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Old 01-05-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Default Micro Center Sandy Bridge deals!

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Core i5 2500k $180 (quad core)
Core i7 2600k $280 (quad core with HyperThreading)

Those are the overclockable ones with unlocked multipliers. Some okay looking motherboard deals too, and remember Micro Center will (sometimes) price match Newegg. You'll save on shipping but pay in tax, LOL.

Stuff will be available 1/9, limit 1, B&M only.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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n/m. Now if only we had a MC in the area

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Old 01-05-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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Nice Price. If I didn't already have an i7 setup I would be all over this.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:46 PM   #4
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looks like your information is accurate. current ads show over 350$ for 2600k before rebate with 90$ back if bought in store.

2500k is 250 less 70$ instant in store...

http://www.microcenter.com/storefron...pec/index.html
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Wow, that i5 2500k price is really really tempting.
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Wow, $180.00 Sandy Bridge makes pretty much all of AMD's lineup obsolete, if that price is indeed true.
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Wow, $180.00 Sandy Bridge makes pretty much all of AMD's lineup obsolete, if that price is indeed true.
Microcenter always has cheap Intel CPU deals.
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Did not realize that SB would be available that quickly, wonder if the price will skyrocket shortly after launch or if they will have plenty on hand.

Just need a Microcenter in Tennessee...
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Have a MC down the street from work. Guess I know what I will be doing on the 9th Just need to find some hot memory deals and research a P67 motherboard.
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Wow, $180.00 Sandy Bridge makes pretty much all of AMD's lineup obsolete, if that price is indeed true.
Yeah, especially when budget MBs are available. The i7 920/930 was a steal at $200 @ MC forever, but the good MBs were still somewhat pricey. Now, with a $100MB special, and a $180 CPU, the combo is better than anything AMD has for the same price....
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Tempting to upgrade old e8400 system with 2500K but what motherboard is decent ?
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I said I would wait for BD....


but now I feel like I can't...2500k for 180 WOW.
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I said I would wait for BD....


but now I feel like I can't...2500k for 180 WOW.
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Ok, I'm in for a i5-2500k, but which motherboard should I get?
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So tempting. But I told someone I was going to hold onto my 775 quad-cores for another 2-3 years.
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Tempting to upgrade old e8400 system with 2500K but what motherboard is decent ?
lots in the 120-200 range that are decent to good.

depends really on if you want to SLI/Xfire

there are more than a few threads in the motherboards forum about them right now actually
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So tempting. But I told someone I was going to hold onto my 775 quad-cores for another 2-3 years.
Yes, good price on SB from MC. Even if you add tax, it is still lower than 1K tray price. MC must be selling them at a loss.

However, like you, my 9450's and 9550's are going to last me a long time. They've been a terrific buy. Even now they do everything I need them to do without any hiccups. I might upgrade my main rig when Windows 8 comes out, but I suspect I'll be keeping those s775 quadcores in my servers for a long time.
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I currently have an e8400 @ 3.6 (can probably do 4 w/e0 stepping)

Was debating getting a q9300 + OC or just going to the new SB.

I mostly game, any suggestions?
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xfire is optional but i can live without it. I'm not even sure which chipset supports SB. I thought they changed the pin out again. The 2500K base speed should be about 1.5x linear speed up on the e8400 base speed; right ? (of course it has more cores than the e8400 for those games which are multi-core).


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there are more than a few threads in the motherboards forum about them right now actually
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Did not realize that SB would be available that quickly, wonder if the price will skyrocket shortly after launch or if they will have plenty on hand.
Intel usually has hard launches. Micro Center isn't like Newegg - they don't have a magical price gouging machine. They do run out, however, but they also do get them back in stock. If what we've seen the past two years continues, there's no hurry as the "sale" price will keep coming back.

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Have a MC down the street from work. Guess I know what I will be doing on the 9th Just need to find some hot memory deals and research a P67 motherboard.
Yeah, I'm considering... I'm at least an hour from the nearest though...

Look around for memory. I think Micro Center was advertising some Patriot 4GB kit for $30 after rebate. Any DDR3 dual channel kit will do, though I personally prefer kits rated no higher than 1.5v.

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Well, that's the catch. There's a paucity of reviews right now. I think the "safe" bet would be to go with brands that have worked before.

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Yes, good price on SB from MC. Even if you add tax, it is still lower than 1K tray price. MC must be selling them at a loss.
They are a retail store so they do participate in "loss leaders" to get people in the store. Yes, the tactic works, because if I go there I will likely buy a motherboard to go with it. Notice that these super special deals are B&M only, even though they do sell on their web site.

The other thing is that they probably aren't losing as much as we think they are losing (if anything at all). The first thing is that the quoted wholesale pricing is unit/1000. Micro Center may have bigger buying power than 1000 pieces at a time. They don't just sell the CPUs, but use them in their own line of systems (Powerspec). Also, Intel gives channel rebates based on volume. Kind of like car dealers showing you their invoice cost and saying "I'm only making $100 off you" but in reality they get rebates from the manufacturer at a later time depending on volume.

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I suspect I'll be keeping those s775 quadcores in my servers for a long time.
You can always sell off your old stuff to offset the new. I'd imagine the 12MB cache Core 2 Quads have retained a lot of their resale value in the used market.

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I currently have an e8400 @ 3.6 (can probably do 4 w/e0 stepping)

Was debating getting a q9300 + OC or just going to the new SB.

I mostly game, any suggestions?
Yes.

By that, I mean do the upgrade. An overclocked 2500K should walk all over an overclocked Q9300. Read the Anandtech article for game benchmarks.

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xfire is optional but i can live without it. I'm not even sure which chipset supports SB. I thought they changed the pin out again. The 2500K base speed should be about 1.5x linear speed up on the e8400 base speed; right ? (of course it has more cores than the e8400 for those games which are multi-core).
The socket is LGA 1155 (not the incumbent 1156). The launch chipsets are P67 (no IGP support, supports dual PCIe graphics) or H67 (single PCIe graphics and IGP support).
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Thanks Zap, I did see the AT review but they didnt have a q9300 in the test

What would it compare to in the review? q6600 + 15%?

q9300 would be $100 while a new rig would mean mobo, proc, ram and psu.

Just seeing if the price is worth the upgrade. (I only play FPS games)
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Thanks. Sounds like IGP is for integrated graphics so I guess I want P67 which is two generations newer than my current motherboard. Guess I'll hunt around for reviews tomorrow but it sounds like xfire support will run around $120.
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Closest microcenter to me... 2 hour drive. DAMN YOU MC!!!!
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Closest microcenter to me... 2 hour drive. DAMN YOU MC!!!!
Hahah, MC is about 2hr's away from me too but I love the driving my car over long distance so it's quite alright for me Still...a deal is a deal, u just have to make sure your time spent on the road or wherever you're going is enjoyable and worth it.
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Hahah, MC is about 2hr's away from me too but I love the driving my car over long distance so it's quite alright for me Still...a deal is a deal, u just have to make sure your time spent on the road or wherever you're going is enjoyable and worth it.
2 hours of driving highway speeds, let's say it's 120 miles, or 240 miles round trip, assuming generous 30mpg efficiency you are still spending 8 gallons or about $24 worth of gas money. Add tax, 4 hours of driving, and sometimes, it's just not worth it...
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