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November 10, 2012 1:23:13 PM

So I've picked out the parts for my new gaming build, and thanks to the Newegg weekend deals and mail in rebates, I can finally afford it! It's still quite expensive though, so can anyone suggest some cheaper parts that don't sacrifice too much performance?
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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November 10, 2012 1:40:22 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.06 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($24.99 @ Memory Express)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $826.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 10:39 EST-0500)

Not sure if this will help you but its basically your build just cheaper and still compatible from what i can see just needs a case.

Edited to remove CPU Cooler. changed price accordingly.
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November 10, 2012 2:01:07 PM

heavymetal2000 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/naFa
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/naFa/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/naFa/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.90 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.06 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer ($24.99 @ Memory Express)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $826.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 10:39 EST-0500)

Not sure if this will help you but its basically your build just cheaper and still compatible from what i can see just needs a case.

Edited to remove CPU Cooler. changed price accordingly.

Um... I'm not Canaaaaadiaaaan....
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November 10, 2012 2:49:34 PM

Yup, you can save a bit on motherboard and case. If you are not planning on overlocking you don't need z77 moho, go with H77 or Z75. Honestly, i don't see why you would need to overclock coz your cpu and gpu will provide you top performance.
As for the case, cooler master ones are of good enough quality and cheaper.
cheers.
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November 10, 2012 3:30:26 PM

Ok here we go man. I just first have to say you are very much on the right track for a good build. All (except on minor, see below) parts are off good quality and I would never recommend not getting any of them. So with that, let me make my suggestion below, or tweaks if you will.

1)Here is the one I would change. Don't get a Lite-On DVD burner. I have seen many of these crap out on people. ASUS makes the go to burner for builds these days. I've had one for years. This one is actually a $1 cheaper after you apply the free shipping code. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2)Swap out your 500GB WD Black drive for a Samsung F3 1TB drive. I have one of these for data and it is quick and reliable. I believe it was actually tested as one of the most reliable drives a year or two ago. It performs just slightly under the 1TB WD Black drive. With the 1TB density over the 500GB drive it would probably perform better. It's also about a $1 cheaper even with shipping, but would double your drive capacity. This is also another go to part for many builders.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) Your RAM choice is dead on, here is just another option to save $2 if you like. Corsair XMS3 memory is another go to part for alot of builders. However, G.Skill also is extremely good. I run it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) I see you do not have a CPU cooler so my assumption is that you are not planning to overclock. IF you are planning to OC your CPU, please skip to suggestions #5. If you are not planning to OC I see no need to get the "K" model CPU, it just has an unlocked multiplier. With that said, the non-K is only $5 less. HOWEVER, the i5-3550 model that is only 100MHz slower is $10 cheaper and has a $15 coupon code saving you $25.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5) If you plan to overclock at all you will need a better cooler. Personally I never like stock coolers even for stock speeds, but they are ok but not for overclocking. They can get a little loud and honestly I just like it to stay cooler. With that said, below is another go to part for a lot of builders. I used one in a recent built and must say its quiet and does a great job. The only time it would not be adequate on an overclock is if you going to extremes. It actually also has a good deal right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6) Your GPU choice is good, especially since it comes with a free game that otherwise would cost $50. So really you just can't beat that. However, from just a performance perspective I'd go with a GTX 660. This is a little bit more, but worth the cost. By no means am I suggesting you change your choice, but just an option. I did not include a link since my guess you could find one on your own and will most likely just stick with a 7850. Just food for thought, and I've had alot of coffee this morning.

7)The motherboard you chose is a great pick. I've seen alot of people chose this one and also has been suggested alot. ASrock has really made a name for themselves the last year or two. Their products are lower cost than a lot of the top brands and give similar options. If you really wanted to cut costs you could do an H77 or Z75 board. If you did I'd just go down to a Z75 because you really don't loose many options. I think it doesn't have the SSD caching. Here is an ASrock that has pretty good deal. If you plan to OC I'd stick with the Z77 as it has better capacitors and more power regulators for the CPU. If you are going stock it isn't a bad option and actually could save you some more bucks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other comments:
Case: Good case, low cost, can't beat it.

PSU: I saw this on Newegg a while back and always seems to be on sale for $25 off. I have suggested it to a number of people on here and am suprised that some others like to shot down the suggestion. It isn't from a psu "series" like an earthwatt or anything like that but is 80Plus certified, modular, from Antec, and has (3)12v rails providing 37A (444w/12v=37A). It's a very good unit. Good choice.

wifi: I actually have a TP-link dongle like this and they are cheap, reliable, and pick up networks pretty far away. I'd take one of these over a Linksys, netgear, or any other that would otherwise cost more for a non-high gain model any day of the week.


Sooo good picks man just consider my suggestions.


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