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Old 10-04-2007, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm building a PC for a friend, he's got 900 for the PC and monitor and needs evrything, so keyboard and mouse included. He said he can go a bit over and he wants a TV tuner as well, here's what i've come up with:
Coolermaster CM690 case
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
OCZ Technology 700W Active PFC GameXStream
Crucial 2x1GB 240-Pin DIMM PC2-6400 Unbuffered Non-ECC CL4
Asus P5k-E
Intel C2Q q6600
Seagate Barrucuda 7200.10 500GB S300
LG Electronics 18 x DVD+/-RW/12XRAM IDE LS Retail Black/Beige Bezel
Kensington Pilot Laser Wireless Desktop Set
Samsung 22" Wide SM226CW 2MS TFT
Terratec Cinergy 2400i DT
I've gone over over budget though, any ideas where I can save money?

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Looks great.


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Old 10-04-2007, 06:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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change the psu to either
corsair 550vx
PC power & cooling 610 silencer
Proc Intel 2500k
Video XFX 6950 1Gb
Display 22'' Monitor Chemei 5ms RT, 800:1 CR
Mobo Biostar Z68A+
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PSU Corsair 520hx
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You might be looking to consider downgrading a few components. How far over are you? For a start, you can save 15 by changing the GameXstream to a Corsair 520HX (which should be more than enough, and is a better PSU).

Using a Gigabyte P35-DS3R or -DS3L would save you ~50

maybe theres room for a few quid saving on the case

do they need a C2Q? whats the computer application?

900 for that level of PC, with a monitor, is pushing it a bit (especially as the samsung 22" will put you back ~240).
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Old 10-04-2007, 07:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Put in a 2900 PRO instead of the 8800GTS first off, I believe they are cheaper in the UK than even here. Downgrade the PSU to the 520HX or the 550VX, and then the motherboard to a DS3R.

The samsung is a very good monitor but look for a cheaper one.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help, I got the price down to just over 900 by changing the processor to a E6750, changing the PSU and changing the monitor to a 20" Samsung.

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