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#2761 JBaz

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:39 PM

Also how difficult is installing a new cooler? I have never done it before and doesnt it involve glueing the new fan on, and breaking the glue off the old seal?

Its a very simple process that's no more difficult than installing a stock cpu cooler. The down side is that the 212+ is a very large cooler with a 120mm fan; you will need to make sure your case is large enough to house if.

You don't need to glue anything and I believe you were thinking of thermal paste to help with heat transfer between the cpu and the cooler. The 212+ does come with some paste, but most people us aftermarket thermal paste for a few bucks like the Arctic silver 5, MX4 or IC7 with better thermal capacity. The 120mm fan clips on and you do that as the last step.

And why would you need to take the old thermal paste off? I was under the impression that you just bought the parts, not installed.


As for your motherboard, Crossfire (xFire) is AMD's multicard solution for video cards; its the direct competition to nvidia's SLI.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

And why would you need to take the old thermal paste off? I was under the impression that you just bought the parts, not installed.


I think chibilaharl is under the impression that CPUs come pre-attached to the stock coolers.
They don't.. so you're either going to be thermal pasting the stock cooler, or the upgraded cooler. If you're ever thinking about overclocking, installing an aftermarket cooler right away won't set you back much, and will make things easier later.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

OK thanks, perhaps I will snag that tonight then, it should fit in my HAF912 right? CM's specs page says it supports large cpu coolers, and the case is 7'' wide.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:36 PM

Also is this AMD 6870 a good one? I notice it has crossfire support. Is that simply putting 2 gpus in a system and having them work together?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:15 PM

OK thanks, perhaps I will snag that tonight then, it should fit in my HAF912 right? CM's specs page says it supports large cpu coolers, and the case is 7'' wide.

I've built an X6 box in the HAF 912 case using the 212+ with no issues. Its a super case for being uber cheap.

Also is this AMD 6870 a good one? I notice it has crossfire support. Is that simply putting 2 gpus in a system and having them work together?

Yes, crossfire support is putting two graphic cards in the same computer and having them work in parallel. The 6870 is a great budget gaming card.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:55 PM

so i could in theory buy the amd 6870, for now, and if i ever need a boost, simply buy a second one?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:15 AM

so i could in theory buy the amd 6870, for now, and if i ever need a boost, simply buy a second one?

provided that you have a proper power supply, then yes.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:03 PM

Processor: i7-3770K - $250
http://www.tigerdire....NLUofAv__qJL_Q

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 - $119
http://www.amazon.co....rds=asrock z77

RAM:
http://www.newegg.co....82E16820231489
or this
http://www.newegg.co....82E16820231560
Still undecided on which one

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX 650 Watt -$111
http://www.amazon.co....=ATVPDKIKX0DER

VG Card: XFX HD-687A-ZHFC - $149
http://www.newegg.co....82E16814150561
Any suggestions on the VGA card? I want a XFX for sure but just not sure which one with my gaming rig.

SSD: http://us.ncix.com/p....1500&sku=71145

http://www.newegg.co....82E16820167127

Cases: Any suggestions?
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:20 PM

You have a crappy video card compared to the rest of your build.

Most people here would tell you to downgrade the processor to a 3570k, and spend at least as much money on the video card as the cpu.

Unless you're not going for a gaming computer, but then you need to tell us.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:25 PM

Eh, that card is fine. I have a 5850, and I still can play most games on full settings.

As for a case.. Thermaltake Level 10 GT, or the Cooler Master Cosmos. I personally think an expensive case is the way to go.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:51 PM

Compared to a 3770k, yes, his video card is shit.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:34 PM

Phew, I'm almost done shopping for this computer. I just need a little more advice for the final lap.

Sadly, I haven't found any worthwhile Cyber Monday deals in terms of what I still need. I should have bought the Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply last night when I had the chance, the price went up a bit. Unless a random CM deal I missed turns up, I'll probably go with that unless anyone has other recommendations.

I'm also debating between two cases right now.

http://www.newegg.co...mc=CyberMon2012

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119233

I missed better sales on these two as well since I wanted to pick out my case last. Which would you guys recommend? I know the HAF 912 has a 2 year warranty rather than only a year. It also looks quite sturdy and has a nice design for good airflow. However, the other offers a nice bit in terms of savings and has an extra pre-installed fan. I just need a decent case for cheap.

And lastly, while it's technically not a part of "building" the computer, I've been long overdue for a new router. Mine is at the very least 6 years old, probably older. I just bought this wifi adapter: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833704045

Would this be a decent/affordable replacement router to go with it?

http://www.newegg.co...mc=CyberMon2012

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:41 PM

I own the HAF 912 and it is awesome. Plenty of airflow, can house two 200mm fans and two 140mm fans for the rest.

