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I need to lower the price of this computer so it is closer to $1000

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November 6, 2012 11:20:21 PM

Can you help me lower the price of my computer so that it is a bit closer to $1000 which was supposed to be my budget.
Computer parts:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mKJ6

Monitor:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-ET.WP6HZ.A01/21097531#Pr...

Speakers:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Accessory-Power-Professional-...



Overall price: $1292.64
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the price includes zip ties, tool kit, and an anti static wrist band.
November 6, 2012 11:30:02 PM

I can't help you with the price, but I can tell you not to get that USB wifi dongle. Get a wifi extender and plug your PC into that instead. You'll get much faster speeds for the same/lower price.
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November 6, 2012 11:32:39 PM

Do you have a screw driver? If so, you don't need a "tool kit".
Don't bother with the wrist band - install your power supply first, plug it in to the wall, and touch the bare metal of the case or power supply every minute or so to ground yourself.

Get 2 sticks of 4GB RAM each, run them dual channel. It'll be faster.

Get an Agility 4 instead of 3 - they're more reliable.

You can probably get just a 500GB hard drive.

That's an unreliable PSU - save money by getting a 500w power supply of a good brand.

Don't bother with a "gaming" keyboard - get a Comfort Curve 2000 - very well built for cheaper.

If you want to save $100, go with a 660ti or AMD offering.
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November 6, 2012 11:38:17 PM

this computer is for gaming btw...
ummm i got a 8 gb ram stick so I can add on later when I have more money...
can you pick a agility 4 and a hard drive out for me...
also what do you mean that the psu is unreliable?
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November 6, 2012 11:40:51 PM

he means the psu is going to break. Better to buy name-brand psu. Also there's no need to go for the gaming keyboard, Unless it's mechanical there won't be a difference.
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November 6, 2012 11:41:42 PM

this is my first computer so can you tell me a name brand to buy from ?
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November 6, 2012 11:44:16 PM

Look for a PSU from CoolerMaster or Corsair.
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November 6, 2012 11:48:19 PM

is antec a good one?
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November 6, 2012 11:48:37 PM

Yeah, Antec is reliable.
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November 6, 2012 11:50:31 PM

also should i get 500 gb for hdd or 1tb
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November 6, 2012 11:51:25 PM

Corsair, OCZ/PPC, Seasonic

swap to AMD 7950 and save $100 with similar or better performance
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November 7, 2012 12:08:55 AM

both hard drives and ssd's go on rebate sales all the time, watch and pounce on a good deal. Last month a 1.5TB hard drive was $50 and 128gb SSD was $60, if you paid attention. I'd say get the Harddrive first and then you get choose between the cheaper last generation SSD and the more expensive current generation later on.
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November 7, 2012 12:18:18 AM

I chose to get an ssd first
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November 7, 2012 12:23:22 AM

AssassinAzn said:
this computer is for gaming btw...
ummm i got a 8 gb ram stick so I can add on later when I have more money...
can you pick a agility 4 and a hard drive out for me...
also what do you mean that the psu is unreliable?


I have a total of 8GB... when gaming with photoshop and 16 tabs open in chrome, I don't use more than 6 of it.

You don't need to add more later - it's better to get 8GB of faster ram. Besides, that motherboard has 4 slots - you can always decide to add another two 4GB sticks.

What do you mean pick an agility 4? Just get the size you need - I recommend a 128gb one. As for the hard drive, get a 500GB western digital blue.
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November 7, 2012 12:32:05 AM

what are some reliable ssd brands?
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November 7, 2012 12:40:13 AM

The ONLY brands you should go with right now are OCZ agility 4, Samsung 830/840 pro, or Intel 520.
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November 7, 2012 12:45:54 AM

what about OCZ vertex 4
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November 7, 2012 1:03:26 AM

Yeah, that'll be fine - there's basically no difference between the Vertex and Agility models.
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November 7, 2012 1:12:19 AM

Haven't heard good or bad about kingston, so I can't comment there.
It's a sandforce-based controller, though, so it'll be about as reliable and fast as every other sandforce-based SSD.

I again recommend a different keyboard unless your heart is set on that one - it's too gimmicky to justify the price.

I also highly highly recommend just using an ethernet cable to connect to your modem - it's indefinably more reliable, and way faster to boot.
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November 7, 2012 1:13:56 AM

I'd rather go wireless because I'm 13 and don't really know and want to know the hassles of bringing that ethernet cable around the house.
Can you reccomend a cheaper gaming keyboard?
or just make the computer cheaper?

Link:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mMGF
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November 7, 2012 1:21:37 AM

Okay, in that case, get a PCI wireless card rather than a USB dongle.

As for a cheaper keyboard, I already recommended one - the Comfort Curve 2000. Don't fall for flashy lights and "gaming" tags - they're just a way to increase price.

As for making the computer cheaper, get the lowest-end quad core ivy bridge i5 and a 660 or 660ti instead of 670.
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November 7, 2012 1:26:11 AM

will lowering the cpu performance change much??
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November 7, 2012 1:27:28 AM

As long as it's still a quad core, no, that difference won't matter to the FPS in games. It'll make windows feel slightly slower, but it won't affect games.
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November 7, 2012 1:28:54 AM

Oh then I shouldn't change it because I will be using this for school work as well
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November 7, 2012 1:33:41 AM

Haha, trust me, it will be PLENTY fast for school work, no matter which processor you get. I'm talking milliseconds more to open programs - the only place you're going to see a noticeable difference is in photoshop work or video editing.
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November 7, 2012 1:36:06 AM

Oh ok thanks man
So what should I lower to
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November 7, 2012 1:39:22 AM

I'd go with an i5-3330
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November 7, 2012 1:44:25 AM

what about the video card
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November 7, 2012 1:48:44 AM

Like I said, a 660, 660ti if you want to stick with Nvidia.
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November 7, 2012 1:53:38 AM

Can you also help me pick out a PCI Wireless Adapter?
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November 7, 2012 1:59:07 AM

Grab an Asus one - they have one for about $40, I think.

Also, you don't need 3GB of VRAM on a 660ti - it'll just slow it down. Find one with the normal 2GB.
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November 7, 2012 2:03:48 AM

It looks like if you get a good one of those it'll work fine, yes.
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November 7, 2012 3:19:15 AM

have you also tried going to your local computer/electronic stores? if you go look, there are some pretty good deals too.
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November 7, 2012 3:25:26 AM

i feel sad for those without Fry's or Microcenter...
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