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Well, I'm hoping that by the time Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge launches I'll be able to afford a rig.

My thoughts are, that essentially I don't care if I have the "latest and greatest", but instead a badass rig that fits my needs and will continue to do so for a while (so buying old 2-generations-old hardware won't do it as many have suggested to me - and no, I'm not going LGA775 ).

So, I was thinking. When Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge is released, I'm sure prices of the current Sandy Bridge lineup will plummit. Am I wrong for expecting 2600k's to be sold for <$250 as opposed to the current ~$320, once the new series is released? The dilemma here is if I should go along with this plan and go with a SB build, or perhaps spend a little more and go Ivy Bridge. Of course, price/performance is the biggest factor here. So if a mid-grade Ivy-Bridge beats the top SB (2600k) for $50 more, of course I'm going to go Ivy-Bridge. Sandy Bridge-E I can pretty much count out of my budget ceiling. LGA2011 will more than likely be too steep for me to splurge on, especially with the depreciation rate that computer hardware has.

All that wall of text aside, here's a TL;DR version:
When SB-E/IB releases, do I go SB or IB? Best Price/Performance estimates/predictions?
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Hmm. I don't know that Intel has announced any planned price cuts, but really they should be slashing the hell out of all the LGA775 stuff they used to make as well as the old Core i5s and i7s. That would clear inventory for the newer stuff.

If past practice is any guide, then expect the present price points to be entered by the equivalent-or-slightly-better newer CPUs.
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Considering how SB-E is going to replace 1366, im sure it will adopt the prices too, it might be a little lower but I don't think by that much, however with that said, SB right now is very competative and I don't think it'll plumet, more like prices will be reduced a 'little' to allow IB to become the enthusiast chip for the 1155 platform. So in terms of price, im sure that IB will be lower that SB-E but it is too early to tell.
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it all really depends on what AMD has to offer....intel wont ever really drop prices, they are greedy as hell.
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I think they'll drop. Maybe not by a great amount initially, but gradual. But the problem is that it's arguable. Even the 1156 CPU's are still hovering around the same amount if you can find them in Australia. But other than that, I think they should drop.
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post #6 of 7
Expect a minimal price drop. As in you will be VERY lucky to see a 2600k going for the price you want.
The used market will flood so prices there will bottom out, but the new market price probably wont change by too much.
Intel doesn't usually change prices too much even after new processors release.
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1155 pretty much just took the price points of 1156, 2011 will do the same with 1366. I don't see any significant price drops in the future.
    
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