Originally Posted by Arkanor
No, not including that, because that's not the cost of the i7. That's the cost of a system. You instantly twisted your argument from the cost of the chip to the cost of a system based on that chip.
There's no doubt a simple CPU upgrade is cheaper, but some people hold onto their machines until the point where that isn't viable. I came from a dead-end socket (939) with DDR and AGP8x. There's absolutely no reasonable upgrade option from that. It was all given up on a year after release. Intel held onto their socket for 5 years before completely changing how their CPU interfaces with the board, what more do you want?
Unlike everyone else, I don't actually have a particular problem with i7. I remember how much the AMD FX series used to cost, it was insane. I think that the i7 920 and cheapest x58/cheap DDR3 are actually a very good price for the performance.
775 was around for a good long time, a socket switch was bound to happen sooner or later.
It is really hard to say exactly what will happen when the AM3 Phenoms come out. I know there will be market adjustments but it is hard to say by who and in what direction.
No matter how you look at it though, it is shaping up to be an incredible chip, at least good enough for AMD not to being considered a badge of shame (by some at least, I don't really care).