You won't have heating issues with the HAF 912. Just a dust issue because of the venting design, so just be prepared to clean it every 6-7 months.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:07 PM

Stick with the cheaper i5 quad core over the i7 you picked, while the i7 is a better cpu with HT, you really don't need to spend an extra $100 for 4 extra HT threads that you would barely see worked when playing games. Good for content creation or number crunching, hardly does much for BF3. Pair the cpu with the cheap $15 CM 212+ cpu cooler so you can easily OC the snot out of it without needing to spend $$$ on something to keep it cool. Don't be fooled, the 212+ is the best value money can buy for a cpu cooler; specially for 15 bucks.

The Asrock z77 Extreme 3 is a comparable motherboard to the bigger sister of the Asus that you picked for good reason... Asus owns Asrock. The Extreme 3 has everything you'd want from the more expensive Asus budget board without compromising quality of the components. The nice thing about Asrock is that they upped all of their newer mobo warranty's from 2 years to 3 years recently.


Thanks for the feedback! I don't know anything about CPU coolers, but should it worry me that the CM 212 cooler says "compatible with sandy bridge" if I'm looking into the i5 3570k ivy? The CM 212 also doesn't list i5 on CPU support. I just want to make sure since I don't know a darn thing about those.

Thanks for the tip on Asrock too, didn't know they were owned by Asus. I'm very tempted by this one, don't know if it's a cyber monday deal or not.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157330

I also don't really see any decent GPU deals today, at least anything in the 660 range. Anyone see any GPU deals?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

Processor: i7-3770K - $250
http://www.tigerdire....NLUofAv__qJL_Q

MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 - $119
http://www.amazon.co....rds=asrock z77

RAM:
http://www.newegg.co....82E16820231489
or this
http://www.newegg.co....82E16820231560
Still undecided on which one

Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series HX 650 Watt -$111
http://www.amazon.co....=ATVPDKIKX0DER

VG Card: XFX HD-687A-ZHFC - $149
http://www.newegg.co....82E16814150561
Any suggestions on the VGA card? I want a XFX for sure but just not sure which one with my gaming rig.

SSD: http://us.ncix.com/p....1500&sku=71145

http://www.newegg.co....82E16820167127

Cases: Any suggestions?

Most of your links don't work, but this is what I'd pick at your bone of a list.

Unfortunately, you missed a lot of the pc parts sales; this cyber monday hasn't been as exciting or good value all around compared to last year. Truth be told, Black Friday in general has been very lack luster for pc parts compared to last year. Most of the stuff that's been on sale were targeted towards the entry or budget minded levels with very few sales on actual performance level, mid tier or higher parts; the few that were went OOS faster than you could click on the links.

Doesn't mean you couldn't find deals.

I would swap out the motherboard for the equvilanent Asrock version for $20 less; its basically the same board and Asus is Asrock. As for RAM, you don't need 16GB, you can go 8GB which is still more than enough for most people and for gaming. Very few games go past 2GB of RAM use, or even 1GB for that matter. I'd also look at the timings when buying the 8GB sticks as many will have much slower timings (cas10 or 11) compared to 9 or less. Does it matter? not really that much in performance drop to the average user. Try to stick with cas9, 1.5v and 1600 speeds; don't need to waste money for anything higher for a budget box for 1 or 2% increase in speed.

The Corsair HX 750w was on sale for $90; just missed that and there are other PSU's to look at even now that won't break the bank. Also for the 6870, you can still find it for $120 AR. The SSD Intel 180GB is in stock for $102 at newegg now unless you want to go for the 240GB size.

You have a crappy video card compared to the rest of your build.

Most people here would tell you to downgrade the processor to a 3570k, and spend at least as much money on the video card as the cpu.


Unless you're not going for a gaming computer, but then you need to tell us.

Compared to a 3770k, yes, his video card is shit.

The AMD 6870 is not a crappy video card; even compared to the rest of his build list. It's one of the best performance/price budget gaming card on the market for the last year. It will still play every new game on high in 1080p with no issues.

Don't be fooled with the idea of "needing" to spend at least as much money on a video card as the cpu. This is a terrible generic way of thinking. I would also assume since the user is on a "gaming" forum, the build is more purpose minded towards this specific task of playing computer games. But you are right and people do look silly if they assume; would need to know what the user expects out of this build as well as budget or any other requirements/restrictions.

