scorching hot computer deal of a lifetime

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  1. Christ Reynolds

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    just found this over at the anandtech computer forums. AMD TechTour is going all over the country, and there are two bundles available for purchase. you must pre-order, and you must attend, in order to get these bundles. one of them is a pretty good deal, and the other one is white hot.

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 939 pin CPU
    Asus A8N-E Socket 939
    Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
    Price: $250

    2 AMD Opteron 246 CPUs – (Tray)
    Tyan Thunder K8SD Pro (S2882-D) - Ultra320 SCSI functionality
    Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
    Price: $500

    dual opteron 246s and a motherboard for $500. and (an expensive version of) windows too, if you use it, which i won't. i preordered my opteron bundle already, i'm already excited about it. the motherboard usually sells for $400+, and the opteron 246 is a $300+ chip for just one. the stuff is NFR (not for resale), but if you are in the need for some serious power, it's a deal that can't be beat.

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  2. Jason Harbaugh

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    Damn, looks like they are only tracing the US and ignoring us landlocked states. [​IMG]

    I would definitely jump on the first bundle for a new HTPC.
     
  3. Christ Reynolds

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    yeha i noticed that, they seem to be going around the perimeter of the country.

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    That is a great deal!! Thanks for the post.

    Can we order through you? [​IMG]
     
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    haha, nice try [​IMG]

    one of these dual opteron bundles is already on ebay, even though the buyer wont be getting the product for a few weeks!

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    Damn, I was going to go with the 3200+ in my new PC anyway... but the tour won't be around here until the very last day! Don't know if I can wait almost 2 months... I really need a new PC!
     
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    Wow! great timing with this thread (for me anyway).
    I just started this past week researching and pricing components for a new HTPC I plan on building over the summer.

    The first bundle is perfect! At newegg you'd pay about $475-$500 for those items. I've always liked ASUS boards and I was going to get the A8N-E anyway but probably with an Athlon 64 3000+ CPU. So now I can get the 3200+ chip plus WIN XP for what I would have paid for the board & chip alone. Cool.

    I guess I'll be in East Brunswick on July 21st.

    Thanks for the heads-up Christ!!
     
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    Yes, thanks a lot for posting this, I will have to jump at the first bundle myself, I reckon. It will come with a CPU fan, right?

    While I wouldn't mind the CPU power of the second one, it really is a server board, with no PCI-E or even AGP support, and everything else you'll need to complete a working system will be quite expensive, too. So I'll stick with the desktop system.

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    the first bundle has a retail cpu, so yes.

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    That's even better, although I will probably get a Zalman or Nexus for about $30 to keep the noise to a minimum.
     
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    Hm, anyone been able to order? When I clicked on "checkout" I got a site error, and haven't been able to get on the server since, no matter what browser...

    -Christian
     
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    i ordered the opteron bundle successfully last night using firefox.

    CJ
     
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    So do you also have to pay to attend the TechTour thing (in addition to the cost of the bundles)?
     
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    Wow thanks for the information, I just signed up for the Sunnyvale show.

    I've ordered the desktop bundle.
     
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    no, admission to the tour is free. i believe it is open to any member of the computer/tech community and businesse.

    CJ
     
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    I may have to do the $250 deal when it hits Dallas.
     
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    Wow, to bad I will be out of town the day they are here in Atanta. [​IMG]

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    went to the show tonight in boston (burlington), and got my bundle. cant wait to put it together and get it running! (without the windows 2003 x64 server, of course [​IMG])

    CJ
     
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    I'm going to the East Brunswick, NJ show tomorrow.

    Once I have the CPU & mobo I'm going to start piecing together the parts for a HTPC. Hopefully I won't have any compatability issues with the 64 bit edition of Windows XP. I am planning on using Zoomplayer Pro with Sonic Cineplayer decoder and ffDShow for post processing.
     
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    Drats!

    "The AMD/Microsoft Tech Tour 2005 Desktop and Server Promotional Bundles are now sold out and no longer available."
     

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