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How can I bring the cost of this rig to under $600

By Theme57
Sep 19, 2012
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  1. Here is my list so far. I plan on playing Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim and Arma2 including some retro emulators such as Project64. I want this rig to be less then 600usd and was wondering if there was anything you guys thought would be better to change. I have an optical drive I can take from my current dell and I think we have Windows somewhere in a flash drive. Do I need windows 7 to play these games or just Steam? I dont need a monitor or keyboard or mouse. I have a Samsung 32in TV that I use as a monitor.

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    Cooling Fan: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002G1YPH0/cupcre06-20
    Storage: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771
    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045
    Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157326
    Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116506

    Right now it seems like this will come to over 600usd. I wanted a good processor and video card so that games wont lag and will be a good fps. I will likely play at the medium setting mostly, but may use high as well for games like skyrim. My dad knows computers moderately well and could help me with installing everything correctly.​
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,248   +1,549

    I've just added everything to my shopping cart, including the Hyper 212 which was only $5 more at Newegg. It looks to be a total cost of $620 for everything listed. I did notice one thing, AMD recommends a 500W PSU with the HD 7850, the list has a 450W PSU chosen. Other than the 250GB drive, everything else looks good to me. I personally wouldn't spend $60 on a 250GB HDD. For $25 more you could have 4 times the capacity. I know you are looking to save a buck or two but sometimes shortcuts have too high a cost.
     
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    Sack the Hyper212 and get a cheaper case? That's easily about $35 - $40.
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,087   +84 Staff Member

    Drop the aftermarket heatsink and opt for the i5-3330 over the i5-3450 (a very minor stock frequency downgrade for $15). That puts the Newegg order down to $584.93 before shipping. Additionally, unless you really want the HAF 912, I'd downgrade the case by $10-$20 (there are several decent cases for $40-$50 with free shipping) and reallocate that cash to an Antec Neo Eco 520C.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,290   +25

    I'd recommend a switch to AMD if you're watching your budget.

    Try this build on for size:
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