As for the advice on downgrading from the i7 3770k to the i5 3570k, in most cases, the value holds true to this statement, however now that most sale prices are back to normal except for the TigerDirect i7 3770k deal for $250, its hard to suggest to downgrade for $30 and loose your HT threads. UNLESS... WongTongSoup lives near a Microcenter and can still pickup in store the i5 3570k for $170, but again, lets assume this as no considering MC only has a handful of stores peppered mostly on the East coast.

As for a case.. Thermaltake Level 10 GT, or the Cooler Master Cosmos. I personally think an expensive case is the way to go.

Each to his own... I personally think the Level 10 GT case is uber ugly, way too heavy, not a lot of room, limited features/upgrade path compared to competition; specially if you want to do water cooling down the road (not something most people need anyhow). At $200, there are way better cases. Silverstone Raven for $160 comes to mind first or the NZXT switch 810 for $170, but you can easily spend half that or even a quarter and still find a box to fill all the parts in with good features and quality for a budget gaming rig.

As for the CM Cosmos, you have to be joking... Beautiful case? Bet your ass. Worth it for $350 when WongTongSoup listed a 6870 in his build? HELL NO. Its also a very featureless case compared to its $300 competitors and its some how has less space internally than the NZXT switch 810 that's half its price! Although every owner will say they love the case, but they are also throwing in a few gpu's and a high end cpu, plus they never plan on moving it once its planted in their rooms being around 50lbs JUST FOR THE CASE!!!

What's sad is that you can't even fit a 4x120mm radiator if you wanted that option; you'd have to cut out a hole and mod the $350 case... with a smile though because you can't show any weakness or shred of self doubt that you were a sucker in the first place for a blonde of a case that doesn't have a whole much else going for it.


Anyhow, here's a list you could start with; pick and choose what you want, but this is a base line.
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($158.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.88 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $1002.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 14:57 EST-0500)

The only thing I will mention with this list of what I omitted out when talking about your list above: memory, video card and case.

Like I said above, the memory is a no thrills base level 8GB (2x4GB) set that will be enough for most people. Still cas9, 1.5v and 1600 speed. If you want to spend double for the 16GB sets, go ahead since they are cheap right now.

For video card, I bumped you up to the 7850 1GB card and its about the same speed as the older GTX 570. The down side is that you only get 1GB of VRAM, but in terms of performance/price and a tier above the cheaper 6870 1GB, this is the next best thing. Although, you did miss the 7850 2GB for $150 and the GTX 560 ti 448 for $140, but those were flash sales. I would also check out the GTX 660 vanilla 2GB for $190 @ NCIX now. Its a little bit faster than the 7850 for $30 more with double the VRAM. It's also the ASUS OC version with an aftermarket two fan cooler. Anything beyond this is a $50+ price jump to the next tier.

As for cases, this is a huge topic upon to itself. Budget and features will dictate what you want since there's so much on the market from the cheap $30 boxes all the way up to the $700 silverstones. For a $1000 budget box, I always recommend the NZXT Phantom's for $100ish; they look good, comes with lots of great features, USB 3.0 now and comes with 4 fans stock (good fans to boot since NZXT makes their own). The other value boxes I'd recommend first or second as well would be the Cooler Master HAF series, such as the $100 922 or the $140 932; even the $60 912 is a great case.

But don't forget to look around. $80 NZXT Phantom 410, $82 Corsair 400R, $85 Cooler Master CM 690 II, $90 Antec Eleven Hundred, or the $133 Silverstone RV03B raven; plus many many more in this price range.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:30 PM

I also don't really see any decent GPU deals today, at least anything in the 660 range. Anyone see any GPU deals?


Not in the high-mid range that you'd want. I have a 670 myself, and it's a beast.

#2777 JBaz

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

Phew, I'm almost done shopping for this computer. I just need a little more advice for the final lap.

Sadly, I haven't found any worthwhile Cyber Monday deals in terms of what I still need. I should have bought the Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply last night when I had the chance, the price went up a bit. Unless a random CM deal I missed turns up, I'll probably go with that unless anyone has other recommendations.

I'm also debating between two cases right now.

http://www.newegg.co...mc=CyberMon2012

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119233

I missed better sales on these two as well since I wanted to pick out my case last. Which would you guys recommend? I know the HAZ 912 has a 2 year warranty rather than only a year. It also looks quite sturdy and has a nice design for good airflow. However, the other offers a nice bit in terms of savings and has an extra pre-installed fan. I just need a decent case for cheap.

