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  1. #1
    Firefly
    • Computer Specs
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      • Asus M5A97 Evo
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      • 1604
      • Chipset:
      • AMD 970/SB950
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-8120
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      • Stock
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      • Antec Kuhler H2O 620
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      • Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB
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      • Integrated Realtek ALC892
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      • Antec TruePower TP-650
      • Hard Drive(s):
      • Seagate ST1000DX001 1TB SSHD
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      • Asus BW-12B1ST 12x BD-RE
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    Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    I got my tax return and bought some new stuff. I'm so happy right now. Here's what I got...

    First, an Asus Transformer TF101 16GB tablet running ICS. I freakin love this thing. I got a great deal on it through CL, only $240, and I sold my old Eee 900 netbook for $100 to offset the cost.

    Next I got a refurbished Asus K53TA 15.6" laptop. It's got an AMD A6-3400 APU, 8GB DDR3 1333 (I upgraded it from 4GB), and the APU's integrated HD 6520G plus a dedicated HD 6650M 1GB GPU. Crossfired together AMD calls them an HD 6720G2. Except for the refurbished sticker on the bottom you'd never know it's not brand-new. I got it from newegg for $420 plus $28 for the second stick of RAM, and I sold my old Asus X83VB-X2 with C2D T6400, 4GB and 9300M GS to a friend for $300.

    Next, I ordered some parts to upgrade my desktop. I'm waiting for these to be delivered. I got:

    Asus M5A97 AM3+ motherboard
    AMD FX-8120 CPU (yeah I know Intel's better I wanted this though )
    16GB AMD Performance Edition DDR3 1600
    Asus HD 6870 1GB

    This is going from an Asus P5N-D motherboard with Core 2 Quad Q8400, 8GB DDR2 800 and a pair of Asus 9800GT's in SLI. I paid $580 for all of it, and I'm hoping to sell the old stuff for $300.

    Finally, I ordered an Asus VE258Q 25" 1080P LCD monitor for $260. This is upgrading from an Asus 22" 1680x1050 LCD that I'm hoping to sell for $100.

    Can you tell I like Asus? lol. And yes I know someone is going to tell me I should have gotten an i5. I just wanted to go with AMD this time. I think I did pretty good for the money with selling the old stuff. If I can get what I'm hoping for for the old parts and LCD then the total out of pocket cost of everything will only be $728.

    I do want to get both the laptop and desktop each an SSD and a second 6870 for crossfire in the future, but I needed to stop before my wife killed me lol. So what do you think?
    Last edited by RobertJasper; April 1, 2012 at 20:48.

  2. #2

    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    Quote Originally posted by RobertJasper View Post
    I got my tax return and bought some new stuff. I'm so happy right now. Here's what I got...

    First, an Asus Transformer TF101 16GB tablet running ICS. I freakin love this thing. I got a great deal on it through CL, only $240, and I sold my old Eee 900 netbook for $100 to offset the cost.

    Next I got a refurbished Asus K53TA 15.6" laptop. It's got an AMD A6-3400 APU, 8GB DDR3 1333 (I upgraded it from 4GB), and the APU's integrated HD 6520G plus a dedicated HD 6650M 1GB GPU. Crossfired together AMD calls them an HD 6720G2. Except for the refurbished sticker on the bottom you'd never know it's not brand-new. I got it from newegg for $420 plus $28 for the second stick of RAM, and I sold my old Asus X83VB-X2 with C2D T6400, 4GB and 9300M GS to a friend for $300.

    Next, I ordered some parts to upgrade my desktop. I'm waiting for these to be delivered. I got:

    Asus M5A97 AM3+ motherboard
    AMD FX-8120 CPU (yeah I know Intel's better I wanted this though )
    16GB AMD Performance Edition DDR3 1600
    Asus HD 6870 1GB

    This is going from an Asus P5N-D motherboard with Core 2 Quad Q8400, 8GB DDR2 800 and a pair of Asus 9800GT's in SLI. I paid $580 for all of it, and I'm hoping to sell the old stuff for $300.

