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November 6, 2012 1:23:27 AM

Hey, im building a new computer for my bro with my i5 3570k(2 months old) and im going to get an i7 3770k since microcenter has the deal they have right now :D 

Hes going to be moderate gaming and school work.

The budget would be around $800 for i5 3570k and $900-$1000 for the i7 3770k

I was just wonder for any tips to make this builder cheaper.

CPU1: Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor @ Microcenter for $269.99
CPU2: Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor @ Microcenter for $169.99
MOBO: Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard @ Microcenter for $84.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 @ Newegg $85.99
HDD: Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s @ Newegg $109.99
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb SSD @ Microcenter for $104.99
GPU: HIS HD 7770 1GB DDR5 @ Newegg for $124.99
PSU: TR2 Series 600 Watt @Microcenter for $54.99
Optical: Lite-on IHAS = @ Newegg for $15.99
Case: Antec 300 Two ATX Mid @ Microcenter for $64.99
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler @ Microcenter for $29.99
Paste: Artic Silver 5 @ Microcenter for $7.99

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November 6, 2012 1:34:36 AM

Just some quick opinions...

don't need 3770k for gaming really, i5-3570k should do nicely. don't need 16GB of RAM either. everything else looks good though. good job finding good prices for most things, although i just bought that HDD for $90 on amazon.
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November 6, 2012 1:39:32 AM

Get a cheaper hard drive, you should be able to find a Seagate 1TB for $70. You could get the XFX Core 550W which is a better power supply than just about all of the Thermaltake PSUs in that price range.

He won't need 8GB of RAM unless he's doing HEAVY video editing, 4GB is enough for gaming, and 8GB is recommended.
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November 6, 2012 1:48:08 AM

Augray37 said:
Just some quick opinions...

don't need 3770k for gaming really, i5-3570k should do nicely. don't need 16GB of RAM either. everything else looks good though. good job finding good prices for most things, although i just bought that HDD for $90 on amazon.


The i7 3770k would be for me, ill be giving him my i5 3570k since ill be video editing and stuff. *runs to amazon*

and on second thought i think ill take out the SSD. he shouldnt have to worry about boot up time.
and heres the 8 gb ram i will be switching for him.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
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November 6, 2012 2:32:24 AM

Try to save money, the prices for all these components can be beat, if you can wait for Black Friday/Cyber monday and watch slickdeals.net in the meantime:
RAM: 16 GB (2x8gb DDR-1600) - can be had for $50-60 After rebate on sale
HDD: 1TB Seagate can be had for $70 at best prices
SSD: 128GB ssd quality brand can be had for $70 no problem, maybe less on black friday. Don't be stuck on a particular brand.
GPU: Probably can get a 7770 for a little over $100 after rebate, or a 7850 1gb for $140-150
PSU: The build you have now would easily fit within a Corsair CX430, available for $35 or less after rebate at best prices, and decent 80+ power supplies of similar 500ish wattage can go a little lower than that
Case: Decent cases can get as low as $30-40 after rebate, but you can't be stuck on a particular one -I know the NZXT source 210 elite was at that level recently.
You can use this: http://camelegg.com to determine how low the sticker goes on newegg, but that misses a lot of "after rebate" or "with promo code XYZ" stuff - so the "low" price on that should be the upper bound for what you should pay.



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