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PC Perspective Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Author: Tim Verry
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: PC Perspective

Josh's Holiday Gift Picks

Our graphics card connoisseur Josh not only likes watching benchmarks run, but loves putting all those graphics cards to work in gaming.  His holiday picks include a great gaming processor, a sharp monitor, and a blu-ray drive to watch movies on in what little down time he can find after digging himself out of the pile of graphics cards boxes that are slowly taking over his computer room!.

1. LG Super BD-R/DVD/CD - $70 USD

This Blu-Ray reader and DVD/CD burner is made for desktops with an available 5.25" drive bay.

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Nice to see we are finally at the point where buying a BD-R drive won’t cost 3 C notes.

2. ASUS ML249H - $171 USD (after rebate)

This 24" desktop monitor employs an LED backlit, MVA panel to deliver a resolution of 1920x1080.  Inputs include VGA, HDMI, and DVI (with included DVI-HDMI cable).

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I bought one of these for a secretary at my day job... it is a stunning monitor for the price. Colors are great, it is bright, and has none of the issues of TN monitors. MVA isn’t perfect, but it sure is better than TN!

3. Intel Core i5 2500K - $219 USD

The Core i5 "Sandy Bridge" processor is from Intel's current mainstream 1155 lineup, and provides 4 cores, 6 MB cache, and 3.3 GHz of computing horsepower.  As a "K" series CPU, it has an unlocked multiplier meaning it can be easily overclocked.  Because PC games generally do not use more than four cores, the i5 2500k has been an extremely popular processor in gaming and/or overclocked rigs!

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The Phenom II X6 1090T was a great processor for the price, but those are getting rare. Instead, go for a great gaming/productivity CPU that can overclock to high levels and have 95% of the performance of a $1K part.  It's hard not to suggest this as the basis for any enthusiast system on a budget!

December 19, 2011 | 03:26 PM - Posted by Markon101

Nice gift guide. :D (BTW there is a typo, 1920x180 instead of 1920x1080)

December 19, 2011 | 03:30 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

nice catch, fixed :)

December 20, 2011 | 01:24 AM - Posted by hafiz farhan (not verified)

what is it

December 22, 2011 | 02:45 AM - Posted by cyow

I see the SSD come from the moon away but still a great call.
Man I need to get one.

thanks to all the gang here at PC Per for the great year and have a safe and Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 28, 2011 | 08:18 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Thanks, I hope you had a great holiday as well!

December 18, 2012 | 07:37 PM - Posted by Rosia Lysak (not verified)

Merely wanna state that this is very useful , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

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