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For my new Intel rig(probably going with a 2500k over a 3570k at this moment in time). I'm wondering if instead of saving the mass amount of money needed and buying all parts at once, I should should just get each part individually as I get the money. Just started building my budget now, and I'll be getting $400 this thursday, so I'm wondering if I should just get my CPU from Microcenter for $170, and a few other parts that won't go over the amount of money I have right now. Is it recommended to buy all parts at once, and if so what is your reasoning behind it. I'll probably be able to have enough to get all the parts before summers end, and if I buy parts individually they'll probably be stored in my attic, which can get quite hot at times, should I be concerned about this, even if they're untouched in their original boxes?
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i would buy it all at once simply because by the end of summer, prices will probably have dropped, so you will either save money or be able to get better parts with the same amount.
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I would definitely save up and buy it all at once. Prices steadily drop over time so you would be wasting money by buying products that aren't put to use.
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I typically buy parts one by one as they go on sale. I don't pick a certain part and wait for it to go on sale; if I see something that falls within my guidelines for a build then I'll take it.

Of course this isn't good if you want to assemble a rig quickly.. for my sig rig:

- First purchased the i5-2500K and GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 combo from Microcenter for $230 (this was in October of last year)
- Since it was an mATX motherboard, I figured I would go with a mATX case
- Newegg put the NZXT Vulcan on sale about a week later; had plenty of room for airflow so I bought it
- Used my old power supply, SSD, GPU, keyboard, mouse, and optical drive and hooked it all up and got it running
- 600W OCZ modular PSU went on sale for $25 after MIR on Newegg a week later, bought it, sold my original PSU
- OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB went on sale for $140 (was considered a good deal at the time!), bought it and sold my original SSD
- Learned about PSU extension cables, purchased a set from Lutro0 here on OCN to tidy up my case
- 560ti 448 core went on sale for $220 so I bought that, sold my previous GPU (GTX 470)
- About a month ago the Enermax ETD-T60-TB went on sale and I purchased that to replace my loud stock cooler
- Few weeks ago, purchased a 200mm fan grill with the Galactic Empire logo from Star Wars from Dwood here on OCN

If you're working on a budget and willing to swap parts readily, you can save a good deal of money. My sig rig build was, and still is an ongoing project!

I wouldn't store the items in an attic, I'd store them in your bedroom if you have the space tongue.gif
Edited by mingqi53 - 5/1/12 at 8:19pm
post #5 of 11
Buy all parts when you have the money.

As you save...you have chances for price drops. You'll be stuck with parts that you can't mess with and regret paying for the higher price. Another example is that you might have bought something from Newegg (30-day warranty)...that ended up being the faulty hardware in your system. It's much easier to RMA through them than straight to the manufacturer...most of the time. If you were a person who didn't have an attic...it would be a headache having boxes all over your room waiting for the rest of your PC parts to arrive.
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Its best to buy them all at once. Reason being is you might get faulty parts and then you will be out of the return period. Of course you can rma but its much easier just to return to the store where you bought it.

If possible you could always test the stuff before you store it. Chances are you'll be fine but who knows. Good luck.
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I would save until you have nearly enough to cover the entire budget- mainly in case there is a problem. If you buy something like the motherboard now but can't test it for 3 months and then it doesnt work you are going to have a more difficult time with the RMA ( You are depending now on the manufacturer's warranty policy, it's much easier to deal with the retailer within a 30day period ). That said, regardless of which approach you take I would probably buy the HDD last, hoping the harddrive market continues to recover.
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Ahh I hadn't even thought about the possibility of one of the parts being faulty and potentially running into issues RMA'ing months down the road....Very good point indeed....I was also going to either get a 7870(which imo seems overpriced), and with the 660ti/670 coming out soon, it would be stupid of me to not wait because prices will probably go down as well. I'm not sure how Microcenter's RMA process is, but I'm a tad afraid that if I wait too long, the $170 2500k will go back up to newegg prices soon.
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Its best to buy them all at once. Reason being is you might get faulty parts and then you will be out of the return period. Of course you can rma but its much easier just to return to the store where you bought it.
If possible you could always test the stuff before you store it. Chances are you'll be fine but who knows. Good luck.

This. When I built my first rig, I bought the parts as I could afford them. Took a couple months to get them all together and as I was putting them together I realized that if any of them were DOA, I would be SOL.
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I usually buy parts all within a week. HOWEVER, if there is a really good deal on specific hardware...that you know is most probably the lowest price you can get it for...from now till end of your build...get it. I bought my speakers, heatsink, and IPS monitor like...3 months in advance... because the deal was too good to pass up. Now all 3 of those components cost more than I bought them for...so it was totally worth it. Of course, there is some risk involved in buying early.
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