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post #11 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by arredondo View Post
Intel i5-2500K processor - $150 (saved $70)
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard - $115 (saved $18)
HIS Radeon HD 6970 2MB video card - $203 (saved $127)
Jesus Christ. Where do you live?
Back in the day, 2MB video cards never existed. LOL!
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post #12 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by leafan101 View Post
I built my sig rig for less than $500 with only 2 parts used.
You really beat me out all around the board on this one.

What exactly were the used parts? And were they bought used or were they yours that you were reusing?
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post #13 of 31
very decent build for the price
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post #14 of 31
Thread Starter 
Everything I bought was new. I edited the first post to reflect that. I didn't have to pay shipping charges for anything.

The savings can be found if you are patient and not look to get it all at once. This all took place over the course of almost four weeks where I waited for discounts before pulling the trigger on each item. To show you what I mean, here are threads at this very site that advertised some of the deals I took advantage of:

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $115 Superbiiz special
HIS Radeon 6870 2GB - $203 Amazon discount
Intel i5-2500K - $150 Micro Center super sale

So who else wants to join me in the Buy Slow Save Big club?
Edited by arredondo - 10/27/11 at 10:08pm
post #15 of 31
I'm going to try and build the cheapest beast of a computer I can as well. Taking advantage of a friend's Intel Retail Edge + AMD Retail Pro eligibility though, so I may end up spending around the same amount for a better rig (subjective I know). Cyber Monday/black Friday as well.
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2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
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post #16 of 31
I didn't realize there was a special order to putting the computer together. I just plugged it all in and it's worked fine...
post #17 of 31
Don't forget plugging in front I/o connections and fan power adapters (or fan controllers) keep your mobo manual handy it makes it way easier! Glhf! I just built my Lil bros rig tonight and taught him how to do it in an hour and a half ( including setting up monitor and OS)!
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post #18 of 31
I usually buy my parts from users here to build my system and sell parts here as well. Why buy new when you can get it cheaper used and there's no difference? There's only two things I buy new, cases and hard drives/SSDs.
post #19 of 31
Nice budget build! I love doing these.
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post #20 of 31
oh damn you! you got that M4 on that crazy Shell Shocker Deal right?? I was so close to grabbing one but was too late.

Dude, you've got one sweet system going on there and for a crazy price. Good job!!
     
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