Are prices going to go down?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by TekDragon, Dec 25, 2004.

  1. TekDragon

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    Me and my father in law were planning to build a PC around christmas. We looked up the prices in early august for everything we wanted, and it came to $1,066.

    We decided to wait, as prices for components always go down. So today I just checked to see what it would cost us now, expecting it to be a good $100 cheaper (figured the processor and motherboard would go down a bit, and the vid and sound card).

    Well wtf do you know... the prices are not only the SAME, but they have actually gone UP a few bucks. I have no idea what's going on here..

    I'm checking on NewEgg, btw.

    Do you guys think the prices will drop after x-mas?
     
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    what exactly are you checking..
     
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    Antec Black Performance Series 2 Mini Tower Case w 350 w PSU: $88
    ABIT i875p Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU: $131
    Intel Pentium 4/2.8C GHz 800MHz FSB, 512K Cache HT Technology: $187
    Seagate 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive: $72
    OCZ Enhanced Latency Series Dual Channel Platinum 512MB (256x2) DDR PC 3200: $118
    Saphire ATI Radeon 9600 256MB DDR 128-bit 8x AGP: $103
    Lite-On Black 52x32x52x16 Combo Drive: $42
    Lite-On Black 8X DVD+/-RW: $72
    Logitech Z-5300 5.1 THX $133

    Total: $1050

    Those were the prices on NewEgg in early August.
     
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    the northwood has been discontinued. The 2.8E should be cheaper. Also, I'd recommend a 915p mobo over an 875. Might as well get current-technology instead of last-generation.
     
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    Excellent, thanks alot Jollyogre. I guess the parts we picked back in August were price fixed.

    We'll likely take your advice on the vid card. Thanks alot man.
     
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    what are you looking to do with it? for that money you could get considerably better

    are you dead set on an intel machine?
     
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    Intel certainly has it's uses. For strictly gaming, yeah AMD may be a better choice... But I decided to get an Intel 775 myself for this new machine, and I gotta admit, this P4550 is kicking the crap outta everything my friends put up against it.

    I couldn't believe how well I can multitask with this thing!

    At the end of the day, you have to look at what you're going to be doing, and what works out in your favor. There are days that Intel is cheaper, there are days that AMD is cheaper.
     
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    Nope. We're looking for 2 machines around 6-7 hundred dollars that can handle word processing and surfing without chugging at all.

    The first computer isn't doing ANY gaming, and can be a bit cheaper (so long as surfing and word processing speed isn't sacrificed)- and the price saved from that can go to the second PC, which may be doing some moderate gaming (i was thinking a Radeon 9600).

    You sound like you have some ideas, we'd love to hear em :)
     
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    Well, I did a quick look, and it appears a comprable AMD system would be MORE expensive than that P4 I quoted you. To be comprable, it would need to be a socket 939, of which NewEgg only has the 3200+ (cheapeast there). The price would be about $100 more (estimate)

    For just word processing and surfing, you might wanna get an Intel D865PERLL (still overkill) and an Intel 320 Celeron D 2.4GHz. But if you want the P4 name, then get what I originally posted.

    For gaming, check out the nVidia 6600. If you can spend the cash (around $190) get the nVidia 6600GT. The GT is a stellar card!

    If it's just office-apps on the one system, then gaming on the other, I'd save some cash on one by doing the Delery... Then apply the saved cash to the 6600GT for the 915 system.
     
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    yea newegg seems to be way overcharging on the 3200+, zipzoomfly has them for $207 w/ free 2nd day shipping.
     
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    Thanks alot guys.

    I think my father in law will stick with the P4 so he can take advantage of the HT and high FSB. It's a shame that the northwood was discontinued.. it was a stellar card, that avoided heat buildup much better than the Prescott's.
     
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    heat issues with the precott are VERY overexadurated. I noticed a 1-2 degree Celcius increase in temperatures.... that's nothing considering this chip is a LOT faster in many regards.
     

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