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Alright well a buddy of mine has been thinking about building a gaming PC for a while and his laptop finally died, so he is just gonna build one now. I'm trying to price one together, but not really sure what route to go. His budget is 1000, but he would really like to spend as little as he can get away with with a decent machine. (performance and quality) I saw that 2500k's are 159 at microcenter so I Got all excited they came down that far...and it turns out that that's only at microcenter, and closest one is like 4hours away. I set up this 2500k build but I went over budget and I feel like this could be pushed quite a bit lower but I'm always scared pricing out cheap stuff cause I'm not too good with figuring out what is crap or not crap.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

So big question is how can I make this cheaper, but still reliable? Open to AMD and a different PSU, pretty much as long as it will keep up with possible sli in the future. Also not 100% on the GPU, but I've always been a slight nvidia fanboy. Mainly cause I just don't know ATI cards well. Thanks thumb.gif
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Alright well a buddy of mine has been thinking about building a gaming PC for a while and his laptop finally died, so he is just gonna build one now. I'm trying to price one together, but not really sure what route to go. His budget is 1000, but he would really like to spend as little as he can get away with with a decent machine. (performance and quality) I saw that 2500k's are 159 at microcenter so I Got all excited they came down that far...and it turns out that that's only at microcenter, and closest one is like 4hours away. I set up this 2500k build but I went over budget and I feel like this could be pushed quite a bit lower but I'm always scared pricing out cheap stuff cause I'm not too good with figuring out what is crap or not crap. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) I don't know why that says total $828, it says 1056 to me.
So big question is how can I make this cheaper, but still reliable? Open to AMD and a different PSU, pretty much as long as it will keep up with possible sli in the future. Also not 100% on the GPU, but I've always been a slight nvidia fanboy. Mainly cause I just don't know ATI cards well. Thanks thumb.gif

You could get a PSU with lesser wattage. A Corsair 500some watt would definitely support this system.

Also consider getting a non ti 660.
     
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You could get a PSU with lesser wattage. A Corsair 500some watt would definitely support this system.
Also consider getting a non ti 660.
I was thinkin that PSU so he wouldn't need anything if he decides to get a 2nd card down the road, he quit is job for the school semester but will be working between semesters and might add another card then. I'm trying to find comparisons and not finding anything real quick, you know if the 660 vs 6660ti are pretty big difference performance-wise?
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way over budget imo, frown.gif if you don't mind used stuff then you can get even cheaper.

also for the psu, if you look hard enough you can find a modular seasonic for ~ 50 thats ~ 600w. I found it before, but i keep losing the page, its on newegg, and i would much recommend it over the CX series.
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I was thinkin that PSU so he wouldn't need anything if he decides to get a 2nd card down the road, he quit is job for the school semester but will be working between semesters and might add another card then. I'm trying to find comparisons and not finding anything real quick, you know if the 660 vs 6660ti are pretty big difference performance-wise?

seems the trend being, there is a huge gap between TI and non TI for performance.


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/660?vs=647


I'll let you decide whether its worth putting out the extra money.
Edited by kyismaster - 10/1/12 at 7:55pm
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I was thinkin that PSU so he wouldn't need anything if he decides to get a 2nd card down the road, he quit is job for the school semester but will be working between semesters and might add another card then. I'm trying to find comparisons and not finding anything real quick, you know if the 660 vs 6660ti are pretty big difference performance-wise?

seems the trend being, there is a huge gap between TI and non TI for performance.


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/660?vs=647


I'll let you decide whether its worth putting out the extra money.
Some of the benches are so close but some the ti is quite a bit better...I'll let him decide if it's worth his money. What about if I went with like a 1090t or something?Wow 1090t's are expensive now. What's a good price v performance amd chip?
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Some of the benches are so close but some the ti is quite a bit better...I'll let him decide if it's worth his money. What about if I went with like a 1090t or something?Wow 1090t's are expensive now. What's a good price v performance amd chip?

it woulda been the i5-2500k if you could get it for cheaper loool, it should be 189 at most. 220 is a rip off. i can get a 2600k for 225.
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A smaller Hard Drive? 1TB is quite a lot for purely gaming. Why not start with a 250GB and add a second later on?
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Umm lets see
CPU: INTEL CORE I5-2500K
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3
RAM: 8 GIGS OF CORSAIR VENGEANCE CL9 DDR3-1600 RAM
HDD : WD Black 1TB
PSU: CORSAIR ENTHUSIAST SERIES 650TX
GPU :Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti Superclocked
Optical drive: Samsung SH-B123 12X
Cooler: HYPER 212 EVO
Monitor : Samsung S24B350H
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Umm lets see
CPU: INTEL CORE I5-2500K
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3
RAM: 8 GIGS OF CORSAIR VENGEANCE CL9 DDR3-1600 RAM
HDD : WD Black 1TB
PSU: CORSAIR ENTHUSIAST SERIES 650TX
GPU :Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti Superclocked
Optical drive: Samsung SH-B123 12X
Cooler: HYPER 212 EVO
Monitor : Samsung S24B350H
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I'm pretty sure this would cost more than what I have up there currently. He doesn't need a 24" monitor or a CPU cooler.
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A smaller Hard Drive? 1TB is quite a lot for purely gaming. Why not start with a 250GB and add a second later on?
250gb is pushin it, I'd go at least 500 and these are only a few bucks cheaper than a 1tb.
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