Originally Posted by jihe
I am sure 790i is very nice, but honestly for the price they are going at you could get a sandy setup already. I honest suggest people to buy a $30 E5440 and recycle their existing board. Any more money spent on 775 would be against the whole point of the mod.
This is true. I suppose if you could get a good deal then it may be worth it. I would consider a good deal to be less than $100. I paid $110 for mine but it came with a clean G-0 Q6600 processor which I can sell for $50 if it's lapped. I've also seen 790i's go for as little as $60 on craigslist. An enthusiast level Z68/77 with a 2600K will still run you $350-400+ with decent memory. My x5470-790i-xms-3 cost me roughly $180. One could for example buy a new SSD or GTX660 Ti with the extra money they would spend on a core SB setup.
There's also the fact that these chips can OC really high on a good board...and me personally that is why I'm here @OC.net. To OC the crap out of something and to teach (learn from) some folks along the way. We all have our different purposes for doing the mod and I think it remains per individual. For some yes it may be to get on the quad core train as cheap as possible, others maybe the thrill of pushing the envelope of what wasn't designed to otherwise coincide.
Last but not least, this is off topic in a sense but if anyone has been reading up on Nvidia's G-sync technology then I'm sure you know it's going to be awesome!! In short it will allow a smoother gameplay experience on less horsepower. That said, it may possibly influence pricing of older hardware. I hope not but common sense tells me if a GTX660 can play anything and everything smoothly then less people will need better hardware. Just my 2 cents
Edit: Since I'm on the topic of pricing, if you have yet to experience this mod and plan to then I strongly suggest you get your Xeon's NOW!!!
E-bay sellers are catching wind of this mod and using the pricing to their advantage. The average cost hike per CPU model is about $7-$10 just on E-bay
If anyone has access to someone selling used good Xeon's for a decent non-inflated price please put yourself out there in a responsible manner. ThanksEdited by davtylica - 1/10/14 at 8:29pm