INTEL AND AMD have decided that the wave of the future is bundling. Both are offering bundles of their latest and greatest instead of just cutting prices, a trend we see continuing.
The high end one is the Intel i7 and SSD bundle. According to Digitimes, the impetus is to clear inventory, but if you are looking to create a killer gaming rig, the i7 and an Intel SSD is the way to go. Buying both will save you ~10-15%, not bad at all. We heartily recommend both, the X25-E drives are so fast it is kind of silly, and the i7 is too.
In the realm of slightly more reasonable pricing though, if you want a solid buy, there are not one but three AMD bundles. You will likely see more popping up if this works out. The bundles are all with 'old' parts, so there might be some inventory clearing here as well.
The three bundles are all with Foxconn AM2+ boards, an X4 940 with a 790FX, a 9850 with a 790FX, and an 8450 with a 780G mobo. The cuts are fairly substantial, with the packages, after all rebates and such are applied, cost $309, $299, and $152 respectively.
All of these, both Intel and AMD are solid products, and barring the Foxconn mobos, I have used all of them (1). The i7 plus SSD is the gaming rig for those who have cars better than you, the X3 + 780G is a great media center box, and the other two are between those extremes. Now they are all substantially cheaper, how can you complain? µ
(1) The Gigabyte and Asus versions of the 790FX, 780G and 790GX are solid, and they don't differ appreciably from the Foxconn versions.
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