    Finally, I ordered an Asus VE258Q 25" 1080P LCD monitor for $260. This is upgrading from an Asus 22" 1680x1050 LCD that I'm hoping to sell for $100.

    Can you tell I like Asus? lol. And yes I know someone is going to tell me I should have gotten an i5. I just wanted to go with AMD this time. I think I did pretty good for the money with selling the old stuff. If I can get what I'm hoping for for the old parts and LCD then the total out of pocket cost of everything will only be $728.

    I do want to get both the laptop and desktop each an SSD and a second 6870 for crossfire in the future, but I needed to stop before my wife killed me lol. So what do you think?
    WOW! thats a tonne of upgrades, done very well (except for not getting an intel CPU) for maximizing performance/dollar, especially considering your offsetting costs of selling stuff. Good work!

  3. #3
    Firefly
    • Computer Specs
      • Motherboard or Laptop:
      • Asus M5A97 Evo
      • Motherboard BIOS:
      • 1604
      • Chipset:
      • AMD 970/SB950
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-8120
      • CPU Overclock Speed:
      • Stock
      • CPU Cooler:
      • Antec Kuhler H2O 620
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4*4GB) AMD Performance Edition DDR3-1600
      • Memory Speed:
      • Stock
      • Video Card(s):
      • Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB
      • Video Card Speed:
      • Stock
      • Sound Card:
      • Integrated Realtek ALC892
      • PSU:
      • Antec TruePower TP-650
      • Hard Drive(s):
      • Seagate ST1000DX001 1TB SSHD
      • Optical Drives:
      • Asus BW-12B1ST 12x BD-RE
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Professionial 64bit

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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    Thanks mondena.

    I thought about going Intel, but I wanted an unlocked CPU and the i5 2500k and equivalent Asus motherboard would have been $70 more than this setup. I also do a lot of work with VM's and thought 8 cores might help. Also to be honest, I have really bad OCD and wanted both my laptop and desktop to be AMD. It drives me nuts to have one AMD and one Intel lol. I'm sure this setup will be plenty powerful for my uses though. I wont get the upgrade parts until Wednesday, and the monitor until Thrusday, but I already have the laptop and tablet and I'm loving them. [thumbup]

  4. #4
    Senior Proxycon Emperor
    • Computer Specs
      • Motherboard or Laptop:
      • ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
      • CPU:
      • i5-3570k
      • CPU Overclock Speed:
      • 3.7 GHz (bum chip)
      • CPU Cooler:
      • Corsair H50
      • Memory:
      • 16 GB
      • Video Card(s):
      • GTX 670 x2
      • Hard Drive(s):
      • OCZ Vertex 2 SSD
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 x64

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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    Ctrl+F Asus. LOL.

    Grats on the upgrades.

  5. #5
    Firefly
    • Computer Specs
      • Motherboard or Laptop:
      • Asus M5A97 Evo
      • Motherboard BIOS:
      • 1604
      • Chipset:
      • AMD 970/SB950
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-8120
      • CPU Overclock Speed:
      • Stock
      • CPU Cooler:
      • Antec Kuhler H2O 620
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4*4GB) AMD Performance Edition DDR3-1600
      • Memory Speed:
      • Stock
      • Video Card(s):
      • Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB
      • Video Card Speed:
      • Stock
      • Sound Card:
      • Integrated Realtek ALC892
      • PSU:
      • Antec TruePower TP-650
      • Hard Drive(s):
      • Seagate ST1000DX001 1TB SSHD
      • Optical Drives:
      • Asus BW-12B1ST 12x BD-RE
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Professionial 64bit

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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    Quote Originally posted by Ruzhyo View Post
    Ctrl+F Asus. LOL.

    Grats on the upgrades.
    I like things to match lol.

    Thanks. It seems like the wait for them to be delivered is taking forever.

