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March 19, 2012 5:47:40 AM

first off i want to say thank you! 2 weeks ago i was afraid to even consider building my own PC but the amount of friendly and helpful people here have given me the confidence to try and build my own PC. so before i get into the standard explanation as to what im looking for im in a unique situation, as a college student i need a laptop, originally i was going to buy a gaming laptop and thanks to all i read here i understand how big of a mistake that is, so i decided that i was going to build a desktop PC and buy a cheap laptop to take to class. so my school has a deal with dell that we get certain laptops for discounts and so far the best ive found as far as really cheap laptops is this:

Dell Inspiron 15 (N5040)
2.53 HZ Core i3
500GB
4GB
$299.99 plus tax

This is important because i have a budget of about $1500 and the cheaper the laptop, the more money i have to put into my desktop, so firstly if you have any suggestions on a cheaper laptop (thats not completely useless) it would be much appreciated. anyway i put together a build and im about $100 dollars over my budget which isnt terrible but id like to not have to pay more than i have to so i want to see if you guys have any suggestions.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next

Budget Range: $1500 preferably before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (such as Star Wars, Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, and some FPS's like BF3 or MW3,i would like to play them on the highest settings i can), Watching Movies, Surfing the web

Parts Not Required: The University gives us Windows 7 Ultimate for free along with Microsoft Office, and i believe that we also get a free copy of some anti virus software.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ive only ever used Newegg, Tigerdirect, and Amazon, however i hear NCIX US and MWave are reputable

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer reputable brands, however i feel that really doesnt need to be said as i think everyone does

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: as good as can fit in the budget

Additional Comments: i want the best gaming rig i can get with my budget, however i would like my laptop to be serviceable with watching netflix and playing less graphic demanding games. i do need a monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. however keyboard and mouse combos are cheap and i can always buy better ones later.

My First Build:

CPU-Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $214.99
CPU Cooler- Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler $39.99
Motherboard- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $198.18
Memory- G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $41.99
Hard Drive- Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $89.99
Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $109.99
Video Card- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti Hawk 1GB Video Card $249.99
Case- Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99
Power Supply- Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $104.99
Optical Drive- Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $49.99
Monitor- Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor $119.99
Keyboard/ Mouse- Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $24.27
Speakers- Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System $15.99

Shipping and Handling $18.86
Total before rebates $1334.20
Total after rebates $1294.20


Laptop (with tax) $320.99

TOTAL $1615.19

heres a link to my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5QP6
i just want to see if there are any ways to cut some costs and make sure everything im getting will work together and are good quality. Thanks!
March 19, 2012 6:03:21 AM

If you are really close on your budget, you can prolly X out the SSD drive, one of the sticks of ram and a slower vid card.
Also, you can prolly go for a cheaper PSU, you prolly don't need the 750w one because ur only 1x vid card.
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March 19, 2012 6:05:47 AM

You may be able to get cheaper stuff on Ebay, and there are college student websites with used gear as the kids sell their stuff off when they graduate. Thats where I got all my books and laptops from lol
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March 19, 2012 6:25:28 AM

MOBO : your is 198$ this is 122$ and you can SLI , Crossfire , have PCIE 3.0,
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 122$
SSD : your is 90$ this is 80$
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 2.5" 60GB SATA III http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU COOLER : COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 30$ your is 40$
CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 49$ and 39$ after rebates.
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 40$
If you don't SLI buy a 550W - 650W max. PSU.
Here some good options.
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 65$
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 75$
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 70$ and 60$ after rebates
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 90$ and 75$ after rebates.
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March 19, 2012 6:48:23 AM

^..........and xfx pro 550w
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March 19, 2012 2:07:54 PM

wow thanks guys for the responses, the only thing is in the future i may want a second graphics card and i dont want to restrict myself because i have a weaker PSU. outside of cutting costs are there any other suggestions you guys have as far as brands/parts? any areas where i could be bottlenecking my system?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2012 2:19:22 PM

If you keep the PSU and make the changes what i sugested there will not be any bottleneck.
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March 19, 2012 2:20:45 PM

is there really any difference between the board i had chosen and the one you suggested?
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March 19, 2012 2:26:45 PM

extreme4 has a few extra ports and p67(older)chipset i guess!
extreme3 is better deal!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2012 2:28:42 PM

Take a look at the comparison between them , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-157-265^DM%2c13-157-271^sCB%2c13-157-264^sCB%2c13-131-701^sCB%2c13-128-498^sCB&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Type=1&Item=13-157-265 The diferences between them are small.
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March 19, 2012 2:31:50 PM

with changing the motherboard, cooler, case and SSD i come in about $1 over budget, thats perfect! thank you so much guys!
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March 19, 2012 2:33:55 PM

Best answer selected by mduehr34.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 19, 2012 2:39:14 PM

Great , good luck with your build.
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March 19, 2012 3:37:35 PM

Thank you!
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