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Fitting my 'wants' to a 'budget' gaming prebuilt

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October 15, 2012 3:45:24 PM

Using IBuyPower to configure a prebuilt and also using the references given via the Tom's Hardware review site...I have configured what I think I want! The problem is it's too damn expensive! :(  I can afford it but ideally it would be under 800 dollars. I am having a lot of trouble getting anywhere under 900 dollars. I just can't seem to cut any corners. I tried just picking parts on Newegg, also, but I still ended up way above budget.



Case
NZXT Phantom Full Tower Gaming Case - Black
Case Lighting
None
iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction
None
iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion
None
Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-3450 Processor (4x 3.10GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
iBUYPOWER PowerDrive
None
Processor Cooling
Certified CPU Fan and Heatsink
Memory
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand **FREE Upgrade to Patriot Intel Edition**
Video Card
AMD Radeon HD 7870 - 2GB - Single Card
Video Card Brand
Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA
Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V LK -- 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 4x USB 3.0
Intel Smart Response Technology
None
Power Supply
650 Watt - Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 Free Upgrade to 750 Watt Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2 ($20 Savings)
Primary Hard Drive
500 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Dual 500GB Drives (1TB Capacity) - RAID 0 High Performance
Data Hard Drive
None
Optical Drive
24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black
2nd Optical Drive
None
Flash Media Reader / Writer
None
Meter Display
None
USB Expansion
None
Sound Card
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card
Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) 64-bit
Monitor
None
2nd Monitor
None
Speaker System
None
Video Camera
None
Case Engraving Service
None
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty Service
Rush Service
Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days
Free Stuff
1 x [FREE Game Download] - Sleeping Dogs Free with purchase of AMD Radeon HD 7870 or above
Free Stuff
1 x [FREE Game Download] - NEXUIZ Free with purchase of AMD Radeon HD 7770 or above






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This is as far as I got on Newegg trying to pick parts:

Processor: Intel Core i5 Quad Core Processor i5 3570 (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory(RAM): G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Memory -
DVD Drive:
Memory Card Reader:
Power Supply: Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Processor cooling: Standard
Sound Card: Standard
Network Facilities: Standard
USB Options: Standard
Operating System:
Surge Protection:

$946.94

(I'm thinking obviously I don't need the Sabertooth. However, I didn't even make it to getting my RAID 0 HDD or possibly a 500MB HDD + a 120GB SSD setup.)




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Can someone please recommend some cheaper parts of the same quality? I just really want a rig that's going to give me longterm graphics quality and speed for the next four years. I'm afraid to cut corners on it because I'm not sure what will screw me over in the long run.
October 15, 2012 6:31:52 PM

If you build it yourself, you are going to save yourself a lot of money.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kphH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kphH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kphH/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.97 @ CompUSA)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.11 @ Amazon)
Total: $794.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This build is about the same as the one you listed. And much cheaper.
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October 15, 2012 6:35:01 PM

If you're happy to build the PC yourself, I'd definitely go down that route.

The high end motherboard and relatively expensive case with the HD 7870 may be asking a bit too much of $800, I think that might be where you're failing.

As a long term upgrade option, dual graphics cards aren't a good idea to be honest. You could save a bit by trying not to prepare for that. I'm guessing you won't overclock either judging by those CPU's so you could save a bit more again.

This would be my choice at your budget.

i5-3450
2x4GB G.Skill Ares 1600Mhz
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
ASUS HD 7870 2GB
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM
Seasonic S12II 430B 430W
Antec Gaming One Series
LG DVD Burner

Total - $756.92 before shipping (no rebates)

I'm sure you will probably ask about the PSU since I saw the 650W model in your build but the power consumption won't even hit 300W in this build and you can't overclock the CPU anyway. Seasonic PSU's are of exceptional quality as well.
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October 15, 2012 6:39:33 PM

Thanks for the quick responses!

It occurs to me that Cyber Monday and Black Friday aren't too far away, so I'm considering waiting for those to come up so I can snatch up a good deal on a prebuilt.

I don't actually know how to build a computer (although I need to learn soon), but a friend of mine does, so I'm still considering that. The rig I'm on right now is more than decent and runs GW2 on medium-high settings, but I had to buy a quad for it and the motherboard is very old. Currently running a 550Ti.

I'll look into your configurations to see what the differences are in your selections compared to my pricey one!
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October 15, 2012 7:06:33 PM

daftharlot said:
Thanks for the quick responses!

I don't actually know how to build a computer (although I need to learn soon)


Tons of tutorials on the web, a good one is on lifehacker.com.

then if you have questions, ask away here on Tom's.
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October 15, 2012 7:41:54 PM

Or if you really don't want to do it, take your newegg shopping cart list, and bring it to a mom+pop computer store and try your negotiation skills.

Others have reported their local shop will pricematch the parts+a typical buildfee; or may even go as far as give you a total same as just the newegg parts price.

good luck
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