Combo on the case/PS = $20, $15 rebate on motherboard...
If I add Win7 total is $500. (+shipping)
Been reading on Tom's Hardware at a friend's suggestion that I build my own PC to replace my Dimension 8300. The $750 system build looks close, but I don't have very high video needs. In fact, the onboard GPU might be enough for now. The games I still need to play are Star Wars Republic Commando and KoTR: II.
Crossfire is not likely for a long while. If a game were THAT good that I had to have it... I may want to play Starcraft 2 when it comes out, since I've got a friend that loves Starcraft. Through my company I can get the Employee Purchase Program at Dell, but it seems like I have to pay several hundred dollars more to get something comparable to this system.
Any problems with this? Is it overkill? I'm thinking with my needs this PC will last as long as my Dimension 8300 did (5.5 years). Thanks!
Thats too pricey IMO for a 700series board when u could actually land bigger/better tech at a cheaper price with the 800 series native SATA 6GB/s supporting and in this mobo USB 3.0 via NEC chip ^^ $358AR including ship
In Conclusion, I feel that the ASRock 880G Extreme3 is a board that you should watch out for in your next upgrade purchase. It is one of the best price/performance board available in the year 2010. We give it our Editor’s Choice award.
USB 3 support
Power switches, Clear CMOS switch at the back
Here are my ratings out of 10.
Performance 10 / 10
Features 10 / 10
Ease Of Installation 9 / 10
Overclocking Features 9 / 10
Documentation 7 / 10
Packaging 8 / 10
Cost / Performance 10 / 10
Overall Rating : 9 / 10
The OC nuts at Xtremesystems have also put the 890GX version thru it's paces as well ^^ Again for a tad more 800 series for the win - just bigger/better tech w.r.t 700 series and in this particular case one cheaper!
Would that be worth it, or is it overkill with what I intend (internet, Excel, old PC games)? Just save the $21 and get a discrete graphics card later?
Comparing that 2.6GHz quad to a 3.0GHz triple core is hard to call an upgrade. For heavy multi-tasking and large number crunching apps it might be a bit better. For individual tasks and gaming the faster triple core will give better performance, especially older single threaded games.
Price equal I will buy corsair RAM over any brand. Unfortunately they do seem to constantly be overpriced right now. I would go for a cheaper CL7 Gskill, Mushkin or Patriot. I would avoid OCZ right now, they seem to be having problems with RAM lately. I am not real happy with the OCZ RAM I bought for my latest PC.
If you qualify for the rebate, thats a good deal on the Corsair XMS3. I never count on mail-in rebates when quoteing a system because you never know if they will purchase before the rebate period expires.
Bit better processor, less PSU. 500W should cover me for the single graphics card I'm likely to ever use. Or is there an 880 mobo that would add a few bucks but give me the better onboard graphics?
So I was looking through my parts, making sure all of the rebates are still valid, and saw a promo code for free shipping on the case. I added an anti-static strap, with shipping it came to $443.59. $65 of rebates. Middle of next week I should be getting my first PC parts! Thanks for your inputs dndhatcher and batuchka!