I have a hypothetical situation that perhaps some of you can help me with. As some here have stated, Microcenter has some unbelievable deals on Intel CPU’s (i7-930 at $199.99, i7-860 at $229.99, i5-750 at $189.99, and the $179 i7-920 wasn’t in stock). The ever-present string attached is that Microcenter requires you pick up the CPU in their store (Hoping you will fill up your cart while you are there.) Here in lies the hypothetical, I can bother one of my friends in a not so near city (with said Microcenter) to pick up one of these CPU’s and deliver it into my hands. But which direction will my quest for CPU enlightenment take? Will it be the fast and powerful ‘930, the equally fast and powerful ‘860, or the 95% as fast and powerful i5-750?
1. Use the i5-750 ($199.99) version of things from Newegg.com as a basis.
2. The Microcenter i7-860 build version is exactly $30 extra since the rest of the build components are exactly the same.
3. The Microcenter i7-930 version includes an upgrade from an Asus P7P55-E PRO ($169) to Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R ($209) and an upgrade from dual to triple channel (an extra $60) for a total of extra $100.
So readers of this forum, which direction would you take on your quest for CPU enlightenment. Don’t bother the friend from a not so near city, and stick to the i5-750 version from Newegg.com. Do you go for the i7-860 build for the price of a bottle of Wild Turkey? Or lastly, do you the I7-930 route for cost of a C note?
Give me your votes and your reasoning for it.
These hypotheticals can give you a headache.