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Hi guys, I've been looking all over the forum for advice on building a gaming desktop.
This is my first time building my own desktop and here is my build:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $59.99
M/B: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M : $134.99
Graphic Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB : $244.99
Power: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 : $69.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge : $229.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB : $45.99
SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F180GB3-BK 2.5" 180GB : $149.99
ODD: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM : $17.99
Cooler: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready : $59.99

it totals about $1,013 without tax on newegg, which is a bit over price than what I had in mind (about $900'ish)

Main purpose for the use of my desktop would be gaming (mainly WoW pandaria, skyrim, etc), and I wish to play in high graphic settings. But at the same time, I am worried about the price b/c it will cost a lot when tax and shipping fee is applied.

I also don't plan on overclocking for now, which I think can reduce my cost a lot.

How would you guys suggest on reducing my cost, but at the same time, play high graphic games?
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    vral1105 said:
    Hi guys, I've been looking all over the forum for advice on building a gaming desktop.
    This is my first time building my own desktop and here is my build:

    Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912: $59.99
    M/B: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M : $134.99
    Graphic Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti Hawk GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB : $244.99
    Power: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 : $69.99
    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge : $229.99
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB : $45.99
    SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F180GB3-BK 2.5" 180GB : $149.99
    ODD: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM : $17.99
    Cooler: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready : $59.99

    it totals about $1,013 without tax on newegg, which is a bit over price than what I had in mind (about $900'ish)

    Main purpose for the use of my desktop would be gaming (mainly WoW pandaria, skyrim, etc), and I wish to play in high graphic settings. But at the same time, I am worried about the price b/c it will cost a lot when tax and shipping fee is applied.

    I also don't plan on overclocking for now, which I think can reduce my cost a lot.

    How would you guys suggest on reducing my cost, but at the same time, play high graphic games?


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 Save 20.00 and overclock it via Afterburner. There is also an extra $20.00 rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045 Save $35.00 Less storage but you have to save somewhere.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231 Save $6.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279 Save $45.00 It's a great board and overclocks well. I have one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 Save $30.00 and it has a $10.00 rebate on top of that

    note: The i5 2500k is on sale with a $20.00 off promo that ends today. You will likely see little or no difference in your games.

    That's $136 savings without sacrificing performance and the look you desire. The motherboard supports ivy bridge cpu's. This should get you within your budget even with taxes and shipping. Don't forget the extra $30.00 in rebates!!
  2. Ill get you started by first:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1033594
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1024512

    then making further sugesstions:

    1. A 560ti at 245$ is a bad price. its relatively close to a 6950 performance wise, and the 6950 is only 200$. at around 245$, most people would just buy a 7850
    2. if you want the general majorities choice on cpu cooler, most people use hyper 212+ evos, which are 35$ compared to your 60$ cooler if you need to cut down cost.
    3. The SSD is heavily cutting into the cost overall.
    4./ if you are buying today, the 15% seasonic psu sales will probably do you better than a corsair cx600 psu.
  3. You could get a Samsung 830 128gb for $90-$100, thats like $50 saved right there.
    Get an HD 7850, a touch better than the 560 Ti and $35 cheaper. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150608
    Next get a cheaper motherboard, just as good and as many features practically. If you want microATX... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128554
    and if not regular ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543
    Also maybe check for a Micro Center nearby and get the CPU and MB from there for dirt cheap. Locations: http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html
    Micro Center CPU Cheap: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388577
    Better PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
    Last just get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for half the price of the Frio.
  4. If you are not planning to OC then the i5 3570K is overkill. You could save a bit there with this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234

    The PSU is overkill for your build. You could do with 500-550W.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    8GB of RAM is nice but it's still not really necessary. Start with 4GB and then upgrade to 8GB later if you just can't stand having only 4GB. That saves ~$20.

    The graphics card is a good choice but you could save a few bucks with a Radeon HD 7850 and still get a slight performance increase. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102998

    That CPU cooler is overpriced. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Also, you could use http://pcpartpicker.com to get the parts from multiple vendors by buying from the one that has the lowest cost.
  5. Use Amazon if the items are the same price or less! No sales tax! You will save a lot of money with free shipping and NO SALES TAX! You will probably save 100 bucks or more!
  6. You can save $20 by getting a less fancy case like this one:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
    With the components you have, you should not have any cooling issues with that case.
  7. Best answer selected by vral1105.
  8. Inferno1217 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594 Save 20.00 and overclock it via Afterburner. There is also an extra $20.00 rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045 Save $35.00 Less storage but you have to save somewhere.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231 Save $6.00

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279 Save $45.00 It's a great board and overclocks well. I have one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 Save $30.00 and it has a $10.00 rebate on top of that

    note: The i5 2500k is on sale with a $20.00 off promo that ends today. You will likely see little or no difference in your games.

    That's $136 savings without sacrificing performance and the look you desire. The motherboard supports ivy bridge cpu's. This should get you within your budget even with taxes and shipping. Don't forget the extra $30.00 in rebates!!


    Thanks for the useful information! I did some research on the board you've suggested, asrock z68 pro3, and realized that i5 3570k won't work with the mobo unless I update something?

    Does that mean I have to get i5 2500k? From what I know, changing to 2500k wouldn't really affect game performance.
  9. and thanks for all of your suggestions. I've tried to apply all your advice and decided to change several components!
  10. If you update the BIOS it will. The BIOS may already be updated. 2500k is the same cpu I have and the gains of the 3570k are marginal at best.
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