Shortcuts to bring this build price down a little?

By NoTTaShoT
Sep 22, 2011
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  1. The current build I'm working on is below and I'm trying to bring it down by about $100-150. Any suggestions? (It's for gaming)

    $60 Logitech Gaming Mouse G500
    $60 Logitech G110 G110
    $140 Acer G235HAbd 23"
    $200 Intel Core i5 3.3 GHz Processor
    $100 HAF 922M Mid Tower ATX (microcenter)
    $80 Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive(newegg)
    $50 Corsair Vengeance 8 GB : 2 x 4 GB Memory - DIMM 240-pin - 1600 MHz
    $20 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
    $180 ASUS P8Z68-V ATX Intel Motherboard
    $200 SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 100314-2SR Video Card with Eyefinity
    $120 XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply
    $90 Windows 7 Home

    total $1300
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    here is an option for you to trim the budget, and not lose any gaming performance. CPU 149.00 save 50.00 MB 149.00 save 30.00 GPU 169.00 save 30.00 case 59.00 save 40.00 (If you need one in the future)

    Here is why,
    1) 6 core CPU for current games that use them ( dirt 3 ,BFBC2, F1 etc) and new games like BF3 and new releases that will.
    2) The 990 AM3+ is compatible with the 1055T (Thuban, Bulldozer, and the next gen Volan/vishera platform/core)
    3) The GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX has multiple PCIE slots for triple crossfire in the future if you wish to. ( three cards help to quell micro-stutter should you get into a high res eyefinity setup you are talking about. )
    4) The 1055T will easily OC to 4.0-4.3Ghz
    5) It saves the $150.00 you are after.

    Good luck with the build.
  3. NoTTaShoT

    NoTTaShoT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51


    Thank you for your help. Very much appricated.
  4. NoTTaShoT

    NoTTaShoT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    I forgot to ask if I missed anything for the build from starting at scratch? I think I got everything.
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    I don't get it...but whatever. and a after-market CPU cooler.

    The "mom and fiancee" threw me :p
  6. NoTTaShoT

    NoTTaShoT TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    Any recommendations on a cooler?

    I was just looking at the Thermaltake Frio. Looks promising?
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    yeah the Frio is a good cooler. In the same price range though, I would recommend the Coolermaster V6. Aftermarket cooling is a "you get what you pay for" scenario. So decide how aggressive you want to get with the OC's and choose from there. if you really plan to get aggressive, The Thermalright Sliver Arrow, Thermalright Archon, or the Noctua DH-14 are the best right now for air cooling.

    *****almost forgot about this one. In the same area as the V6 and the Frio, this one is a bit less $$ and a bit better performing:
    if you can find one. They were hard to find a while back. That may have been remedied now however.
    make sure your case will fit any of these before you hit the buy button BTW
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Excellent choices their Greg. However, for the case, have you taken a look at the Bitfenix Shinobi? Seems like a great case for the price.

    Also, notice how many people are actually still suspect about getting any CPU having more than 4 cores. Every time I recommend an X6, someone or the other will conclude that it is not required for gaming but only for Media/Video editing and the likes. The X6 1055T is, in my opinion, the best CPU at that price point.
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    I have not looked at that one, I will check it out :)
    well six cores is certainly not required obviously, but I have measure CPU activity on newer games and increased core use is on the rise, and certainly where things are headed. for the difference in price, it makes sense to have the extra cores for the next round of multi threaded games.

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