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Help me lower my build cost, ~$1,100 right now

So my dream $1,350 system is on hold. Trying to figure out how to cut some corners to reduce price, but still be able to add on key components (GPU) when I have more funding. Firm on case, SSD, CPU, memory, and GPU (for now).


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j3zq


Areas I'm looking to reduce costs in are:
1.) PSU (do I need 750W? I want to upgrade to Nvidia's 670 sometime in the future, so please keep that in mind). Not sure how many watts I really need.
2.) Motherboard. I'm a new builder and need something that is easy to use and easy to do a little overclocking. Want to get my i5-3570k up to the lower 4Ghz area.


Getting excited that I dropped $250 from my last build. Wife shouldn't be too mad if I can get it slightly under 1k... at least I hope.

edit: I'm only going a 128bg SSD right now to cut costs. How much space would be left after installing windows 7? I ask as I can always install a regular hard drive later or use an external USB 3.0 one.
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  1. Psu: get a corsair cx600
    Case: get a cheaper case like a haf 912 or antec three hundred two
  2. Youll probly have about 100gb left on that ssd, which will be fine until you can get a mechanical hard drive
  3. hello
    you can downgrade the 750w to a 550w
    you have an ssd but no hard drive..if your budget is tight so skip on the ssd and get a 500gb hard drive
    you can remove the cpu cooler and get one in future when you are more comfortable with your motherboard's bios for future overclocking (read up on forums and mobo's manual)
  4. That motherboard is about as low as you can get without going with h77
  5. Best answer
    Hi.
    I made it a bit better and reduced a bit at the same time.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.91 @ CompUSA)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.18 @ Amazon)
    Total: $974.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  6. computernoob29 said:
    Youll probly have about 100gb left on that ssd, which will be fine until you can get a mechanical hard drive


    So 100gb after the Windows 7 install should be plenty for two or three games correct? Photos and music live on a separate external hard drive right now anyways.
  7. yeah 100gb should be good for 3-5 games depending on how big their file size is, but i would definitly get a hard drive when you have the money
  8. Great build! I have almost the same: however, mine is at 870 USD!!!!!!!!!!! I went for the 2500k (sandy bridge is much better in the long run, cooler temps, and best OC) and the rosewill capstone 550 w gold plus modular psu. My case is the corsair 500r and my hdd is the samsung spinpoint 1TB
  9. if you are trying to lower prices, then always look at your case price first. no need to have a 100+ case if it is 20% of the cost. i spend between 50 to a hundred
  10. Kamen_BG said:
    Hi.
    I made it a bit better and reduced a bit at the same time.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.91 @ CompUSA)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.18 @ Amazon)
    Total: $974.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    how do you make it look like this and not jsut the link?
  11. IamAutiz said:
    how do you make it look like this and not jsut the link?

    copy and paste lol
  12. and wht price ar eyou lookin gat 750? 800?
  13. DanteIsOnFire said:
    copy and paste lol

    oh...lol
  14. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-ATX12V-CrossFire-Certified-CP-9020015-NA/dp/B008RJZQSW/ref=sr_1_16?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348893800&sr=1-16 $75.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair CX Series CX750 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1066148 $336.98 save: $13.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1348898432&sr=1-3&keywords=CPU%2Bcooler $32.08 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544 $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171646 $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
    SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-PCI-Express-Displayport-Graphics-GV-N660OC-2GD/dp/B00942TK8I/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348900476&sr=1-2&keywords=gigabyte+gtx+660 $229.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N660OC-2GD
    Core Clock 1032MHz
    Boost Clock 1344
  15. Some ideas:

    1) microcenter will sell you a 3570K for $190 if you live near one.
    Or, a 2500K for $160. Really, a 2500K will be more than enough.

    2) Look for a good, inexpensive case. Antec 100/200/300 are in the $50 range.

    3) Use the stock cooler.

    4) No sense in upgrading from a 7870 to a GTX670. There is not enough difference to be worth it.

    5) Either card will run on a 500w psu with 2 6 pin connectors.
  16. Best answer selected by Freebird37.
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