converting video and playing games while typing and essay. Though now that I mention that it seems possible. Damn
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May 18, 2011 5:20:13 PM

Well what budget are u trying to reach exactly?

Since this build is for gaming. Getting the i5 2500K is a good start to cut costs.
the i7 has no real advantage over the i5 in gaming. and the price premium is so not worth it.

Do let us know what budget ur trying to reach and if there any parts u dont need.
and what is the resolution of ur monitor(if u need a new one or not)?
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May 18, 2011 5:23:41 PM

Um honestly my budget is up in the air. I'll say 1000 is my goal but if is over I wont cry. Monitor is 21inch Samsung 1920 x 1080 2ms.
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May 18, 2011 5:25:07 PM

Don't need peripherals just the tower. Could I get a non-SLI capable Motherboard would that help? And The video card I picked the 560 because 570 was too much more heh.
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May 18, 2011 5:33:55 PM

I don't live in Canada, but I remember some other people here saying that you can get much better deals from direct canada or ncix or something up there.. hopefully they will weigh in ;) 
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May 18, 2011 5:37:18 PM

I will shop around but some parts generally cost less everywhere. I just want to know if I am wasting money performance wise on excess PSU, MB, RAM, etc I put on the i5 2500k instead of the i7.
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May 18, 2011 5:45:46 PM

dlite13 said:
Probably wont do SLI I will likely just get a new system when the card is no good.
Which leads me to my next question can I cut back on the motherboard if I don't do SLI? And what sort of PSU would you recommend if that one is overkill


I would let your choice of GPU dictate the power supply. Personally, I would find the recommended psu rating for the GPU and add 50 or 100W for good measure. You'll have to look it up for that specific card. The EVGA version of that card says "500 Watt or greater power supply (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 30 Amps.)" I would get a 600 or 650W PSU and make sure the 12V rail can deliver 30 Amps. That might save you $50 or so off of your PSU. Just make sure you get a good quality one.

I think a lot of the Intel motherboards are going to be SLI compatible. I think the one you listed is expensive because of SATA III and USB 3.0. You can probably find a good one for the $100-175.
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May 18, 2011 5:50:51 PM

Yeah i'm not confident in picking one out though is part of the problem
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May 18, 2011 6:04:36 PM

U wont go wrong with that build as it is. The config is already tested in that review.
Just get a case of ur choice and ur good 2 go.
After rebates that build actually comes for a little less. Find coupon codes etc for more rebates.
Add those things in newegg cart and see how it is
if u have questions the forum is always happy to answer
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May 18, 2011 6:05:58 PM

can you recommend a non-huge case? I am at a loss for those I would rather not have a 3foot monster to lug around
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May 18, 2011 6:11:07 PM

Could I get away with.

MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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May 18, 2011 6:20:04 PM

dlite13 said:
Could I get away with.

MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


is there a reason u want to go with this?

raptorjesus said:
Try this one on for size, cases are an easy way to drop a budget. No need to have a $200 amazing cases if you don't care too much about amazing build ergos, or fancy looking details.

http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC0700&v...


+1 or the antec 300
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May 18, 2011 6:23:39 PM

The reason is I want to know if I can drop the cost with a different MBo or if I am just sacrificing functionality. But by the sounds of you your reply.. bad idea?
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May 18, 2011 7:58:34 PM

changed a few things and bought it. Thanks for all the help! Got it to 1000 after tax. Good old NCIX CanadaDirect and NewEgg
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May 19, 2011 8:52:13 AM

Well Enjoy the Rig. :) 
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