How/where can I cut costs on this build.

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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  1. 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.
  2. AMD Radeon 7870 for video card.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Also motherboard - suggestions?
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