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Budget Gamily System ~$400 Need Input

Hey Guys. I live in the US, and I finished building a Gaming computer. But the pricing is over my $400 budget.
Can you guys help me get it a tad bit cheaper?

This is my Build...
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fb1D

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.15 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Logisys 575W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $464.06
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 19:46 EDT-0400)
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  1. jerreddredd said:



    Well I chose that motherboard because it could Crossfire/SLI GPU's. Because it had 2 PCI-Express slots, (16x/8x), and that was the standard (from what I heard) that you should be getting if you wanna Crossfire/SLI different GPUs.
    I'm not getting a second card yet, but when i feel like i NEED an upgrade, i could possibly get another one.
    Also, Thanks for being the first reply! :D

    Well, Jerreddredd, I'm not sure which GPU to get...
    7770 (Can Crossfire) / 560 SE (Can SLI) / 550 TI (Can SLI)

    As for the monitors, I'm looking on Craigslist for some monitors, not sure if I should get 3 old school LCD square monitors and Triple Screen the computer, or if i should get 1 wide screen monitor
  2. jerreddredd said:
    what City and state are you in?


    This is a good question! More specific to reducing costs... Do you have a Microcenter near you?
  3. Siggyy said:
    Well I chose that motherboard because it could Crossfire/SLI GPU's. Because it had 2 PCI-Express slots, (16x/8x), and that was the standard (from what I heard) that you should be getting if you wanna Crossfire/SLI different GPUs.
    I'm not getting a second card yet, but when i feel like i NEED an upgrade, i could possibly get another one.
    Also, Thanks for being the first reply! :D

    Well, Jerreddredd, I'm not sure which GPU to get...
    7770 (Can Crossfire) / 560 SE (Can SLI) / 550 TI (Can SLI)

    As for the monitors, I'm looking on Craigslist for some monitors, not sure if I should get 3 old school LCD square monitors and Triple Screen the computer, or if i should get 1 wide screen monitor


    you'll need more than entry level GPU in SLI/CF to run gaming across 3 displays. so you are better of with a 20-24 in monitor running 1600x900 or 1920x1080.

    a note on SLI/CF - I recommend against it for budget systems. the performance boost isn't significant in lower resolutions, only at higher and then you need higher end cards for descent frame rates. additionally a more hearty (expensive) Power supply is required and a beefier CPU. My advice is always buy a the single highest performing GPU you can afford.

    I like the HD 7770 for entry level systems.

    my advice is drop the notion of SLI/CF, get a better PSU like the one I linked.

    if you live near a MicroCenter you might could shave some more money.
  4. jerreddredd said:
    you'll need more than entry level GPU in SLI/CF to run gaming across 3 displays. so you are better of with a 20-24 in monitor running 1600x900 or 1920x1080.

    a note on SLI/CF - I recommend against it for budget systems. the performance boost isn't significant in lower resolutions, only at higher and then you need higher end cards for descent frame rates. additionally a more hearty (expensive) Power supply is required and a beefier CPU. My advice is always buy a the single highest performing GPU you can afford.

    I like the HD 7770 for entry level systems.

    my advice is drop the notion of SLI/CF, get a better PSU like the one I linked.

    if you live near a MicroCenter you might could shave some more money.


    Not a bad thought!!!
    Really smart actually...
    Okay, I'm dropping the SLI/CF notion because I'm probably not gonna get a beefed up monitor, and I'm gonna need to spend more money for it.

    Okay. Last thing...
    Would you recommend the 550 ti/560 SE/7770?
  5. Siggyy said:

    Okay. Last thing...
    Would you recommend the 550 ti/560 SE/7770?

    the HD 7770 and GTX 560SE are almost identical performance wise. both are faster than the 550Ti

    get which ever (7770 or 560se) has the best price :D

    on a 1600x900 or 1680 x1050 monitor both will run most everything at high to very high settings
  6. jerreddredd said:
    the HD 7770 and GTX 560SE are almost identical performance wise. both are faster than the 550Ti

    get which ever (7770 or 560se) has the best price :D

    on a 1600x900 or 1680 x1050 monitor both will run most everything at high to very high settings


    Thank you SOO SOO SO MUCH!!! :D
    One last thing, can you check out the final builds?
    Here are the final builds:
    Build 1: (7770)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ffCo

    Build 2: (560 SE)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ff6c
  7. Best answer
    Siggyy said:
    Thank you SOO SOO SO MUCH!!! :D
    One last thing, can you check out the final builds?
    Here are the final builds:
    Build 1: (7770)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ffCo

    Build 2: (560 SE)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ff6c


    both look good. the HD 7770 would be my choice as it use less electricity :)

    i would get one of these budget cases as they have better cooling. shipping will most likely make them the same price in the end.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147073
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112
  8. Best answer selected by siggyy.
  9. jerreddredd said:
    both look good. the HD 7770 would be my choice as it use less electricity :)

    i would get one of these budget cases as they have better cooling. shipping will most likely make them the same price in the end.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147073
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112


    Sir, Thank you for all your help. Best advice I could ever ask for :D
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