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Well, a 2500k build can be done for $750, you just have to look around for specials:

2500k $216 with promo code
Asus P8P67 PRO (refurbished) $88 it is refurbished, but they are excellent boards (I have one)
XFX 6950 1GB $240-$20rebate
Patriot 8GB DDR3 $35-$10 rebate, not the best ram, but it will get the job done
NZXT 210 Case $34 with promo code
Corsair 600W + 500gb HDD $140-$10 rebate
DVD Drive $16

Total: $771 shipped before rebates
$731 shipped after rebates
Edited by Frank08 - 1/26/12 at 3:03pm
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So, did everyone here forget that NCIX is selling a Phenom II x6 1055T + ASUS M5A97 bundle for $210 that pretty much steps on most all the alternatives being presented?

  • It costs the same as a Phenom II x4 955/960T + board
  • That is the cost of a 2500k alone
  • The cost is comparable to/not far ahead of the cost of an i3 2100 + board
  • The higher physical core count can provide significant benefits in games such as BF3 which are very multicore intensive
  • FPS in the majority of games that are more GPU-bound or prefer single-threaded performance is minimally impacted.  Of course, that would apply if the same GPU would be used.  But since you save significant money and can get a better GPU in the same budget with the 1055T + M5A97 combo, the AMD setup is a win-win because it performs better in nearly all cases.

 

So far I am the only person here (at least I think so) that has presented a PC that has everything necessary and is on the mark when it comes to budget, uses quality components, and uses a faster and larger HDD setup:

 

$751 shipped for all


Edited by xd_1771 - 1/26/12 at 3:07pm
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Ok I've come to put and end to this thread.


RAM http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360526 8GB $29.99

CPU http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 2500k $179.99

MOBO http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0367879 $59.99 with purchase of 2500k

Fry's will price match those, which total comes to $287.52 after tax


You can buy whatever the hell you want with the rest of the money and have an insane rig. I would highly recommend a 60GB SSD to use as a cache drive for whatever mech drive you get (another benefit of going intel)
    
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

So, did everyone here forget that NCIX is selling a Phenom II x6 1055T + ASUS M5A97 bundle for $210 that pretty much steps on most all the alternatives being presented?
  • It costs the same as a Phenom II x4 955/960T + board
  • That is the cost of a 2500k alone
  • The cost is comparable to/not far ahead of the cost of an i3 2100 + board
  • The higher physical core count can provide significant benefits in games such as BF3 which are very multicore intensive
  • FPS in the majority of games that are more GPU-bound or prefer single-threaded performance is minimally impacted.  Of course, that would apply if the same GPU would be used.  But since you save significant money and can get a better GPU in the same budget with the 1055T + M5A97 combo, the AMD setup is a win-win because it performs better in nearly all cases.

XD does have a good point. That's a great price for an x6 + ASUS mobo, imo.
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Ok I've come to put and end to this thread.
RAM http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360526 8GB $29.99
CPU http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 2500k $179.99
MOBO http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0367879 $59.99 with purchase of 2500k
Fry's will price match those, which total comes to $287.52 after tax
You can buy whatever the hell you want with the rest of the money and have an insane rig. I would highly recommend a 60GB SSD to use as a cache drive for whatever mech drive you get (another benefit of going intel)

That's a mATX mobo. No ability to crossfire/sli down the road.
Edited by computerparts - 1/26/12 at 3:08pm
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OP already stated there is not a Microcenter close to him.

If you read what you quoted, you'll see that I say Fry's will price match.
    
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XD does have a good point. That's a great price for an x6 + ASUS mobo, imo.

Thats an awesome price, I paid $320 for mine like a month ago. Wish I didn't need that parts right away. The would be a good one for the OP. smile.gif
 
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been thinking more... if your budget is inflexible:
AMD A8

antec 300 no psu

samsung F3 (member these were 50 bucks... sigh...)

ASUS mobo

6670 for hybrid x-fire

dvd drive

500watt psu

evo 212+

and 2x 4gb kit 1600 ram

Comes in to 748.90 with 2 free games, pretty good deal.
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post #69 of 102

^ This is a $750 budget PC, AMD APU builds are for $400-500 budgets..... tongue.gif

 

Plus, terrible case for price (NZXT Source 210 > 300 Illusion for less than half the price), meh cooler choice (Entermax ETS-T40 > 212 EVO for less price), boooo PSU choice (I can't recommend any Corsair at the moment due to sub-par price-performance, there are several better PSU choices for less)... the F3 1TB is really no longer viable as any suggestion due to the price, unfortunately (I too remember when they were cheap :/), plus that is a 2x2GB RAM kit lol

post #70 of 102
Well i was trying to cut back from my ~850 build above lol. I love my corsair i thought they were well respected? And yes i am not an expert at low budget cases, I love the expensive ones redface.gif. Yeah i was going to get my RAID 5 on this Christmas but the flood killed my dreams mad.gif. I meant get 2 of the 2x2gb ram kits tongue.gif
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