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[Solved] Where can I save a bit on my build?

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November 13, 2012 7:16:54 AM

Hey I've been putting together a build lately and I have tried to keep my budget around $1000. My current build is $1082 without a monitor which I already have and I would like to see where I could save a bit. A couple things I would like not to change is the case because I'm gonna be looking at it all the time and I like the look of it and also the cpu. All these prices are the best I could get in Adelaide, Australia. Keep in mind everything seems to be a bit more expensive here and not all products available in the US are available here. Any without further ado, here is my build.

i5 3570K - $230
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO - $34
ASROCK Z77 Pro3 - $113
8GB KIT 1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Ares - $46
Samsung 830 SSD 64B - $58
1TB Westen Digital Blue - $79
Radeon HD 7850 Saphire O/C - $219
NZXT 410 Phantom White - $128
Antec High Current Gamer 520W - $83
Samsung SATA DVD Optical Drive - $19

Total - $1009

I am very grateful to anyone who helps or even tries. :) 

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November 13, 2012 7:26:29 AM

Brand swap the 7850 to a Sapphire or Gigabyte model, non overclocked.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Change the motherboard to an AsRock Z77 Extreme4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would swap the PSU to a better brand, as the low end Coolermasters dont have the best reliability.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Different RAM that's just as good (if not better)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Other than that I dont see anyway that wouldn't be downgrading the system or losing a feature like the heatsink.
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November 13, 2012 7:27:26 AM

consider a mid tower instead of a full tower.. also if you wait a few more weeks make use of black friday sales. and cyber monday.
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November 13, 2012 7:33:14 AM

Okay, let me try...
So i guess you gonna be overclocking, then nothing to change in cpu and mobo.
Cooler, ram all good choice.
So do you really need ssd this small. There probably will fit jus OS and few programs/games. To make real use of ssd you just double it GBs or drop it. Might get it later when have money and for now use hdd.
If you in market for fancy looking case nothing to change, but why not save a bit and go for cheaper ordinary looking case (cooler master, for example)
That PSU is overkill, unless you gonna be running dual graphics later, if not then drop to ~500w PSU from Antec, Seasonic, XFX, Corsair or PC Power and Cooling.
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November 13, 2012 7:50:49 AM

manofchalk said:
Brand swap the 7850 to a Sapphire or Gigabyte model, non overclocked.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Change the motherboard to an AsRock Z77 Extreme4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would swap the PSU to a better brand, as the low end Coolermasters dont have the best reliability.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Different RAM that's just as good (if not better)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Other than that I dont see anyway that wouldn't be downgrading the system or losing a feature like the heatsink.


Thanks alot for yuour help, I've changed my build a bit but I would still like to knock off $50 or so
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November 13, 2012 8:05:36 AM

manofchalk said:
Change the case to this.
Zalman Z9+. $60 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The XFX unit Boya suggested is also a good move if you aren't going to Crossfire/SLI.


Neither iof those items seem to be available in Aus, any other suggestions?
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November 13, 2012 8:07:11 AM

That would have been helpful to mention at the start wouldn't it? (I can see you only just edited it to include that your Australian)

What site are you buying off?
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November 13, 2012 8:11:05 AM

manofchalk said:
That would have been helpful to mention at the start wouldn't it? (I can see you only just edited it to include that your Australian)

What site are you buying off?


I actually always had included that I live in Adelaide, anyway the best place I have managed to find in my area is PCDIY - http://www.pcdiy.com.au/ad/Pricelist.pdf
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November 13, 2012 8:18:29 AM

Get the Antec High Current 520W.
AsRock Pro3
and the HAF 912 advanced/ Fractal Design Core 3000.

That should reduce the price a bit
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November 13, 2012 8:39:01 AM

manofchalk said:
Get the Antec High Current 520W.
AsRock Pro3
and the HAF 912 advanced/ Fractal Design Core 3000.

That should reduce the price a bit


Thankyou very much for your help. My final price is $1009 since I didn't want to change the case but I'm sure Ill be able to haggle with the store to get it down to at $1000 or more since I am buying it all from them. Again thankyou, have a good one.
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