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October 30, 2011 9:32:05 PM

I was trying to keep my budget around 1200, but now it's all the way up to 1500. I don't expect any of you to get it all the way down to 1200, but any suggestions of cheaper, quality products are much appreciated. Here is my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/255Q

I might also just have to wait for sales to make these prices go down so we'll see.
Thanks for the help!

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 30, 2011 9:43:11 PM

I'd get a cheaper hard drive or even better ditch it completely if you have one lying around, just until hard drive prices calm down again. Also you could get a cheaper mobo.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
October 30, 2011 9:59:06 PM

there are plenty of motherboards costing around $150 that will work just as well . Ideally get one with a Z68 chip set .
That one with the gimmicky shield is a particularly stupid idea since it misses all the cooling from the case fans and you have to add an extra fan to blow air underneath it

for gaming you will be fine with 2 x2 gig of 1600 MHz RAM running at 1.5 volt .

The power supply is over kill for a computer like that . A 650 watt unit from corsair or Antec will be cheaper and work just as well .
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October 30, 2011 10:10:08 PM

Outlander_04 said:
there are plenty of motherboards costing around $150 that will work just as well . Ideally get one with a Z68 chip set .
That one with the gimmicky shield is a particularly stupid idea since it misses all the cooling from the case fans and you have to add an extra fan to blow air underneath it

for gaming you will be fine with 2 x2 gig of 1600 MHz RAM running at 1.5 volt .

The power supply is over kill for a computer like that . A 650 watt unit from corsair or Antec will be cheaper and work just as well .


The reason I have a power supply like that is that I'm going to SLI in the future and I heard corsair is more expensive, but reliable. I guess I will also just put my ram down to 4 gigs as well. And I'm switching my graphics card to:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and my Motherboard to the:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

what about my monitor? i wanted a 24in. screen but is there any other cheaper recommendations?
Thanks.
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October 30, 2011 10:31:22 PM

idk about that HDD, I'm wary of any HDD where people's reviews are saying its breaking or disfunctional.
While the monitor is a great value, I was looking for something a bit bigger, maybe around the 23 in range. Thanks for the suggestions though.
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October 31, 2011 12:45:11 AM

Well this is my new build with your suggestions:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/25fA

(without the hard drive) Any more suggestions to better this build i'm open to.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 1:40:39 AM

Looks good
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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 2:45:58 AM

Ebay everything and you will get it for half. If something shows up DOA you can buy another on ebay and still come in under #1200.

Just make sure the seller has 99% positive feedback over tens of thousands of ratings.
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