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#2941 Duo_Maxwell

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

Is there any site that offers good combo deals for Motherboard / Processor purchases? I see the Processor I want, the i7-3770k is on sale at Micro Center for $230, but it's in-store only and I don't leave anywhere near one (Florida). Is there any special way to get that deal or if you don't live near a store you are screwed. I wouldn't mind paying shipping at that price since it's still $90 cheaper then Amazon and Newegg right now I just don't think there's a way to do it :(

Beyond that, mainly looking to buy i7-3770k and Asus P8Z77-v Deluxe, any good sites offering combo deals like that I should be on the lookout for? Also, for those shopping a while, what are good sale prices for these items. I just started looking about 1.5 months ago, and I saw the 3770k for $250 on a lightning deal once, and the cheapest I've seen the Motherboard is $254, normally around $260 although it just jumped up to $284 / $290 on Newegg. In hindsight, I should've jumped on the 3770k $250 lightning deal, but before the deal it was priced at $280 so I didn't think it was that great of a special until after the lightning deal it shot up to $320 where it's been for the past month.


Very long shot and I have no idea if it would work but I think Bestbuy.com price matches by phone. My guess is they have nothing to tell them where you live (well maybe caller ID), but you could always call and try to get a price match that way. Also you could probably arrange for someone else to pick it up and then ship it to you if you have family or friends in the area.

#2942 Mippo

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

No go, but worth a shot thanks. For the Motherboard/Processor combo, do any of the computer parts websites like Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect run large checkout promotions? Like, X dollars off orders over Y amount. Right now both of them together are over $500 so was thinking maybe get a deal that way.

Also, if I were to buy it on Amazon from one of the non-Amazon backed sellers how do the Manufacter's Warranties work? If I buy it new, does it still start from the time I buy it or is it not worth buying from a non-Amazon vendor if you might need the Warranty?

#2943 s0undwav3

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

I sell on Amazon as an independent seller and Amazon creates a receipt for the buyer. They need that in order to do warranty exchange with the original manufacture's warranty support. So far I've sold probably 20-30 different computer parts on amazon and I've not had a single problem.

It's safer to get expensive stuff from a local retailer first to make sure you like what you are getting, if you had a Microcenter near by, I'd recommend them.

I would not deal with Newegg on anything with moving parts, their shipping kinda sucks, they don't pack stuff very well and you don't get free shipping back if you need to do an RMA.

Amazon does offer exchange / replace if you buy through them (not an independent seller on amazon).

My advice is just watch for sales on things you end up thinking you want to upgrade to, don't just buy on a whim. It took me well over 6 months to get all the parts for my PC upgrade but it was way worth it since I saved a lot of money vs just buy everything at once.
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#2944 Mippo

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

I sell on Amazon as an independent seller and Amazon creates a receipt for the buyer. They need that in order to do warranty exchange with the original manufacture's warranty support. So far I've sold probably 20-30 different computer parts on amazon and I've not had a single problem.

It's safer to get expensive stuff from a local retailer first to make sure you like what you are getting, if you had a Microcenter near by, I'd recommend them.

I would not deal with Newegg on anything with moving parts, their shipping kinda sucks, they don't pack stuff very well and you don't get free shipping back if you need to do an RMA.

Amazon does offer exchange / replace if you buy through them (not an independent seller on amazon).

My advice is just watch for sales on things you end up thinking you want to upgrade to, don't just buy on a whim. It took me well over 6 months to get all the parts for my PC upgrade but it was way worth it since I saved a lot of money vs just buy everything at once.


I just finished my last purchase yesterday, it took me about 1.5 months of searching for deals but so far I'm happy with everything and outside of a few pieces, when the Motherboard / Processor arrive this week about 80% of it is still within the 30 day return period. I probably didn't get the "best deals" as compared to someone who waited 6 months, but I did get every item on a sale of some sort and feel very good with my purchases, ending up saving around $300 in total, $400 counting the monitor I got cheaply on Black Friday.

Build:

Seasonic X 850 Gold
16gb Corsair Vengeance LP
Noctua DH-14
Windows 8 Pro
Samsung 840 Pro 128g
Caviar Black 1TB
P8Z77-V Deluxe
I7-3770k
HAF X
AMD 7850 2gb OC (Feel like I should've spent a bit more here..)
ASUS DVD/CD Rewriteable player

Thrown in Freebies with purchases:

Assassin's Creed 3 (with SSD)
Far Cry 3 (With Video Card)
McAfee Antivirus 2013 Plus (With Motherboard)

Total cost around $1450 after $60 in rebates.

