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Little help adjusting a custom build quote
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Gotta get this quote down to under $1000 for a friend, if anyone can make any suggestions... I like my specs here but it's a little beyond their budget.

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> Gotta get this quote down to under $1000 for a friend, if anyone can make any
> suggestions... I like my specs here but it's a little beyond their budget.

Oh yeah, I know that cooler is not yet certified for LGA-1155.

Desired system will be used for modern gaming, mostly Steam games.

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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244290 - 01/23/11 07:48 AM


This doesn't lower the price any, but I HIGHLY recommend the Western Digital Green series drives. They're EXTREMELY quiet, run VERY cool, and unless you're doing heavy video streaming, you can't tell that they're 5400 RPM. I think the extra large cache is the key. I've been running one of these drives (a 500GB model) in my primary computer 24 hours a day for close to 3 years now. For me the lack of noise is the most important factor. It's almost completely silent. In fact, my power supply fan is actually louder. I have to remove the side of my case and put my ear less than 6 inches away from the HD to be able to hear anything, and then only when it's actively seeking data. Idle noise is non-existent.

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136490



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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244291 - 01/23/11 08:01 AM


You could save some money on the headset.
My friend has one of these and seems to like them a lot...

$34.99 - PLANTRONICS .Audio 655 USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826265068



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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244292 - 01/23/11 08:14 AM


This one is actually MORE expensive than the one you chose, but it's a FANTASTIC mouse. I'm using one right now.

$69.99 - Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318



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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244294 - 01/23/11 08:23 AM


You could save a little money and possibly end up with a MORE powerful system by getting TWO of these cards (for $159.98) and doing the CrossFireX thing. I don't know how well these cards really scale in crossfire, so a single card may be better.

$79.99 - GIGABYTE GV-R557OC-1GI Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125315

Note that this card DOES have an HDMI port.

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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: krick]
#244328 - 01/23/11 08:24 PM


> Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
> Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136490

That Samsung drive is one of the highest ranked drives there is right now. I have three in my tower. They are very quiet and very fast. I can't compare to a WD, but I don't regret buying them.



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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: redk9258]
#244504 - 01/25/11 05:19 AM


> > Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
> > Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
> > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136490
>
> That Samsung drive is one of the highest ranked drives there is right now. I have
> three in my tower. They are very quiet and very fast. I can't compare to a WD, but I
> don't regret buying them.

I bought one for my external enclosure after I knocked my previous 320GB external off the desk, and I like it. It survives high- and low-temperature extremes hanging out most of the time in my car as well. (Not that I have a car PC, just for storing it, it's usually in my PC repair kit in my trunk)

But that's the best you guys can do? I'm hoping I can drop the price a few hundred without sacrificing too much... still taking advice...

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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244506 - 01/25/11 05:23 AM



> But that's the best you guys can do? I'm hoping I can drop the price a few hundred
> without sacrificing too much... still taking advice...
>
> - Stiletto

Do you need the CPU cooler? Isn't there one in the box with the CPU?



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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244522 - 01/25/11 08:18 AM


Ok, how about the power supply? Do you really need 650W?

For most "normal" computers, something in the 500W range is adequate, even more so when it's a good efficient brand like SeaSonic. $30 bucks cheaper...

$59.99 - SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094



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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244523 - 01/25/11 08:23 AM


You can also get cheaper memory. This is highly rated and $20 cheaper.
2x Winner for Desktop Memory Customer Choice Award
1,331 reviews and a "5-Egg" customer rating

$49.99 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277



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Re: Little help adjusting a custom build quote - page 2 new [Re: Stiletto]
#244525 - 01/25/11 08:30 AM


> But that's the best you guys can do? I'm hoping I can drop the price a few hundred
> without sacrificing too much... still taking advice...


If you swap out the power supply, memory, and headset for the ones I suggested, you can trim off $95. I don't think you're going to see a "few hundred" without making some serious concessions on your CPU, video card, or monitor.



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