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Cutting Costs On My New Build Any Suggestions?

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January 22, 2013 8:09:41 PM

I'm starting to feel like that I can cut some costs on the gaming build that I planning on building, any help?

Heres what I have so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/yZ7k
January 22, 2013 8:50:10 PM

CPU Fan
You could save some here depending on how far you intend to OC. If you don't plan on going past 4.3-4.4GHz then you should be ok with the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo at only £25.

RAM
Anything over 8GB gives very little benefit when gaming. If this machine is purely for gaming, save some money here.

GPU (maybe...not so sure on this)
Depending on your monitor resolution you could save nearly £60 by getting the 2GB version instead of 4GB. The performance increase is supposed to be negligible on anything 1080p or less.

Thats about it really. Anything else you begin to sacrifice performance/features for the savings.


Nice build btw :) 
January 22, 2013 9:06:19 PM

You could also find a much cheaper case unless you are attached to that one for some reason.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 22, 2013 9:12:58 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£93.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.28 @ Dabs)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (£318.95 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.90 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£71.99 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £937.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 23:09 GMT+0000)

Going with the Evo 212 cooler instead, but as was stated earlier, if you want the most aggressive OC, stick with the Noctua.

Dropping down to 8gb of dual channel ram, red heat spreader. If you want blue, might have to look around some more, but Gskill is a quality brand.

The psu is fully modular, tier 2 and a good brand. I've used OCZ for 3 different builds and they are quality.

Using Tom's recommendations for Gpu, the 7970 actually gets the vote over the 680. With that Ghz edition being as cheap as it is, I put that in their. Still a 3gb card too.

Saved a bit on the motherboard, same brand. If there are features on the one you listed not present on the one I did, just stick with what you had. They will both OC about the same.
a b 4 Gaming
January 22, 2013 9:22:32 PM

Here is what I would go with. First, the 212 EVO will give you good overclock. 16GB of RAM is overkill for gaming. The AsRock Extreme 4 is a great motherboard for the price. The 680 is way expensive compared to the 1.01GHz 670. In fact, the OC 670 will perform equal or better than the 680. 4GB of vRAM is m way much unless you are using three monitors. I added and SSD for your OS and main apps. You will appreciate the loads speeds.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£158.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.45 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.43 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£67.68 @ Aria PC)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£91.34 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£299.39 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£78.90 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£67.10 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.83 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £1005.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 23:18 GMT+0000)

Here are some comparison bemchmarks of the 670 and 680. The 670 shown is only 915MHz not the 1.01GHz model I suggested.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=555
a b 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 7:37:10 AM

Cball, you have a quad channel Ram kit on your listing. I believe the Extreme4 is a dual channel board?
a b 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 1:11:32 PM

Yeah, your right. I meant for it to be 2x4GB. Sorry about that (selecting too fast).
January 23, 2013 5:22:34 PM

Swordkd said:
Using Tom's recommendations for Gpu, the 7970 actually gets the vote over the 680. With that Ghz edition being as cheap as it is, I put that in their. Still a 3gb card too.


Agreed. Not sure why I didn't think of that myself!

And to add to it here is a quote from tomshardware themselves:
"We really like AMD's Radeon HD 7970. There's really no reason to pay extra for a similar-performing GeForce GTX 680 unless its 55 W-lower thermal ceiling is necessary"

Even better, Scan are currently doing an XFX HD 7070 for £318.
£100 saving on the GTX680!!
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