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September 26, 2010 10:25:12 PM

I'm going to build a gaming rig within the next few days. I plan on getting an i5-760, GTX 460, Corsair 750TX (for future SLI OC), GSKILL 4gb DDR 1600.

Because these components are relatively high end I'm doubting they'll be on sale... Or even if they're on sale it won't be much and won't be worth waiting 2 months. What do you guys think?
September 26, 2010 11:31:59 PM

Do you really need a corsair 750? The Corsair 650 is on sale right now for about $53 after promo code and rebate. The GTX460 sips power, and 650 watts should be plenty of overhead for an i5-760, SLI configuration, even overclocked.

Do you live near a MicroCenter? The i5-760 is on sale for $170 plus tax. This is around 10 percent less than Newegg.

That leaves the memory. There are several models of G. Skill 4GB DDR3 1600. You are right - the high end stuff - over $140 - seems to be discounted on an infrequent basis. If you were thinking of purchasing in the mid-range, and do not have your heart set on G.Skill, there is a good chance that something will pop up. It is not there today, but last week Mushkin Enhanced had a $30 rebate on $109 RAM, DDR3 1600, CAS7 and 1.35 volts.

Does that help?

EDIT: Forgot the GTX 460 - they are on sale every week. You can often pick them up for $200 - that would definitely be worth waiting for a sale. Keep an eye out here for one: Slick Deals. Just be prepared to move, because the deals are often open only for hours.
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September 26, 2010 11:37:10 PM

AresReborn said:
I'm going to build a gaming rig within the next few days. I plan on getting an i5-760, GTX 460, Corsair 750TX (for future SLI OC), GSKILL 4gb DDR 1600.

Because these components are relatively high end I'm doubting they'll be on sale... Or even if they're on sale it won't be much and won't be worth waiting 2 months. What do you guys think?


If you can wait two months, wait three months for "sandy bridge"

Otherwise, go ahead and shop now, figure that you will be able to use a great system for a couple of more months at a modest price.
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September 26, 2010 11:54:10 PM

Do you want to start using your new computer right away? Or do you want to wait until December?
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September 27, 2010 1:48:43 AM

eloric said:
Do you really need a corsair 750? The Corsair 650 is on sale right now for about $53 after promo code and rebate. The GTX460 sips power, and 650 watts should be plenty of overhead for an i5-760, SLI configuration, even overclocked.

Do you live near a MicroCenter? The i5-760 is on sale for $170 plus tax. This is around 10 percent less than Newegg.

That leaves the memory. There are several models of G. Skill 4GB DDR3 1600. You are right - the high end stuff - over $140 - seems to be discounted on an infrequent basis. If you were thinking of purchasing in the mid-range, and do not have your heart set on G.Skill, there is a good chance that something will pop up. It is not there today, but last week Mushkin Enhanced had a $30 rebate on $109 RAM, DDR3 1600, CAS7 and 1.35 volts.

Does that help?

EDIT: Forgot the GTX 460 - they are on sale every week. You can often pick them up for $200 - that would definitely be worth waiting for a sale. Keep an eye out here for one: Slick Deals. Just be prepared to move, because the deals are often open only for hours.


Will the 650 watt be enough even if I overclock my i5-760 and both GTX 460 cards?? I really want to get the 650 watt because it's such an amazing deal. But I also want to OC the GTX 460 to 850 core clock speed, which is way above factory overclock and I can't find power consumption articles for SLI overclock at that level.

Unfortunately I don't live near a microcenter =/
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September 27, 2010 1:51:37 AM

geofelt said:
If you can wait two months, wait three months for "sandy bridge"

Otherwise, go ahead and shop now, figure that you will be able to use a great system for a couple of more months at a modest price.


Three months is gonna be too much, I was doubting I could even wait two months lol. I have a laptop I cannot bear to use any longer.
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September 27, 2010 7:08:57 PM

For a PSU, I would recommend HX instead of TX since HX PSUs are modular. I hope this helps.
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