Computer Build (Lowering Cost)

So, here is my current Computer Build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K

CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX

Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB DDR3 2400

Case: NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower

PSU: Seasonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze

Optical: Lite-On iHAS124-04

Monitor: Asus VS248H

OS: Windows 7 HP 64-bit

Total: $1757 (NewEgg only)


I tried to write it out, but I'll just make a list of what I need for the computer.

  • The CPU and GPU are not for changing, I love them both too much to part ways, tried it out on a friend's computer and I instantly fell in love.
  • I kind of want to switch cases, but it must have a fairly large side panel. I don't want some plastic little "nerd" case, it's why I've kind of gotten into the black and simple color scheme
  • Like I said, I have a black color scheme, that IS up for debate if necessary, but if you were awesome, the parts suggested might at least have something to do with it? I don't want some big ugly orange motherboard with green highlights (does that even exist?).
  • Optical drive is necessary for me, I need it for all my CD's that I own.
  • I like the HDD, it is fine for what I am currently using, and right now I don't believe in the value of speed beating the price of an SSD and am going to wait until the price per GB is not going to break my bank for 128GB on a decent speed. Of course the HDD is up for change if it lowers the cost, but I don't feel it's necessary to jump above 1TB, that's already a TON of space for my pornUH I mean pictures of cats.
  • Yes this is a big post
  • The RAM on Newegg was the exact same price for the 1866 speeds for Beast, and only $5 more than the 1600 speed, so I will stick with that until I can find some cheaper sticks. Keep in mind that I will be upgrading to 16GB later for Crysis 3 (requires 8 gb RAM on max setting :O)


So yeah, that's my rules. Is there anything to change? I assume a new Mobo, PSU, case, CPU cooler, and RAM would be "findable" to make it cheaper. I really do appreciate any responses, you guys are all awesome!

looks good, but i wouldn't worry about making it cheaper. making it last would ideally be more important at this point.

you're off to a really good start regardless though and you left plenty of room to upgrade. also the prices of everything you've listed in the following paragraph will come down in price in six months, just in time for your upgrade.

forgot to mention, you can only go so far on cheapening stuff before it causes grief (never do amd and nvidia builds, speaking from 8 years of agony). go for value above else.

I'm quite certain your motherboard does not support that high speed memory. From what i saw it only supports up to 1600 so could you send me a link to the board on Newegg, in case i found the wrong one. :)

Standard W7 only support 8G of RAM, professional is for like 32 or 16 I forget. but either way standard W7 won't cut it.


Microsoft's website shows that Home Premium (What I'm getting) is able to support 16 GB.


It's standards are at: DDR3 2800+(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066

Unsure if it supports it since the memory speed has an OC (overclock maybe?) next to it, maybe meaning that I can't use that speed from factory standards?

Alright, cool.


I'm going to be buying those parts in about a month, so I might change some components; but otherwise like you said, at this point, I can't really downgrade anything without creating problems.

you win