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Old 02-17-2011   #21
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And how much did it cost you (Roughly. You don't have to say the exact number).
Rough guesstimate of $3500+. Most of the parts were sent to me from the client so I don't know their exact price.
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That's not so bad for such specs (the ones I understood )
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When it comes to PCs, my moto is...go big or go home
Yes, but like a Leica M9 Titanium you can go overboard for no real gain.
That's why I have a Nikon D3, best for the buck IMO.
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Yes, but like a Leica M9 Titanium you can go overboard for no real gain.
Very true. Never understood the logic behind Leica's M9 price. Titanium or hand-made, German engineering or whatever. It's just way overboard.

It reminds me of BMW's M5. Typically, it costs about half the price of a Ferrari. That just doesn't make sense.
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This question is probably very difficult to answer, but give it your best shot

As mentioned earlier, I'm really interested in the i7 Extreme. However, its price tag is way out there. So in your opinion and from your experience, when do you expect it to come down in price. Say, to around $500 (give or take a hundred bucks).
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I'm sure they are working on the i9 as we speak, and the way technology changes you can bet it will be released soon. Also if I'm not mistaken it won't be made of silicon. I believe that graphite ("Grapheon") will be the new element. You'll probably see prices drop in intervals of about 100 or so dollars. But we are talking about marketing that is another game when it comes to pricing.

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This question is probably very difficult to answer, but give it your best shot

As mentioned earlier, I'm really interested in the i7 Extreme. However, its price tag is way out there. So in your opinion and from your experience, when do you expect it to come down in price. Say, to around $500 (give or take a hundred bucks).
Honestly I think you are going to be waiting awhile for that to happen. Somehow CPUs seem to hold their value throughout their retail cycle pretty much. At first because they are the brand new tech, and later because they are becoming scarce to find.

This next question is just out of curiosity though..... Why the 980x ? I mean that is a enthusiast chip that is probably best suited for someone that is going to be able to utilize all of it's processing potential. I don't know your exact uses for it so I can't say for sure if that is the case or not.

If it's a 'must have' I would highly suggest looking for a used one to help chop down the cost a little.
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I have been building my own for YEARS. I've learned a few lessons along the way too. First off, I don't go bleeding edge. I'm not willing to spend the money on the latest and greatest.

#1 - don't go cheap on the case. Seems like it's just a box to hold the guts, but a good case can mean a nice QUIET box that is easy to build and upgrade.
#2 - I stick with Intel CPUs and Intel chipsets. Systems with Via or other off-brand chipsets have caused me more trouble than the all Intel boxes.

I upgraded my main desktop which is also my photoshop box over Christmas. I put a quad-core i5 760 CPU and 8GB of RAM on an Asus P7P55-series mother board. The graphics card is an old nVidia 8600GT and seems to be fine.

If you look at the performance/cost curve, you start paying a LOT for small performance boosts that need a lot more cooling & power. I prefer to save the bucks a build a more modest system. Then you can afford a nice monitor and some of the other goodies that will help more than an extra 10% of CPU speed.
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Thanks Brady, Jason, and Zemlin.

Guess I have to re-think that 6-core processor.
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Just in case you wonder what i was talking about here is a link to the new tech of the Graphene processor!
IBM Details World's Fastest Graphene Transistor - PCWorld

I was somewhat close when I said "grapheon"-----not!

Pretty impressive!

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