My first build

hey all i am building my first gaming pc on a budget and i was wondering if you have any suggestions on making this build a bit cheaper but still keeping the performance aspect of it my current choices are

CORSAIR H40 120mm High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler 60.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX 124.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 42.49

BIOSTAR A870U3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s 74.99
USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 129.99
128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP
Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC- 89.99
2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic
ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Hannspree By HannsG SL231DPB Glossy Black 23" 119.99
Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

ZALMAN MFC1-Combo 5 Channel Fan Controller 42.99

toal price with shipping 933.80

any suggestions would and will be greatly apreciated on dropping the price of this machine a bit and any other tips or suggestions about it would be amazing thanks!!!

hoping on ordering the parts within a week
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  1. I would go with Direct Canada. Website is

    FREE SHIPPING! Get the parts you want at less the price.

    Phenom II x 4 955 $115

    CM Storm Scout $76

    ATI 6870 $170

    OCZ 700w $45 (It's a steal.) Get it now since it will be gone. Last 6 units left.

    G.skill Ripjaws (2x4gb) 8gb DDR3 1600 $45

    Samsung 23" Monitor $140

    Hyper Evo $31 (Best air cooler.)

    Liteon DVD writer $19

    Do you need an HDD?
    WD Caviar Blue 500gb $100

    Do you plan to CF/SLI

    Gigabyte 990x Motherboard $149

    Asus 970 AM3+ motherboard $91

    Less than $900. Free shipping. Better Vid card, PSU, Monitor.

    Only $800 if you have hdd. $750 if you don't SLI and have HDD. If you don't need OS/HDD/SLI/CF.

    Up the GPU to a 6950.
  2. Do you plan to CF/SLI? Do you need HDD?
  3. replace that silly cooler with this:
    just as effective, but cheaper

    Corsair 1600 is on sale:
    faster and cheaper

    You could save a bit of money on the case and get something that looks a little more professional and screams a little less 'check out my parts so you know what you are stealing'. I love my cooler master case I got for $40 (normally $60). It is the V3 Black Edition (sadly the V4 has an ugly front plate), but the inside is quite spacious and has a lot of good features. Or go for an entry level HAF, those are great cases and look much less childish.

    I have a 27" Hanns-G monitor and love it for what I paid for it. Just be aware that they are not a quality company by any stretch of the imagination. There will be backlight bleed on the edges, and the color will be a little reddish on the left, and a little greenish on the right (mostly noticeable when on a solid white screen). On a smaller screen this will be less noticeable, and other monitors in that price range for a similar size/resolution will have similar issues, but it has still been a reliable screen for 4 years now, and was the only TN option in the larger size (mine was ~$400, while the others were ips screens for ~$1500 at the time, so I'll eat a little quality issue for having the size)

    Dont bother with a fan controller. Just use molex connectors with resisters to kick the fan speed down to an acceptable noise level if your mobo has no built in fan controller option. If you feel that you must have one then get a cheaper one:

    With the linked suggestions you would save $92, and if you do away with the fan controller entirely you save another $20

    I dont know enough about AMD to comment on their motherboards and GPUs, but those seem decent enough. You may get more bang for your buck going with a similarly priced i3 matched with an H67 or P67 chipset motherboard, but you would have to check benchmarks for the specific titles you intend to play as the winners tend to go back and forth at that price level depending on the title. The nice thing about going with a nicer P67 board and a cheap i3 is that many will take the Ivy bridge processors next year, so you can buy a little i3 this year, and then upgrade to a killer ivy bridge i5 down the road without having to upgrade anything else (which cannot be said for an AM3 board). But I generally buy intel, and my only ventures into AMD builds have been for small power efficient sempron builds, and that was a long time ago.

    Lastly, I just bought a 750W powersupply for my build with the intent of SLi for 2 gtx570s. 730W is way overkill for this build. You could likely get away with something in the 450-550W range and save your power bill a little. If you intend to xFire then go ahead an keep the 730W as you dont want to buy another power supply when you do, but otherwise I would go smaller. No qualms with the brand though, good choice, just too much power.
  4. Can you fill this out?

    As prior mentioned, drop the H40, Corsair Hydro products are ripoffs and have a terrible price/performance ratio. Get the Hyper 212 Evo for half the price but similar cooling power.
    The Hyper 212 Evo performs practically at the level of an H70 for less.
    Much less.
  5. well damn, I feel foolish. I just realized you are in Canada, so the prices I quoted are all wrong. The general advice still holds true though.

    And cute beans is right, do you need an HDD?
    Also, do you need Windows?
  6. ya i mainly need a whole new everything from top to bottom building myself a new pc and giving my wife my old one im planning on crossfiring anymore suggestions for a decent cheap build would be awesome thanks :D
  7. Get mine. It's pretty cheap.
  8. ok thanks a bunch cutebean apreciate the help :D
  9. i may change the case any ideas on a bit cheaper case that would be a good idea to go with?
  10. The case you have is a good one but I would consider switching to a different motherboard so you can run CF/SLI if you ever want to upgrade in the future. Although the motherboard you chose has two PCI X16 slots the second slots needs to be at least x8 over the x4 it is. If you don't mind spending more that gigabyte motherboard is a nice one.
  11. ya i was thinking on going with pretty much the whole setup that cutebeans did for me i was thinkin on swapping the case for a cheaper one thats not so flashy because i know i also wont need all the drive bays the scout case has just mainly trying to cut my budget down just that little bit extra and i am planning on cross firing video cards in the near future
  12. and if i go with the molex connectors how much would it kick the fan speed down because i dont want all my fans running at 100% all the time
  13. This would be a real good CF board, if you plan to CF if not then don't get this.

    Go for a cheaper case. There's a lot of em if you want.
  14. for case i was thinking on getting the darkfleet df10 case its a good bit cheaper but still gives me a bigger size of a system in case i want to add more components into it later on:)
  15. Good luck then.
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