I forgot to ask this. Do you guys think the gulftown release next year will push down i7 prices a little? Even mobo's perhaps?
Short answer: No.
Gulftown will be built on a 32nm mfg process, that is good. It lets you pack 50% more circuitry in the same space. In theory, the 6 core gulftown should cost the same to produce as the current i7-920 type chips. They will sell it at the price that people are willing to pay. Initially, that price will be high. Those who value many cores should be pleased.
I was disappointed that no 4 core 32nm cpu's are forthcoming. I don't need 6 cores. I had expected that a 32nm 4 core cpu could overclock nicely.
The price of the current i7-920 will probably not change much, and the faster variants, like the 950 might get a reduced price. Today, if you can use many cores and hyperthreading, then the i7-920 or higher line is good. If a fast quad will do, then the P55 chipset cpu's will be cheaper.
Anandtech had a recent article on mobo prices and costs. There is not that much profit margin in the lower end of the X58 motherboards. I would expect price erosion only in the high end enthusiasts boards.