  6. #6
    Senior Onion
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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    Nice - I'm a bit like that, OCD, as I prefer to have all the components from the same supplier/brand - but I don't get hung up on it

    Tax returns are great - until you realise the Gov'ment has been using that money, interest free, when it was really yours all the time

  7. #7
    Junior Onion
    • Computer Specs
      • Motherboard or Laptop:
      • ASUS P8Z68V-Pro
      • CPU:
      • i7 2600K
      • CPU Overclock Speed:
      • 4.7Ghz
      • CPU Cooler:
      • H50
      • Memory:
      • Corsair XMS3 16GB
      • Memory Speed:
      • 1604Mhz
      • Video Card(s):
      • GTX 670 FTW
      • Sound Card:
      • HDMI + FiiO E7 DAC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX850M
      • Hard Drive(s):
      • 120x2 SSD + 8TB
      • Optical Drives:
      • LG 12X BD-R
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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    RobertJasper + Florence95 = Same person???

    Florence95
    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys
    I should have gotten an i5. I just wanted to go with AMD this time. I think I did pretty good for the money with selling the old stuff. If I can get what I'm hoping for for the old parts
    RobertJasper
    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys
    I like things to match lol.

    Thanks. It seems like the wait for them to be delivered is taking forever.

  8. #8
    Firefly
    • Computer Specs
      • Motherboard or Laptop:
      • Asus M5A97 Evo
      • Motherboard BIOS:
      • 1604
      • Chipset:
      • AMD 970/SB950
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-8120
      • CPU Overclock Speed:
      • Stock
      • CPU Cooler:
      • Antec Kuhler H2O 620
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (4*4GB) AMD Performance Edition DDR3-1600
      • Memory Speed:
      • Stock
      • Video Card(s):
      • Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB
      • Video Card Speed:
      • Stock
      • Sound Card:
      • Integrated Realtek ALC892
      • PSU:
      • Antec TruePower TP-650
      • Hard Drive(s):
      • Seagate ST1000DX001 1TB SSHD
      • Optical Drives:
      • Asus BW-12B1ST 12x BD-RE
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Professionial 64bit

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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    Quote Originally posted by alaskan_thunder View Post
    RobertJasper + Florence95 = Same person???
    Nope. I'm guessing he was trying to quote me but messed up.

  9. #9
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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    [yes] Nice.

    I've just blown last months bonus on:

    Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
    Intel Core i7-2600k 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor
    Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
    EK Supreme LTX CPU Waterblock - Nickel Acetal
    EK-FC680 GTX Full Cover Waterblock
    Palit GeForce GTX 680

    Didn't quite cover it with my bonus, but get paid again on Thursday. Expecting a similar sized bonus for that month too. (had 3 REALLY good months).

    Going to put it all together tomorrow. Upgrading from Q9450, so it's been a while.

  10. #10
    Junior Onion
    • Computer Specs
      • Motherboard or Laptop:
      • ASUS P8Z68V-Pro
      • CPU:
      • i7 2600K
      • CPU Overclock Speed:
      • 4.7Ghz
      • CPU Cooler:
      • H50
      • Memory:
      • Corsair XMS3 16GB
      • Memory Speed:
      • 1604Mhz
      • Video Card(s):
      • GTX 670 FTW
      • Sound Card:
      • HDMI + FiiO E7 DAC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair TX850M
      • Hard Drive(s):
      • 120x2 SSD + 8TB
      • Optical Drives:
      • LG 12X BD-R
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Ult. x64

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    Re: Gotta love getting your tax return. New toys

    Quote Originally posted by watto_uk View Post
    [yes] Nice.

    I've just blown last months bonus on:

    Asus P8Z68-V LX Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
    Intel Core i7-2600k 3.40GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor
    Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
    EK Supreme LTX CPU Waterblock - Nickel Acetal
    EK-FC680 GTX Full Cover Waterblock
    Palit GeForce GTX 680

    Didn't quite cover it with my bonus, but get paid again on Thursday. Expecting a similar sized bonus for that month too. (had 3 REALLY good months).

    Going to put it all together tomorrow. Upgrading from Q9450, so it's been a while.
    Prepare to be sexually assaulted! [wave][thumbup]

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