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Old 09-11-2009, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd like to stay in the vicinity of $1000

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Default Re: $1000 i5 gaming rig - any improvements?

It's only dual channel DDR3 not trip channel. I would so go w/ an i7 build w/ that budget. Microcenter has cheaper prices for cpu and some mobos.


edit: Sorry for some strange reason I thought you had 6 sticks of ram. Nevertheless I thought I would point that out.
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Ok i've changed the memory and GPU to this and this. Could I possibly get the same parts on a online retailer other than Newegg? I live in California and I'm a cheapass so I want to avoid the $90 sales tax here.
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If you live near a Micro Center you can get that i5 750 for $180.
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i think tigerdirect doesnt add tax, check.
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if it does, then check this site.
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and like thirdshiftdj said, get ram that works in dual channel, not triple channel.
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