#2945 j-cart

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

If any of you are looking for a cheap video card upgrade, tigerdirect is have a deal on a 560ti for $110 after rebate.

Link to the awesome deal

#2946 j-cart

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:28 AM

Okay now this time, I need help.

http://www.cheapassg...0&postcount=352


Anyone got any ideas for the cause of the problem?

#2947 Mippo

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

So I put the whole build together, and everything works fine except for the fact that the Power Supply (Seasonic X-850 Gold) is really noisy. It's like a coil whine, and it happens as soon as you power on the Power Supply, even with the computer off. It's like nails on a chalkboard annoying, so I sent it back to Newegg for a refund and ordered the Corsair 850AX Professional version. Which I think is also made by Seasonic, and almost identical to the Power Supply I just sent back, but it's on sale right now and quicker to send it back for a refund and order a new one, then to wait for a replacement. Plus, I get a new 30 day return policy on the new purchase in case there is anything wrong with this Power Supply. I looked around though, and it seems coil whine is starting to become a bigger issue in the newer, high end power supply units. I guess the quality of Corsair / Seasonic is not what it used to be anymore.

#2948 hpbbes

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:09 AM

I need a new computer and since I haven't built one in about a decade, I need opinions so thanks in advance.

We currently have a late 2007 iMac, which I plan to make the full-time kid computer. It still works but its awfully slow for loading pictures, videos, music, etc. and i can't see spending $1800 on a new one. Anyway, the main purpose of the new computer is basic browsing, Skype with the family, the aforementioned pictures and videos. I do all of my gaming on consoles now, but would like to play diablo 3, guild wars 2, and run Dolphin and PCSX2 at 720p or 1080p.

Here is what I came up with:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AKvu

Core i5 3570k
ASRock Z77 pro4-m
Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus
EVGA GTX660
8gb Corsair 1600 CAS 9
WD black 1TB
XFX 550W PSU 80 Plus Bronze
Fractal Design Arc Mini
ASUS VH232H

I plan to run Ubuntu but also have a Windows 7 key for games.

Knock another $70 off due to better pricing on a couple items and the CPU/MB combo at my local microcenter. I'd like to keep the total as close to $925 as possible after rebates because I need a webcam, keyboard, mouse, wifi dongle/card, etc. too. I've struggled with what PSU to buy so any recommendations would be appreciated (do I need modular?). The GPU is probably overkill for my purposes, so spending less is ok (will a 650ti get the job done?).

Thanks again.

#2949 elessar123

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:03 AM

Seasonic and Corsair (made by Seasonic) are both great choices.

You don't -need- modular, but I really appreciate my modular.

I personally would get a more powerful PSU, because I have always been told to aim for 60% load on the PSU. Not everyone agrees though.

#2950 hpbbes

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:53 AM

Thanks. I picked up a Seasonic 620W modular psu from amazon and ordered the monitor from newegg. I'll go crazy at microcenter this week and get the rest. I'm at half the price of an iMac and pretty pumped for a new computer.

#2951 Dead_Batteries

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 06:22 AM

This is my first time trying to build a pc, so if anyone can help me. This is what I have so far.

For some reason it won't show up after I saved it. Anyways


AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon

RAM: G.SKILL NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-8GNS

Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

DVD Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Edited by Dead_Batteries, 03 February 2013 - 10:32 AM.


#2952 j-cart

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 07:52 AM

This is my first time trying to build a pc, so if anyone can help me. This is what I have so far.

http://secure.newegg...spx?ChangeQty=0



Make sure you have your wish list set to public share. Link returns nothing for me right now.

#2953 Duo_Maxwell

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:49 PM

This is my first time trying to build a pc, so if anyone can help me. This is what I have so far.

For some reason it won't show up after I saved it. Anyways


AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon

RAM: G.SKILL NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-8GNS

Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

DVD Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


What will the PC be used for? If it is gaming then that setup is a no-go.

#2954 kingfelix

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

thinking of changing form factors from my midi tower atx to a mini itx tho im looking to run i5 3570k oc with dual 120 rad like kraken x60 or h100 this is flexible to change to single rad as long as the case has adequate cooling i looked at a bitfenix brodigy which wld work well and has plent of space but size wise its not rlly small.another factor to consider is it must fit 7870 club joker card or a longer card any suggestions? my current case is from a novatech barebones bundle. size 48cm (H) x 48cm (D) x 19.5cm (W) is current case size looking for somin tht cld fit on a desk or somewhere else hidden away and i dnt need the use of optical bays and run ssd so taking out the drive bays is doable to

#2955 MrshllJcb

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:02 PM

This is my first time trying to build a pc, so if anyone can help me. This is what I have so far.

