So, I have what must be considered now an out of date motherboard (ie one that only supports intel 2 duo, extreme, quad processors, etc), not the newer wave of technology, i7core or whatever it is.
On my present rig, i have an intel 2 core duo (plain and simple), but im wondering, what is the next upgrade for me? Will it make sense for me to wait for the very fastest Intel Extreme processors come down in price, or by that time should I just replace the entire desktop? This is thinking in the future... right now my computer is plenty fast enough.
My thinking was always just that I would get a desktop so I could upgrade the components (in particular CPU), but it seems possible that I may just have to replace the whole thing if, by the time the fastest intel extreme processors are down in price, that would no longer make sense given speed increases in i7core technology?
i would say the EE cpus wont come down too much, intel seem to stop making them while the prices are still high.
i personaly would wait till after christmas then when amd bring out there 45nm quads. once they come out they should offer some competition to the cheaper intel 45nm quads, hopefully bringing their price down a bit... then upgrade to a 45nm intel quad while your mobo and ddr2 ram still have some life
I advise you simply wait it out. Currently your processor is still good enough for anything. As for the i7 core I think its a waste of money at this point and my best advise is anytime a new line of hardware comes ignore the first generation of it. By the time the second generation comes it will outperform and more options will be available to you and prices will be lowered.
Also by this time DDR3 memory should go down in price as well as the new motherboards that go with the i7core. Once it turns mainstream is the time to do a new system build.
Basicly, they cost so much, as said, due to the unlocked multiplier, and the word 'Extreeme'. If they were to ever drop the price, then the e-peen boost of an 'Extreeme' processor would be lost, so they wont.
If your solution satisfy you right now, then it is best to forget about the issue until you feel that you could use a computer upgrade in a year or two. At that time, yet another generation of processors will be released and you'll be able to consider the game at that time.
Yeah. For some reason I feel compelled to plan NOW what my next upgrade will be even though I really don't need one. I should add I just put together my first computer about a year ago so im pretty new at this