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October 31, 2011 12:25:10 PM

I am looking at building my PC but is now the time to buy or do I wait until the end of November to buy as you get to Black Friday and other deals?

Thanks.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 12:29:41 PM

There is always going to be incentive to wait, whether it's new products or expected sales/price cuts. You just have to decide when you want to buy.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 4:48:38 PM

right now, memory is incredibly cheap, but hard drives have jumped through the roof due to flooding in Thailand disrupting supply
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October 31, 2011 4:55:43 PM

ya was thinking with my build of just going with a SSD drive right now..maybe a 120gb just to get the OS on there and SWTOR hehe then worry about everything else once prices go back down
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 5:50:32 PM

Jayed said:
I am looking at building my PC but is now the time to buy or do I wait until the end of November to buy as you get to Black Friday and other deals?

Thanks.


One thing I've learned about Black Friday is that the high-end hardware almost NEVER gets discounted. What does get discounted are low-rated stuff, close-outs, things they're clearing their excess inventory of, that sort of thing. You can wait and see, but I guarantee that most of the high-end stuff won't be what's on sale.

But if you're waiting for Ivy Bridge, I keep telling people - it's what Maximum PC says - you're better off picking from the components you have now as opposed to waiting for the components you want. You could go wait for Ivy Bridge, but why not wait for new PSUs, GPUs, and so on? Then you're stuck with a P4 on a server where people who have the latest hardware are yelling at you to get off because you're slowing it down. My advice - buy now, then once you get the rig up and running, start finding out where your bottlenecks are, then get the parts you need accordingly. That's usually the best way to do it.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 5:57:07 PM

I mostly agree with g-unit. Except for the buy first and find bottlenecks. My advice is to plan carefully so your system is a match during the build so there won't be any noticeable bottlenecks. Unless there is a specific reason you want/need a feature on some new upcoming hardware. What's out is already great.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 8:27:03 PM

best suggestion: What's your budget?

$400? an a8 Llano, or a Pentium G with a 6770
$500? i3 or 955 with HD6790 or GTX 550
$600? i5-2400 w/ HD6850 or GTX 460
$700? i5-2500K w/ HD 6870 or GTX 560
$800? i5-2500K w/ 6950 or 560ti
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October 31, 2011 8:29:45 PM

This is what i have put together it comes to about 1300. It shows 2 copies of windows but that is for my wife's PC


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$119.99
$89.99


Hanns_G HL227DBB 21.5" LED monitor 5ms Full HD 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000,000:1
Item #: N82E16824254058
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
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-$60.00 Instant
$169.99
$109.99


GIGABYTE GV-N560UD-1G GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125401
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
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NVIDIA Gift - BATMAN Arkham City Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800999283
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$49.99 Saving
$49.99
$0.00


OCZ ZS Series OCZ-ZS750W 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Performance Power ...
Item #: N82E16817341049
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$109.99
$99.99


G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
Item #: N82E16820231416
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$46.99
1

Kingston 4GB Micro SDHC Flash Card Model SDC4/4GB
Item #: N82E16820134527
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$6.49 Saving
$6.49
$0.00


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157271
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
$129.99
$124.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
$219.99
$214.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
$199.98
($99.99 each)


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103099
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$34.99
1

XIGMATEK HDC-D802 Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler for HDD Bay
Item #: N82E16835233080
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.99 Instant
-$10.00 Saving
$14.99
$0.00


SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model TS-HB43L/HPBHF - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151248
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$59.99


OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227706
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 8:34:43 PM

you can save money on windows getting the Family Upgrade disk, which has a perpetual up to 3 computers at once installation option. runs about $129 for an upgrade disk and 3 licenses. There are several ways to legally load an upgrade DVD on a blank hard drive, so it may be the best option for that.


the 750W is overkill for even SLI GTX 560ti

a 620-650W will be more than adequate for two 560s.
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October 31, 2011 8:52:42 PM

Dont know anything about this family upgrade disk..where can I find this? I searched Newegg and didnt find it
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October 31, 2011 8:54:32 PM

nevermind found it on Amazon
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 10:06:41 PM

Don't get an OCZ power supply - they're not one of the more reputable brands out there, especially when it comes to the tech support / RMA department. You're better off going with something from Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, and so on. Otherwise pretty good choices for the most part.

Although instead of dual 560s, why not one 570 or one 6950?
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October 31, 2011 10:35:17 PM

ok will go with this for PS

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


now what about my Video card should I keep it or get something else? Budget for video card is around 250 max to keep this PC in budget
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 10:47:38 PM

Some Coolermaster PSUs have liar labels and are overrated, or claim to have protections they lack (fact, not opinion; reviews at HardwareSecrets). That's dishonest, and for that reason, I recommend against ANY Coolermaster products, regardless of quality. Fortunately, in every market they have entered, there is competition offering similar or better products for the same price, so you won't take a quality hit for refusing to do business with a dishonest company. For example, check out Rosewill and Antec cases, and Xigmatek coolers.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2011 10:49:55 PM

Jayed said:
ok will go with this for PS

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


now what about my Video card should I keep it or get something else? Budget for video card is around 250 max to keep this PC in budget


I'd stick with EVGA over Gigabyte, they're a far more reputable brand if you insist on NVIDIA. If you don't have a preference I'd also recommend the Radeon 6950 - it's a much better bang for your buck and on par performance with the GTX 570.
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October 31, 2011 11:01:50 PM

I just want great gaming so I dont care if its NVIDIA or RADEON.

truth be told i was getting NVIDIA because of batman LOL
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October 31, 2011 11:03:20 PM

oh and if you think the case is not good im up for recommendations
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November 1, 2011 1:20:25 AM

Updated build with new case and video card...let me know what you think.




NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146067
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
$139.99
$124.99


HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814161372
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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$269.99


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible ...
Item #: N82E16817139005
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$119.99
$109.99


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Item #: N82E16820233144
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$56.99
$46.99


ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157271
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$129.99
$124.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$219.99
$214.99


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103099
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$34.99
1

XIGMATEK HDC-D802 Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler for HDD Bay
Item #: N82E16835233080
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$4.99 Instant
-$10.00 Saving
$14.99
$0.00


SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model TS-HB43L/HPBHF - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151248
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$59.99


OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227706
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
November 1, 2011 3:15:17 AM

Oh I think I'd stay away from the Vertex 3 - they're one of the fastest drives on the market, but OCZ is not a reliable brand. I'd go with the Crucial M4 over an OCZ any day of the week.

And the Phantom is an excellent case choice - it's definitely one of the better full towers on the market.

And you can't have a 128GB SSD as your only storage device - you might want to consider adding a 1 or 2TB secondary drive, with the size of today's games, 128GB will run out pretty quickly.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
November 1, 2011 3:30:57 PM

Jayed said:
ya im going to get a drive but im waiting a little bit until prices come back down

this is what I will get for a SSD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Much better choice. and yeah HD prices are ridiculous right now. I need to get a 2TB hard drive for my HTPC setup and I cant find any for less than like $230, I'm waiting until prices come down for sure.
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