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February 24, 2010 7:08:42 PM

Trying to find info on how cpu prices decline, historically. I have searched in the forums and articles. Closest I've found is one assessment online that 'generally' they'll drop by approx 50% annually which sounds a) pretty simplistic b) from someone on Mars.

I'm trying to figure when Core i5 prices will drop by a third. Not gonna happen by July... Building a system from scratch for the first time. Stuck between a rock and a hard place. Don't want to compromise. Any idea how long it will take for say a 750 around $140?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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February 24, 2010 7:14:15 PM

As the fact that AMD is offering little competiton at this time, the price drops would be small at best, until they reveal their shiny new 6 core desktop items and price them REALLY cheap, and their single thread / game performance don't take a hit due to more cores and lower clock speed, then Intel has no reason to really drop prices at all.

I would say that if you are gaming, then a Ph II X4 955 is good enough, use the saved up cash for a better GPU, unless you already has a 5870 or a 5970 the saved cash should be used toward that.

if you are not gaming, then I would wait for the Ph II X6 or even the rumored X8 chip (MCM not likely i think..) and see how they perform once the specific application you are running is optimized for it and uses up multiple cores (IE video processing and etc.).
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February 24, 2010 7:54:17 PM

I know it probably won't help your cause much, but on the danish price comparison database you can select any product currently carried by at least one vendor and see graphs at the bottom.

Here's a google translate link specificly to i5, hope the forums don't break it.
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=d...$[MultiValSep]%25C2%25A7specifictaxonomy:^Hardware|2/Processor|35$&sl=da&tl=en
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February 24, 2010 9:18:22 PM

Price drops are strongly dependent on the state of the competition. If there is strong competition, prices will drop quickly (such as the price of the GTX 280 just after the HD4000 series showed up). If there is weak competition, prices will be stagnant (such as the current pricing of the HD5000 series). My examples use GPUs, but the same is true for CPUs as well.

You can get an i5-750 for $150 if you have a microcenter nearby though...
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February 24, 2010 11:19:27 PM

I would say that computer prices drop on average over the long term at a rate of 33% per year; this applies to all computer parts not just the processor. I call this PJMELECT’s law, just like Mores law.
This value I have researched over a number of years and has proved to be remarkably accurate.
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February 25, 2010 1:16:59 PM

pjmelect said:
I would say that computer prices drop on average over the long term at a rate of 33% per year; this applies to all computer parts not just the processor. I call this PJMELECT’s law, just like Mores law.
This value I have researched over a number of years and has proved to be remarkably accurate.


except for old tech, DDR2 has doubled in price since last year, same thing happened to DDR
also take a look at S939 Athlon 64 X2's (or FX60/Opty)
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February 25, 2010 5:09:29 PM

if you need an opteron antique I think I've got a 170 around somewhere
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February 25, 2010 5:23:38 PM

neiroatopelcc said:
if you need an opteron antique I think I've got a 170 around somewhere


actually i don't need one, i just gave away my S939 system because i didn't want to upgrade it or throw it away

went to good use to a friends sister for school
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February 25, 2010 5:39:57 PM

okay. the one I have in mind has been disused for a few years now - gave way to an e6600 that has been replaced by i7 920 ...
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February 26, 2010 12:58:04 AM

Thanx HolyLancer, I'm not as concerned re: gaming as I am about video
appls. Cjl - thanks for the tip. Pjmelect - Thanks, that's the kind of informed opinion I was hoping to find as I know you guys are the *@#+ as the kids say. Of course I'm also aware of mindless's point.
Appreciate the help.
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