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Reduce cost on $2000 pc without affecting performance.

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January 13, 2012 10:32:27 PM

Hi everyone, Im james. My friend has quoted a rig for me, and it is $2125 dollars, i would like to reduce that price as much as poss without sacraficing game performance.
my 9800gt fried, i have a enermax 750w power supply currently, not sure exactly, a sony dvd writer i think, and 250gb hard drive, maybe i could reuse some of these, oh and a lian li case.

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month

Budget Range: from $2000 dollars down. i have 1500 at the moment.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, bf3.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.pricespy.co.nz - it is the new zealand newegg. you can make a list by dragging the picture of the product to the window in the left.

Country: New Zealand

Parts Preferences: a z68 mb, 2500k and good graphics, i wanna xfire down the line in about two years.

Overclocking: ill get a mate to help out, so yes, but not massive 4.5GHZ, just like .04 ghz if i need it.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: here is the build.
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Intel Z68 DDR3 USB3+SATA3 Raid SLI+ CrossFire LGA1155 PCI-E | a gigabyte z68 with xfire/sli
Processor - Intel Core i5 2500K Sandy Bridge 3.30GHz 6MB 95W LGA1155 | intel i52500k
Memory - Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 | eh, some good memory 8gb
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS 32MB 6Gb/s SATA3 | hopefully a 1tb drive i could go to 500gb
Video Card - ASUS EAH6970 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E |
Optical Drive - LG GH24NS70 24X DVD Writer SATA OEM | dont care long as it doesnt fail.
Power Supply - Seasonic M12II Bronze 750W 80Plus Power Supply |
System Case - CoolerMaster CM Storm Enforcer Gaming Case w/Window | maybe reduce cost here?

http://pricespy.co.nz/list.php?l=53839&view=o Here is the list of everything but the case and dvd writer. there are 2 graphics cards cos i might downgrade 6950

How can i reduce cost without affecting performance? you can just tell me what would be cheaper cos if its cheaper in usd itl be cheaper in nzd. ta
I would like a good graphics card and cpu. (performance) and reduce price on the other stuff. thanks!
January 13, 2012 10:43:24 PM

Drop the case and place the components on your shelves instead... your system will also run cooler! ... Do it now!
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January 13, 2012 10:48:59 PM

Re edited and made a list of all the components minus case and optical drive. save you guys time.
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January 13, 2012 11:26:47 PM

any suggestions?
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January 13, 2012 11:42:37 PM

You have a case and power supply already

change the 2500k to a 2400 .
Graphics cards are the limitation right now not cpu's . Over clocking a 2500 k will give a really poor return in performance and probably none at all
You save $40 NZ

Drop the crossfire/SLI option . In two years time you wont be able to buy another 6970 [ or any other current graphics card ] .There will be newer , cheaper and much more powerful graphics cards available at that time and you will be better off buying one of those when you decide to upgrade .
This should save you a bundle on the Mb . Just make sure you get the Z68 chipset and performance will be identical .

A single 6950 or GTX 560 ti will run any game at 1080p resolution . Even a 6870 will run games well at 1080p
cheapest 560 ti $370 ish
cheapest 6950 $ $350 ish
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January 13, 2012 11:53:47 PM

James, there are a lot of variables here on what you could do to drop the price down to $1500 in New Zealand currency. I recently worked with a friend to build a new "enthusiast" PC that I can do video and some gaming when I want to. I ultimately went with the I7-2600, but that's my choice. Many are doing the 2500K.

The reason I mention all this was that at the time last month, I read a nice series of articles at PC Magazine on how to build (in USD) a $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000 gaming machine. Since your budget is $1500, I would suggest checking out their Build a $1,500 Gaming PC (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397371,00.asp) article. I thought they listed some good components, starting with a I5-2500K CPU. They went single card (not SLI), but maybe you can use this guide as a starting off point for any good ideas, and build up to the system you want eventually? For example, get one card now, and get the 2nd card 6 months down the road? Food for thought.

Good luck, James.
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