Help whittling down the price for my gaming build?

5hadowking115

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Hey guys. I'm planning on building a new gaming build next year once I save up enough, but I'm starting to think it's a little too expensive.

The Build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/5hadowking115/saved/Ys2nTW

Can anyone help me cut down on pricing a bit? I'd like to get somewhere around $2500, but $2700-ish is alright too. I just think there's something I can do to make it cheaper without sacrificing performance.

Also, if you happen to have any tips for the build overall, that would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

Eximo

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If you were building today this would offer better performance for much less:

Not a huge fan of your storage selections either.

By next year there will be 6th generation chips available and they will likely be a better choice for gaming as compared to the workstation class parts. Quite a premium for a minimal performance increase.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY Optima 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.45 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($679.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($679.99 @ B&H)
Case: Azza CSAZ-8000B ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Fan Controller: Aerocool Touch 2000 Fan Controller ($48.75 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2710.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-05 14:24 EDT-0400
 

Azn Cracker

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Yea lol. Don't get the i7 5960x? Complete waste of money for a gaming build (and overall).

I would bump down to a i7 5820k. You will see close to zero difference in performance.


With that money saved you can go up to 2x 980ti's and you will pretty much have the ultimate gaming computer (gtx 980 is kinda overpriced)
 

Eximo

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If you were building today this would offer better performance for much less:

Not a huge fan of your storage selections either.

By next year there will be 6th generation chips available and they will likely be a better choice for gaming as compared to the workstation class parts. Quite a premium for a minimal performance increase.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.89 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY Optima 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.45 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($679.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($679.99 @ B&H)
Case: Azza CSAZ-8000B ATX Full Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Fan Controller: Aerocool Touch 2000 Fan Controller ($48.75 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2710.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-05 14:24 EDT-0400
 


For a build today, I agree with one exception: Change from the ti to a regular 980 or even a good 970 that will overclock well. Not enough performance gain for the price bump with the 980ti.

However, this should all be thrown in the trash, since you say you want to build 'next year'. There's 2 CPU refreshes coming from Intel and AMD in that time period, and probably a GPU update as well. I would WAIT to pick your parts until after you have the money in hand.
 

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