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Current build cost $1600, looking to lower it

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October 6, 2011 4:07:44 AM

I need a new gaming rig but i dont want to spend all my money on it... but i do want to play bf3 and future games flawlessly... Im looking to lower the cost of the rig Im planning on building. I do need a monitor and a keyboard unfortunately...

the prices are current New egg prices, new egg shipping is usually lowest as you may know as rly fast... plus no tax so thats a plus

any suggestions, improvements, or replacements would be highly apreciated

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $80
EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express $330
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire $130
Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard $60
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $52
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $160
Intel Core i7-2600k $315
SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L $60
Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case $255
ASUS VE248Q 24" LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers $215
October 6, 2011 4:56:37 AM

Drop the GPU to a GTX 560 Ti.

Drop the Blu Ray Drive to a DVD Drive.

I cant really see how you can trim that build more than that. Perhaps you could drop the PSU seeing as 650 watts is more than ample for a GTX 560 Ti.
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October 6, 2011 5:06:54 AM

You could get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
for $59.99. Is supposed to be faster and probably one of the most often recommended parts in these forums. Saves you $20.

You should definately go with the Intel Core i5-2500K for @219.99 instead. That'll save you near $100. The benefits of the i7 are minimal compared to the i5 for gaming. Everybody on these forums recommends the i5.
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October 6, 2011 5:24:30 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 FREE SHIPPING
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.amazon.com/Antec-Computer-Power-Supply-HCG-9... $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 $10 off w/ promo code EMCKAGK22, ends 10/6
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Cases-Add-Ons-Computers/... <----- Any of those Corsair's over that Antec in a heart beat. Free shipping with amazon. The Corsair Carbide Series 500R is new on the market, comes in either black or white, multiple fan controllers, 200mm LED side fan, dust filters, etc....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... <----- those same cases on newegg

http://www.amazon.com/ML228H-22-Inch-Ultra-Slim-Widescr... $154.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1 (ASCR)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same monitor on newegg...shipping charges though

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <------ Another look at that Asrock board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0 for the new generation vid cards
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October 6, 2011 5:37:55 AM

I don't agree that the benefits of the i7 are minimal but the i5 is a worthy CPU for those who have budget as their primary concern.
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October 6, 2011 5:58:17 AM

Right off the bat; If the priority is the hardware then you don't need a $250 case. There are some very nice looking cases under $100 if you look

i5 K series is all you need if you are gaming. Hyper threading gives little to no practical gain for gaming. If you do video editing, or other CPU intensive work as well as gaming then go ahead and keep the i7 as it give about a 15-20% increase in those realms.
Also, check to see if you have a local MicroCenter, their CPU prices are crazy low $180 for the i5K and $280 for the i7K

Personally not a fan of WD HDDs, there are cheaper/better ones on the market.

Take some of that case money and throw it at an SSD, it will change your life!

Tom's new article has a sweet high power rig that only uses 850W. This rig would do fine with a good quality 550-650W power supply. Perhaps a 700-750W if you plan on future SLI. Too cheap a PS and you damage hardware, too big and you add unwanted heat to the case and money to the power bill. Build to fit; no more, no less.

If you do not plan to OC you could get by with a much cheaper $120 mobo, and buy the non 'K' version of the i5/i7. If you will not SLI then you can get by with a sub $100 mobo. Remember the upper end boards add features, not speed. If you do not need the features, you can still get amazing frame rates with a cheap mobo. But then again, with how easy it is to OC these current gen procs, why wouldn't you?

Lastly, experience tells me to buy the cheapest optical drive available. Optical drives all suck, they are all slow, they all die prematurely, and there is no need for a 'performance' optical drive. When you get a CD/DVD make an image on your HDD, and then just use that in the future. My best luck has been with the cheap and crappy LiteON drives. They cost nothing, and last longer than you would expect, while still functioning just fine.

In short you could easily trim $3-400 without sacrificing much in the way of performance, which you could save, or allocate to an SSD

Asside from those pointers, I love your build. It seems to be (on paper) a well rounded build with no major bottlenecks or wasted potential.
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October 6, 2011 6:05:46 AM

lol, just noticed the $60 sammy was the cheap Blue ray drive, so go for it. I bought mine for $120 about 4 years ago. I thought they would have dropped in price more than that.
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October 6, 2011 12:53:03 PM

So how does an i5 compare to the AMD Phenom II X6?

Another thing is I do want to SLI in the future and i dont rly want to trim on monitor size :p  but the one that was linked is very nice so will consider it. I hope to order this by next weekend.
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October 6, 2011 12:55:07 PM

I will consider one of those corsair cases. Picked the antec cuz it seems easy to clean plus it looks nice. I like the filters it has on the fans and its a full tower...
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October 6, 2011 12:58:20 PM

Dont want to sound like wanna sound like im not listening to any other advice lol, i was hacing a hard time looking for a mobo and that Asrock looks better and is cheaper. When making it, i was trying to pick the best hardware i could. As for the gpu i was considering the gtx560 ti. I dont really know the difference in speed or performance to the 570. I just want to play games on the highest possible setting :p  without the need to sell an organ in the process lol
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October 6, 2011 1:01:37 PM

how about a core i5 2500K
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October 6, 2011 1:37:49 PM

damageinc24 said:
Dont want to sound like wanna sound like im not listening to any other advice lol, i was hacing a hard time looking for a mobo and that Asrock looks better and is cheaper. When making it, i was trying to pick the best hardware i could. As for the gpu i was considering the gtx560 ti. I dont really know the difference in speed or performance to the 570. I just want to play games on the highest possible setting :p  without the need to sell an organ in the process lol


Yeah, the 560ti is also a good card that can surpass the 570 at stock speed but if you want to max out all the games out there then you would want the 580 lol since BF3 can't be maxed out without the 580. :)  Get the 560ti, Asrock is a great manufacturer for boards :) .
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October 7, 2011 5:11:09 AM

is there a better keyboard Damageinc24 could get? still good but cheaper?
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October 7, 2011 6:25:31 AM

Get a model M off somebody for like 5 bux
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October 8, 2011 12:54:45 AM

recommend any manufacture for the gpu?
was looking at the PNY, i think its overclocked and is cheapest.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also for the monitor/gpu. Is display port something i should worry about. I chose that monitor b/c aside from its fetures it has display port. Figuire for the future it will come in handy to have it. I also see some gpus with display port...
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