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January 10, 2013 2:27:36 PM

hello,

i have a build right here http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wRa0 and i have a 1600$ budget and i was wondering if anyone had any solutions (to make it cheaper XD) or to make it better with the same price? this is a computer for me that i will use for gaming (BF3, classic steam games (tf2, dungeon defenders etc), trying to do also some movie animations too). if anyone could help it would be much appreciated :) 

thanks!

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: 4x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB Video Card

Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case

Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

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January 10, 2013 2:39:58 PM

You can do a lot better, just get a large ssd and a 2TB hdd, it will do.
If you don't plan to overclock, for the parts you listed, it seems you don't, so the i5-3470 and a h77 mobo is what you need, also don't get a 480 it's old, draws much more power and heat, get the 670 gtx, it has better performance, less heat and power consumption, current generation of nvidia cards.
A psu with 550w is plenty, if you want a modular one, get the rosewill hive 650w, good psu, that one you have is overkill.
And for gaming 8GB ram, is enough.

See this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wRiB

or if you want to oc the cpu : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wRkR
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January 10, 2013 2:42:56 PM

First off, I don't know why you need 4 2TB HDDs. That is enough space to hold like 1000 games @ 8GB each (unless you're planning to do a RAID10 array). Second, the sabertooth motherboard is way overpriced. You could get a much cheaper one like the AsRock Extreme 4 or ASUS P8Z77-V LK or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H. The GTX 480 was good in its days but you can do better for a similar price. The 860W PSU is much overkill. Before I would suggest any type of build, I would have to ask exactly how involved you are going to be with animations. The i7 and 16GB RAM would be good if you are doing heavy animation but for moderate animation the i5 and 8GB RAM is better if your concern is primarily gaming.
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January 10, 2013 3:14:18 PM

alrite thank you so much! but since i have a 300-400$ left over what would you recommend on? better computer or would you go with a really good accessories (well not rlly like monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.)
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January 10, 2013 3:14:29 PM

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