First build - Critique and possible cost reduction

Approximate Purchase Date: (the closer the better)

Budget Range: (800-100) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming)

Overclocking: Maybe

Additional Comments: (Need Case and Monitor. Im at 1000 even right now but id like to get it down to as close to 800 as possible without sacrificing too much performance. Ive skimmed everywhere i could to my ability. Also let me know if im being an idiot and those extra $200 will save me money over the next year or two)

DRIVE - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

MONITOR - Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor - $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009256

WIRELESS ADAPTER - Rosewill RNX-N300X PCI Wireless Adapter - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166051

GPU - ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

RAM - G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) - $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460

GPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

HARD DRIVE - Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

MOBO - ASUS P8H77-M/CSM LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131831

CASE + POWER SUPPLY - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.976668 - $150


TOTAL - $1026.19 with shipping
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  1. It looks like a good build.

    I wouldn't skimp on it any more, but if you have to, purchase a 560/6870 instead of the ti. You could save a good chunk of money like that.
  2. CPU- change to i5-2500k for 189.99

    Gpu- i would get a gtx 480 for 199.99 dollars

    If you are not set on the case get a cheaper 50 dollar one and a 70 dollar psu.
  3. Could do a little better.

    Check out my $850 build here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316
    Better motherboard + more upgradeability, better GPU.
  4. trustme722 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: (the closer the better)
    How bout tonight? Or at least a portion of it? Your build looks good for the most part but I think you could do better on the case and the power supply both in price and quality.

    If you order by midnight tonight using new egg promo code EMCYTZT1811 you can get 20% of NZXT PC cases.

    I recommend this one for $39 with free shipping. With the 20% off promo code that should bring you down to $32.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

    Then get this Corsair 650Watt power supply for $79 after $10 Promo code EMCNDHH27 (expires tonight also.) After rebate it should be $69 or less.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    That will bring the cost of your case and PSU down to $111 (not including the rebate). In my opinion both parts are superior in quality to rosewill.
  5. You can buy a dual core processor at low cost and save your money. Others accessories can be purchased from the market at cheaper rates.

    Cost reductions
  6. if your spending 210 bucks on graphics card, get a gtx 660
  7. computernoob29 said:
    if your spending 210 bucks on graphics card, get a gtx 660


    This is the way to go. Better performance for essentially the same price.

    EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $229.99

    Performance Comparison
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