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?
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.
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
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.