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  • Attention K-mart shoppers! Price drops on C2Ds!!!

    Welp, the much anticipated C2D price drops have occured earlier than expected (I expected this summer). Intel, in response to AMDs rock-bottom prices have basically hacked and slashed.

    x6800 $975
    QX6700 $970
    Q6600 $659
    E6600 $235
    E6400 $196
    E4300 $135

    Of note, you can now get an e6600 for $235 which was $308 just a few days ago. Comparatively, you can buy an AMD x2 6000+ for $239. And yes, I bought my rig a few days ago and got burned - I'm emailing newegg as we speak to try and get a credit.

    Also, prices on 8800GTX and GTS have dropped. You can get a GTX for $529 now, where not too long ago they were over $600. Expect them to drop a LOT more when the new cards come out early this summer. :)

    My o my, it's a great time to upgrade.

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    Re: Attention K-mart shoppers! Price drops on C2Ds!!!

    Killer rig from newegg:

    LIAN LI PC-A05B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail ($90)
    ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($130)
    BFG Tech BFGR88640GTSOCE GeForce 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 OC HDCP Video Card - Retail ($420)
    Thermaltake W0093RU ATX 12V 2.0 Version 500W Power Supply - Retail ($65)
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6400 - Retail ($195)
    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/2G - Retail ($110)
    Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM ($70)
    SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA Model SH-S183L - OEM ($40)

    Base Total: $1120

    Recommended build: $1120
    * add $40 for e6600 (trust me its worth it)
    * subtract $60 for 8800gts from evga (after rebate)
    * switch to retail hard drive and dvd drive for $20 more


    • #3
      Re: Attention K-mart shoppers! Price drops on C2Ds!!!

      Make sure that Lian-Li can fit the 8800.. I recall problems with some of them. To be sure, get the Antec 900 or Silverstone.

      e6600 is faster and has 4mb cache... no brainer, buy it.. not to mention it OCs to 4GHz.

      Might as well by ddr2 800 pc6400.. about the same price as 667.

      Buy the 320GB 16mb Seagate for 10 bucks more. Retail not necessary.

      For $100 more you can get a GTX which benches much higher than the GTS... or, you can wait until the summer for huge price drops. (one GTX is better then 2 of the best ATI's in xfire mode put together... and better than 2 nvidia GTs put together in SLI, it's just that badass)

      Thermaltake PSU not enough juice. You need 600W or more or you'll end up buying another down the road. Get a 600 or 700W OCZ for around $100.

      Mobo is great, but upgrade path is unsure. 680i p5n32-e is the way to go IMO.. u'll have access to 1333fsb cores down the road and it OCs like no other 680i out there. It also comes with a pretty good mobo sound card, and since you're dual core you dont need to worry about resources. Also a lot of other bells and whistles I wont list here.

      Note: do not plan on SLI just yet as the tech. just isnt rock solid yet (especially for Vista). You're still better off buying a single PCI-e card.

      Anyways, in a few months my $1600 rig will be the price of this one... unreal


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        Re: Attention K-mart shoppers! Price drops on C2Ds!!!

        Yeah I went for lasting price over best price to performance ratio, i already said switch to the 6600 but i recommend retail with the 5 year warrantee for the hard drive its not that much more. The gtx like you said is 100$ more, which is good. The 680i is worth the upgrade as well but then again you are going to be paying something around 180$ for unnecessary hardware. If it was my own rig and I had the extra cash I would do it, but for something that will play current games and future games fine and last a while I would stick with the 8800gts now, get a 2nd one in 2 years for <100 and I would double my performance and save money now.

        600W is not necessary at all, even with 4 more hard drives and another gtx when you actually buy a power supply with good efficiency. Look at some of the PSU shootouts by hardocp and you will see a 500W with REAL 80% efficiency is enough to power the most hungry CPU, 2xSLI gtx, 2xRAID Raptors, etc....

        The p5n rules but then again this is not meant to be overclocked, just the bare minimum for a killer gaming rig.

        Forget vista, its a load of crap, and SLI is very mature and solid. Again, the bells and whistles for the 680i are in my experience, very underused. yes they are worth it if you will use every one, but half of my abit ic7s features arent used and my asus p4b533 was a waste of extra cash too. both were excellent mobos but unnecesarily so.

        Post your ending price with all the recommended modifications you want, and then post the benefits and it might be easier to compare and decide for whom each rig would be.




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