My big list V2

Proximon

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:hello:

Section one
Online retailers by country

USA
Newegg USA
Circuit City Nice return policy. Good place to order a monitor if you need to get one online.
buy.com
Amazon
Tigerdirect
ZipZoomfly
Provantage
ewiz AKA SuperBiiz
Frozen CPU great for cooling supplies of all kinds and case mods.

Canada
Bestdirect
NCIX
Direct Canada
Newegg Canada
Canada Computers

UK
Microdirect
Aria PC?
Overclockers UK
Misco I need feedback on them... they look good.
Pixmania Just a gadget store but they have some good memory at good prices, and other stuff.
ebuyer
Dabs
http://www.scan.co.uk/

Europe
PC Look (France, has English version) Well organized, have some very high quality parts.
Komplett
Hardware versand

India
Lynx Chandigarh
Swami PC
Techshop
Shopmania

Australia
MSY
Techbuy good selection?
PC Case Gear
Mwave Australia
Umart
Scorpion Technology
IT Estate

International
Conrad International These guys will ship anywhere. Selection is probably better than where you live, if you need them :)
 

sascomedallion

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Hiya

Found your list of parts really informative, thanks

I'm about to put together a HTPC and this is what I'm planning to put into it. In your opinion, any conflicts with what I've chosen, anything that you feel I should change and why? Your help would be very much appreciated.

Case: Thermaltake DH 102 - Love the case ( mate has one)
Audio: Auzentech X-Fi Hometheatre HD card
CPU: Intel Core 2 Q 9550
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP 45 - DQ6
Memory: 4 x 2 Gb DDR2
PSU: Antec Signature 850 or Zalman 850
Video Card: Sapphire 4850
Hard Drive: Western Digital 2 Tb
Optical Drive: LG Blu Ray burner
TV Card: Some Happauge???

Look Forward to hearing from ya.

Thanks
 
I feel that the I5 750 deserves a place in your list...
It is a very good choice for people who want to go SLI...The only other alternative for a good SLI board is X58, that would be costly...
An i5 mobo like the UD4P from gigabyte can support SLI and cost ~$150...

And as for online retailers, www.amazon.com? I have seen cheap i7 6GB kits on sale there...
 


gkay :hello: The i5 750 is one of the best things to come out since sliced bread. :)
 


I love them both. It's a toss up between the two. But they are both as good as gold...better...platinum. :sol:
 
^ You are the perfect fanboy for Intel they should make you their brand ambassador :sol:
But jokes apart...more than the i5, I liked the LGA 1156 socket because of its ability to support both SLI and crossfire...
 


Also turbo boost... not to mention hyper threading for the 860 and 870. And peeps have been getting stable and cool o/c's of 3.8 - 4.0 with the 750. :bounce:
 


+1

ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews

http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1923_1.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboard,2368-3.html

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asrock-x58-extreme.html

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593
 

Proximon

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When I see ASRock boards in the wild that have survived intact for more than two years, I'll consider it. Until then I only see ASRock as a low budget choice.

I say "survive intact" because I have seen ASRock boards with faulty parts, such as Ethernet, go for 4 years.

MSI gets great reviews as well. Reviews don't assess reliability.

Let me ask you this:
How many people come to the forums looking to upgrade, that have machines 4 years old or more, where those machines have motherboards made by ASRock, MSI, etc.?

I smell a poll in my future.....

Ah here it is

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/263479-30-working-motherboard-years
 

theAnimal

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My ASRock is 4 years old, nothing wrong with it.

But I won't buy another due to poor OCing.
 

davbeisner

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I notice the only GeForce card you recommend is the EVGA GTX260 Core 2 video card. And yet there are a TON of reports on newegg that this card has either arrived DOA or died after a few days of use. Do you have any other GeForce cards you recommend, or do you think that this is still a good card, despite the apparently high number of deaths?
 

Proximon

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I generally just pick video cards based on warranty and price and cooling, not always in that order. I'll look at that when i update this sometime soon.

@urbantoaster I'll list any place with a selection when it comes to outside US and UK ;) I don't have enough vendors in other places.
 

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