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How can I reduce the cost without negatively affecting performance?

I have found that the cost of this build is too expensive for me to get without saving for a good solid 2 years by which time I would need an upgrade anyway... I want to find some parts that I could replace without loosing too much but that will reduce the cost, the specs are as follows:


Processor: i5 3570k - R2346.12
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/intel-socket-1155-bridge-3570k-quad-core-34ghz-with-p-8428.html

Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX670 (EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR) - R4724.11
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/evga-02gp42678kr-gtx670-2048mb-nvidia-geforce-p-8735.html

RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB => 8GB tot) - R696.54
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/corsair-cmz8gx3m2a1866c9-vengeance-240pin-ddr3-sdram-ddr3-1866-p-6097.html

SSD: Corsair 2.5" Force Series 3 SATA6G 120GB - R1127.46
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/corsair-cssdf120gb3brkt-force-series-120gb-sata6g-p-6832.html

HDD: Seagate Baracuda 1TB SATA 6G 7200RPM - R839.04

Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H100 (liquid) - R1225.50
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/corsair-h100-hydro-series-water-cooling-p-6905.html

Motherboard: ASrock Z77 Fatal1ty Performance - R1879.86
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/asrock-fatal1ty-performance-intel-chipset-p-8622.html

Power Supplier: Corsair GS800 Gaming Series 800W PSU - R1350.90
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/corsair-gs800-gaming-series-800w-p-5711.html

Case: HAFX Nvidia Edition - R1900.38
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/cooler-master-nv942kkn1-hafx-nvidia-edition-windowed-side-panel-eatx-blackgreen-p-5880.html

Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 24x SATA Black - R174.42
http://www.landmarkpc.co.za/store/gh24ns90-sata-black-dvdrom-writer-p-8990.html

Internal Total: R16264.33

PLEASE NOTE: The R is South African Rands, current exchange rate says that it's 8.39 rands in one dollar.

Any help is appreciated
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  1. A smaller SSD and a smaller HDD for starters. Don't buy Fatal1ty branded parts. You are just paying for a name and not any more or better performance. You don't need a 800watt PSU. A 600 or 550 is perfectly fine.

    Or, you can wait. Prices normally fall as time goes on. Save your money for something you won't have to make compromises on.
  2. Best answer
    Lose the Corsair cooler, and instead get a good aircooled Hsf,
    cheaper case,
    lose the ssd,
    Whats the build going to be used for?
    there are ways to cut the cost but without knowing the intended application of the unit its difficult to make alternative suggestions
    Moto
  3. I would be using this build for gaming, I also like to do a bit of video editing every now and then but this is more for gaming than anything else. I have I've changed to a Corsair 600W PSU and a 500GB HDD, I've specifically chosen an SSD and am going to cling to it even though it is so darn expensive =/. As for the cooler, I'm still looking around the net for a good replacement. Still pretty sure I want a water cooler but everyone seems to be telling me otherwise so I'm now looking for an air cooler. Thank you everyone for the input, I've already taken down the cost by R2000 =D
  4. Best answer selected by MystcalLlama.
  5. No probs man, glad to help
    Moto
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