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February 2, 2013 7:38:10 PM

So I'm building my first new system, and so far this is the set up I've made: system build
My question is are there any ways to reduce the price without unreasonably effecting the performance?

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February 2, 2013 8:20:08 PM

Here are a few suggestions:
Think your motherboard is overkill, should be able to get great performance out of one that is cheaper. I changed the build to the z77 chipset extreme 6. I like these boards.

I changed your Sata hard drive to one with 64mb cache. To help it run faster. The one you have now is 16 mb(this didnt reduce the price. I just think its a better option)

Changed to a cheaper power supply for you. Antec is a great Manufacturer and you wont have anything to worry about with them.

With some of these changes i was able to get it down almost 200 dollars. Without sacrificing any performance.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACFZ13 36.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($91.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Inwin Grone Gray (Gray) ATX Full Tower Case ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1054.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-02 17:15 EST-0500)
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February 2, 2013 8:29:22 PM

If you are just gaming 16 gb is overkill 8gb is enough.
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February 2, 2013 8:31:16 PM

SlippySnowman said:
If you are just gaming 16 gb is overkill 8gb is enough.



^^^ This is a good way to save a little money too, i agree if you are not doing much but gaming then you will have no need for 16 gb.
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February 2, 2013 8:47:57 PM

s3c7i0n said:
So I'm building my first new system, and so far this is the set up I've made: system build
My question is are there any ways to reduce the price without unreasonably effecting the performance?



Actually you can increase the performance for less, drop the 16GB of ram and that overpriced motherboard, and get a better gpu.
Here's the list : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/B5SO

With a psu for two 7950(it's actually 69.99$ with promo code), the motherboard also supports two 7950, with two pcie 3.0 at dual mode 8x/8x
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February 3, 2013 5:43:25 AM

Alright, thanks guys, I used some ideas from both of you, and managed to drop the total price by about $200. A couple other things, do you think it'd be worth it in my case to invest in some higher speed RAM? I decided to go with the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory for $43.99. Also, is it worth it to use windows 8 over windows 7? price isn't an issue, I can get either for free.
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February 4, 2013 1:23:15 AM

It's not worth spending more on higher speed ram, the performance difference is null.
The crucial ram is fine.
I'd get the windows 7 home premium 64 bits, also make sure you're getting it free but in a legitimate way.
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February 4, 2013 3:31:57 AM

alright, thanks, and it is in a legitimate way, I get loads of microsoft stuff through a program at my school.
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