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February 19, 2008 9:54:25 PM

My ? is just kind of a general one concerning new technology...

When the intel Nehalem processors and new socket motherboards arrive, what are the usual prices for the newest technology like that? Is it in the $1,000's like the top end stuff now, or are versions released that compete in the $300-$400 range? Obviously prices always go down over time, but im just wondering what its like within the first 6-8 months of release.

I'm wondering because i might build a system now, but if the new CPUs are going to be in my price range I might wait.

Hopefully this makes sense to someone... lol

Is it worth waiting for them now? or go ahead with a E8400/E8500 build?
February 19, 2008 10:04:22 PM

Nehalem will be released as a high end part in Q4 this year. Therefore I would expect $1000 'Extreme Edition' style prices at launch. The mainstream Nehalems will come in early 2009.

If you can wait a year for an 'affordable' Nehalem, then by all means. Personally, I don't think it is wise to wait for new tech, since there is always something better around the corner. You could essentially be waiting forever for the next best thing. ;) 

The only 'bad' time to build is RIGHT before the introduction of a new platform, and now certainly isn't it. An E8400/E8500 build will serve you well, and can be upgraded to a quad down the line should the need arise.
February 19, 2008 10:18:26 PM

I would tend to agree with epsilon84 except that the 775 is at the end of it's life cycle so if you can wait for a year to 18 months, prices to come down and bugs to shake out, it makes sense to wait. On the other hand, epsilon84 putting together a new machine now would work for at least 3 years or more, which would be the best to go the new platform, prices will be good, bugs will be worked out, and they'll be more choices.
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February 19, 2008 11:14:17 PM

g-paw said:
I would tend to agree with epsilon84 except that the 775 is at the end of it's life cycle so if you can wait for a year to 18 months, prices to come down and bugs to shake out, it makes sense to wait. On the other hand, epsilon84 putting together a new machine now would work for at least 3 years or more, which would be the best to go the new platform, prices will be good, bugs will be worked out, and they'll be more choices.


S775 still has a bit of life left in it, especially if you build a DC now and pop in a QC down the track. We are still around 12 months from the mainstream Nehalems, and 12 months is a long time to wait for a new PC. ;) 
February 20, 2008 12:57:39 PM

Well you guys officially convinced me to build a PC. :c)
February 20, 2008 1:14:01 PM

Guess we did out patriotic duty by helping to stimulate the economy :) 
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