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post #41 of 69
Seriously guys, buy what you want and what you can afford. If money were no object, I would have gone with the i7-3960X despite it's awful price/performance ratio. Who gives a crap if the dude buying the 2500K or 3570K is getting a better price/performance CPU; I'm buying the 3960X because I can and can afford to. The difference in price means nothing unless budget is of high priority which it is to the majority of us; myself included.
post #42 of 69
in for Microcenter love, not that I don't buy from newegg but Microcenter is just so darn fun to go to. My wife and I go there on weekends just for fun, she likes to wander around in the apple section and monitors section. I typically stay in the build it yourself section and gawk at neat parts. Microcenter does have great deals on CPU/MOBO combos and some great sales in general but i have yet to find one GPU in every single visit that is close to neweggs GPU prices. I guess microcenter doesn't push video card sales as much and they don't ever really seem to have high end GPU's...or maybe they are sold quickly? I really wish microcenter would have some competitive prices on video cards but the store is still awesome.
     
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post #43 of 69
Microcenter's deals look less attractive once you add in tax. A 3770K is $330 at Newegg and $290 at Microcenter. Add in tax and you're at about $315. Better, yes, but no longer astounding.
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Microcenter's deals look less attractive once you add in tax. A 3770K is $330 at Newegg and $290 at Microcenter. Add in tax and you're at about $315. Better, yes, but no longer astounding.

a 2700k is 229 at microcenter, 309 at newegg. so it depends on the cpu, but you can save quite a bit at microcenter....

not to mention you can save $50 on a board/cpu combo quite often
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I have to leave my wallet in my vehicle when I go to microcenter. Every time I walk through the doors $300 magically disappears from my bank account.. rolleyes.gif
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I have to leave my wallet in my vehicle when I go to microcenter. Every time I walk through the doors $300 magically disappears from my bank account.. rolleyes.gif

This.

I went to the Rockville, MD Microcenter yesterday for the first time. If it was closer, I know my bank account would be totally empty all the time. Aside from water cooling gear (which they do have SOME, including several basic kits, but nothing like Sidewinder, Perfromance-PC, or FrozenCPU), they have a MASSIVE selection of parts and systems to choose from.

I walked away with everything in my "White Ranger" setup except for the water cooling parts, for a VERY good price. Got a sweet deal on a 2700K with UD3H mobo and Switch 810 case.
post #47 of 69
Day Trip biggrin.gif There is alot to do in the Chicago area. Also, Microcenter will price match Newegg and tigerdirect...maybe others too.
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post #48 of 69
I picked up my 2500k, 600T, and motherboard from them a while back for less that it would cost from the egg.
post #49 of 69
Hell yes, their CPU / mobo deals are sweet. I finally made the hour and half drive to MC and made the switch to Intel. Picked up a 3570k for $190 ($230 @ egg) and an Asrock z77 Professional (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157299) listed at the egg for $230 for $130 (normally $180 @ MC, plus the $50 combo discount). Can't argue with that at all, even after taxes. I almost felt guilty.

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I guess microcenter doesn't push video card sales as much and they don't ever really seem to have high end GPU's...or maybe they are sold quickly? I really wish microcenter would have some competitive prices on video cards but the store is still awesome.

I did notice this. The highest card that the Michigan store has was actually a 7950. Anything above a 7770 you had to ask a rep for; But it's no fun looking at the lower end cards. Especially when the prices don't seem to differ.

I wish there were more store you could go to where they have a wall full of cases that you can actually mess around with before you buy, instead of doing an crapload of research.
    
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I wish there were more store you could go to where they have a wall full of cases that you can actually mess around with before you buy, instead of doing an crapload of research.

Actually, the MicroCenter in Rockville, Maryland is like that. The very back wall is nothing but motherboards, and the side wall adjacent to that is just row after row of computer cases. They have 1 of each out of the box and on the shelf so you can see it before you track down the box, throw it in your cart and take it home.
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