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Do you guys think this newegg bundle is worth it?

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September 27, 2012 10:06:20 PM

So, first of all, I know I'm a veteran, but I want to get some input on this newegg bundle. I haven't been very active since IB came out (I went out about the time everyone was crazy about ASUS Sabertooth).

Anyway, I have a friend that's looking for a gaming pc to play modern games for at least 4 years, with a budget of $1,500. I saw this deal on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Now, 16GB of RAM is overkill (for now). And a 750W PSU would be better than a 700W non-modular kinda sketchy PSU. Otherwise, though, this deal looks kinda good. Oh, the mobo is complete overkill. But other than that.

However, all of those "other than that"s add up to a non-very-good bundle... so... what do you guys think?

September 27, 2012 10:17:09 PM

would take me 10 minutes to fill that SSD. rather have a big hard drive. I could build a screamer for about $800 and that would include an operating system.
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September 27, 2012 10:33:13 PM

Not that one. You can switch out that Gigabyte GTX 660 ti in this build with a GTX 670 and still come under that price. And this includes a 240GB SSD. 8GB of RAM is over kill but it's a cheap way of future proofing not to mention it allows for another 8GB later on for a total of 16GB...which is insane for a gaming build but whatever.


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Tower-Gaming-Comp... $94.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - CC-9011011-WW

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-80PLUS-Certified-Modular-... $86.00 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair CX 750 Watts 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply CP-9020015-NA

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $336.98 save: $13.00
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-120mm-RR-212E... $27.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $38.99 FREE SHIPPING
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So... $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without Software

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shippin
SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-240G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $299.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 660 Ti WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI / HDMI / DP SLI Ready Graphics Card Graphics Cards GV-N66TOC-2GD
Core Clock 1032MHz
Boost Clock 1111MHz



Total: $1,021.94 *not including shipping & rebates


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0077CR66A/ref=s9_hps_... $196.79 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW

http://www.amazon.com/VS228H-P-21-5-Inch-Full-HD-Monito... $134.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI
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September 27, 2012 10:42:35 PM

"Newegg.com cannot guarantee the compatibility of Combo items. Please contact the manufacturer(s) directly if you have issues or concerns regarding compatibility."

Wow! How can it be like that?

You try to sell a comb, but you ca not guarantee the compatibility? I infer then it is not a combo, but a bundle of parts!
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September 27, 2012 10:57:31 PM

jemm said:
"Newegg.com cannot guarantee the compatibility of Combo items. Please contact the manufacturer(s) directly if you have issues or concerns regarding compatibility."

Wow! How can it be like that?

You try to sell a comb, but you ca not guarantee the compatibility? I infer then it is not a combo, but a bundle of parts!



how's about it ?
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September 27, 2012 11:23:13 PM

Hmm... yeah, I guess I got a little too excited to see an almost-good bundle. Which it is a bundle (not a combo) I believe.

The standard cookie-cutter won't work here, by the way... no overclocking for him, thus, I'm thinking just a typical Extreme3 mobo? Maybe a Pro4? (Would the Pro really be much worse? I don't think he'll ever SLI, by the way).

I'd probably stuff in a 670 or maybe even 680 as well. I also wasn't implying JUST using that SSD... I'd of course add in a 1TB HDD as well (7200rpm, I know, I know). Has the opinion of Crucial M4s changed? Still good?

Which reminds me (indirectly). Would you guys recommend having an aftermarket cooler for a non-overclocked build? I'm speaking in terms of noise. How noisy is the stock cooler? I've also heard a few horror stories of the IB coolers letting temps go to 60 and beyond.

I'd probably take the money saved from that and buy him a nice monitor (oh... by the way... um... any recommendations?), a mouse (G400) and keyboard (typical Logitech, nothing fancy), and upgrade that PSU to a modular one so I don't have as many problems building it.

EDIT: Ah, by the way, only 8GB of RAM for now. I've only been gone for a month or so.
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September 27, 2012 11:37:15 PM

ddan49 said:
Hmm... yeah, I guess I got a little too excited to see an almost-good bundle. Which it is a bundle (not a combo) I believe.

