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August 14, 2012 1:51:32 AM

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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August 14, 2012 2:20:57 AM
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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=N82E168... Save 20.00 and overclock it via Afterburner. There is also an extra $20.00 rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Save $35.00 Less storage but you have to save somewhere.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Save $6.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Save $45.00 It's a great board and overclocks well. I have one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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!!
August 14, 2012 2:27:20 AM

Ill get you started by first:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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.
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August 14, 2012 2:27:35 AM

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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
and if not regular ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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...
Better PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Last just get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for half the price of the Frio.
August 14, 2012 2:29:16 AM

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=N82E168...

The PSU is overkill for your build. You could do with 500-550W.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

That CPU cooler is overpriced. Get this instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you could use http://pcpartpicker.com to get the parts from multiple vendors by buying from the one that has the lowest cost.
August 14, 2012 2:55:28 AM

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!
August 14, 2012 5:12:24 AM

Best answer selected by vral1105.
August 14, 2012 5:53:51 AM

Inferno1217 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Save 20.00 and overclock it via Afterburner. There is also an extra $20.00 rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Save $35.00 Less storage but you have to save somewhere.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Save $6.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Save $45.00 It's a great board and overclocks well. I have one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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.
August 14, 2012 5:54:58 AM

and thanks for all of your suggestions. I've tried to apply all your advice and decided to change several components!
August 14, 2012 6:51:42 AM

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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