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So I am planning a budget build, and am choosing AMD since I am a budget and am looking for the best bang for my buck. I need everything but monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS. I have put together the following setup:

AMD 720 x3 $119
MSI 790 Open Box $126
Sapphire 5770 $170
G. Skill 2x2 gb ram $95
CM Centurion case $50
OCZ 600w PSU $75
WD 640gb Black HDD $75
Lite-On DVD Burner $34
Xiggy Dark Knight $45
Wireless adapter $20

Total = $794 (The PSU and case come in a bundle saving me $15)

Now this system looks great to me, but I would really like to drop the price by $100 or so, without losing too much performance. Any tips on what could be sacrificed, and for what instead? I know the wireless adapter would be the first thing to go, but my router is all the way across the house from me, so that isn't an option. Since I am stuck getting one, does this seem like a good one? it had the most reviews, and good ones at that, so for $20 it seemed like a good deal. Also, I am willing to spend this much if it's worth it, so I wanted to make sure everything I have picked out looks ok. My main concerns were the case and the psu, because I skimped on those two the most. Do those look ok, or is there something better you can suggest for not much more? Same goes for all the components. Thanks a lot for looking, and all your help is appreciated.
Edited by Starman27 - 11/12/09 at 8:06pm
The Doctor
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i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Pro MSI Twin Frozr III 6950 8gb G. Skill Ripjaw 1600 mhz 
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post #2 of 4
Looks like your doing a pretty good job on your own. The only way I can think of to save money is to buy from a place that don't charge sales tax for online purchases and reduced or free shipping on certain items... Open box items can save you money but sometimes they don't carry a full manufactures warranty so be carefull w/those and make sure you verify the waranty periods before you purchase open box buys.

Good Luck
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my suggestion: get this asus bundle from amazon for am3 w/ ddr3 for $280, since ddr2 prices have doubled
http://www.amazon.com/Bundle-includi...7195897&sr=8-2
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ASUS Gamer Bundle including the ASUS M4A785TD-V motherboard, ASUS Radeon 4670 1 GB PCI-E Video Card and AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8 Ghz Processor
if anything, sell the 4670
u can probably get a good price for it; i believe it's on par w/ 9600gso

whoops; realized u wanted a 790fx board
a user here is trying to sell his board; let me find it
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WD 640green; WD 500blue LG Dvd-rw Windows 7 64bit HannsG 22"LCD, Sharp 42"LCD 
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