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Where can I get a 950 for $200?
Micro Center.
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Micro Center def has the best CPU Prices.
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I am glad that someone did this because I am trying to decide between the two as well. What really makes it hard is, and let's be honest here, intel sucks with the lifespan of their sockets. So much in the air, the z67 or whatever it is, socket 2011, etc. I am almost tempted to go x58 just so that I have a triple channel kit so that I have it for future upgrades.
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It shouldn't matter if Intel changes sockets, what matters most is if the platform fits all your needs. I love upgrading as much as the next guy, but what it boils down to is - do I really have to? I doubt most of us use our CPU's to their full potential bar folding.

IMHO, SB should only be seriously considered by those coming from 775/Phenom platforms or those wanting to experiment with it. For the rest of us [1156 and 1366 owners], we should wait.
Edited by Raul-7 - 12/31/10 at 4:41pm
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It shouldn't matter if Intel changes sockets, what matters most is if the platform fits all your needs. I love upgrading as much as the next guy, but what it boils down to is - do I really have to? I doubt most of us use our CPU's to their full potential bar folding.

IMHO, SB should only be seriously considered by those coming from 775/Phenom platforms or those wanting to experiment with it. For the rest of us [1156 and 1366 owners], we should wait.
I sure as hell like being able to only change a cpu instead of a cpu+mobo+ram. That is definitely one of the reasons I went with AMD the last time around.
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It shouldn't matter if Intel changes sockets, what matters most is if the platform fits all your needs. I love upgrading as much as the next guy, but what it boils down to is - do I really have to? I doubt most of us use our CPU's to their full potential bar folding.

IMHO, SB should only be seriously considered by those coming from 775/Phenom platforms or those wanting to experiment with it. For the rest of us [1156 and 1366 owners], we should wait.
And what would you suggest for those coming from nothing. I have been without PC for two months. I plan on gaming only for the most part. I have the following parts for my build.

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For the same amount of cash, SB will undoubtedly be the superior gaming platform, unless you can get an LGA-1366 chip well below average cost.

I'd take a 2600K + an inexpensive mobo over an i7 950 + a mid-upper range 1366 board any day.

Even with a higher OC on the 2600K, it will draw less power, require a less robust VRM, and need less cooling. It will also be considerably faster.
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For the same amount of cash, SB will undoubtedly be the superior gaming platform, unless you can get an LGA-1366 chip well below average cost.

I'd take a 2600K + an inexpensive mobo over an i7 950 + a mid-upper range 1366 board any day.

Even with a higher OC on the 2600K, it will draw less power, require a less robust VRM, and need less cooling. It will also be considerably faster.
Well microcenter has the 950 for $220, that is my dilemma, but then I would need to get triple channel memory. On newegg the prices for a 3x2gig set is almost the same as a 2x4gig set so that is another thing I am trying to figure out between the two. Either way, just going to have to wait a few days.
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Well microcenter has the 950 for $220, that is my dilemma, but then I would need to get triple channel memory. On newegg the prices for a 3x2gig set is almost the same as a 2x4gig set so that is another thing I am trying to figure out between the two. Either way, just going to have to wait a few days.
You don't need to get triple channel memory right away. Dual channel works just as well on LGA-1366. That said, I remember reading a post somewhere that Bloomfield bottlenecks a triple SLI set-up. You need Gulftown for that. However, the poster was rocking an i7-980X and 3xGTX 480 so I don't know if he only said that to justify his $1000 CPU purchase.
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You don't need to get triple channel memory right away. Dual channel works just as well on LGA-1366. That said, I remember reading a post somewhere that Bloomfield bottlenecks a triple SLI set-up. You need Gulftown for that. However, the poster was rocking an i7-980X and 3xGTX 480 so I don't know if he only said that to justify his $1000 CPU purchase.
True, but I see no point in buying a dual channel set now and a triple channel set later. I guess I will just wait to see what the actual price of the 2600k is going to be.
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