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MicroCenter Core i7 920 Upgrade - Great Deal

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February 25, 2010 6:39:14 PM

Well, I'm about to splurge and buy the following 4 parts to upgrade my existing AMD system (existing profile included in my sig below) from MicroCenter; finally moving back over to the Intel Camp after 15 years with AMD:

GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard - $219.99 with $20 MIR
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Core i7 920 Processor Boxed - $199.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 - $27.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Gold XTC 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL8 Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules) - $169.99 with $30 MIR
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

The grand total up front after taxes will be $655.04 and after MIR (6-8 weeks) the final cost will end up being $605.04 which is a pretty good bang-for-the-buck if you ask me. :-) What do you all think?

-- MaSoP

NOTE: I will attempt at running sysprep on my Windows 7 x64 load to ensure I don't have to do a clean re-install of the o/s
and all 100+ apps I've got loaded currently. I am hoping this works as it has in the past with XP.
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2010 7:17:31 PM

Switch the HSF for a Coolermaster Hyper 212. And try to find some 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. Newegg has some nice G.Skill Pi Series ones for $180.
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February 25, 2010 8:47:46 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Switch the HSF for a Coolermaster Hyper 212. And try to find some 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. Newegg has some nice G.Skill Pi Series ones for $180.


I'll have to drive to two micro centers to get all the parts, but that isn't that much driving. It'll still save money doing that. The only exception is MicroCenter doesn't carry G.Skill memory. It appears if I go local, I've got the following manufactures to choose from for memory... Corsair, Crucial, OCZ and Patriot. Any suggestions for one of those 4 brands for a CL7 rated 6GB kit? I'm looking now on their web site, but feel free to comment. Thanks again.

-- MaSoP
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February 25, 2010 8:50:30 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Switch the HSF for a Coolermaster Hyper 212. And try to find some 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. Newegg has some nice G.Skill Pi Series ones for $180.


It appears they don't sell CL7 rated DDR3 memory, just CL8, 9 and 10. How much of a real-world difference would there be with CL7 and CL8?

-- MaSoP
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2010 9:10:57 PM

I would order it online then. It's got free shipping on Newegg...
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 25, 2010 9:15:50 PM

masop said:
NOTE: I will attempt at running sysprep on my Windows 7 x64 load to ensure I don't have to do a clean re-install of the o/s
and all 100+ apps I've got loaded currently. I am hoping this works as it has in the past with XP.

Good luck with getting the Windows 7 install stable without a fresh install. That's never a good idea. I know it might be a pain, but you should really do a fresh install if you want a stable system.
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