I current run an old P4 2.4ghz that I bought sometime in 2001(?)
Needless to say I am growing tired of playing web-based games and am considering a new build.
From what I can tell there is a lot of excitement over the current Sandybridge offerings as they seem to offer great performance value on a reasonable budget.
I was thinking about jumping in with something similar to the dozens of posts in this forum.
HD: 1G Samsung + Windows Combo
These systems seem to be running at roughly $1500 depending on the selected parts.
However, looking ahead. A lot of the games that I'll truly be interested in playing seem to have late 2011 release dates (BF3,Elder Scrolls 5,etc.)
Since I've been out of the game so long I have no idea how the market works for these parts. How much would a $1500 build now cost 9 months from now in November? What is the case for waiting? If I were to wait 6 months would my value still be in getting a Sandybridge based build at a lower cost or new tech at something similar to today's value tech?
My current system is obviously horrible but I've been getting on fine with basic web,office applications so am in no massive rush.
But I'd like to scratch the itch but would like to know a little more how prices deflate over time.
I'd say $100 or $150...maybe $200 less max. Its really hard to predict cause technology changes so fast and the pricing as well. by the way, for gaming stick with the i5-2500k as the i7 offers no advantage in gaming. What you do is completely up to you, what makes you happy. Come 6 months from now you'll be in the same position, new tech will have come out and you'll debate on weather to buy it then or later, so be decisive and dont get caught in that trap that a lot of people create for them self.
Since peeps been waiting this long for the top end i suggest for healthier/fatter budgets to
1. Await Z68 chipsets, Zambezi AM3+ on platform front
2. Await HD 6990/GTX 590 on the GPU front
3. Await the Sandforce SATA 6GB/s SSDs to hit retailers
^ Not even. Intel never drops price on CPUs the 775 socket CPUs are proof of that. There won't be any GPUs releasing within that time of the lower end other than the 550 Ti (I believe that's the name) and in which case prices wouldn't drop that much either. The GTX 590 and 6990 are all high-end those wouldn't effect the mid range either.