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
2X [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
2X]5 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 (which I haven’t) 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 were stupid enough to 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!