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  Reply # 793511 4-Apr-2013 21:33
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If you use pricespy to get prices, you can then buy from the cheaper suppliers and build it your self, and you can probably save yourself quite a bit. When I did this I saved about 10%. Over the last few years I have purchased a lot of stuff from some of the cheaper ones, and have never had any problems (those that have high reviews) . But if you are wanting it built for you, you do have to pay the higher price per component, and then pay the assembly cost.

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  Reply # 793582 4-Apr-2013 22:40
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I recommend getting a nice after market cooler. It will increase the life of your chip and be MUCH quieter than any stock Intel or especially AMD cooler.

Stock coolers are often harder to install too. Especially in to a tightly set up rig. Definitely recommend after market gpu coolers too unless you get the quiet build of your favoured card.

Sometimes what you don't get is a blessing in disguise!


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  Reply # 793741 5-Apr-2013 10:35
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  • Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard - 243.00
  • Processor: i5 3570k Ivy Bridge Unlocked 3.4Ghz LGA1155 - 269.00
  • Processor Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Cooler 120mm - 49.00
  • RAM: 2x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1600Mhz RAM - 99.00
  • Storage: Samsung 250GB 840 Series Solid Sate Drive - 239.00
  • PSU: Corsair GS Series GS600 v2, 600W ATX PSU - 137.00
  • Case: NZXT Lexa Blackline Blue LED Edition Full Tower Case - 137.00
  • Drive: ASUS Blu-Ray Drive - 129.61
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 Ti Video Card, 2048MB - 486.00
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - 149.00
Total $1,937.00

All prices are from more popular shops on pricespy and in stock, GST inclusive.

Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H $176 vs GA-Z77X-D3H $215, both price from Alpha City. the MX would be more than adequate for most, especially when you running a single GPU

i5 3570k $308

RAM price been rising, and many run out of stock (kingston hyperx plug n play) but the ripjaws looks a good choice, relatively low latency and doesn't require higher voltage.

I have some concerns with Samsung 840's lower write speed and lifespan, it'd still be good for game and generic home use though. 840 pro on the other hand is more expensive, 128GB costing $207, and I'd rather not to spend $365 (again more expensive than the CPU) for 256GB - check your disk requirement, or consider another brand (unfortunately not many choices and prices hasn't changed much lately).

you could easily get away with a 500W PSU from a good brand. and a 600W PSU running 70% load is likely less efficient than a 500W PSU running 84% load. but if noise is a major concern, then maybe step up a bit

660 Ti is good. But check the games you most likely to play, and check relevant benchmarks (Anandtech), you may find a 660 OC (Gigabyte $317 is good enough or more cost effective.

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  Reply # 794060 5-Apr-2013 20:17
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i5-3570k just dropped to under $300, good price

I'm using the asrock Z77 extreme 4 and it's up to the task so far, and only cost 150.


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