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AMD FX 8320E AM3+ processor $40 AR at Micro Center stores plus $30 off motherboard

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$79.99 minus $40 mail-in rebate = $39.99 [microcenter.com]

Plus, save another $30 off of a compatible motherboard if you choose to buy one. So, if you choose to do the motherboard bundle, the total savings is $70. Here is the link to the rebate. [microcenter.com]

Better deal than the previous FP deal from last month.

Deal is in-store only (as always with Micro Center processor deals). Rebate limited to 1 product per household (max of 3 rebates per customer). Rebate ends 11/30/2017. Claims must be submitted by 12/15/17.

Rated with an average of 5 out of 5 stars by people who left reviews on the Micro Center website.


Technical information:

These processors have 8 integer cores and 4 floating point cores. The cores are combined into four modules (2 integer unit + 1 FP unit each). So, from the point of view of integer work, they are 8 core CPUs. From the point of view of floating point work, they are quad core CPUs.

The "E" series processors have lower leakage than many FX chips, especially the 9000 series, so they require less current when overclocked. Check my posting history for extensive overclocking tips if you're interested in overclocking. All FX processors have unlocked multipliers and are soldered. Overclocking will require the use of a replacement cooler, as the stock cooler is tiny.

Although the 8320E is rated for 95 watts it uses much less power than that at stock.
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I used this deal. I know I know people say AM3+ is dead and that Intel is better anyway, but for $60-$70 (the compatible motherboards are $30 off and the micro ATX one also has a $10 rebate) this was a great deal for me to build my cousin a budget gaming rig since it uses DDR3 ram and I had 16gb that worked.

Plus micro center has a $5 coupon off purchased of $30 or more.

And the $40 rebate on the cpu can be done online, so no fear of it being lost in the mail. I picked mine up last Tuesday and already have them confirm my rebate has been processed and approved.
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I've used the 8320 for a long time and have had 0 issues with it. For essentially $10 more than the cost of a motherboard you can't beat this deal. I paid $120 for it originally and that was after the $30 off if bundled
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hate to beg for advice but here goes. - can anyone recommend one of the motherboard bundles for a system i'm trying to build for my daugher whose learning autocad at her university? She's not really a gamer...
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I used this deal. I know I know people say AM3+ is dead and that Intel is better anyway, but for $60-$70 (the compatible motherboards are $30 off and the micro ATX one also has a $10 rebate) this was a great deal for me to build my cousin a budget gaming rig since it uses DDR3 ram and I had 16gb that worked.

Plus micro center has a $5 coupon off purchased of $30 or more.

And the $40 rebate on the cpu can be done online, so no fear of it being lost in the mail. I picked mine up last Tuesday and already have them confirm my rebate has been processed and approved.
Similar experience here - picked up the CPU and Gigabyte ATX board for $81.88 after sales tax/rebate/$5 coupon.

As you mentioned, the mATX board gets the CPU/motherboarrd combo down under $60 with the rebates/$5 coupon.

I have 16GB of DDR3 in a HTPC (massive overkill) that I'll swap in to this build .

My AMD rebate was processed and approved online as well, within a couple days of submission.
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I used this deal. I know I know people say AM3+ is dead and that Intel is better anyway, but for $60-$70 (the compatible motherboards are $30 off and the micro ATX one also has a $10 rebate) this was a great deal for me to build my cousin a budget gaming rig since it uses DDR3 ram and I had 16gb that worked.

Plus micro center has a $5 coupon off purchased of $30 or more.

And the $40 rebate on the cpu can be done online, so no fear of it being lost in the mail. I picked mine up last Tuesday and already have them confirm my rebate has been processed and approved.
Where can we get a $5 coupon? Also which micro ATX board are you talking about? Thanks!
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hate to beg for advice but here goes. - can anyone recommend one of the motherboard bundles for a system i'm trying to build for my daugher whose learning autocad at her university? She's not really a gamer...
Cheapest one available at your local store. Any of the bundled motherboards are fine.
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Where can we get a $5 coupon? Also which micro ATX board are you talking about? Thanks!
http://instore.thread.co/retailme...6df72d75f1

this is the coupon

and this is the motherboard I bought

http://www.microcenter.com/produc...ard_Bundle
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hate to beg for advice but here goes. - can anyone recommend one of the motherboard bundles for a system i'm trying to build for my daugher whose learning autocad at her university? She's not really a gamer...
it depends entirely on what size case you have or are buying. I had my case first which is for micro atx motherboards so I went with this bundle
http://www.microcenter.com/produc...ard_Bundle

The other 2 available as part of the bundle are ATX but both seem good.
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hate to beg for advice but here goes. - can anyone recommend one of the motherboard bundles for a system i'm trying to build for my daugher whose learning autocad at her university? She's not really a gamer...
Best to get one that has a heatsink on the VRM area.