The standard cookie-cutter won't work here, by the way... no overclocking for him, thus, I'm thinking just a typical Extreme3 mobo? Maybe a Pro4? (Would the Pro really be much worse? I don't think he'll ever SLI, by the way).

I'd probably stuff in a 670 or maybe even 680 as well. I also wasn't implying JUST using that SSD... I'd of course add in a 1TB HDD as well (7200rpm, I know, I know). Has the opinion of Crucial M4s changed? Still good?

Which reminds me (indirectly). Would you guys recommend having an aftermarket cooler for a non-overclocked build? I'm speaking in terms of noise. How noisy is the stock cooler? I've also heard a few horror stories of the IB coolers letting temps go to 60 and beyond.

I'd probably take the money saved from that and buy him a nice monitor (oh... by the way... um... any recommendations?), a mouse (G400) and keyboard (typical Logitech, nothing fancy), and upgrade that PSU to a modular one so I don't have as many problems building it.

EDIT: Ah, by the way, only 8GB of RAM for now. I've only been gone for a month or so.

If no over clocking involved (it's over rated anyways imo for IB) then look at the Asrock Z75 Pro3 for $85 + free shipping on newegg. Then take the 3470 cpu and combo it with the DVD drive (Samsung) to save another $10. Then look at the Antec Neo 520w on newegg for $55 and that psu will push a gtx 670. You can pick up 8GB of RAM atm for under $40. That leaves a crap load of money for SSD, case...whatever.
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September 27, 2012 11:48:28 PM

And take a look at the Corsair 300R on Amazon or on newegg. Great case and it's like $79 + free shipping.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $84.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $206.98 save: $10.00
Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i53470
SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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September 27, 2012 11:58:18 PM

Eh, I think I'd stay with the 400R and get a higher PSU to allow for a POSSIBLE SLI (or just moving it to the next build). Thanks for the Z75 tip... does the Z75 vs Z77 chipset change much?

Otherwise, I think I'll be okay! Any good monitor brands (I have to ask about preferred size) you know? I mean, ASUS is usually good... it'll probably be 24" or higher... but no higher than 27". Samsung is also good, but overpriced from what I've seen.
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September 28, 2012 12:06:50 AM

ddan49 said:
Eh, I think I'd stay with the 400R and get a higher PSU to allow for a POSSIBLE SLI (or just moving it to the next build). Thanks for the Z75 tip... does the Z75 vs Z77 chipset change much?

Otherwise, I think I'll be okay! Any good monitor brands (I have to ask about preferred size) you know? I mean, ASUS is usually good... it'll probably be 24" or higher... but no higher than 27". Samsung is also good, but overpriced from what I've seen.

You know I post about an average of a half dozen or so builds on here a day when I'm bored. And when you to the math you don't save all that much money going from future SLI to non SLI. I mean look at that first build I posted on here and do the math with the board + cpu combo, and the psu. Then do the math with the board, cpu and psu I just posted up above. If there is a savings it isn't that much. I'm going to guess it's less than $20.
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September 28, 2012 12:17:43 AM

My thoughts exactly :) 
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September 28, 2012 12:37:44 AM

Ah, last thing. Do you think I'll need to include an aftermarket cooler in this? Or will the stock intel be fine?
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September 28, 2012 12:48:50 AM

ddan49 said:
Ah, last thing. Do you think I'll need to include an aftermarket cooler in this? Or will the stock intel be fine?

I have friends who have recently done IB builds and are getting high temps with the stock cooler. Even the Cooler Master TX 3 for $22 is a step up from the stock intel. I mean with the heat being vented into the case with these non reference cooled cards these days it gets warm quick like.
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September 28, 2012 11:05:07 AM

Hmmm... I HATED the installation of the Hyper Evo (the backplate did NOT work out for me)... I don't need superior cooling for this, anyway. Any other low-cost coolers with easy installations you know of?
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