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July 17, 2012 3:03:32 AM

I need help lowering the cost of my build below 1000 dollars. As you can see I need keyboard/mouse/monitor/os. I want to play any game on ultra settings on a 21.5 Asus monitor 1080p. Please help lower the cost of my build without losing too much performance. Thanks.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cjTN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cjTN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cjTN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1156.84
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

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July 17, 2012 3:21:01 AM

A cheaper case...look at Cooler Master Elite series, Rosewill or Zalman for as low as $30.
A cheaper PS..XFX Core Edition 650watt Pro Series (Seasonic) or OCZ ZT650S for about $70. Both are 80 Plus Bronze certified.

Maybe cheaper, slower 1333 MHz memory and a slightly cheaper Z77 mobo. Any cheaper keyboard or mouse?

Dave
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July 17, 2012 3:35:29 AM

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A cheaper case...look at Cooler Master Elite series, Rosewill or Zalman for as low as $30.


I wouldn't go with any of those. You can get a Cooler Master HAF 912 that covers all the bases and it's only $49 after rebate.

If you're not going to overclock you can go H77 and i5-3450 and you'll save $100.

Also IMO, way too much money on peripherals. You should get a cheap keyboard and mouse for now, then you can get the expensive peripherals later.
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July 17, 2012 4:20:59 AM

How would the setup look like for not overclocking the CPU processor? For instance, if i dont plan to overclock, I dont need a CPU cooler right? Also, is it worth the 100 dollars to overclock? Will there be a huge difference in gaming if I overclock my CPU? Is there a cheap gaming keyboard/mouse combo from logitech?
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July 17, 2012 4:24:06 AM

would look as g unit said, h77 motherboard an 3550 or 3540 processor... an no u wont need an aftermarket cooler

as for is it worth it to overclock... depends lol... i cant be bothered with it personally an others want every last bit out of their systems
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July 17, 2012 4:37:50 AM

keep the after market cooler the plastic legs of the stock intel ones suck....also look at micro center combo deals on page 20-30 of there july flyer they give you a big rebate when you buy the cpu and mb at the same time. also they have memory kits for less money for the same size.
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July 17, 2012 4:42:33 AM

bskim said:
How would the setup look like for not overclocking the CPU processor? For instance, if i dont plan to overclock, I dont need a CPU cooler right? Also, is it worth the 100 dollars to overclock? Will there be a huge difference in gaming if I overclock my CPU? Is there a cheap gaming keyboard/mouse combo from logitech?


It'd look something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $860.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Overclocking gives you somewhat of an advantage but games are far more GPU dependent than CPU dependent.
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July 17, 2012 5:02:09 AM

g-unit1111 said:
It'd look something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $860.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Overclocking gives you somewhat of an advantage but games are far more GPU dependent than CPU dependent.



Lol, I love how you managed to drop down the CPU, motherboard, and power supply and end up with a more expensive system than the one he started with. ($860.88 vs his $829.90 before monitor, OS, mouse and keyboard)
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July 17, 2012 5:35:50 AM

lordravage said:
Lol, I love how you managed to drop down the CPU, motherboard, and power supply and end up with a more expensive system than the one he started with. ($860.88 vs his $829.90 before monitor, OS, mouse and keyboard)


It actually comes out to $1089.91 with monitor and OS, but that's dropping the $100+ on peripherals.
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July 17, 2012 5:53:25 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ckZS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ckZS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ckZS/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($129.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $1027.84
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

You can knock a few bucks more on the mouse if you don't mind one of the Steel series ($7 off I think). Probably another $10-$15 on a slightly cheaper 1920x1080 5ms monitor. Go with a smaller PS....if 7850x2, your PC would be around 450 watts....use 550-600 watt PS like a PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk3S600 600 watt PS (Seasonic) for $60....save another $10. PC Power & Cooling's 500 watt PS saves you another $5....now we are down to nickles and dimes.
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