I had decided to wait and see if Bulldozer would cause Intel's prices to shift. I'm sure ya'll know how THAT turned out...
Purchase Date: soon
Primary uses: Gaming
Budget: $700 or less before rebates.
Prefer: Newegg and Amazon
Overclocking: Once warranties expire or I need more performance
SLI: not now
Looking for USB 3 header on the mobo. I believe USB 3 will grow in popularity and I want front USB 3 eventually without running wires from the back of the comp. to the front.
Parts not needed (already own):
Keyboard & Mouse
PSU (Corsair GS600)
Graphics card (TRUE Nvidia GTS 450) (Say what you want, this thing kicks butt coming from a old Nvidia 6800)
Hard Drive (WD Cav. Blue 500GB)
The last thing I'm debating: A 64GB Boot Drive. I know the advantages, and that my HDD is not exactly high performance. But, is that really worth $110 extra. Coming from a Pentium D I am tired of 10 min boot times for XP and everything I've acclimated over the years. It's a tempting buy.
For a boot drive? absolutely not. That is all about the difference of you have draw string pants tied and a button/zipper combo. It still takes time, and for your budget, its not worth the upgrade. a good 7200RPM drive will perform, imo, much better for the price.
Good RAM Deal, but would the large 212+/evo fit over them? That is one reason I was avoiding large heat spreaders. And doesn't 1333 cas 8 run like 1600 cas9? I've studied ram and timings. The evo is out, but for my needs the 212+ more than good enough. The evo even caused the price to drop some. ;-)
@ Screwy Sqrl
I like the challenger U3. Didn't know that existed. The PSU I already have, so no new one. I'm also keeping this monitor until I need another one or can afford one AND a better graphics card. For personal preference reasons I'm sticking with Nvidia (WAY better driver update). EDIT: Ooo... /Small Win7 combo! Save $5
Perhaps your right. I just don't want to decide later to get one and have to switch Windows over to a new SSD. Still, $110 seems a little steep.
Ok, I cant argue with the value of 8GB for $50. However I went with a different set (Corsair) because it better matches the mobo color scheme. I still find it ridiculous that 2x4GB sticks=$50 while one 8GB tick goes for $200+.
This is simple. People who only have say, 2 DDR3 ports and need 16GB are at a large disadvantage from those with 4 slots. Item and Demand. They have it, some people want/need it, and since thats their only option, they can...plain and simple.
I would imagine it takes a lot more technical ability to create double the amount of memory at the same speed on the same size chip...might be an issue with architecture that is just a lot more expensive, as well as a higher fail rate (higher loss margin per sellable product).