For some reason it won't show up after I saved it. Anyways


AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon

RAM: G.SKILL NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-8GNS

Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

DVD Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply



I'm not nearly as knowledgeable as some of the people on here, but if this is to game on I would avoid getting a cpu with integrated gpu. I would also shoot for a quad core, or even one of the 6 or 8 cores (I got a 8 core FX 8120 that I have been nothing but super pleased with), and get a dedicated GPU. You will probably want a more powerful psu for this set up as well

I also have the Cooler Master Elite 430, and I do really like the case and window, but I am not crazy about the always on blue led in the front of the case.

my build (from September) that I really love so far, and has been able to play everything well is:

Case: Coolermaster Elite 430
CPU: AMD FX-8120 8 core 3.1ghz OC'd to 4.0ghz
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus
GPU: Asus HD 7870 dc2
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3
HDD: Western Digital 1.5tb
SSD: Sandisk 120gb
PSU: Corsair GS700
Ram: 8gb Corsair Vengeance
Optical: LG DVDrw
Monitor: Sony 24" 3D display
Mouse: Logitech g700
Keyboard: Rosewill Gaming Keyboard (RIKB-11003)


And did another build for my friend recently that he has loved:
Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1
CPU: AMD FX-4170 quad core 4.2ghz
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus
GPU: Gigabyte HD7870
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3
HDD: Seagate Barricuda 3tb
SSD: Intel 120gb
PSU: Corsair HX750 modular
Ram: 8gb gskill ripjaw
Optical: LG DVDrw
Monitor: 22" 1080p Dell monitor
Mouse: CMstorm xornet
Keyboard: Rosewill Gaming Keyboard (RIKB-11003)

Edited by MrshllJcb, 06 February 2013 - 06:22 PM.


#2956 Prota

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

Hey everybody, long time no speak. Just wanted to give an update and say that I finally got my pc running. It seems like the PSU was the problem, so I ordered a Corsair TX630 and that with my RMA'd motherboard works great. Seems like the CX series of PSUs have compatibility issues with the EVGA Z68 FTW motherboard. Now I'm stuck with a Corsair CX430 since it's too late to return it. TT_TT The only issue I seem to be having is that sometimes certain shades of orange/red display as pink. I'm using a 32-nch Toshiba TV as my monitor and tried using two different HDMI cables, but haven't been able to figure out the problem yet. Also, thanks again to everyone that helped me out before. The computer wouldn't be looking and running as well without all your solid feedback.

#2957 j-cart

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

At least you know the problem!

I just upgraded from a GTX 470 to the Sapphire Vapor-X 7950 3GB. Now I get ultra settings with solid FPS, the only loser is my wallet :(

#2958 MrshllJcb

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

At least you know the problem!

I just upgraded from a GTX 470 to the Sapphire Vapor-X 7950 3GB. Now I get ultra settings with solid FPS, the only loser is my wallet :(


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#2959 PetriesLastWord

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:22 PM

I'd kill to be near a Microcenter. Their deals are unbelievable.
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#2960 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

I'd kill to be near a Microcenter. Their deals are unbelievable.


Their deals are great but their prices on some things.... not so much. Cables for example are expensive. 6 foot HDMI cables are $15.

#2961 MrshllJcb

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:44 PM

Their deals are great but their prices on some things.... not so much. Cables for example are expensive. 6 foot HDMI cables are $15.


Its all relative, compared to BB or other retail stores thats still a bargain, but to those who know better its way too much

#2962 aShufflinZombie

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 12:00 AM

Its all relative, compared to BB or other retail stores thats still a bargain, but to those who know better its way too much


For anything electronics related it's Amazon or MicroCenter. :D True story. One time I went into a Radioshack for a DVI-D to HDMI cable. They were like yeah we have it, the price was $54.99. Let that sink in.

#2963 MrshllJcb

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:12 AM

haha thats so crazy, but I think the cables are the biggest markups in most electronics stores. Its crazy to see 3 or 6 foot hdmi cables going for like $30-$50, when we can get 10 foot cables for like $1.25 apiece.

