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Old 03-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Computer on $700 budget

For someone else so just assume the budget is fairly close to firm. This is what I came up with:

i3 2100T ($130)
GeForce GTX 460 1GB ($150)
Gigabyte 1155 motherboard ($114)
Ripjaws 2x4GB DDR3 1600 memory combo with Thermaltake 630W PSU ($106)
Lite-On 24x DVD burner OEM ($18)
NZXT Tempest 210 case ($55)
Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM HD ($129)
Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM ($99)

That's $100 over budget. How would you trim/adjust it to get it closer to the mark? He wants to play games on it but realizes his budget is limiting. I'm no expert and was just trying to price stuff as a favor so no offense taken if you think I made a significant error somewhere.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146084
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$54.99



Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148767
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$84.99



HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #: N82E16814161384
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$149.99
$139.99
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AMD Gift - Dirt3 Game Coupon - OEM
Item #: N82E16800995114
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving
$49.99
$0.00


XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Core Edition ...
Item #: N82E16817207018
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$62.99
$58.99



G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
Item #: N82E16820231546
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$44.99



GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128538
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$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$109.99



Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$99.99




Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
Item #: N82E16819115078
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
-$7.00 Combo
$150.98
$128.98

Subtotal: $722.91

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Old 03-03-2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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Thanks. Looks like most of your savings came from dropping the HD size. I assume you consider the HD 6850 to be a better card for the price since there's not much savings there.

I'll point him in this direction.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
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6850 is just a little slower but thought $10 is $10 saved
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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Ah, good enough. I'll leave it for him to decide if he can squeeze another ten-spot out of the budget. Thanks again
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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he gets $55 mir aswell and a free game
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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He could drop the RAM a little. No game needs that much as of now. 4 would suffice.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #8
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He could drop the RAM a little. No game needs that much as of now. 4 would suffice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd5WOjoOqFk

This guy got a 20 frame improvement in GTA 4 by going from 4GB to 8GB also BF3 could do with 8GB because 4 GB is recommended but 8GB would be best for maximum performance since you are likely to have other programs running at the same time.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:52 PM   #9
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I could've gotten you an i5 build if you didn't need Windows 7

Or maybe...



ASUS P8H67-V (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Model #:P8H67-V (REV 3.0)
Item #:N82E16813131783


$109.99
-$5.00 Instant
$104.99




HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Model #:H685FN1GD
Item #:N82E16814161384


$149.99
-$10.00 Instant
$139.99



Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:NEO ECO 520C
Item #:N82E16817371030

$69.99
-$10.00 Instant
$59.99



Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
Model #:BX80623I52300
Item #:N82E16819115076


$179.99




G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Model #:F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Item #:N82E16820231426


$39.99




Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST500DM002
Item #:N82E16822148767


$84.99



Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986


$99.99



Subtotal: $709.93

Case is personal preference.

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