HH Holiday Gift Guide: PC Components

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The holidays are fast upon us and this final HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide will wrap up our series with what’s near and dear perhaps to many of you DYI’ers out there – components.  Whether the geek in your life is itching to rebuild that gaming rig or just starving for the right upgrade to relieve a system bottleneck, we have something for everyone here.  And hey, if that geek in your life is you, all the better.  With all that selfless holiday shopping you’re likely doing right about now, you deserve a little reward, right?  Onward then.  Let’s round-up the good stuff.
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ajm135 replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 12:40 PM

mmmmm... Looking foward to seeing what you guys recommend. I have been wanting to upgrade a little bit. My rig is not terribly old but definitely needs some upgrades

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AKnudson replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 1:00 PM

i am currently in the proccess of buildig my rig so i would really appreciate suggestions o what is in and what will be compatible so my system can survive this years hardware flood.

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wow, ram has certainly come down in price. I would love to see a system with all the top end stuff you guys recommended.

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Samar replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 1:11 PM

Nice Collection HH.

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Excellent suggestions. These are the parts that many of us drool over and hope to find under the Christmas tree...

@lifeskills nice going on the SSDs that should really improve your boot times :)

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"The 600T white and the Phantom 410(black) are my favorite, though I don't know if the P410 can accommodate an EATX board. On the RAM side , the Vengeance is looking pretty good."

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The value of the Sandy Bridge is hard to beat for a gamer.

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jonation replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 5:13 PM

great looking mobo's. would be pleased with anything on this list.

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jonation replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 5:13 PM

could not agree more

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Inspector replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 5:28 PM

If i can have any one of these item i would love it :D. Btw whats the best mech keys / keyboard out there that are good?

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Marco C replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 5:54 PM

If you're asking what the "best" are, my votes are for Filco keyboards using Cherry MX switches (the Ninja or Majestouch-2) or the Topre RealForce. Filcos are available via Amazon and Topres from EliteKeyboards.com. You'll pay for 'em though. :) If you want to see if you like using a mechanical, I'd stongly suggest trying a Rosewill. If you don't like it, NewEgg will take it back for a nominal fee.

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Marco C:

If you're asking what the "best" are, my votes are for Filco keyboards using Cherry MX switches (the Ninja or Majestouch-2) or the Topre RealForce. Filcos are available via Amazon and Topres from EliteKeyboards.com. You'll pay for 'em though. :) If you want to see if you like using a mechanical, I'd stongly suggest trying a Rosewill. If you don't like it, NewEgg will take it back for a nominal fee.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try Deck keyboards they look amazing and I have heard some good things about them.

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Marco C:

If you're asking what the "best" are, my votes are for Filco keyboards using Cherry MX switches (the Ninja or Majestouch-2) or the Topre RealForce. Filcos are available via Amazon and Topres from EliteKeyboards.com. You'll pay for 'em though. :) If you want to see if you like using a mechanical, I'd stongly suggest trying a Rosewill. If you don't like it, NewEgg will take it back for a nominal fee.

You should make the "best" then give it away for charity. Id put in $5 for it. 

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Id hve to disagree with some choices. The NZXT Phantom 410 for instance. Plastic build and theres just better out there. Spend some money, get aluminium. I stay away from MSI mobos religiously. If I ever get the chance, I will give them a shot, but they will not be the first choice. Id probably pick modules with less of a heatsink. Its unnecessary aand doesnt do jack. Enermax should be on that PSU list. They make great units... then of course there's the new Platinum rated ones.

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You should add some more affordable knick knacks that work well, but arent major components. Fans, LED strips, etc.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 10:28 PM

And so the series of Holiday Gift Guides end with a bang, one involving tons of recommendations for the new computer builder out there. To be honest, I liked all of the reccomendations out there and it's hard for me to pick which one is the best, though I was a bit sad that the MSI 580 Lightning XE was left out as I think it's a powerful card in my own right.

Still, nice job; and nice way to close out the series. I've enjoyed all four of them so far.

 

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 11:25 PM

I liked the recommendations too.

The GTX-580 Classified does it for me.

Like to have one in each of the gamers.

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OSunday replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 11:32 PM

This should have a like button, great guide

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 12:26 AM

@OSunday No problem, just click the thumbs up button on the article button. That is their appropriation of a like button.

 

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I would recommend a Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition or Core i7-3930K to a friend

He will love it

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Jojo23 replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 9:26 AM

"in quad-cores, we like the value curve of the Core i7-2600K and the Core i5-2500K's dual-core goodness."

-Slight error there: 2500k has "quad core goodness"... not dual, it just doesn't have the hyperthreading of the 2600k, or the 8mb cache.

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AKnudson replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 4:45 PM

wow these are great gifts, but i would like to see some a litle cheaper maybe for people like me with a budget:) these look awesome but i don't have money for really any computer that totals more than $500

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eunoia replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 6:15 PM

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...pending.

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JKrouse replied on Thu, Dec 15 2011 12:51 PM

Ooo, I could go for a new Nvidia GPU right about now. My wallet is sad about it though.

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tweed524 replied on Thu, Dec 15 2011 11:20 PM

thanks for the gift guide, so hard to know what to buy for the GEEKS in my life

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tweed524 replied on Thu, Dec 15 2011 11:20 PM

Hope to find these under my christmas tree

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Manduh replied on Sun, Dec 18 2011 1:30 PM

Thanks for another great holiday shopping guide!

That RipJaws mem kit is pretty cool looking :)

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