So, some of you know that recently I found out my desktop is running around 5-6 Years old. It kinda explained why things ran so slow. I haven't BUILT a desktop in years, mostly because the last time I tried, you had to watch CPU/Motherboard matching.
I started to look at bundles, and a site I look at sometimes has a nice build guide: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2151-Guides-Contest-Guild-Reputation-Setup-of-the-Month-Recruitment-Comics (Scroll down)
In their build suggestion, I was looking at Narwhal and when I looked at the price here locally, I could do it about the same, not including Case, CDRom, HDD and other things I don't really need.
My current vendor of choice is Canada Computers, I find they are reasonable, and not as pushy as TigerDirect has be come. So I started looking at the site to see what they had, pre-built. I settled on http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_121&item_id=035681 and asked for comments via Twitter. @marshray pointed out the following:
@coolacid another $100 might make a big difference on the video card. The 'Home' OS? Oh and that chipset is defective http://bit.ly/g4BpzI
Sigh - I didn't care for the M$ Tax, I use Linux on my desktop. And a defective chipset. Back to the drawing board. Fortunatly, he suggested I look at the Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H and AMD Phenom II 1055T. I have been a fan of AMD for a long time, but getting tired of their lack of quality linux video drivers. But what the hell, lets price it out:
Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H Socket AM3 (Six-Core Support) AMD 880G + SB710 Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4250 Graphics with HDMI/DVI/VGA Dual-Channel DDR3 1800+/1333/1066 MHz 8-Channel HD Audio Gigabit LAN 5x SATA 3Gb/s + 1x eSATA3Gb/s 12x USB 2.0 Micro ATX
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T (125W) Six Core Socket AM3, 2.8GHz, 9Mb Cache, 2000MHz HT, 45nm (HDT55TFBGRBOX)
Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz CL9 DIMMs (996770)
Asus ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 nVidia GeForce GTX 470 Chipset (607Mhz) 1280MB (3348Mhz) GDDR5 Dual Dual-Link DVI-I/HDMI Display PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
Antec TP-750 Blue Truepower New 750W Continuous Power Supply
I don't include mail in rebates - I don't ever expect them to work ;) Comments and suggestions welcomed!
Update: (Mail In Rebates)
Just to Kinda keep all this together MIRs come out to about $65. So IF the MIR actually go though, total cost before tax would be: $667.96