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Need help with cutting costs on my new build

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December 11, 2012 2:14:37 PM

I'm starting to feel like that I am paying too much for my build that I am shopping for, any help? I want to be around 1000$ including OS and monitor. Its meant for gaming. And if it is still a pretty good build for the money then I'll be fine with this setup, I'm not going to buy it soon, I'm just trying to figure out what I need to save up for. (Or maybe get a credit card? :D )

Heres what I have so far
case: HAF X Blue edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:Gigabyte Radeon 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:Seasonic 630 Watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:i5-3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: Pareema 8gig (2x4)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:Western Digital 500gb, 7200 rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:Asus 21.5 inch, full HD with speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost:1,163.90

So what are your thoughts? :)  I'm a little attached to that case btw :/ 

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December 11, 2012 2:30:26 PM

I was going to say that case is entirely to expensive for your budget. Take it or leave it, I'd suggest a $100ish case and save the money. Below are just some general suggestions since you are not building right now and the prices will all be different.

1) change case, save $$
2) Get a Z77 motherboard
3) Upgrade your video card to a GTX 660Ti/670 or 7950/7950
4) PSU is good
5) CPU is good, maybe get a cooler for overclocking or just better/quieter cooling. Suggest a Cooler Master 212 Evo
6) Get a better name brand RAM. G Skill, Corsair, Kingston HyperX, etc. The amount and speed are good.
7) Get a 1TB drive and not a green drive for your primary. A WD Black, Seagate Barracuda, or my favority Samsung F3 drive. Either way make it a 7200RPM drive. You could also do a primary SSD and a data HDD. This would give you a better PC experience over all.
8) DVD link is bad
9) Monitor is fine. Maybe a 23 or 24" if you are a gamer
10) OS is fine
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