Do not buy those DIY supercombos, they are ripoffs. See below
No. These parts, selected individually using mostly deals from OCN's online deals
section, form a better deal:
Phenom II x4 925
- $92 + $8 shipping [Superbiiz]
Biostar A880G+ + 2x2GB Patriot DDR3-1600
- $78 shipped both [Newegg]
Samsung F3 1TB
- $46 shipped [see link]
iMicro case + 400W PSU + keyboard + mouse + speakers
- $38 shipped [Superbiiz]
Use code DRAPER10 on Superbiiz and NEWCUSTOMER10 on Newegg for $20 off
Cost of the Newegg Athlon II x4 Supercombo
- $235 + $20.69 shipping (shipping really is that expensive, go check!) - $255.68 shipped
My combination effortlessly
beats the supercombo all around in quality for $252 shipped
without the use of NEWCUSTOMER10, and $242 shipped
with the use of it.
For $13.68 less
, you get a Phenom II x4 with the full 6MB L3 cache (which will make up for the 200Mhz speed loss), an 880G chipset motherboard with full HD playback capability (missing from 760G chipset), 2x2GB of dual channel DDR3-1600 memory, one of the fastest 1TB 7200RPM HDD on the market (as opposed to the slower 5900RPM), a PSU that is much better (okay, maybe not that much, but from personal experience I don't consider that Logisys 480W [an overrated 200W] ready for any modern system), a keyboard, a mouse, and speakers. You are paying less for not only more parts, but better quality parts. All around.
The Supercombo on the other hand gives you an Athlon II x4 with no L3 cache, a 760G chipset mobo with no full HD playback capability, crippled memory setup (single channel for no less cost), a slow 5900RPM HDD, a PSU that is absolutely unsuitable for any modern application, and no keyboard, mouse and speakers, for MORE COST. Buying that supercombo would be paying more for not only less parts, but worse parts all around. A.K.A. rip-off.
Never buy supercombos.
Note that the prices of certain items at the time of beating compared to now may not match.
On topic now, for $500 build options, have a look at this:
$350-450 budget - Socket FM1 - The Ninja - quad core APU, overclocking ready, SFF case, HD 6550D, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, OPTION-64GB SSD
NEWCUSTOMER10 coupon - $10 off [Newegg]
DRAPER10 coupon - $10 off [Superbiiz]
Without SSD: $341 shipped
With SSD: $446 shipped
If you need an OS in the budget, get the without SSD build and use this deal to get Windows 7 x64 here
for $87 shipped.Edited by xd_1771 - 10/3/11 at 9:53pm