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Old 07-18-2010, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Need to shave a bit off this budget...

Ok, so this is for my brother, just wondering where best to shave another $100 off it, what do you guys think. It's mostly for gaming:

cpu: 955 BE
ram: 4GB OCZ DDR3 1600
psu: OCZ 700 modxtream
case: Antec 300
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 750gb
gpu: 5770
DVD: standard burner
mobo: ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3

After combos and everything at newegg.com he's still about $100 over, I'm thinking he could downsize the mobo as his best option to save $$$, everything else is relative bare for a gaming rig. I wouldn't really want to go lower than the 5770 for a vid card, GB is dirt cheap so going smaller on hdd isn't saving much. What do you guys think? Mobo downgrade or cpu? What would you recommend?
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You try price matching at ncix... you'll save big on shipping o ver newegg.

But even downing the mobo won't save you $100 bucks.
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I should have clarified a bit more, my brother is in seattle interning with microsoft. Hence the newegg.com stuff instead of ncix. I'm the price match king at ncix :P
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Get a 550W or a 600W PSU. It will be more than enough for that build.
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what is your budget anyways???
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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list your budget and the exact parts you already have picked out.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
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GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

$267

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
$105

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$95

Newegg.com - XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$160

HD and DVD should stay the same, so that's $627 plus the drives.
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Like Trotter build but I would downgrade the CPU to Phenom II 955, and get GTX 460 which perform much better in gaming. GTX 460 also comes with free Just Cause 2 which make it very good deal
Newegg.com - EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 &#40;Fermi&#41; 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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Nice find on that 955 combo, mate.
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Looking at those combo deals really puts things into perspective. You can get a good mobo and a 965 BE for the same price as a 920.
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