DEAL or no deal?

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Newegg currently offers a pretty good motherboard + ram combo as shown below:

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

and

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

with combo discount of $40.

Newegg is also giving 10% off any intel motherboards, which takes off another $20 when applied at check-out.

So, with these two deals, I'm saving $60. Would this be a good deal? Both the Mobo and Ram comes with 5 year warranty as well!! I even checked the reviews for these items on newegg, and both had solid 5 egg rating. Are these items good quality products?

PS- For the Asus Sabertooth X58 combos, you can pick cpu and hard drive as well, but the best deal would be going for ram.


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ASUS Sabertooth X58 combos:
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Best Deal vs Best Value Question.

{ASUS Sabertooth X58 combos} - looks like a nice midrange MOBO, and same with the G.SKILL.

In general, I first buy what I want and IF there's a deal to go along with it then GREAT otherwise no.

Deal if you're building a $1,400 - $1,800 rig with a "fair" amount of OC. I won't pair it with an 980X or run a 3-WAY SLI on the "combo."

Hope that helps.
 

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So are you saying this is a good deal for the value?

I personally prefer Asus or Gigabyte mobo so I would be happy to get the Sabertooth. As for G.Skill, I've never used them before but I heard some good things about them and they look kinda cool as well!

My starting budget is around $1000. As time goes by, I'll be adding more upgrades such as SSD, Dual SLI, etc. I don't plan on spending too much though..

As for now, I'll be getting an i7 930 from Microcenter for $199.99, a Radeon graphics card around $100~$200 and a Samsung HD.
 
Changes & Options +20 i7 950, HD 5770 or $75 HD5880 {1,100 - $1,200} = Crossfire (ATI/AMD); GTX 460 is for SLI (nVidia).

Recommended DDR3 {Corsair, G.SKILL, Mushkin & Kingston}.

The value appears to be fine, but as the conditions I mentioned earlier.

PSU ~ Corsair 750TX - you want a single (1) rail + Japanese capacitors. Do NOT get a cheap PSU; lost count hown many $20-$30 savings = $1,000 problems {burnt-out CPU, MOBO, GPU, etc}

HHD ~ Hybrid HHD $130 (4GB SSD + 500 GB HDD) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591&cm_re=hybrid_drive-_-22-148-591-_-Product

Hope that helps you decisions.

Footnote: A small SSD ~ 64GB is a pain {more downside than upside} , and a 128 GB+ costs a bundle {$350+}.
 

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Ok so since I'm going to use Radeon, if I use dual gpu, it will be Crossfire?

PSU stands for power supply unit?
 
^It is a cool new tech, no the SSD is integrated into the HDD portion itself and "hybrid" controller tracks your usage and places a copy of frequently used files {i.e. OS + Apps} and places them on the SSD portion based upon "your habits" of use.

When reading the reviews, you will from this point on, note that benchmarks resemble HDD performance and NOT SSD performance - the reason is "bench" data is single use i.e. NOT frequently used, but your Windows and some Apps will perform at SSD speeds.

Also, relocating Apps and Data is a pain to manage, in comparison to using (1) Drive location. Video - http://www.youtube.com/user/NCIXcom#p/search/0/zuWdruZev8I

Good Luck!
 

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