Well, couple months ago i started a thread about a 650 dollar build, Rohit may remember as he's pretty much the only one that replied to me. I have this build I've been working on and i have a budget of $850 but I'd like to get it a bit lower.
Approximate Purchase Date: Early/Mid November
Budget Range: $850 before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, that is all.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS(I don't know)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, bestbuy
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: In the future.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (I play on 1280x768, that may change though when i get my new computer, because i currently can't even run full 1080p without 20fps.)
As it sits it's about $890 bucks without rebates/taxes/shipping. I'd like to get it to at least 800 or 750, but I'm really stumped on what to cheap out on and what to invest into, and that's where you guys come in! Please help me!
Z68 isn't really better....only for SSD and Onboard graphics, both of which i don't have/need. I'm not planning to SLI/XFIRE now maybe like 2 or 3 years from now I can just upgrade the PSU later, which i don't have the money for now.
Lol, I choose the $150 for a reason, it has the USB 3 bracket for the front of the case, and it has a extra x4 slot if i ever wanna put something in that. Plus it has way better reviews than the other one, I guess these aren't really real reasons because i was gonna get that one in the first place, but this one has a lot better reviews and cables and features (not really) i guess i could switch back to the Z68 one but i wanna see how far i can get it down while still retaining this one I know it sounds stupid lol but i just wanna see how far i can get with this one.
@Sky, I was thinking of the ram, but i like running VMs, but i'll probably end up doing that. Oh yea, psu lol. @lupines, I don't live really close to one, it's about an hour drive and 2 hour in traffic, and I have to get someone to take me so...yeah we'll see.
Hi, I compliment you on your persistence and your build. I have a few ideas:
1. Don't compromise and go to 4GB of RAM because you wont save that much and there is a noticeable benefit to going to 8GB (2 x 4GB) which is the sweet spot in price vs performance
2. You have chosen the best CPU and a very good motherboard. I own the Extreme 4 Gen 3 mobo and I like it a lot. You could go to a P67 board and not sacrifice any gaming capability. You could probably save $30-$40 by going to a P67 board and AsRock has some good ones as well as ASUS
3. Look for sales on Newegg and you will be able to get the 2 x 4GB RAM for around $50
4. Look for sales on the mobo and CPU and you will save some money
5. You need to check pricing on Amazon - you often can get a better deal and they have a better return policy. Newegg can be really bitchy about accepting mother boards back - Amazon takes them back without any problem
6. I got my 2600K CPU from Amazon for $292 with free shipping and no tax. They absolutely blew Newegg out of the water
7. For SLI, you will need at least a 650W PSU
8. The Corsair Carbide is a $100 not on sale which is cheaper than the 912 and it is equal to the 912 as long as you add a fan or two. Corsair backs their products better than Cooler Master
9. Speaking of Corsair, look for the TX 650 on sale - you may be able to get it cheaper and it is better than the Antec unit.
10. You may find the ATI 6950 for less than the 560 Ti and they are about equal in performance
11. Don't compromise your PSU, it supports all of your expensive components
These are some suggestions that may help but the truth is, for your build you are near the minimum cost. You have done a great job of putting together an excellent build - don't compromise it for a lousy $200. Especially if you are going to use it for gaming.
I am so tired of people sacrificing the overall quality and performance of their builds for $50 - it just does not make sense.