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i3+mobo is $120 at Micro Center.....
    
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Yeah non Black Editions are overclocked using the FSB, the difference is just in the locked multiplier
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I do not have a micro center near me. I dont even know where they are.
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post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by deadly12 View Post

I looked through a few places and found these two to fit best in your budget giving you best performance for the price.
1. i3 Bundle
Price: $409 - $50 (Rebate) = $359
Add any sub $100 SSD and you will be within your bugdet.
As far as graphics, if you are not not gaming, the built in graphics are very nice for general school and work use.

2. i5 2500k bundle
Price: $469 - $40 (Rebate) = $429
+ Personally If I wanted one, I'd go with this build it gives FREAKING awesome performance for the price. I seriously wouldn't want a graphics card if I was not gaming. HD 3000 graphics are more than ample for basic use and some light gaming.
+ SSD in this build may wreck your budget but if you still want one, This SSD may do the job = 54.99 + 5(shipping)
total = 489.99

Avoid these impractical Tigerdirect barebones bundles, they are designed so that old parts sell to the lazy but are not designed with the user in mind.  They almost always include a low quality PSU.  And redundant parts - i.e. the GT 520 will barely provide a benefit over an HD 3000, if you game you will end up replacing it with a better card anyway.... thus the barebones bundle costs more than configuring a list yourself.
 

Who would buy an i5 2500k with a non-overclockable H61!?

 

post #25 of 26
Well it may be true that the psu's are low price, but it doesn' t mean they are cheap quality. Having built more than 30 computers from TD and working with different brands such as Logisys, Coolermaster, thermaltake, and even diablotek, I never had a burnt psu or low quality output from them, Of course its not a Corsair, or PCPS, but those are for high end gaming machines. THe PSU's they include are enough for the components of the barebone and then some more.

I agree MSI h61 may not be overclockable, but you can set it to run turbo on all core all the time. which may qualify as an overclock of 400mhz. Not that much, but i5 is already a very very fast chip as stock speeds.
post #26 of 26

Oh, I forgot to mention that they're also very often massive ripoffs in that combinations for the same price but with better quality can be had.

 

 

$411 before rebate (basically matching the bundle price of the i3 barebones)

$351 after rebate (winning by $9)

 

And that's with:

  • A significantly better case with way better features including much better potentialcooling options and behind-the-tray cable management,
  • A significantly better and higher quality PSU (from a reputable, reliable brand name and with 80+ efficiency rating)
  • And a video card that outperforms the GT 520 (although it is older, it does outperform the 520 despite the lower 512MB VRAM [more VRAM is most apparent when playing at higher resolution; GPU shader count is more of an issue though and the GT 240 has more shaders); there is no DX11 support, but with such a low end card as the GT 520, the majority of DX11 titles would be unplayable at DX11 anyway.
  • Everything else has approx. equal parts quality.

 

All that for the same price before rebates, and a lower price without.


Edited by xd_1771 - 1/30/12 at 4:54pm
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