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Newsletter 7-21-2008


Good evening sales!


Been a long time since I´ve sent out a newsletter, eh? I aim to fix that.

Lately there´s been a lot of shifts in technology, some of which will directly impact the quoting process. Below I´ve listed a few key things to watch out for, things that can help or hurt margins, availability, and the quality of our builds:


Western Digital 150GB 10K Raptor Hard Drives

These no longer exist! The direct replacement is the WD 300GB VelociRaptor. The new drive is an extra $xxx, quite the bitter pill to swallow. Moving forward, if we sell a 150GB, I am forced to upgrade to a 300GB because there is no way I can get the 150GB. The new drive fits anywhere the old 150GB would, and has the same selling point. A super speedy hard drive targeting the enthusiast gamer. Let me know if you want the detailed technical differences, but its better in all aspects.


Core 2 Duo´s

As you may or may not know, the E8400 is our new mainstream Core 2 Duo. It is based on the new 45nm process, and therefore runs cooler, quieter, and is faster. This default model is clocked at 3.0Ghz, the same speed as an old E6850. Traditionally we´ve been using quite a few of the E6550 and E6750 these are still available but I would avoid them. The E8400 is now cheaper than both of these, and it far outperforms them. I will not automatically upgrade quotes as I see them, but I highly suggest you begin using the new ones. 1333FSB, works in all of our 775 boards except the Biostar (which is a maybe).


Core 2 Quad´s

The good old Q6600 is still around, and cheaper than ever. If a customer wants cheap quad core, this is still the way to go. The new 9 series is available as well, and if your customer is looking for the newer, quieter, cooler, faster chip this is the way to go. Entry level model is the Q9300, and it carries a bit of a price premium over the Q6600 this is expected to shift sometime in August. For the higher tier gamers, I recommend the Q9450 or Q9550. For ultimate performance, the newest flagship is the QX9770, priced at a reasonable $xxxx.


Motherboards

Most of our standard Tiger builds are using a standardized set of motherboards. For expediency, and already tested hardware I recommend sticking to this list when quoting:

Asus P5N-MX = cheapo Intel desktop board. Can be used in very low end servers.

Asus P5N-D = mid range Intel gaming motherboard. Has SLI capability. Do not use in servers please.

Asus P5BV-C4/L = general purpose socket 775 server motherboard. Has quad gigabit LAN, RAID 5: works great!

Asus DSBV-DX = dual xeon (771) server motherboard. Much cheaper than Supermicro, but it ONLY fits in towers!

Asus M2A-VM = cheapo AMD desktop board. Can be used in very low end servers.

MSI K9A2 Platinum = good AMD gaming board, has quad crossfire. Reasonably priced for what you get!

Supermicro X7DVL- = works in any Supermicro 1U or 2U (and towers). Use the E if you need PCI-e, -I for PCI-X. General rule of thumb.

Biostar P4M900SE = this old guy is still around. Used ONLY in Compucase 1U´s.


Video Cards

The 8600GT 512MB has dropped quite a bit in price, it´s in the upper $xx range now! Use it for low end.

The 9800GTX 512MB may sound like a flagship model, but it has been surpassed by the GTX 260 and GTX 280. One of the 3 options gives you very high level performance however. The 9800GTX 512MB is only $xxx though! It´s a price buster and one of the best bang for your buck deals currently.

ATI is back in the game with their new 4850 and 4870 cards. The 4850 is in between a 9800GTX and GTX 260 performance level, and the 4870 is pretty close to GTX 280 performance for a LOT cheaper.

We will be using the 9600GSO pretty soon, which is a slightly dumbed down 9600GT for a lot lower cost. For mid range gaming, this will be the way to go, if you´re looking at a bang for your buck comparison with the 9600GT.

Other than the 8600GT, avoid all other 8-series nVidia cards. They are now obsolete.


Heatsinks

Pricing in Total Vision is based on OEM processor pricing. That means no heatsinks! Make sure to include the appropriate heatsink. Yes, the 771 one really is $xx. For any of the fancy heatsinks, such as a Zalman, just a friendly reminder to never ever use them unless you want to see it get destroyed in shipping. For 2U´s and AMD chips specifically, make sure the use the heatsink designated for this case. They are pricey.