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Looking for help trimming the fat on a pc build

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February 12, 2013 7:40:22 PM

I'm trying to help a friend put together 2 gaming pc's for his kids. I have come up with a build, but would like some help cutting down price on things that are unnecessary. He want's the pc to be powerful for gaming, and it would be nice to be able to throw a few hundred bucks into it a couple years from now to overclock and maybe sli/crossfire. take a look and let me know what you think;

intel i5-3570k
Asus P8Z77-v-le plus
Asus HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3
WD 500GB 7200rpm
CoolerMaster HAF 912 case
Stock cooling (for now)
Modular PSU (would appreciate opinion on wattage/brand)

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February 12, 2013 7:50:03 PM

Corsair makes great PSU's, not sure if they have any modular ones but modular was never a deal breaker for me. If you are hoping to OC and Xfire some day you probobly want to look at 700 watts or better.
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February 12, 2013 7:53:42 PM

You can replace that motherboard with this MSI
Save around $50
Change from the Asus version of the 7850 to the Gigabyte version.
Save another $20 to $30
you could get the locked version of the 3570, if you know they aren't likely to be overclocked. If you want to take the extra money saved by switching the MB and GPU, then you can get a decent aftermarket cooler and still save some with the unlocked core.

For a modular PSU, your gonna pay more than for an average one, but heres a decent 650w modular for a good price
Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W

650w is plenty of power, it's what runs my system(I7-2600,16Gigs RAM, GTX 670)
a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2013 7:54:40 PM

What's total budget ?
You can get a cheaper z77 motherboard as good or even better than that one.
For a modular psu, either the seasonic m12ii 620(best) or rosewill hive 650(cheaper).
February 12, 2013 7:58:37 PM

Total budget is around 1100 before tax. but I am from Canada, so unfortunately everything is marked up a little bit. I am totally willing to pay a little more for a modular psu, because my last build went so quickly, and cable management was a dream because of it lol. purely a lazy decision. I will look into that MSI motherboard too. thanks guys!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2013 8:08:00 PM
February 16, 2013 10:46:19 PM

Best answer selected by robh-f.