And lastly, while it's technically not a part of "building" the computer, I've been long overdue for a new router. Mine is at the very least 6 years old, probably older. I just bought this wifi adapter: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833704045

Would this be a decent/affordable replacement router to go with it?

http://www.newegg.co...mc=CyberMon2012

Yup, you should have bought the Corsair 430w PSU for $17 AR... I bought another one even though I have no personal use for it and I have a stack of used 500w's sitting in my work room. But never know when I need a good small wattage PSU for another build. The caps in it are worth $2 each... lol

As far as PSU deals, you are SOL, don't even seen any cheapo Cooler Master or Antec's for less than $30. Not even older OCZ Modx's. At this point, I'd see if you can find a combo deal with case & psu.

As far as case goes, either one will work. I personally don't like the Rosewill Challenger look, but for $30 can't complain. I'd also look at the $44 NZXT Tempest 210. Its a no frills black case but its very nice for the price, specially considering it comes with two 120mm fans, USB 3.0 and can house 8x 3.5" drives internally. I've built a workstation using this for a client and its tucked away as a sleeper power house. Just by looking at it, you wouldn't have guessed it would house a XEON and a Quadro.

As for the HAF 912, its an excellent case, but I'd shop around. $60 is normal price. I picked the 912 w/ 500w CM power supply last year for $45 AR. Even people have gotten just the case for $30 with coupon from MC.


In terms of routers, I would recommend the Netgear N300 for $20. Not sure if the one listed on newegg is v1 or v2, but its a fantastic no frills router that will work and still has loads of great features. I have the v2 that I picked up from TigerDirect for $20 refurbed about 6 months back and its been very good. Not sure how well the wifi works since I use a commercial level wifi access point, but of what I've read, its got some distance on it and it doesn't look like a crappy alien space crap that's odd to find a flat place for it.

Thanks for the feedback! I don't know anything about CPU coolers, but should it worry me that the CM 212 cooler says "compatible with sandy bridge" if I'm looking into the i5 3570k ivy? The CM 212 also doesn't list i5 on CPU support. I just want to make sure since I don't know a darn thing about those.

Thanks for the tip on Asrock too, didn't know they were owned by Asus. I'm very tempted by this one, don't know if it's a cyber monday deal or not.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157330

I also don't really see any decent GPU deals today, at least anything in the 660 range. Anyone see any GPU deals?

Sandy and Ivy bridge use the same socket... 1155, so the mounting holes will be the same. Intel has no plans on changing the mounting holes even when they unveil the next socket change in 2013. Even if they did, CM would just come out with an additional bracket hardware to work with it like they did with 2011 socket.

As far as the Asrock extreme 3, its normal price tends to hover around $130. You can check out the past prices on pcpartpicker. They give you a 6 month price history.

As far as a mid tier gaming gpu sale. This is about as close as you can get right now:
$190 Asus GTX 660 OC 2GB

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

Well, I ended up not buying anything this weekend/today. (It didn't help that both the mobo and cpu I was interested in both went OOS at newegg.) I appreciate all the help and advice though. I just didn't see much in the way of savings between Black Friday/CyberMonday this year. I will look for individual sales over the next month or two and hope some of the prices come down.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:41 PM

Well, I ended up not buying anything this weekend/today. (It didn't help that both the mobo and cpu I was interested in both went OOS at newegg.) I appreciate all the help and advice though. I just didn't see much in the way of savings between Black Friday/CyberMonday this year. I will look for individual sales over the next month or two and hope some of the prices come down.

Wait what? I thought you were going with Microcenter cpu/mobo deals? What did you end up getting this BF in terms of parts or what did you need to upgrade from your c2d/275 machine?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:54 PM

That wasn't me, I have no Microcenters even remotely close to me, unfortunately.
I never actually pulled the trigger on any of my orders. Saturday night, the mobo I wanted went OOS at newegg - killing the $15 discount on Win7. And yesterday the CPU did the same - killing another combo discount. The fact that I wasn't finding anything that was an improvement on the GPU for a decent price really held me back.

I might have had unrealistic expectations on Black Friday price reductions.
I'm still going to do this.. but I guess it will take a month or two to find the best deals on parts.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:47 PM

As far as case goes, either one will work. I personally don't like the Rosewill Challenger look, but for $30 can't complain. I'd also look at the $44 NZXT Tempest 210. Its a no frills black case but its very nice for the price, specially considering it comes with two 120mm fans, USB 3.0 and can house 8x 3.5" drives internally. I've built a workstation using this for a client and its tucked away as a sleeper power house. Just by looking at it, you wouldn't have guessed it would house a XEON and a Quadro.

