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i7 870 Price Drop after "Sandy Bridge" Release?

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I got all my build ready to go at Christmas when I head that "Sandy Bridge" is to be released on January 9th. I asked the guy at Micro Center on his feelings about it and he said there should be a price drop. Anyone else heard anything? Should I wait 2 weeks and let this useless piece of hardware lay around for the speculation of saving a few bucks? Or should I just go out and grab it? Its priced at $229 right now where I'm at.
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$229 is not a bad price, but it is doubtful there will be any major price drop on the current i series processors. The 775 processors that are still available have actually been slowly creeping up in price, and most are above what their initial release price was. Motherboards on the other hand are more likely to drop in price.
    
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Well I already got my motherboard on black friday for a very reasonable price, so I should go for it?
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post #4 of 13
Intel doesn't usually drop their prices even though they launch new hardware that is as good or better than what they have on the market currently.

The Q9650 was still $329 after Bloomfield launched in '08 even though it was superior.
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post #5 of 13
Are you replacing the 860 in your sig rig? If so, not worth it.
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No, I have my semi-completed first build but just need the processor. The i5-760 is $169 and the i7 870 is $229. I want this build to last 6-7 years.

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post #7 of 13
Well, depending on what you are doing, the 870 should be good for a while. Since you already have the mobo, I would grab the 870 at that price. It's about $280 on newegg, and probably won't come down. The 760 is a nice processor though...

EDIT: The Q9650 is still $329
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Just occasional gaming, photoshop, office, etc. 60 bucks is a lot. And could go towards a GPU upgrade, but how many GPU upgrades will i do in 6-7 years? 2 possibly 3. Whereas there's no CPU upgrades until my next build. Thats how I look at it.
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Originally Posted by zactillow View Post
Just occasional gaming, photoshop, office, etc. 60 bucks is a lot. And could go towards a GPU upgrade, but how many GPU upgrades will i do in 6-7 years? 2 possibly 3. Whereas there's no CPU upgrades until my next build. Thats how I look at it.
The i7 870 will be able to handle all those activities for years to come. When it gets slow, just overclock it.

I know people using Socket 939. A CPU will last as long as you want it to last for what activities you need. If I continue to play the games I am right now and doing the activities I am right now in the next 3 years, I won't need to upgrade, and even if I do need to upgrade it'd be the GPU not the CPU.
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