Today only. Newegg has the AMD Phenom II X4 Biostar 8GB SuperCombo for $267 - $10 rebate [Exp 9/25] = $257 with free shipping. Includes:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz Quad-Core, 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
  • Biostar A880GZ MB, Rosewill Mid Tower w/ 600W PSU

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      Casecutter Ben's cred: 1517
      Posted 11:42 am PDT 09/20/12

      The price is nice and part are all respectable. Personally I'd rather start on an ATX mobo like an 870, but the Biostar will suffice.

      Heck the "870" BIOSTAR (A960A3+ AM3+ ATX) would be just $10 more had it not been for the rebate. The bummer with either board is they are one that permit the full potential of that Black Edition Deneb.

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      dave_c Ben's cred: 3863
      Posted 11:59 am PDT 09/20/12

      They must be holding back some of the PSU for the combo deal as you can put the combo in cart while the PSU alone is sold out... which in itself is sorta odd as it is shown as $60 with $10 off but it's not worth anywhere near $60, doesn't even have APFC. It will run these parts though, at lower than average efficiency and probably have premature failure of the fan and/or capacitors. I guess it's all about what you can squeeze into a budget, it can be replaced later.

      I also suspect the one review for it is fake.

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      Casecutter Ben's cred: 1517
      Posted 12:27 pm PDT 09/20/12

      While Stallion Series aren't great, and yes I don't know about the MTBF of; "100k hours at max. load, normal line...", although they lowered the bar when testing it at 25°C so it's not stressed at all.

      IDK it can probably suffice with a 7850/GTX660 and maybe even a 7870 if not pushing (OC) both CPU and/or GPU, while providing more than sufficient air flow is a must. It's never going to be a good call using it with both the 1x 6-Pin & 1x 6+2-Pin (8-pin). Being a 140mm fan with smart temperature sensor it probably not fast and how they get passable life.

      If I work my normal "real world pricing" it still comes in under by $15-18.

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      dave_c Ben's cred: 3863
      Posted 1:29 pm PDT 09/20/12

      ^ Their rating is fake, both the fan and all the capacitors have lower ratings, the caps probably around 2K to 5K hours but won't last as long as quality Japanese caps rated for the same. Their lifespan will be extended running at the internal temperature of the PSU compared to max temp rating used for lifespan specs, but historically designs like this do fail prematurely before the life of the system would otherwise end.

      Even so, it may be worth $15-18 as it isn't so trashy that I'd expect it to damage equipment if it fails.

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