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Bulldozer fx 8120 mobo bundle

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February 17, 2012 9:18:55 PM

hey guys,

I am currently building a budget gaming machine and I had a question or two.

1) Microcenter has a deal where if you buy a new amd bulldozer you get a motherboard free or really cheap. Is this a good deal?

2) If this is not a good deal, what would be a good cpu and motherboard that would be around the same price?

3) If this is a good deal, which mobo should i get with it?

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

EDIT: I probably should have put in what i want to play. I play a lot of source games and other mmo's like grand chase and need for speed world. I currently have an amd Athlon 64 x2 5000+ without a gpu.
February 17, 2012 9:59:14 PM

Get the gigabyte 970 for the free board or spend thde extra and get the 990fx.
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February 17, 2012 10:49:21 PM

hey do you know how long that deals going on for?
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February 17, 2012 10:51:31 PM

thanks for the advice. and also i couldnt say how long its going on for. Its only been a few day and microcenter's deals usually last a while. like a month or more

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February 17, 2012 11:43:30 PM
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Microcenter almost always has free motherboard deals, the specific motherboards and cpu models available change but they've consistently got them every month for a good 2 years now.

With that said, the FX processors really aren't that good for gaming.

"With the sub-$100 Pentiums performing so well, Intel's $125 Core i3-2100 easily beats more expensive Phenom II and FX models. And the $190 Core i5-2400 dominates the sub-$200 landscape without challenge, really. As such, we're almost-shockingly left without an AMD CPU to recommend at any price point." This comes from this review.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-10.html

February 18, 2012 12:00:16 AM

the i5+$40 off a mobo is an exceptionally better performing combo for only $50ish more. That deal was really good when they were running it with 1090/1100Ts for $180 - not worth it for the FX processors.
February 18, 2012 12:11:23 AM

Best answer selected by cranekill.
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February 18, 2012 12:48:34 AM

aww crap.. and here i was spending money on newegg... a new i5 2500k is 179$ too.. why is it so cheap? is there something wrong with their products?
February 18, 2012 1:21:54 AM

I still have not figured out how microcenter has such low prices. This will be my first time buying from them considering this is my first build, but i haven't heard any negative reviews, actually most of them i have heard are extremely positive.
February 18, 2012 2:53:32 AM

I bought my 2500k and GA-Z68XP-UD3 there. amazing deal and very friendly.
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