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Old 02-05-2012, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Quick Review for ready to buy gamer!

Hey, I was aiming to help a friend awhile back so I asked for a hand. The build itself is for the most part finished I just need help finding a suitable hard drive. Now he is ready to buy I just would like some support as the Tech Forums have always been very helpful for my PC questions. The original price when I priced it at the start was fairly cheaper at the time, the limit would be best to stay around $800/$900 (but $50 to $70for S&H+insurance).

Current Build is:
CASE = RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WB Black Steel - $50.00
MB = ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb - $150.00
GPU = GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $240.00
PSU = OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Mod. with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom - $80.00
CPU = Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo - $230.00
RAM = G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $47.00
Drive = ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X - $23.00
HD = ??
TOTAL = $820 (w/o HD)

Anything not work with this build please tell me as I havent put my nose into PC's in a few years. Thanks

Note: He has a Win7 ready so not needed. Just a hand finding an HD and if possible anything to help lower this price. He did have his mind set on the 560ti as well as the i5 but I'm open to changing his mind if anyone can help. The type of games he plays are SC2/Battlefield series/MMO's(star wars/WoW) on high/ultra settings. When this build was put together awhile back it had alot more rebates which saved alot, now the build seems a heck of alot more.

P.S. Hell, I just called him he said his limit is still 800 but can max at 900, BUT would prefer to stay as cheap as possible. If you can come up with a great build not breaking him, even if its a new PC build I'll take it into consideration
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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everything looks pretty good to me! one place that would save you a little money is by getting a P68 board instead of a Z68... you arent going to be using the features the Z68 platform has to offer...

as far as a HDD, just get any size drive he needs, as long as its at least 7200rpm.


one way to REALLY cut back the cost is by purchasing the parts used. Overclock.net has a GREAT for sale section, i built my entire home theater PC by getting the hardware used from members on there... ive also sold things on there, id say its as safe as ebay! lots of ways to save money when building a computer, also try Craigslist.
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damn I completely forgot about that fact we had to include tax which is 12% here in B.C. The build we came up with was $900 on the mark, pushing it over to $1,000'sh thanks to the Tax. Guess the fact I'm not paying for it lets me oversee the whole situation. Any idea on how to lower it abit more? He is kind of a tightwad and would prefer to end up at $900-$950 (max after tax+s&h which puts at around 800 to spend or 830'sh). Sorry any extra help is appreciated.

P.s. Maybe just tell him to suck it up and pay that? Its a hell of a build.
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-$25 MSI P67A-G43 (B3)
-$6 XFX C.E.P. 550W ($15 rebate)

Not sure what else to trim without downgrading the video card or going AMD based for the CPU/MB.

I would also shop around and see what deals you can find, the 2500K is on DirectCanada for ~$210.
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Thats a pretty good build, I would not mess with it much, to be honest.

You need an OS?
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-$30 GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

If your friend already has a computer, you could reuse it's optical drive.
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Canadian: -$20 Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Good call though, don't really need to buy the factory OC'd version.
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Oops, I was wondering why your links directed to Newegg.ca.
I see why now.
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Processor/Motherboard Combo - $340 ($10 rebate)
Core i5 2500K & Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3
NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Quad Core CPU & Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 Motherboard - Bundle Deals - 2500K&GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3

Video Card - $230 ($35 rebate)
Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 Ti Gc 835MHZ 1GB 4GHZ DDR5 2xDVI 1x Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card - Galaxy Technology - 56NGH6HS4IXZ

Power Supply - $70 ($25 rebate)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ATX 20/24PIN SLI Ready Modular Cables 135mm Fan Active PFC Power Supply - OCZ Technology - OCZ600MXSP

Memory - $48 ($5 rebate)
Mushkin 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory - Mushkin Enhanced - 996995

Optical Drive - $25
Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer
Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer SATA Lightscribe OEM - Samsung - SH-222AL/BEBE


Total comes to $712.50 without rebates included. $640 with rebates included. I did not pick out a case so add 40-80 for a decent case.

This case is a nice one.
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^ nice build ghost!
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