The price of this processor has dropped from $245 to $215 on Newegg, and $205 on Zipzoomfly, and $199 on ewiz. I am planning on using it in my build that I should finally be finishing in the next week or two (depending on the financial situation, I might have to wait two weeks for another paycheck), and I was wondering if you guys think it's just a routine price drop, or are they maybe going to release the 965 pretty soon, which I have heard some rumors about, in which case I may wait for that.
Thanks for the quick reply. That's what I was thinking, and then after thinking about it, I really wouldn't even have buyers remorse after buying it at that price if the 965 came out. I've heard all it is is another 200 mhz bump to a stock clock of 3.4, and I'll be overclocking anyway, so whats it matter? then on another subject, I've been looking at getting one of these three 4890's and wanted to know what you guys thought, I'm feeling the Asus or the Xfx.
And the specs for the rest of my build when completed (most of which I already have) are as follows:
AMD Phenom II X4 955
Xigmatek Dark Knight and some TX-3
Asus Crosshair III Formula
G.Skill 1333 Mhz Ram, CL7
One of the aforementioned 4890's
750GB WD Caviar Black
Samsung DVD burner-SATA
Asus MK241H 24" 1920X1200 monitor
The 965 will be out next month. Chances are it will be the same as the 955 just higher binned. Unless it's a new stepping then chances are the overclocking potential of the 965 will be about the same as the 955. I'll probably go with a 955 myself soon.
Gotta agree with Megamanx00, the 965 doesn't seem worth it. I'm also planning to go with the 955 since it's widely available and already has great specs and overclocking potential.
If you're thinking about getting a Vapor-X 4890($200 for 850mhz, $220 for 870mhz version), you might as well spend an extra $30-50 dollars to get a Toxic 4890, it has a better version of Vapor-X and it's higher clocked (960mhz vs 850-870mhz and you can overclock it to anywhere from 1000+mhz to 1100mhz to get a good 10~15% performance increase vs stock speeds). The only problem is, it's always sold out and it's hard to find it anywhere, but Newegg estimates a new stock of them will come in tomorrow.
As for the XFX, it has double life time warranty (you and the next owner) AND overclocking is included in warranty. The only problem is that it uses a reference fan, so it will be noticeably audible at around 50~60% fan speed and will run hot vs the Vapor-X where it's quiet until 70-80% fan speed and runs much cooler.
I'm not too sure about the Asus one since I haven't read any reviews about them. Customer reviews of them look good (especially for the sold out 850mhz version). The fans seem to do their job in keeping the card cool, but I'm not certain about their noise level and power consumption.
I personally prefer a card that runs cooler and is quiet, so I would go with the Vapor-X or Toxic versions. I'm also building a gaming rig for the first time within August (because I'm using a 3.5 yr old mid-range laptop for gaming and it's very horrible for anything but CS & 2D games). My specs are similar to yours:
AMD PhenomII 955 BE
Asus M4A79T Deluxe 790FX (combos with 955 for 85 dollars off!) $320 with CPU combo
Sapphire Toxic 4890 $250
G.Skill 1600mhz 4GB RAM $65
1TB WD Caviar Black $90
Add in $20-30 for a DVD drive
Rosewill 750W $110 <---Still looking for other PSUs, but it had decent reviews and I wanted modular and 6 & 8 pins for GPU
All in either an Antec 900 or 902 ($100 or $120 in local electronics store)
Total: $955-985 (+$14 for thermal paste/HDMI combo +$40 for blue LED backlit keyboard)
**EDIT: I found a 2GB version of the 870mhz Vapor-X 4890 and it's priced at $250.