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Need help to shave 200$ off this build

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November 10, 2011 1:00:38 AM

Hi toms hardwarians i am building this pc for a friend and i am overbudget (as alwais) i was wondering if you could came up with some good idea to come back on track without affecting performance too much :)  As it was said in the title, i need to cut back about 200$ of this build.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 1200-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvdia (dunno why i dont like ati but its just the way it is)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: That would be a no right now with a yes when the single card start to fall behind a bit

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: None! ha!


CPU - Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB - 218.99

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM - 29.15

Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard - 199.69

Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan - 159.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD SC Fermi 797MHZ 1280MB GDDR5 2XDVI Mini-HDMI DisplayPort PCI - 339.79

LG BH12LS38 12X Blu Ray Rewriter SATA Black Lightscribe 3D Playback - 85.90

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM - 95.79

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Bl Lowprofile 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory Kit - 57.94

Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps - 189.69

Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS - 84.99

Total : 1461.82


Note : All those price are CAD and while i plan to order from ncix i do pricematch for where it is the cheapest this is why you may see a difference between those price and those on ncix.

The overall tought process for this build was to have a nice rig that also have room for easy upgrades along the way such as a 2nd 570 without the hassle of having to change anything else (This is why the larger than needed power supply)

I also know i didnt include any HD because we all know what is happening to the HD price atm so ill just deal with that later on, old HD will do for now

More about : shave 200 build

November 10, 2011 1:44:54 AM

1) $224.99

2) $34.99

3) $204.99 (SLI ready and USB 3.0)

4) (SLI cerified and enough to SLI a 560 Ti)

5) $259.99 (This will be plenty for current games and as you said, you could upgrade it and have SLI in the future which will surpass a 580 easily, and especially at your resolution)

6) $64.99

7) $109.99

8) $45.49 (Great RAM running at 1.5V and 8GB is heaps, games these days don't even use 4GB of memory)

9) $125.99 (Enough for OS and a game or two while you wait for the HDD prices to drop)

10) $89.99

TOTAL COST: $1281.40

I believe you will be gaming right? This will run all the current games and then if you plan to in the future, add another 560 Ti, you could with still enough power.

This should do you good for a while and eat games like BF3 for breakfast.

Good luck and I'm buying my computer this week too :D 
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November 10, 2011 2:16:09 AM

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99

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

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $114.99

GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$329.99 and a $20 rebate= $309.99

This will save you $200 and for now you can load the OS onto the 60gb SSD and use the current hdd for everything else untill you can get a new hdd.

November 10, 2011 3:19:05 AM

gmcizzle said:
Mobo (save $50), still 2x PCIe 3.0 SLI certified, SATA III, USB 3.0:

PSU (save ~$60 with 15% off promo):

That's $110 saved without changing the performance much at all on your system. To bring down cost further, you could get a 64gb SSD instead of a 128gb one, or look into a 560 Ti or 6950 instead of a 570.

+1 on the motherboard, how could I not have seen it?

ASrock are really good and reliable these days. I think it is a branch of ASUS (AS in front of rock).

Good luck!