Although this processor isn't very demanding at stock, in terms of watts and current, it's a good thing to have a heatsink on low-end boards' VRMs because they tend to be weak. Weak VRM systems put more stress on the individual VRM bits because there are few of them and they tend to be rated for less current.

If you can spare a few extra bucks it would also be best to replace the stock fan with a tower-style cooler. The stock fan is tiny and can be noisy. Any inexpensive tower-style cooler should be able to do the job, provided it has an AM3 bracket included.

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The other 2 available as part of the bundle are ATX but both seem good.
All AM3+ boards qualify for the discount.
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I just checked a bunch of Micro Center stores for the motherboard selection. It looks like there are only two still in stock at the stores I checked.

One is the ASUS M5A78L-M Plus, which is $49.99 after rebate. Take $30 off that and you're looking at $60 for a processor and board, plus tax. It's a micro ATX board. It doesn't have VRM heatsinks so don't overclock the processor.

The other is the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P. It is $70, with no rebate. So, the total for processor and board is $80 for a processor and board. It's an ATX board. It does have a VRM sink but the VRMs in the board are weak so overclocking is limited. I wouldn't go past 4 GHz, probably. Those interested in overclocking should search for detailed info about the board prior to experimenting. Overclock.net should have a topic or two about the VRMs in this board.

As someone else said, either board should be OK for the CPU at stock (not overclocked). If you want you can also use stick-on heatsinks for the bare sinks on the ASUS board, or have a fan on the VRM area. A fan isn't expensive to use for helping to keep them cool. If you plan to overclock the Gigabyte you'll definitely need a fan on the VRM. The stock fan from this 8230E processor can work well as a VRM cooling fan.
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I just searched all the stores for board selection. Here are the open box selections that are still available, in addition to the two unopened boards already discussed.


Tustin:

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 non-refurbished, $56 for free plus tax.

Boston:

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5, $81 for $51 plus tax.
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0, $51 for free plus tax.

Beltway:

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 refurbished, $29 for free plus tax.
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 non-refurbished, $56 for free plus tax.

Baltimore:

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 non-refurbished, $56 for free plus tax.

North Jersey:

MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition USB 3.1, $58 for free plus tax.

Queens:

*not open box* Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P refurbished, $54 for free plus tax.
MSI 970 Gaming, $60 for $30 plus tax.

Yonkers:

ASRock 970M Pro3, $56 for free plus tax.

Northeast Ohio:

MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition USB 3.1, $72 for $42 plus tax.

Fairfax:

ASRock 970M Pro3, $42 for $12 plus tax.


The Queens store is the best deal of all for anyone interested in budget overclocking. That UD3P can easily run this processor at 4.4 GHz, with a fan on the VRM (use the stock processor fan) and a decent CPU cooler (a single tower 140mm fan model, minimum).
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I have just read that the ASUS board is actually rated for 125 watts, since it's the Plus model. So, if a person were to buy those stick-on copper VRM sinks and put a fan on the VRM area, it should be possible to run this CPU at 4 GHz, maybe 4.1. However, those copper sinks aren't free.

It seems that the September FP deal probably was better after all (despite the $10 high price for the CPU), as I assume the board selection was better then.
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Last day for the rebate and for the $5 retail.... me .... not coupon, have to grab one, too good to pass up.

MC says limit 1 per customer but I might try for 2 in separate transactions. I wonder about the AMD rebate limit though....
Quote :

LIMIT: Only one (1) Rebate per Eligible AMD Product, per Eligible Customer. Maximum of three (3) Rebates per Eligible Customer, regardless of the number of Eligible AMD Products purchased or the number of AMD Authorized Resellers from whom Eligible AMD Products are purchased. Rebate requests for more than three (3) Eligible AMD Products purchased, regardless of whether included on the same or a separate claim form, will be denied.
Such strange wording, is it limit 1 or 3?
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Seems the rebate link isn't working now. Is it a PDF? Does anybody have a working link?


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Last day for the rebate and for the $5 retail.... me .... not coupon, have to grab one, too good to pass up.

MC says limit 1 per customer but I might try for 2 in separate transactions. I wonder about the AMD rebate limit though....

Such strange wording, is it limit 1 or 3?
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