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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by TSX420J, Oct 23, 2010.

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    as long as you can return it, then why not?
     
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    This line scared me

    "Newegg will NOT send you any missing accessories, even if it is required to use all of the item's functions".

    If I have to return it I bet it'll be out of my pocket too.
     
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    Well, what accessories would you need? SATA cables, pretty much nothing else. Do you already have some?

    If you call them up, they'll usually agree to pay return shipping
     
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    Im scared it wont bring the metal plate where the usb and vga are.
     
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    No reason to get a BE chip if there isn't going to be any overclocking going on just get a retail box cpu non BE will still come with a cooler.
     
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    I checked it doesn't, at least that is what newegg states in the detailed info.
    Can you unlock the other 2 cores with the non BE?
     
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    what about the this for 120+tax (+ shipping) if your dont have a MC close to you.
    MSi 785GM and Phenom II X2 560 COMBO at MicroCenter... That would save a few $$$'s

    :toast:
     
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    If newegg labels it as an oem cpu it won't come with a heatsinks, any retail box cpus will.
     
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    Thanks, I think boogah suggested that too. I will see the total will be, if it is only a difference
    of 10 dollars it wont be worth placing 2 orders. Im going to look at that seems like a good deal.

    Update--------------------------------

    Says in store pickup only. Too bad it was a great deal that could have saved me around 50 dollars.


    Won't let me add to cart because I live in a state where they do not have a store.
     
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    ahh , ok now i get it, let me see if I find one on there site.
     
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    that is of course why i added (+shipping) I have a microcenter store and i would be willing to make a MC trip for ya as long as you pay shipping from me to you. plus I work at the UPS Store so it's no out of the way to ship it to you! :roll:
     
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    LOL, thanks! I appreciate the offer but wouldn't feel right about making you go through
    all that trouble just because I want to save money. You're a nice person, thanks. :)

    If I change my mind I'll definitely let you know. Thanks :toast:
     
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    pssshhh troble for me?!?!?!?! NAHHHHH i love MC! any reason to go is ok with me, i'll go spend hours looking :toast:
     
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    LOL :toast:
     
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    Around that price range I'd get Rosewill Challenger. Better cable management, otherwise I would splurge a bit more on the case but that's just personal preference.
     
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    Nice!! I will definitely consider this one. I currently have a budget of 65 shipping included for the case.
     
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    Take a look at the haf 912 styling is a little different but some people like it.
     
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    I might have to take you up on that offer at some point in the future....I'd kill to have a MC within driving distance here :ohwell:
     
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    Yup seen it, it is pretty cool but I think it looks too bulky in the front.
    The haf x 942 is sick but too much money.

    I like a lot of straight lines and think that mesh look is on point.
    Cable management is a plus as is black insides are too, but the
    outside look and side panel is what I care about most.

    Been searching for a couple of hours and found these.
    Some have cable management but some don't. I am
    pretty good at coming up with ideas for managing cables
    when needed. I believe I might have found the ones I like.


    Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Comp...

    Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black / Black...

    Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid To...

    COOLER MASTER Elite 370 Black Steel / Plastic Comp...

    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid T...


    These are the ones I like the most including te one you suggested

    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Com...
     
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    I think I like the look and features of this one the best.

    Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid To...

    1. Overall it has the most attractive exterior IMHO.

    2. It also features a painted black interior.

    3. Even though it lacks the holes on the
    back panel, the PSU sits at the bottom, so
    it makes managing cables a lot easier for me.

    4. I really like the red accents on the tool-less
    drive brackets.

    5. The size is a little big but still small enough
    for my room.

    Thank you people you have been great at helping me with your
    tips and opinions. I owe you all a round,,, :toast: of applause.. hahaha J/K

    Thanks Again
     
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    I would swap the Phenom II X2 for the Athlon II X3, its cheaper, faster and can potentially unlock!

    I would change the motherboard, the 760G chipset isnt great. Get a 785G chipset or a 880G chipset as you'll get a much more powerful integrated card for HD movie playback.

    That Rosewil PSU looks dodgy!.............well not really but for the price you could probably find better.

    AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.7GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-...
    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cach...

    Edit:
    880g
    785g

    Either way, the build you posted above will do the job, I'm just more critical that most lol.
     
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