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PC Component Holiday Guides

It’s that time of the year, boys and girls. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Festivus, or any other winter-related holiday, chances are you’re planning on buying gifts for family and friends (or convincing people to buy things for you). If you’re a geek, or you’re buying for a geek, pc components are a great holiday gift – I personally can’t resist the urge to upgrade whenever I’ve got the available funds. With that in mind, several sites have put together guides to help you decide what brand to go with, or particular product, or what have you. I’m putting up links to each review I’ve found, along with my personal pick for each category. Enjoy!

Motherboards:

Anandtech puts out quality component guides – in fact, they’re my personal favorite when it comes to relying on a website to point me in the right direction. Here’s the link to their Holiday Motherboard Guide. My favorite? I’ve actually picked three for this one – one AMD board, and two Intel (Core 2 and Core i7).

AMD board: Biostar TForce TA790GX

Intel Core 2: Gigabyte EP-45 UD3R

Intel Core i7: Asus P6T-Deluxe

Memory

Once again, I’m going with Anandtech for their Holiday Memory Guide. These guys know their stuff, and they’re quite thorough with the testing they perform on components. Below are my picks for DDR2 and DDR3 memory.

DDR2: Mushkin 4GB DDR2-800 Kit

DDR3: Super Talent 6GB DDR3-1333 Kit

Cases and Power Supplies

This is Anandtech’s latest guide, though I’m sure they’ll be releasing others as the holidays loom closer. They’ve lumped power supplies and cases into a single guide. Here’s my pick for each.

Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Quad (on a side note, this is what I used in my friend Ray’s gaming rig)

Case: Antec 300 (this is a fantastic case for the price, and I’ve got my eye on it for my next build)

Everything Else

I haven’t found any other guides that I like, so I’m just throwing up my recommendations. Check it out.

Processors

AMD: Phenom 9850 Black Edition 2.5Ghz

Intel: Core 2 Duo E8600, Core i7 920

Graphics Cards

nVidia: EVGA GTX 260 Superclocked Edition (core 216 variant)

ATI: Asus EAH4870 1GB Radeon HD4870

Sound Card: HT Omega Striker 7.1

Wireless Card: D-Link DWA-556 PCI-Express Xtreme Desktop Adapter

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB

Optical Drive: LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Burner

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  1. […] PC Component Holiday Guides If you?re a geek, or you?re buying for a geek, pc components are a great holiday gift – I personally can?t resist the urge to upgrade whenever I?ve got the available funds. With that in mind, several sites have put together guides to … […]

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