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#1 of 22 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted June 02 2005 - 03:55 PM

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 of 22 OFFLINE   Jason Harbaugh

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Posted June 02 2005 - 06:00 PM

Damn, looks like they are only tracing the US and ignoring us landlocked states. Posted Image

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

#3 of 22 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted June 03 2005 - 03:15 AM

yeha i noticed that, they seem to be going around the perimeter of the country. CJ
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#4 of 22 OFFLINE   Harris_C

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Posted June 03 2005 - 03:41 AM

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

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#5 of 22 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted June 03 2005 - 06:10 AM

haha, nice try Posted Image

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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#6 of 22 OFFLINE   Colin-H

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Posted June 03 2005 - 07:46 AM

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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#7 of 22 OFFLINE   John_Bonner

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Posted June 03 2005 - 09:28 AM

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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#8 of 22 OFFLINE   Christian Behrens

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Posted June 03 2005 - 09:52 AM

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. -Christian
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#9 of 22 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted June 03 2005 - 10:27 AM

the first bundle has a retail cpu, so yes. CJ
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#10 of 22 OFFLINE   John_Bonner

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Posted June 03 2005 - 11:39 AM

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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#11 of 22 OFFLINE   Christian Behrens

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Posted June 03 2005 - 12:44 PM

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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#12 of 22 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted June 03 2005 - 03:16 PM

i ordered the opteron bundle successfully last night using firefox. CJ
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#13 of 22 OFFLINE   Jeff Jacobson

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Posted June 04 2005 - 03:34 AM

So do you also have to pay to attend the TechTour thing (in addition to the cost of the bundles)?

#14 of 22 OFFLINE   Patrick_S

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Posted June 04 2005 - 04:22 AM

Wow thanks for the information, I just signed up for the Sunnyvale show. I've ordered the desktop bundle.

#15 of 22 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted June 04 2005 - 06:44 AM

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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#16 of 22 OFFLINE   Kyle McKnight

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Posted June 04 2005 - 10:56 AM

I may have to do the $250 deal when it hits Dallas.
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Posted June 05 2005 - 02:23 AM

Wow, to bad I will be out of town the day they are here in Atanta. Posted Image

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#18 of 22 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted July 19 2005 - 01:39 PM

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 Posted Image)

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#19 of 22 OFFLINE   John_Bonner

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Posted July 20 2005 - 03:21 AM

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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Posted July 20 2005 - 06:16 AM

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




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