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Can I make this build any cheaper without losing performance?!?!

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December 27, 2012 6:19:43 PM

I would like to make a gaming rig that can play games like BF3 maxed out and other things aswell.

here it is

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/b/zkX

how can I make it cheaper without loosing any performance?
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December 27, 2012 6:29:23 PM

You can drop the overclocking for a cheaper motherboard, no cooler, and a cheaper processor that will save some cash. You can also go for a cheaper power supply, something like the Antec NEO ECO 520W or the XFX 550W.

If you need even cheaper, then go for a cheaper video card, like the 7870.
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December 27, 2012 6:29:38 PM

yes

use 1600 MHz RAM
use a cheaper case
a 500 watt psu
and consider replacing the graphics card with a 7870 . The performance difference is not great enough to justify the price difference
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December 27, 2012 6:30:04 PM

Ain't getting much cheaper than that, you may not max out BF3 on that GPU but there is not much more trimming to be done. I'd say get some DDR3 1600 mhz RAM but the price you got the 2133mhz for would be about the same.
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December 27, 2012 6:33:13 PM

Well to start you could replace the video card with a 7850 (what I have) it plays games such as BF3, Diablo, Skyrim, and COD maxed out no problem. Another thing is your processor. Games aren't very CPU intensives so bumping it down won't kill your performance at all, an upgrade is always possible in the future. The I3-2100 is the perfect budget CPU for a gaming machine. While you cannot over clock the i3, it is only a tad slower than the i5. If you do chose to change your CPU that takes away the after market cooler saving you another $30. Happy building!
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December 27, 2012 6:40:24 PM

Outlander_04 said:
yes

use 1600 MHz RAM
use a cheaper case
a 500 watt psu
and consider replacing the graphics card with a 7870 . The performance difference is not great enough to justify the price difference



1600MHz is the same price as the 2133MHz and the 2133MHz is also 1/4 faster

The case I chose is the easiest for cable routing and the best price for what I get

If I wanted to upgrade my GPU later on I would need more than a 500 watt PSU

Can you play maxed out on the latest games with a 7870?
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December 27, 2012 6:47:20 PM

....I said they were the same price, so it wouldn't do to trim it, but 2133mhz RAM does not in fact result in 1/4 greater performance over 1600mhz, you are mistaken.
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December 27, 2012 6:47:24 PM

Then get a cheaper gpu and bump up the wattage on the psu a little no SINGLE gpu should take more than 750W
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December 27, 2012 6:48:48 PM

darkbubble said:
Then get a cheaper gpu and bump up the wattage on the psu a little no SINGLE gpu should take more than 750W


future gpu's will
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December 27, 2012 6:49:52 PM

LoL I certainly hope not.
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December 27, 2012 6:50:10 PM

I did not realize that a new GPU comes out every single week :p 
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December 27, 2012 6:54:17 PM

chugot9218 said:
....I said they were the same price, so it wouldn't do to trim it, but 2133mhz RAM does not in fact result in 1/4 greater performance over 1600mhz, you are mistaken.


2133mhz ÷ 4 = 533.25mhz

533.25 x 3 = 1599.75

1599.75 round up = 1600mhz

that proves the 2133mhz is 1/4 times better than the 1600mhz
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December 27, 2012 6:56:58 PM

darkbubble said:
I did not realize that a new GPU comes out every single week :p 


The new AMD and NVIDIA series of graphics cards are coming out in 2013 near january and march.
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December 27, 2012 7:03:41 PM

Except the performance increase is more like 2-4% tops, I can do math thank you. If the new lines of single GPU cards that come out in the next 3 years taxes a 750w PSU there would be outrage and I would question the thinking of that crop of engineers.
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December 27, 2012 7:06:43 PM

chugot9218 said:
Except the performance increase is more like 2-4% tops, I can do math thank you. If the new lines of single GPU cards that come out in the next 3 years taxes a 750w PSU there would be outrage and I would question the thinking of that crop of engineers.


Which ram do you recommend than ?
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December 27, 2012 7:14:19 PM

For the price that RAM is fine, my point is that it the clock speed is not directly proportional to the performance of the RAM.
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December 27, 2012 7:43:18 PM

That build looks fine, you won't need 16gb RAM for gaming, but personally I bought a 16gb set so that I wouldn't have to worry about compatibility if I wanted to upgrade to 16 in the future.
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December 27, 2012 10:10:39 PM

I'll just upgrade in the future since RAM is one of the fastest decreasing price wise computer part .
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December 27, 2012 10:12:33 PM

khzak said:
2133mhz ÷ 4 = 533.25mhz

533.25 x 3 = 1599.75

1599.75 round up = 1600mhz

that proves the 2133mhz is 1/4 times better than the 1600mhz


You do realize that's no the speed at which the RAM operates right? It's just the speed at which the RAM is rated to safely operate.

Also GPU's are being designed to use less power, not more.

Don't come here and ask a question if you think you already know everything.
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December 27, 2012 10:13:46 PM

Well the price for DDR3 is probably about bottomed out, especially at 1600mhz, but it is cheap and if the extra set doesn't work I think certain sites will let you return it to try a new set (I believe newegg does this for sure). Kind of a hassle but its not a disaster.
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December 27, 2012 10:27:25 PM

khzak said:
1600MHz is the same price as the 2133MHz and the 2133MHz is also 1/4 faster

The case I chose is the easiest for cable routing and the best price for what I get

If I wanted to upgrade my GPU later on I would need more than a 500 watt PSU

Can you play maxed out on the latest games with a 7870?



check the prices of 1600MHz RAM again . Its cheaper .

every generation of GPU has used LESS power than the last

a 7870 will play any game very well at 1080p resolution . The 7950 is only a little better
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December 27, 2012 10:31:51 PM

How much cheaper do you think this build would be cheaper in the summer of 2013?
Is it worth it? Could this build be called a gaming rig?
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December 27, 2012 11:12:45 PM

Lol!How is 2133 as cheap as 1600 ? You should get the 2133 if cost is same.
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