So Im finally caving and building a SB as my comp is in serious need of an upgrade
My budget is flexible, to a degree. Lower prices are better, no doubt, but Im not gonna squeeze on $10-20.
I have no issue with Buying Used, Re-certified, or "Open Box" if it results in a decent savings
I live near to a Microcenter. I prefer shopping at MicroCenter and Amazon.com over NewEgg when the price is the same or close due to their open return policies should anything be wrong with the item(s).
- CPU (<$200)
- MOBO (<$150)
- GPU (?? ^.^)
- PSU (<$50?)
- RAM (<$80)
- Case ($<100)
- HDD ($50-75)
CPU Preferably $200 or less.
Pretty certain it'll be a i5 2500k from MicroCenterCase Preferably $100 or less.
Leaning towards $50-75 for a case. Something that looks decent with good/great airflow . Optionally: Front USB 3.0 ports are smexy (specially on the top).HDD Preferably $75 or less.
RAM Preferably $80 or less.
I figure 8GB of "whatevers good" .GPU
I still need to research this more. Taking suggestions. Leaning heavily towards nVidia. Initially will be getting 1 GPU card, with the expectancy of adding a second in SLI at a later date.
MoBo Preferably $150 or less.
Desired features: P67. SLI Capable.
I've left the motherboard for last because the Z68 is coming in the following week. Although the prices I've seen are fairly high ($300-500), if nothing else, they will lower current P67 prices. Though I'd love to get a Z68 if 1 comes out in an affordable price range .
I've done a good bit of searching and found the following MOBOs. Of course, this is a tentative list as I expect things to change. But lets run with the assumption that I will get a P67 MoBo. Any suggestion on which one?ASUS P8P67-M PRO seems to be a great deal price point wise. Only concern is if spacing will be an issue due to size.Code:
ASUS P8P67-M PRO$120 Open BoxMicroCenterASUS P8P67-M PRO$140 ShippedAmazonASUS P8P67$127 Open BoxMicroCenterASUS P8P67 Pro$151 Open BoxMicroCenterASUS P8P67 PRO$175 ShippedAmazonASUS P8P67 Deluxe$191 Open BoxMicroCenterGA P67A-D3$118 ShippedNewEggGA P67A-UD3$125 ShippedAmazonGA-P67X-UD3$140 MicroCenterGA P67A-UD4$180 ShippedAmazon
Sorry for the wall of text ^_^
Edited by Cloud007 - 5/5/11 at 7:13pm