24 Nov 2007

Black Friday Extraordinaire

Despite supposedly being on holiday in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, I still couldn’t pass up on some incredible deals.
What’s the best thing about Thanksgiving in Vegas?
Vegas has a Fry’s Electronics.

I’d been thinking about building myself a desktop some time in the next little while. I was planning on waiting till Intel’s Launch of the desktop Penryn with the Q9450, but there were some deals that were just too good to pass up. (and perhaps I wanted to have my machine to play with over the Christmas break! 🙂 )

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (Kentsfield G0 stepping) $169 (over $100 below retail price!)
ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Motherboard $139
4GB (2x2GB) G.SKILL PC2-6400 DDR2 RAM $79AR (After Rebate)
MSI nVidia 8800GT OC 512MB $202
Two Hard Drives 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $119 each (will put in RAID 0)
LG 18X SATA DVD Burner $30
1000 blank DVD-R 16X discs $80 (no, that wasn’t a typo)

I bought the following over the summer. Since they’re not really items that are improving much, I figured I’d just pick them up when they were available for very cheap
Antec P180 Mid-Tower case $50AR
Ultra X-Finity 600W Power Supply $FAR (Free after Rebate)
Multi-card reader $FAR

And, providing I haven’t overlooked anything, I should have a complete Desktop, ready to build when I get back from my trip! (I already have a Monitor, Speakers and keyboard/mouse)
Now I just have to decide if I should keep around my laptop (Thinkpad T61), as I’m not sure I’ll use it too often now that I have a desktop.
It’ll be just in time to play Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3, Gears of War and Call of Duty 4 🙂

Some of the parts were ordered online (some companies let you buy their door busters online, so that meant more time spent in other shops!) so I’ll post pictures when I get all the parts and put it all together!