1Fry's B&M CPU & Motherboard Combo Thread 3
This thread is being created to follow up on the wonderfully successful Fry'
s B&M CPU & Motherboard Combo Thread started back in January 2010 by
psychoshopper, along with the second iteration by me here which has lain
dormant too long and is now closed to replies. Combos have started appearing
again about 1-2 per month, so I'm creating another tracking thread in the
hopes that they'll continue.
I won't rehash the monologue that psychoshopper put into his thread at the
beginning- I don't think the purpose has to be restated at length.
Basically, this thread is here to log the weekly Fry's Brick & Mortar CPU /
Motherboard combo deals. Sometimes they're available online, but for the
most part the combos are for walk-in customers only.
to everyone who took the time to post the combo threads and update the wiki
in the previous thread!
1. This IS a thread for B&M deals. Don't complain saying "oh I don't have a
Fry's near me" or "B&M only deals suck" or "WTF M8 yu0 sux0rz f00!1!11!one!"
if you have a problem with it- save your keystrokes and troll somewhere
2. Each combo deal should have its own thread on the Hot Deals forum
somewhere so that it can be discussed, and so that it can be linked back in
to the main table.
3. Discussion about the deals in general should take place in this thread-
combo specifics should be taken to the individual thread mentioned above.
4. If you edit the wiki with combo information, make a POST in the thread to
let people know. Subscribers to the thread don't get pinged when the wiki
is updated- only when new posts are made.
5. The wiki takes time to update, so please REP the people who update it!
This thread is here to assist YOU, so thank those that keep it up and
How to read the table in the wiki: (words by psychoshopper, edits by phunky.
Date is the date on which the sale of the combo started. Each date is linked
to the thread of the deal.
Processor and Motherboard are the ones included in the combo deal. They are
linked to the product page from Newegg if alive. If it's not available or
one of those "deactivated items", it's linked to Fry's product page or some
other web sites. Note that no abbreviation should be used to make cross-
referencing easier later.
CPU Mark is the benchmark of the processor from the CPUBenchmark.net web
(Though I find it useful to get a rough idea of how fast a processor is, it
seems to weigh a bit too much emphasis on multi-tasking power of processors.
For example, the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 is said to run faster than its quad-
core sibling Q8400 in normal, not-so-multi-task-intensive uses because of
its faster clock speed (3.0GHz vs. 2.66GHz) yet their CPU Mark benchmarks
are 2164 and 3601, respectively.
Thus, when you compare a dual-core processor with a quad-core processor,
make sure you are aware that you are not comparing an apple to an apple.
With that said, high number generally means fast processor.
Overclockablility and weather extra cores are unlockable (some AMD X2 and X3
processors with certain motherboards) can make a big difference in the "
actual" CPU mark you get out of the processor.)
Price, Rebate, and Price AR mean:
The price you pay before tax, the amount of mail-in rebate, and the price
after the rebate (for Fry's B&M deal) respectively.
Reference Price is the total price you would pay at Newegg for the same
If the item is not available at Newegg, price from Fry's or other reputable
vendor is referenced (hyperlink the item name to that vendor's web page).
Note that the price from Newegg should include shipping if applicable. In
cases where the item is not available at Newegg, ignore shipping but rebate
should be taken into account if available.
Saving($) is the amount you would save by buying the combo over what you
would pay if ordered from Newegg or other vendors.
(Saving($) = Reference Price - Price AR)
Saving(%) is the percentage of the above Saving($) over Reference Price.
The higher the %, the better.
(Saving(%) = Saving($) / Reference Price X 100%)
CI(CM/$) stands for the CPU Mark Index and it's figured by taking the CPU
Mark and dividing it by the total price of the combo. It shows raw
performance by the CPU Mark score per dollar, and I personally (Calesta)
think it's a very important index that needed to be added into the mix.
(CI(CM/$) = CPU Mark / Price AR)
Caveats- see the above note about CPU Mark reading and how it can be
misleading; also, a low score here does not mean that a deal is not good-
newer processor combos tend to have a lower score here (the cheapo $25AR
deals will always score high here), and the index does NOT factor in the
worth of the motherboard- it is based purely on CPU performance even though
it includes the motherboard price.
SI($x%) stands for the goodness Index and that's obtained by multiplying
Saving($) by Saving(%).
It's designed to show general goodness of the deal, better than Saving($)
and Saving(%) individually.
The higher the number, the better the deal is (in general).
(SI($x%) = Saving($) X Saving(%))
Note that the value of SI is dependent on the price of the combo --- for
example, the same 50% discounts on a $200 combo and a $100 combo would give
you SIs of 50.00 and 25.00 respectively.
It can be misleading, if you see the value of SI alone and make your
phunky.buddha / Mike note: I'm leaving the Regional explanation in here for
continuity's sake. I took the column out of the new table because I don't
feel that it's necessary. Almost all of the deals posted since I've watched
the original thread were national- in the few cases that the deal was
different from store to store, it was the overall price by a few dollars, or
a different motherboard substituted in at the same price.
Regional shows weather the deal was regional or nationwide. No for a
nationwide deal and Yes for a regional deal. This is a column added later as
per a request so I do not have the data for every deal. You are encouraged
to make correction where you know weather the deal was either regional or
Fonts should be changed to red where:
Saving($) is over $100,
Saving(%) is equal or greater than 50%,
CPU Mark Index - CI(CM/$) is equal to or greater than 40, and
goodness Index - SI($x%) is greater than 50.00, to show where deals are
How to edit the table: (the hard way)