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post #1 of 20
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Made a quick build on Amazon,

so far its 850, I havent added a harddrive or cd drive yet so im looking at around 910 for everything said and done.

My budget is really only 650 though. Anyway I can cut some corners? Gaming is a priority, but I dont mind playing at low to medium quality


Thanks guys.


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post #2 of 20
Stock cooling for cpu, a non-superclocked 560, and if you are the type to do it ghetto style, go caseless for a while or make your own "case" out of cardboard .
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post #3 of 20
It's hard to choose what to cut without knowing what you're going to use the computer for. No reason to cut the gpu if you're intending to use it for hardcore gaming for example
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post #4 of 20

Go to the non superclocked version. You can get those OCs easy with the stock card. Seems they are having a sale on the SC version though.

Save $10 on the PSU. I have 3 of these and all have worked great for two years of heavy use.



Maybe stick with stock cooling for now? Really the 2500K is a powerful chip. If you are gaming you wont need to OC the chip for a long time, especially with 1x560.

Do you have a Microcenter close? They have better prices on some of the items. Or check the build on Newegg.
Edited by Hawk777th - 10/31/11 at 10:28pm
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post #5 of 20
Maybe hold off on the GPU, rumor is they are about to release a 448 shader core 560ti for about the same price. Nothing more frustrating than paying full price for the old version.

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post #6 of 20
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post #7 of 20
will you be overclocking the CPU at all?

you could save money getting an h67 board and a non k I5.

you could also potentially save some bucks with a quality 550 watt PSU.

is the 560ti you have in your cart the absolute cheapest one amazon?

is there a cheaper case?
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damn so I cant find any f3 spinpoints in stock anymore. What is the best 640GB + hard drive for cheap?
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post #10 of 20
Spend less on the vid card, something like a 6870 should do the trick (you can get them as little as $160 after rebates etc).
You could also get a lower wattage PSU (not saying to skimp on quality though), a good 500w unit would be fine for that build.

Aside from that you'd be looking at bigger changes, eg CPU or platform entirely.
Perhaps consider getting an AM3/+ quad or 1st gen i5 (they still do quite well), or drop down to an i3 and get the 2500k later on down the road.
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