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Also, do you plan to OC the CPU? If you do, you might wanna consider adding a cheap aftermarket cooler, like the mighty Cooler Master 212+.
Sunbeam Twister and the A70 currently beat the 212+ in price/performance right now.
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Just looked at the RAM. I've seen 4 GB for the same price, but i can't find it now.
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Sunbeam Twister and the A70 currently beat the 212+ in price/performance right now.
I could believe the Sunbeam one (cheaper, looks good enough, and has a HDD cooler bundled, tho may be useless depending on the person but, hey, it's free), but the A70 is still pretty pricy, unless you are talking about another A70.
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Just looked at the RAM. I've seen 4 GB for the same price, but i can't find it now.
You must be looking at his old DDR2 RAM.
He's buying 8GB (2x4GB) Ripjaws for $50 right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428


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I could believe the Sunbeam one (cheaper, looks good enough, and has a HDD cooler bundled, tho may be useless depending on the person but, hey, it's free), but the A70 is still pretty pricy, unless you are talking about another A70.
Sunbeam Twister has 2 fans, 212+ has only one.
A70 has 2 fans as well. Also, it's $23 after rebate, which puts it under the $25 212+ while beating it in cooling performance by a large margin (unless you add a 2nd fan to the 212+, but that would defeat the $25 purpose)


OP, if you're looking for the cheapest CPU cooler out there, go for the A50.
http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...pu-cooler.html
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post #15 of 37
You could probably still knockoff 20-30 dollars by buying the CPU from NCIX or sumthin or microcenter and buy the 550ti seperately.
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You could probably still knockoff 20-30 dollars by buying the CPU from NCIX or sumthin or microcenter and buy the 550ti seperately.
Yeah someone linked the 2500k on the first page somewhere.. im guessing shipping will take forever on it but oh well.. money is money. Saying i do that, and maybe swap out that 540 out (and combo it with a psu) forrrrrrrrrr:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.749952

$20 off the combo, then a $20 MIR and a $25 MIR would knock that price down to about $230 for the combo which in my mind isnt bad.. also I think I like the mobo starbomba posted: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271
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Newegg combos are pretty bad. The PSU and the GPU i linked to you, together, are $220 together, and the GPU has a $30 MIR, getting total price to $190, with free shipping, and same performance. THere are other options for PSU's as well, like the one you picked before (TX650v2, $70 a-MIR), the OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ($50 a-MIR, and it's even semi-modular, meaning you can remove some cables to reduce the clutter), and the SilverStone Strider Essential ST60F-ES ($60 a-MIR + $7 shipping, i got a lot of experience with the ST50F-ES smaller 500w brother, and it's a hell of a PSU, but the extra shipping is the only con)
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post #18 of 37
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Newegg combos are pretty bad. The PSU and the GPU i linked to you, together, are $220 together, and the GPU has a $30 MIR, getting total price to $190, with free shipping, and same performance. THere are other options for PSU's as well, like the one you picked before (TX650v2, $70 a-MIR), the OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W ($50 a-MIR, and it's even semi-modular, meaning you can remove some cables to reduce the clutter), and the SilverStone Strider Essential ST60F-ES ($60 a-MIR + $7 shipping, i got a lot of experience with the ST50F-ES smaller 500w brother, and it's a hell of a PSU, but the extra shipping is the only con)
is there really that small of a difference in the gtx 460 and the gtx 560?
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is there really that small of a difference in the gtx 460 and the gtx 560?
Yes. They have the same amount of CUDA cores (which determine raw performance), but the regular 560 is clocked a bit higher. But higher clocks are, in average, 2-6 FPS's more with a truly good card. Such a small performance increase does not warrant the price increase IMHO.
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Yes. They have the same amount of CUDA cores (which determine raw performance), but the regular 560 is clocked a bit higher. But higher clocks are, in average, 2-6 FPS's more with a truly good card. Such a small performance increase does not warrant the price increase IMHO.
intresting!
So I've taken another look at some other options because video cards seem at a really weird place right now..

I've never bought AMD, but I was looking at prices and performance, and honestly.. I might consider an HD 6870. Opinions? The exact one is:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121418
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