There are better deals, this is hardly a reasonable price for the chosen components. I already had this combo deal meet its match just a few weeks ago... let me find that post.....
EDIT: Here is that post! It's from a few weeks ago but did involve the same combo - Some prices may have changed since then but there are deals to replace those even at this moment. The first combination I put together keeps the 400R to show that you can still get better choices for other parts while maintaining "better pricing".
Although I have beat the Supercombo with my own parts selection I also made a second suggestion in recognition of the fact that taking that 400R puts a redundant increase on cost that is counter-productive for a budget PC. A well-balanced PC on a budget should put more emphasis on performance.
If you want to know more (i.e. get an updated version of this list with more recent pricing), ask me tomorrow. Main case in point: that Supercombo hardly sells for a reasonable price (considering the choices-for-price can be beat) or is practical to the end-user. AVOID IT.
Originally Posted by xd_1771
EDIT: Forgot RAM, sorry
Total supercombo cost inclusive of shipping:
$531 + $33 shipping - $564 shipped, $554 after rebate
Initial cost: $595.84 shipped [$32 over budget]
Cost after 1-2 weeks (after rebates, both have the option of no-wait rebate which speeds up processing time):
Savings over supercombo after rebate price: $3
There are several possible ways that you could adjust the before rebate price to match or beat the Supercombo before rebate price but I decided to rely on an after-rebate price this time around so that quality parts can be chosen. Because the rebates return in 1-2 weeks, both offering no wait service, I think it's tolerable.
- The GA-78LMT-S2P has a 4+1 phase VRM with more capacity
- The Radeon HD 6870 is well ahead of the 6850
- The OCZ ZS 550W is well ahead of the Corsair CX 500 V2 in supply capacity/quality
I don't actually recommend you buy the combo I put out above. That is only meant to show that Supercombos are RIPOFFS and should be avoided at all costs.
A well balanced build for ~$580 shipped puts more emphasis on a good CPU and GPU and overclocking-friendly items (i.e. better board), while lowering the priority for things such as the computer case.
This is what I suggest for $580:
Initial cost: $594 shipped
Cost after 1-2 weeks (rebates): $549 shipped
By the way, both chips (960T, FX-4100) are fine for gaming. It depends what you really want.
- FX-4100 - competitive performance for price esp. when overclocked, with lower power consumption than Phenom II.
- 960T - Extra multithreaded power to begin with (2-4 thread scaling is not linear on the FX-4100 due to arch design so the 960T provides better multicore power) plus opportunity for 6 core unlock. However, 960T higher power consumption, lower OC ability and slightly below par single-thread performance when both are overclocked, observed from Cinebench results. To top it off, at this moment the 960T sells at a $25 premium on Newegg. It's hard to compare.