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Old 11-12-2007, 10:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, a few weeks ago I came here asking for a build that cost around $800. After upping my budget a bit to $1000, plus or minus $200, I put together my own build and would like to see what you guys think. I already have the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

The computer will be used for games such as Crysis, CoD4, UT3, and others with similar requirements.

Here are the parts I have come up with:

Cooler Master 690 case $79.99

GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L $93.99

EVGA 8800GT SC GPU $289.99

Corsair 520hx PSU $119.99

Intel Core 2 Quad q6600 CPU $279.99

Crucial Ballistix 2 x 1G DDR2 600 $89.99

Seagate Barracuda 320gb HDD $69.99

LITE-ON 20X DVDĪR DVD Burner $32.99

Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit OEM $111.99

TRUE 120 heatsink $64.99

Scythe S-flex heatsink fan $14.99

MX-2 Thermal Paste $6.99

Total Price: $1255.88

Other than buying parts from other retailers, is there any way I could cut the cost to as close to $1000 as possible, while maintaining most, if not all of the same performance? (It's ok if that isn't possible.) Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time.
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Default Re: Final build, any suggestions?

Excellent build...however the Abit Ip35-E overclocks better than the DS3L with the same features for less.
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i would wait just a few days to see how the HD 3870 comes out.
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Look at the reviews for the hard drive you picked.

Might want to pick another.
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get this one instead
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

its not much more
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The only way I see to cut costs is maybe get the Tuniq Tower instead of that TRUE + S-Flex.

Other than that, you would have to back it down to dual core to cut costs.
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