As for the HAF 912, its an excellent case, but I'd shop around. $60 is normal price. I picked the 912 w/ 500w CM power supply last year for $45 AR. Even people have gotten just the case for $30 with coupon from MC.


In terms of routers, I would recommend the Netgear N300 for $20. Not sure if the one listed on newegg is v1 or v2, but its a fantastic no frills router that will work and still has loads of great features. I have the v2 that I picked up from TigerDirect for $20 refurbed about 6 months back and its been very good. Not sure how well the wifi works since I use a commercial level wifi access point, but of what I've read, its got some distance on it and it doesn't look like a crappy alien space crap that's odd to find a flat place for it.


The sad thing is that when I first saw the HAF 912, there was something I couldn't put my finger on. Only after seeing it again today, while I considering case options, did I realize it may have been that feeling when you think that's "the one". I really like the look of it, just stinks that there aren't any real sales. I take it the coupon isn't valid anymore? Because if so, I can always go out of my way to make another trip to microcenter. TT_TT

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:00 AM

yeah, the MC coupon was very YMMV and required you to practice your anti-salesmanship to get the deal... lol It was on sale BF for $40 AR from a few places like newegg and amazon. My only complaint about the HAF cases is that they look too fat, which isn't exactly a bad thing, but for some, the width may not fit in a pc cabinet or shelf properly.

That wasn't me, I have no Microcenters even remotely close to me, unfortunately.
I never actually pulled the trigger on any of my orders. Saturday night, the mobo I wanted went OOS at newegg - killing the $15 discount on Win7. And yesterday the CPU did the same - killing another combo discount. The fact that I wasn't finding anything that was an improvement on the GPU for a decent price really held me back.

I might have had unrealistic expectations on Black Friday price reductions.
I'm still going to do this.. but I guess it will take a month or two to find the best deals on parts.

They had plenty of gpu's that are better than the 275 you had, namely the 6870 for $120; but for the most part, you are right, very limited amount of actual good mass sales items. Mostly flash sales of a few things that went OOS uber fast.

I kind of wished I went in with the 3TB seagate drives, but screw trying to coordinate 3 or 4 other friends to buy drives for me to get enough for an 8 drive raid setup. A bit disappointing that 4TB drives didn't move an inch in price at all.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:19 AM

any good deals on GPUs on amazon.... i finally got 90$ in trace credit in...and now i think the deals are gone.

and again, im looking to spend no more than 150$, but i was aiming for somethign like 6870's. something with xfx if i can.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:08 AM

I bought the last one of these for 189$ with a 30$ rebate? good deal?

Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R785OC-2GD

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:18 AM

If anyone is in the market for a monitor:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824236174

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:49 AM

If anyone is in the market for a monitor:

Asus VS Series 23.6" 2ms LED LCD monitor $120 AR AC @ newegg

You need to learn how to add links properly. Everytime you post something, its always broken and the very least provide some basic info about the link with price.

I bought the last one of these for 189$ with a 30$ rebate? good deal?

Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R785OC-2GD

Pretty good, didn't beat the $140 price a few days ago, but nonetheless a fantastic find for all the lame gpu sales lately, specially for cyber monday and post encore sales.

Also, if anyone else cares, Newegg's post CM sales include the nice Corsair Hydro H60 cpu all-in-one water cooler for $40 AR, AC. Very nice cooler, specially at this price.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:51 PM

? hey jbaz, will the gpu work with my mobo iI posted a page back? ithe gpu sauys pciI e3.0

#2788 j-cart

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:46 PM

You need to learn how to add links properly. Everytime you post something, its always broken and the very least provide some basic info about the link with price.



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#2789 JBaz

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

? hey jbaz, will the gpu work with my mobo iI posted a page back? ithe gpu sauys pciI e3.0

pcie 3.0 cards are backwards compatible with 2.0 slots. You will "suffer" with 1/2 the bandwidth potential.

Will you notice a performance difference? Nope. You'll need a triple SLI 680 to even remotely get near saturating the pcie bus at 8x,8x,4x 2.0 slots running at 5760x1200 with FXAA and 16x AF of most modern games. Even then, most of the crosstalk between the GPU's are handled by the SLI bridge connections for faster parallel communications.

#2790 chibilaharl

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 04:10 AM

Contacted Amazon and complained about packagaing of my shipments and they gave me a few discounts, so here is the updated costs on my parts.


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ 75$ -19$
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 46$ -14$
Memory: Corsair Vengence 8gb 32$ -8
Storage: Samsung 830 128gig 60$
Case: HAF 912 30$
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x mini-Displayport PCI-Express 3.0 Graphic Card GV-R785OC-2GD 149$ (179-30MIR)