<div style="font-style:italic">there can't be that much of a market for 478 hardware any longer so one would think that prices would drop much more than they have</div>
</div>Socket 478's arent obsolete yet and wont be for quite some time..<br />
The demand is probably still there, while the supply most definately is not..hense higher prices!
Low end 478 gear can be had dirt cheap these days. The enthusiast products have actually appreciated with they are no longer in production. I've seen many P4P800-E Deluxe mobos on eBay go for twice what I paid for mine new. It's all a function of supply and demand. While the demand is certainly a lot lower than it used to be, the supply had dropped by a larger margin now that things have been out of production for a while.
Seems to me like the value of hardware kinda does this:<br />
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The truth is that the processing power being made available is still not being taken advantage of for the majority of applications. I imagine with the resource hog known as vista set to debut soon, we'll see the actual <i>need</i> for this (and last) year's technology.
Well, when the newer stuff comes out and the older tech has taken a nosedive in price drop, thats the time to buy the older stuff! It sounds odd, your probably thinking to yourself: "Why buy the old crap? New stuff is out!" Well, theres a simple answer: Better Performance per dollar. So yeah, as long as you dive into the market at the right time, its a good deal. So basically, wait about 2-5 years down the road and pick up a C2D for cheap, and bam, thee best value. <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" />
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