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Old October 26, 2012, 09:54 AM
Kingsix Kingsix is offline
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Default Looking for cost saving help

Hey everyone, thanks in advance.

So I am looking at building a new rig in the next month or so.
1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Mostly Gaming, Some Downloading for HTPC, eventual streaming to XBMC, but this will probably be taken over by a NAS system in the next year or so. (OUYA will be my player not that it matters, just a brag)

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
This is the key, I am fine with spending up to $1500, but that should include all peripherals etc. I would like to get the core system down to about $1000, but not if it means sacrificing too much.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Good Ol' Canada, where the environment cools your rig. Heh damn its cold here in Edmonton already.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
The CPU will be the i5-3750K, unless that drops down a notch for cost savings at the suggestion of you guys, but Intel
The GPU will be the Gigabyte 670 OC Edition, it will be 670 no doubt, if you have something against the Gigabyte let me know, but from what I have seen it seems to be the king of the hill.
The Case will most likely be the new Silverstone SG09, I like em small. Listed currently as Tj08 but SG09 isn't in the lists.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Not really. I might try to pilfer a cheapo Dell Keyboard and Mouse from work to save buying a the money keyboard and mouse that I don't really like. Not willing to drop cash on high end periphs at this time. Maybe in a few months when the wife isn't looking I will upgrade.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Yeah I have been researching a ton, but this is mostly cost savings.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Initially no, but I plan to dabble, nothing pushing limits or anything, probably look at what a stable point is and just set it.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Within the Next 30 days

9. What resolution and settings do you use?
Simply the best.

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
Ummm a USB plug in point to point transporter system, like in Star Trek, if you know where I can get one let me know. Hell I will even go with a 120V plug in version ;)

Here is what I am working with currently. (EDIT INITIAL POST STILL HAD CORSAIR LIQUID, Changed to Noctual D14)

PCPartPicker part list: Intel Core i5-3570K, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670, Silverstone TJ08B-E - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada
Price breakdown by merchant: Intel Core i5-3570K, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670, Silverstone TJ08B-E - System Build - Price Breakdown By Merchant - PCPartPicker Canada
Benchmarks: Intel Core i5-3570K, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670, Silverstone TJ08B-E - System Build - Benchmarks - PCPartPicker Canada

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($230.98 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($72.43 @ Computer Valley)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($163.23 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.73 @ NCIX)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.35 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($378.98 @ NCIX)
Case: Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($104.98 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($125.98 @ NCIX)
Monitor: Acer V243HAJbd 24.0" Monitor ($145.82 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($101.83 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1657.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Not shown: Slot Load DVD drive from Silverstone = $70
NOTE: I will be buying everything local at Memory Express using the uber price beat so that might save me an extra $51, as currently there are $205 saving from the other places and the price beat adds 25% on to the difference. So $51.

Also I will be looking for sales and buying parts when it makes sense, so maybe I save another $50.

Leaving the final price at $1626

Here is the challenge.
-Trim about $126 off this cost without sacrificing much. One thing might be to drop the slot load DVD and get an External drive, saving about $30, but then its external. Anyone have a good link for a cheaper slot load drive?
-Anything that there is a possibly better option for considering my preferences? (I'm not going AMD)
-Whats the word out there Windows 7 or Windows 8?

PLEASE NOTE, the following is to avoid a bunch of posts on the price beat rules, please don't post arguing about this:
I fully understand the Mem Express Uber Price beat rules, a lot of people think that you can only price beat 2 items at a time. Direct quote "There is a limit of 2 (two) Über Price Beats per item, per customer". As you can see, its 2 price beats per item, the reason they say this is that they also will beat the price again for 7 days. This keeps people like you and me from price beating 3 times a day for the next 7 days, getting an extra buck or two off each time. Why is it a problem, well they have to pay the guy that is doing your price beat, so eventually the profits would wear out.
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