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I was thinking today, since on most processors, you can see the week and stepping, would it be worth th extra price to buy it in-store since you can sort through several processors for the best week? I bought my e6600 from ZipZoomFly (same price as newegg, but game with ghost recon) and I lucked out with a good week, but what about those who end up with the higher stock voltages and such? I was at Micro Center and I noticed that OEM e6600s were only $30 higher than NewEgg. I'm not sure how I would go about finding the week and such since there was no box, but I'm sure it could be done. Worth it?
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Its worth it, if you are willing to pay the extra price, its all about personal opinion. I payed £40 extra for this when i got it because of the stepping. So in my opinion it is certainly worth it yes.

In most places ask the guys behind the counter and they will kindly search for a stepping you wish for if they have it.
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honestly i've never bought a processor in a store. the few computer shops around here are outrageously overpriced. i'd rather be teh cheep and take the chances of getting a good stepping. after all whats the fun in buying a processor if you already know the stepping?
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And heres a lesson in capitalism.. Print out an add from an online store marketing the same processor. Then take it to the store and ask them if they will match the price or go lower. If they are smart, they will match the price and make money, if they arnt then they just lost a sale.
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And heres a lesson in capitalism.. Print out an add from an online store marketing the same processor. Then take it to the store and ask them if they will match the price or go lower. If they are smart, they will match the price and make money, if they arnt then they just lost a sale.
Almost no store honor price matching against online stores without a physical location. Online stores have no retail location upkeep, lower advertising costs, much less staff... no way does BestBuy want to compete with Newegg.


If the price difference isn't too great, go for it. If you want to do an extreme OC, go for it. Otherwise, I would say getting it cheaper online is the way to go.
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At Best Buy you can get anything you want (Within reason) if your talking to the right person and you threaten to go else where.
The have become a lot more customer centric in the past years.
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Almost no store honor price matching against online stores without a physical location. Online stores have no retail location upkeep, lower advertising costs, much less staff... no way does BestBuy want to compete with Newegg.


If the price difference isn't too great, go for it. If you want to do an extreme OC, go for it. Otherwise, I would say getting it cheaper online is the way to go.
DiagnosisDirt is right, anyone who is smart with capitalism wants every customer they can..
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