But at the same time, before I discovered this site I spent msrp on games fairly regularly so its all about being an informed customer

#2964 clonesniper666

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:27 PM

Sorry to ask for help again but would anyone be able to give me some advice for a cheap gaming PC that game run most games on high settings, it can be an AMD or Intel build.

I would like to keep the price below $800 or very close, not counting OS and Monitor/Keyboard/mouse.

I suck at building cheap PCs mine are always $1000 + at least.

I appreciate the help as well.

Edit: Most of my buying will be either Newegg or Amazon.

List of Games I would most like to be able to run on High:
Far Cry 3
Skyrim
Sleeping Dogs

Edited by clonesniper666, 07 February 2013 - 03:52 PM.

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#2965 MrshllJcb

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:43 PM

Sorry to ask for help again but would anyone be able to give me some advice for a cheap gaming PC that game run most games on high settings, it can be an AMD or Intel build.

I would like to keep the price below $800 or very close, not counting OS and Monitor/Keyboard/mouse.

I suck at building cheap PCs mine are always $1000 + at least.

I appreciate the help as well.


First question... do you live near a Microcenter? Or are you planning on doing most of the shopping online?

edit.. I see there is one microcenter store in Northern Virginia, they are the best place to shop usually as they have ridiculous deal often. I'm no expert but build myself a very nice computer for a decent price and help my friend build a nice one as well on a budget (although he went nuts on a case) I actually posted my build a page back and it may help.

#2966 clonesniper666

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

First question... do you live near a Microcenter? Or are you planning on doing most of the shopping online?

edit.. I see there is one microcenter store in Northern Virginia, they are the best place to shop usually as they have ridiculous deal often. I'm no expert but build myself a very nice computer for a decent price and help my friend build a nice one as well on a budget (although he went nuts on a case) I actually posted my build a page back and it may help.


Sorry should have stated that most of mine will be online shopping because I live in a rural town, so no big stores like microcenter and the closet is a bestbuy that is an hour away.

I will check your build as well.

Edit:
Would anyone recommend this build:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C18t

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#2967 j-cart

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

Would anyone recommend this build:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C18t



Not bad for a mid-tier build.

While the FX-4300 "says" it is a four core processor, it really isn't. The numbers may show that it can handle gaming tasks decently, but if there were any part on your list that would be a bottleneck, it would be your CPU. Note that the FX-4300 is the lowest tier from AMD's "Vishera" line up.

Rule a thumb when making a gaming PC is to roughly spend the same amount on the CPU and on the GPU. If you stick with AMD, you'll be in luck because AMD tends to keep their high end CPUs priced very reasonably. I would suggest looking into the FX-8320. The numbers might not look like a huge jump, but it would be only an extra $40 for a LOT more head room.

#2968 clonesniper666

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:45 PM

Is this basically the build you would recommend: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C4wd

If you have any advice on the PSU I would appreciate it. I originally had a Rosewell 650W PSU but it is about 2x as much as the listed one and if it would not make a big difference I would try the Apevia brand.

I believe this may be the build I stick with since it is within the price I want to spend and seems to be able to play the game I originally listed.
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#2969 j-cart

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:15 AM

That setup will play all current games on high settings no problem.

As for PSU I have only have experience with Cooler Master, Cosair and now Seasonic.

Just recently purchased this guy on sale for $90

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817151087

Based on the stats, the Apevia looks like it will do you just fine. What I am wondering is why you don't just use your old Rosewell 650W. Either way your build looks pretty good. Make sure to take that list to other sites than just CAG to get a look over!

#2970 Duo_Maxwell

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:17 AM

Is this basically the build you would recommend: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C4wd

If you have any advice on the PSU I would appreciate it. I originally had a Rosewell 650W PSU but it is about 2x as much as the listed one and if it would not make a big difference I would try the Apevia brand.

I believe this may be the build I stick with since it is within the price I want to spend and seems to be able to play the game I originally listed.


That mobo seems out of date/ over priced. Is the $105 accurate? You could get a 990FX ATX board for about the same price with better features, more room to upgrade, etc. Or you could buy another similar micro-atx board and probably save about $25-40. Also, I've found unless you are an audiophile the sound card is not worth it anymore. The vast majority of decent motherboards have 5.1 or 7.1 and unless you are really into your music or recording something it's just as well to save the money.

Other than that I have a very similar setup built about 2+ years ago with older AMD components (different processor, had a 6870, etc.) but I really like it and so far it has kept up very well IMO.