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August 20, 2012 11:46:24 PM

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)
August 21, 2012 12:14:41 PM
August 21, 2012 2:40:16 PM

jerreddredd said:
Not much to shave....

That PSU will is junk. Get on of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

reduce cost with these:

this MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

really for a gaming system I wouldn't get less than a HD 7770/GTX 560se GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


what resolution is your monitor?

what City and state are you in?



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
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August 21, 2012 2:46:58 PM

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?
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August 21, 2012 3:10:25 PM

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.
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August 21, 2012 6:29:34 PM

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?
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August 21, 2012 7:33:12 PM

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
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August 21, 2012 7:55:54 PM

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
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August 21, 2012 8:41:43 PM

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


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August 22, 2012 12:13:41 AM

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