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But by mid August Core 2 will be just around the corner, and well, whats another 2 months?

Then 40nm graphics cards will be out in Q1 09 and well whats another month or two?

.......
Yep, that's pretty much how I got where I am. I started last winter by wanting to wait and see how Penryn vs. Phenom worked out. Then once I decided I wanted the Q9450, I had to wait for months for them to actually show up for sale for more than a microsecond. And then once that finally happened, the 4870s were only a few weeks away. And once they were launched, the price drops on the Q9550s were imminent.

In hindsight, I should have just built a Q6600 rig last winter. But hey, hindsight is 20/20, right? And there's obviously no way I'm doing a Q9450 now, I'm definitely committed to the post-price drop Q9550s at this point. And since I have no intention whatsoever of waiting for Nehalem, I think I'm nearing the end of my journey.
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@VulcanDragon - I feel your pain -.- i have been delaing a build for a long time now.

I find i painful for me to contemplate an Intel Build. I have been AMD since k6 and before that i used Cyrex proc's lol
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Yep, that's pretty much how I got where I am. I started last winter by wanting to wait and see how Penryn vs. Phenom worked out. Then once I decided I wanted the Q9450, I had to wait for months for them to actually show up for sale for more than a microsecond. And then once that finally happened, the 4870s were only a few weeks away. And once they were launched, the price drops on the Q9550s were imminent.

In hindsight, I should have just built a Q6600 rig last winter. But hey, hindsight is 20/20, right? And there's obviously no way I'm doing a Q9450 now, I'm definitely committed to the post-price drop Q9550s at this point. And since I have no intention whatsoever of waiting for Nehalem, I think I'm nearing the end of my journey.
What exactly are you going to go with?

If I were you (I am guessing your budget based off your interest in the Q9450 / Q9550 and HD4870)

Q9450 $280
Visontek HD4870 $265
2 x OCZ Core 64GB SSD (143MB/s read 93MB/s write) RAID0 $240 each
Silverstone OP800 $160
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R $130
2 x 2 x 2GB G.Skill DDR2-1100 CL5 1.8-1.9V $135 each

$1585

Add onto that DVD drives if necessary, a case if necessary, a monitor if necessary, a large storage HDD if necessary, any cooling devices you want (Tuniq Tower $35 on Newegg), and you have yourself a hell of a PC. Then add the 2-5% you can get back from using Live Cashback!

Yes the 8GB ram and SSD's in RAID0 would be the best part.
Edited by pauldovi - 7/22/08 at 12:53pm
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What exactly are you going to go with?

If I were you (I am guessing your budget based off your interest in the Q9450 / Q9550 and HD4870)

Q9450 $280
Visontek HD4870 $265
2 x OCZ Core 64GB SSD (143MB/s read 93MB/s write) RAID0 $240 each
Silverstone OP800 $160
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R $130
2 x 2 x 2GB G.Skill DDR2-1100 CL5 1.8-1.9V $135 each

$1585
This is what I have down for planning now:

CPU: Q9550
MB: Waffling between a DFI LP LT X48-T2R and the Asus Rampage Formula X48
Heatsink: Leaning towards Vendetta 2.
RAM: Probably going 8GB, thinking G.Skill 1066
Video: Whichever 4870 has a good deal at the time (rebate, combo, bundled game, whatever). They all seem to be priced the same otherwise.
Storage: 300GB Velociraptor, plus assorted PATA drives I have lying around for slow storage
PSU: Either the Zalman 850W or the Corsair 1000W, still deciding

I'm recycling my Lian Li case, and I just bought a new DVD burner. I'm thinking everything else on the list should come in around $1550-$1600.
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Originally Posted by VulcanDragon View Post
This is what I have down for planning now:

CPU: Q9550
MB: Waffling between a DFI LP LT X48-T2R and the Asus Rampage Formula X48
Heatsink: Leaning towards Vendetta 2.
RAM: Probably going 8GB, thinking G.Skill 1066
Video: Whichever 4870 has a good deal at the time (rebate, combo, bundled game, whatever). They all seem to be priced the same otherwise.
Storage: 300GB Velociraptor, plus assorted PATA drives I have lying around for slow storage
PSU: Either the Zalman 850W or the Corsair 1000W, still deciding

I'm recycling my Lian Li case, and I just bought a new DVD burner. I'm thinking everything else on the list should come in around $1550-$1600.
I had the DFI X48-T2R, great motherboard but not necessary! I am not very happy with a P45 motherboard that was less than 1/2 the price!

I would really consider those SSD's, they are fairly cheap and quite fast. Better place to spend your money than X48!

The G.Skill DDR2-1100 is only 1.8-1.9V, which is better than their DDR2-1000 and DDR2-1066 which run at 2.0-2.1V. Who knows what that DDR2-1100 will do at 2.1V!

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I had the DFI X48-T2R, great motherboard but not necessary! I am not very happy with a P45 motherboard that was less than 1/2 the price!

I would really consider those SSD's, they are fairly cheap and quite fast. Better place to spend your money than X48!
Well I want X48 for two reasons:

1. Guaranteed to boot the Q9550 out of the box, no flashing required. I don't know if the P45s also do that, but I did see a lot of P35s that required flashing first. Not an option for me, I don't have any Intel CPUs at all to use for a flash.

2. I want the 16x/16x PCIe lanes.

As for the SSDs...a little too bleeding edge for me, I have some concerns about the cell rewrite limit of SSDs. I'm probably worrying about nothing, but I would rather just not worry at all.
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Well, the E8500 is now under 200 shipped at Newegg... looks like those drops finally kicked in.
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Prices dropped have just hit the UK

E7200: £75 (minor drop from £82)
E8400: £109 (ok drop from £125)
E8500: £123 (major drop from £170)
Q6600: £117 (minor drop from £125
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Prices dropped have just hit the UK

E7200: £75 (minor drop from £82)
E8400: £109 (ok drop from £125)
E8500: £123 (major drop from £170)
Q6600: £117 (minor drop from £125
I don't know where you buy your stuff but they have been at those prices for days.

EDIT: It seems the e8400 has dropped to £106.91 at Microdirect but the q6600 is the same as it has been for a while

EDIT2: It seems the e8400 has dropped at most places but the q6600 not so much. OVerclockers.co.uk doesn't seem to dropped prices at all

EDIT3: Novatech haven't dropped CCL have

EDIT: Tekheads have, Ebuyer have on the Quad but not on the e8400
Edited by biatchi - 7/23/08 at 2:00am
    
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