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October 3, 2011 9:56:17 PM

I am looking at building a budget gaming PC for a friend of mine. I already have two nvidia GTX Geforce 260's that I would like to use in a SLI configuration, so I need a motherboard that will support it. Here is what I have looked at so far.

I prefer Newegg for my hardware.

Rosewill Challenger Case - $50
ASRock P67 Motherboard - $90
i5-2400 - $190
4 GB Gskills Ripjaws @ 1333 - $60
DiabloTek 750W PSU - $60
Western Digital 500 GB @ 7200 RPM - $50
Asus DVD Burner - $20

That puts me at $120 over budget. Does anyone see any ways to cut costs without sacrificing too much performance?

Some possibilities I have looked at include downgrading the CPU to a i3-2100 which would save $65. Going with 2 GB RAM to save $30 more. I could also downgrade the PSU to 600W and save another $30.

Does anyone see any other alternatives? Is there any potential bottle-necking issues?

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October 4, 2011 1:34:54 AM

Is a 600W PSU going to be sufficient?
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October 4, 2011 1:46:36 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4 gb of ram for 28$ cant get any better than that.

Also I would not get anything lower than a good quality 750W psu for SLI (http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index...) . Im not sure at all how good DiabloTek is but im pretty sure its not very reliable specially if ur gonna SLI.

It might be worth saving some more money and go for a better PSU and (only if u want to overclock)a 2500k cpu .
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October 4, 2011 1:53:15 AM

diablotek is budget, the reviews ive read say it sux.
600watts is enough for that system, though i would say go 650w at least for upgradability.
for saving money you might want to consider a diy combo on newegg.
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October 4, 2011 1:56:44 AM

Why dont get an AMD setup of course with chipset 990FX, which supports both CROSSFIRE and SLI.
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October 4, 2011 2:01:03 AM

The antec 650 green psu is a good unit at a great price @ newegg

are you sure that mb has two pci-e x 16 sots RUNNING AT X8/X8 for sli?
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October 4, 2011 2:07:04 AM




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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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XIGMATEK ACXTNRP-PC602 600W ATX12V Ver.2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

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CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M2A1333C9

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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

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October 4, 2011 2:09:35 AM

Assuming this is the US.

i5 2400 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock Z68 Gen3 Extreme3 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Challenger + Rosewill Green 630w 80+ $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Seagate 500GB $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lite-On DVD Drive $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $507
This will actually give you SLI option (I don't think there are any Intel $90 SLI enabled boards) also you get Z68, plus a good PSU. You save some cash too.

Rosewill 630 Green review:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/881
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October 4, 2011 2:46:11 AM

Thanks for the I have received so far. I am not opposed to an AMD set-up as long as I can use the mobo for SLI.
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October 4, 2011 3:24:25 AM

Well at $500 I would suggest my choice, at lower prices I suggest this.

AMD Phenom II 955 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock 970 Extreme4 AM3+ $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600 $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Rosewill Challenger + Rosewill Green 630w 80+ $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Seagate 500GB $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lite-On DVD Drive $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $407
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October 4, 2011 5:46:15 AM

The closest i could get to your target budget while continueing to have enough power for 2 Geforce 260s in SLI running on full load. The build will be as follows:
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$18.99 1x SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/BSBE LightScribe Support - OEM
$49.99 1x Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
$49.99 1x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$134.99 1x MSI 990XA-GD55 AM3+/AM3 AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$99.99 1x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL
$119.99 1x AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

with the subtotal of $498.93 after instant rebates on the case and PSU of $10 each then $9.65 in Shipping and i do not see a way to make this build any cheaper without taking down the performance. Right now there is also a $25.00 mail-in rebate on the OCZ Power Supply which will lower the cost a little more but not enough to be within the budget constricts. The prices taken at 1:45AM on October 04,2011 from the site newegg.com
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October 4, 2011 6:05:59 AM

i would take a look at the lastest tomshardware best gaming pc for $500 and - the graphic card and you'd be set. and if you go on to newegg and watch the asus 990x amd intro you'll see it does support SLI. that is food for thought. For the X4 is a good deal, but the 2500k is really a sweet spot. i'd say performance to price it is one of the best deals in the last decade. if you can save enough money up its worth getting going for the 2500k and at least 4gb of ram.
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October 4, 2011 7:18:16 PM

Best answer selected by Rossrjensen.
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October 4, 2011 11:17:09 PM

GL!
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