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Its nearly 200$ yet its just some old dual core, what makes it so good and special? For that price why not just spend a bit more for the Q9550 or get a Q8400?
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E8400 is only worth at most around 110 new....dont know what you mean.

check the marketplace here, most hover around the $100 mark
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E8400 is only worth at most around 110 new....dont know what you mean.

check the marketplace here, most hover around the $100 mark
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=...3424583e0d5426
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E8400 is only worth at most around 110 new....dont know what you mean.

check the marketplace here, most hover around the $100 mark
I bought mine in September of 2008 for $169.99...and that's the same price it still is today on Newegg.
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I bought mine in September of 2008 for $169.99...and that's the same price it still is today on Newegg.
But why get that chip, what makes it so special that its worth 170$?
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Cos they are worth it XD, seriously though.. Superseded chips tend to retain there value rather then get cheaper..
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post #7 of 13
I made a thread asking about the same question not too long ago.

Answers were that Intel does not reduce the value of their older chips. They merely discontinue them.

For a Core 2 Duo, you can afford yourself a better CPU + motherboard set (especially if you have a Micro Center near you). There's no reason to stay on 775. I think they OC really well though but still, they're old technology and have less cores/threads.
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post #8 of 13
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But why get that chip, what makes it so special that its worth 170$?
Um. Cost of making the chip? That is why. Intel hasn't reduced unit cost on it since they've obviously moved on so the chip was costly to make and buy. Now I think most retailers don't see the point in discounting the chip as they doubt people would buy more at a lower price given the age of chip and the platform it runs on. So there's all around no reason to change the price.


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I made a thread asking about the same question not too long ago.

Answers were that Intel does not reduce the value of their older chips. They merely discontinue them.

For a Core 2 Duo, you can afford yourself a better CPU + motherboard set (especially if you have a Micro Center near you). There's no reason to stay on 775. I think they OC really well though but still, they're old technology and have less cores/threads.
Big difference can be had from additional instruction sets and other architecture design changes. Threads/cores/speed/caches are not the only things that matter.
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post #9 of 13
mystifies me why anyone would consider buying 775 gear NEW at this point in time....we should be looking at used stuff for such an old platform.

that's not saying its bad though, loved my E8500 (used ) and still have 3 775 boards
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loved the 775 socket, had the MOST fun OCing the hell out of those chips RIP
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