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Well, this was meant as a hypothetical situation. I'm not currently building a rig. However, in the future, this is probably going to happen to me.
Edited by tahayassen - 2/18/12 at 8:21am
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by UltraHoboLord View Post

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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post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by tahayassen View Post

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

1-Sound card is totally expendable. It is easy to add later when you get more money.

2-Case. It depends on what you're starting off with, but $15-$20 can be recouped usually w/o too much sacrifice.

3-Peripherals. Always a good place to shave off a few bucks across multiple items.

4-RAM. RAM is cheap. If you're already down to 4GB 1333MHz then you've hit bottom. You could consider grabbing an inexpensive [$20] 4GB kit as a placeholder or alternately you could grab one 4GB stick and run single channel for a bit, then get the other stick.
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post #14 of 16
Sound card and RAID card. You can always add those later. You can also skimp on the case.
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post #15 of 16
I would say even the motherboard you could save some cash, take asus for example make some good cheaper boards which have similar features to the more expensive variants, some of them you could save upto $50. And alot of the features they add to the more expensive boards most people wont use anyway. Other than that, case you can always skimp on, you can get quite good cases for very little money these days, also you could look at 2nd hand cases aswell to save a bit more.
 
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post #16 of 16
its a dynamic process to me. Try to cut and save here and there, on this and that...compromise etc.

but mostly like others said, its peripherals and case. then ram and hdd.

When on a hard budget, its pretty easy to make a list of components where one is the higher priced, and one is lower priced. and you just know you have to sacrifice one for the something else. Last thing i skimp on is the CPU, but that just cuz I'm not a huge gamer and I love to multitask.
 
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