HEDT is supposed to be the high-end platform which is not focused at providing value at all but it occurred to me that in certain circumstances it is a great value much better than the mainstream platform. It seems that INTEL has taken some preventive measure to avoid that. I'm going to elucidate. I thought about putting my old unsold hardware to good use and build a computer for things like NAS, torrents and maybe HTCP along with a capability to run some games on the TV. So, my previous computer was a i7 2600K cooled by Noctua NH D14, ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IV. I sold the CPU but people offered me such a meager sum for the MOBO and the RAM modules that I decided to keep them. I sold very little hardware because I just hate selling my parts unless its something that's in demand and hold its value at least just a little bit like my previous CPU only then I sell. BTW. ROG mobos seem to hold their value exceptionally bad people were only going to offer me the same amount as for a cheap mobo with the same socket so it was only a tiny fraction of its sticker price. So for completing the build I need a CPU so I checked both new and used CPUs and it turns out CPUs for the socket 1155 are really expensive. Now I compared the prices to the HEDT CPUs from the same period and it turns out that the i5 2400 4C/4T 3.1/3.4 is the same price as the Xeon E5-2670 which is a 8c/16t 2.6 GHz/3.3 GHz so the Xeon probably offers a bit better ST performance due to its spacious cache and its MT performance is very close to my current CPU. So if someone intends to keep the computer for quite a while choosing the cheapest HEDT cpu and upgrading it later seems hard to bit in terms of value. Nowadays one needs to buy a motherboard with a C series mobo but it seems to be the right choice unless someone upgrade constantly. The slowing down of rapid improvement in CPU performance started a very interesting trend in terms of value. Servers are replaced in 4-6 years cadence and what used to be a time period in which CPUs improved tremendously is now only minor improvement by comparison. That made decommissioned server CPUs a very appealing piece of hardware. If that trend continues I'm going to stop buying new CPUs and I'll switch to 4 year old server CPUs for a tiny fraction of its asking price. If a CPU that cost 1500$ 4 years ago only costs 70$ with current pace of progress then that's what I'm going to buy. The biggest cost will be the entry cost of a new platform as you need to buy a good HEDT mobo that supports XEON CPUs and the cheapest CPU which is 400$. Still, that seems like a great choice as you would pay upwards of 300$ for a mainstream i7. What do you think?