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Boxing day sales vs sandybridge!!??

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December 27, 2010 7:20:20 PM

I know the whole sandybridge thing has been discussed alot...and it sounds like most people are saying to wait for it.

But for boxing day, I just bought these:
Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 7 Series DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-12800 Enhanced Latency Kit
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Produ [...] ME%29.aspx
(had a boxing day sale so I got them for 45$ after MIR)

I also bought the i5-760 for 170$, but now I'm thinking of returning it (I haven't bought the mobo yet thankfully)...
According to the sandybridge preview they said "the Core i5 2400 should give you an average of 23% better performance than the Core i5 760 at a potentially lower point."

What is everyone's opinion of that? will the release of sandybridge come out at an affordable price? Or better yet, am I better off waiting anyway because it may drop the i5-760 below even the boxing day sale price of 170$?

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December 27, 2010 7:46:14 PM

I think 23% is optimistic, but I do anticipate a solid 10% advantage in favor of SB at like clock speeds, about like receiving a 300 MHz OC for free....
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December 27, 2010 10:44:58 PM

is it worth the price then? The article says the price will be comparable to what the i5-760 is priced at right now...but my understanding is that it'll take awhile before cheaper 1155 boards are released (so you'll end up having to dish out more $$ because of more expensive mobos)

and if SB isn't worth the extra $$, will the SB release drop the price for the i5-760 you think?
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December 29, 2010 7:22:36 AM

I believe you will be just as well off using the parts you've bought and completing your build now as opposed to waiting. The price of the boards will probably take awhile to come down since they will be the "newest and bestest" out. The sandybridge being at the same price (comparatively speaking) means it's gonna run about $210 and your still paying more for the mobo. The only complication I see is you bought triple channel memory for a dual channel processor - which the sandybridge will be also. And if you buy a good board now that also supports the 1156 i7's then later when the prices do come down because the sandybridges have become common place you will be able to get something like an i7 875K and overclock the ships out of it.
HERE'S a nice solid GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard for $120 that will go nicely with processor.
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December 29, 2010 7:57:34 AM

Can the SB i5 2400 be overclocked as well as the i5 760? If not, you've got a better computer now potentially.
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December 29, 2010 12:12:14 PM

if the SB part number has a K on the end that means it's good to OC, I'm pretty sure there's a 2400K.
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December 29, 2010 1:06:05 PM

I'm not sure about 2400 , but the 2500k smokes the 760!! the 2500k is about as good as i7 870 and the 2400 i would guess would be about as good as i7 860 or just a little slower. Keep in mind that SB can OC higher and runs cooler and it's 32nm. The cheapest mobo i I WOULD buy is gigabyte p67-ud3 $110-$140. ( that's what I'm buying myself as I don't have much money :(  )

http://en.inpai.com.cn/doc/enshowcont.asp?id=7947&pagei...

EDIT: And no I don't think there will be a 2400k , at least not on release day!
http://tbreak.com/tech/files/sandybridge_price.png
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