I'd like to believe that the Core i5/i7 (older ones) haven't lost their value, and if Intel did lower prices it would only hurt the consumers who bought the CPUs, think about it for a moment...
If today you bought a SB i5 and tomorrow a new chip comes out reducing the value of the SB i5 by 30% of it's original value, your rig would be worth a lot less.. That's something you don't really want, not really. Already we have to suffer other components falling in prices, which in turn makes system cheaper to build, but resale value is always falling.
You can't afford to build nice systems and put them on your shelf because price fall far too often, neither can you afford to stock a lot of parts, once again falling prices are your enemy. If you had 100 Systems in stock and prices fell (all parts combined) $30, you would be out of $3,000! (Ouch)
The only one that benefits from falling prices mainly are those consumers purchasing parts at the counter or someone building a system that is already purchased, they get current prices, but unfortunately 2 weeks from then prices may fall yet again.
If you buy and stock parts and in 3 months prices fall you will definitely lose money, because clients will argue that they can get the parts or computer cheaper!
The problem with system building is, Retail MFGs (like Dell / Gateway / etc) does it cheaper than you can! It's not very often that a person wanting a Custom PC will walk through your door, even if you try to sell customs to customers wanting to buy a desktop, they simply become put off by the cost and end up going to Walmart, where they have already been to check prices. It takes serious sales skills to sale a computer for more than what Walmart sales them for.
I seen a guy go to put together a Custom desktop at MicroCenter only to change his mind and buy a laptop. One reason is, you can buy a really nice Laptop, though the performance isn't really there, the cost is less, and it's complete, no building required! This is often why retail computers are sold so much at Walmart vs a PC Tech Shop, cost and it's ready to go! The guy wanted to game, so he bought a high end laptop, not that this is a wise decision due to overheating issues, but they are the clueless consumers, so go figure.
Prices have actually been going up with newer tech coming in all the time, the tech is so good, prices really cannot fall, which is a good thing. I'm not really for cheap, I hate it! I had a customer walk in my door and ask me how much for a computer, and I told her I had a used one for $80 (desktop), and she replied "Don't you think that's a bit much?". I replied, "Well, you can't even buy the software to run the computer for less than $110, so I don't understand how that's too much." (I hate Cheap Customers)
I'm glad that things have went the way they have, for multiple reasons as you can see, and if prices continue to go up, then, most people will continue to buy those retail PCs, never really coming to know the power of the i5/i7 Quad Cores or the new 6 Core & 8 Core CPUs. After their warranty expires and those cheap parts break they will be coming to see me, to cry of course.
I've seen a lot of people buy a great CPU and proceed to be cheap by purchasing a cheaper motherboard &/or power supply, but that would be a serious error to me. If you want a good system then build a good system, if you want cheap, go to Dell, or similar MFGs, you cant really beat their price for cheap computers.
I have seen multiple computers for $200-$300 in stores, if Windows cost $110, you do the math!
Edited by _GTech - 6/3/11 at 7:21am