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January 25, 2013 6:14:13 PM

Hi. First time posting so I hope I am in the right area. Basically what I'd like to build (items below) is about US 400$ more than I'd like to spend but I've got some leeway, up to US 1200$ is the max which is what this is at but I'm hoping y'all can help cut costs. On what items can I cut costs on while having the same performance? These are all Amazon prices. I appreciate any input and if you see conflicts in the hardware please let me know.

I bought a Dell XPS 420 about 6 years ago and only replaced video cards and power supplies in all that time but it's getting to the point where I need to part another comp together. Main goal is to have the same comp for 5+ years doing the same, updating video cards and if necessary power supply (currently at 650w).

Thank you in advance!

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week for main parts - accessories over the next month.

Budget Range: 800 -1200$ US

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - I like to run on max settings. Currently playing GW2 but would like to be able to run max for a few more years on most games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes - Eventually. This one works fine on 1920x1200 however when I first boot up there are solid lines of dead spots on the right side that seem to be getting worse. They go away after it's been on for awhile. I believe its 24" Dell stock.

Parts to Upgrade: All - it's a new build. I think I have a 600 or 650w power supply (I forget). This can be upgraded too if necessary.

Do you need to buy OS: No - Just purchased Microsoft 8 upgrade with their deal before the end of January. Using Vista yet, for as much hate it gets I've had no problems.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing) Everything I list below this template is from Amazon.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Milwaukee, WI USA

Parts Preferences: N/A - Suggestions welcome.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - Hopefully not needed with my build but open to it for future upgrades.

Your Monitor Resolution: = 1920x1200

Additional Comments: None. I play games and watch "videos" so this should be pretty easy.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My gaming PC is 6+ years old and it's time to upgrade. I've been saving for the last couple years knowing I'd have to upgrade/update so here I am.

Here is what I have parted that I hope y'all can help save some money with your knowledge. These are all from Amazon. Thanks again!

-OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6.0 GB/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) With Industry's Highest 120K IOPS And 5-Year Warranty - VTX4-25SAT3-256G ($220)
-Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Mid-Tower Computer Case (CC-9011014-WW) ($98)
-ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($228)
-Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10) ($90)
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) (30$)
-Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound Paste 3.5g ($9)
-Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637I73770K ($325)
-Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R787OC-2GD ($250)

Subtotal = $1259
Goal = less than $1000

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January 25, 2013 6:17:46 PM

How to get to below $1000:

Get rid of the SSD, replace it with a 1TB WD Caviar Black hard drive. You don't need 16GB of RAM, use 8GB instead. You don't need 3770K for the CPU, replace it with the 3570K.
January 25, 2013 6:20:12 PM

AMD Radeon 7870 for video card.
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January 25, 2013 6:20:37 PM

Save money:

Drop to i5-3570K -$100
Find sale priced 7870 -$30
Cheaper SSD -$50
8GB of RAM instead of 16 -$45
thermal paste comes with heatsink -$9
Overpriced motherboard -$100

$335 savings, same performance.
January 25, 2013 6:34:11 PM

twelve25 said:
Save money:

Drop to i5-3570K -$100
Find sale priced 7870 -$30
Cheaper SSD -$50
8GB of RAM instead of 16 -$45
thermal paste comes with heatsink -$9
Overpriced motherboard -$100

$335 savings, same performance.

I have 1TB drive already but I want to run my most used games and OS on the SSD - What do you suggest to save the $50?
January 25, 2013 6:36:56 PM

Also motherboard - suggestions?