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If I'm $100 above my budget, which components do I skimp on?

post #1 of 16
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Assuming it is a gaming computer, I'm thinking of this order:

1) Peripherals (keyboard, mouse, camera, speakers, etc)
2) Extra cards (wireless card, sound card, raid card, etc)
3) Case
4) PSU
5) Motherboard
6) RAM
7) CPU
8) GPU
post #2 of 16
Exchange point 4. with 6. IMO.
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post #3 of 16
^^^^^, a good quality PSU is always important! thumb.gif
post #4 of 16
Without knowing exactly which parts you've chosen for all we know you're skimping on something already.

If you wouldn't mind putting your current configuration of parts in a list it might be possible to save more than $100 and make it better

Good luck with your build. Can't tell you what to skimp on when I don't know what you have picked out already though.
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post #5 of 16
don't skimp on a PSU, i'd move the case to last
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krimble View Post

^^^^^, a good quality PSU is always important! thumb.gif

Exactly.
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post #6 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kasp1js View Post

Exchange point 4. with 6. IMO.

I'm going to agree. No matter what ram you've got or are getting, you'll want a psu that is up to the task first and foremost.

Also, I think this is a great question that you've asked. Or at least the way you've worded it. thumb.gif
 
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post #7 of 16
2,3 imo

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post #8 of 16
1) extra cards (not really needed if your on a budget)
2) peripherals (buy quality peripherals so you don't have to waste money to replace them)
3) Case (well built case)
4) ram (you can just add more if you really need to)
5) psu ( you don't want your investment to spontaneously combust)
6) mobo (like the foundation in a home, you need a nice one so you have enough space for you "rooms" and so that it doesn't crumble beneath your feet)
7) CPU (functions powerhouse of your machine)
8) GPU (visiual power house of your machine)

I'd say just buy high quality things and not get cheap things that are going to fail.

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Edited by UltraHoboLord - 2/18/12 at 8:32am
     
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post #9 of 16
1, 2, 3.

PSU is tthe last thing you skimp on. As others have mentioned post up what you have and we could make suggestions.


~S
post #10 of 16
(keyboard, mouse, camera, speakers, etc)
(wireless card, sound card, raid card, etc)

Yeah that sums it up.
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