Alright my current system (Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz 478 socket, ASUS P4C800E-Deluxe) is has been outdated and since my mobo has fried, I think its time for me to get a new one.
So I have been following the i7 since it was first named "Nehalem" and now that it has finally been released I am looking to buy it. Right now it is $300 for the 920 i7 and I was wondering. If I wait will the i7 get a price drop next year or when the Phenom II comes out?
Also, is there going to be a sale for the i7 on black friday?
From the looks of Opteron 2384/8384, Phenom II should be performing just about the same to Penryn clock for clock. LGA1366 is not meant to be cheap. If you want one, then just buy it on Black Friday. I don't expect LGA1156 system would be as great as LGA1366. My prediction is that i7 920 may drop to about $200 a year later before 45nm process being phased out by Intel, while 965 EE will never drop price.
If you are going to get anything, wait at least until Black Friday or Boxing Day of course... personally, I'd wait until the Phenom IIs come out, competition is always good for prices, no matter what side of the fence you're on.
How bad is the itch in your wallet to buy is the big question. For the time, just over a month before PhenomII comes out, I would wait till it does and look for some real testing. It's release could also help on the prices if the I7.
Tbh id wait for phenom 2. I7 will be clock for clock higher then phenom 2 yes but the black edition AMD cpus are much cheaper than the extreme edition intel ones... and it looks like this chip has some serious overclocking headroom : )
definitely wait if you are in a position where you can. as far as price drops on the i7, dont hold your breath. i saw a few places had ok deals on them but i wouldnt expect anything major for a while. i7 isnt aimed at the mainstream with these 3 releases so dont expect any price wars with them.