Originally Posted by JrockMOD
any idea when a price drop may happen with the q9550? new egg has them for 279.99 and from what i heard from you guys I can get it much lower however they don't ship. when could i expect new egg to drop?
Don't buy new.
Intel Q9xxx processors are great --they're also way overpriced new. You can buy a base Core i7 for that price (though admittedly you need the mainboard and DDR3 to match).
I bought my Q6600 used on HardForums. I replaced it with my Q9450 when I got a deal for $150 on Craigslist, and gave someone else a deal on the Q6600 for $120 also on Craigslist (it sold in sixty minutes). There's no way I'd have bought new through a retailer.
You can do a lot better on a Core 2 Quad through Ebay in mint condition.