I mostly agree, but I dont think that Core i7 is overhyped, sporting a 17% single-threaded IPC advantage over Core 2 Quad like it does, even with it's anemic L2 cache. And Hyper-Threading enables it to handle 8 simultaneous threads almost as well as 2 C2Qs put together. Recent BIOS and driver revisions have really improved its performance in the ~6 months since it was released. It's really all about what you'll need it for. Avery's building a new rig for graphics design and she'll definitely need Core i7. I'm not even going quad-core, ATM; I just don't need it. What I do
need is maximum single- and dual-core performance for gaming.
Here's the hardware and OS that I've already bought with prices adjusted for rebates and discounts:
Zotac nForce 780i Supreme -$116.08
Intel Core 2 Duo Wolfdale 6M E8400 -$128.79
Corsair XMS2 2x2GB PC2-8500 (5-5-5-15) -$30.00
Graphics Cards: 2x
PNY 9600 GSO (96SP, 192-bit model) 768MB GDDR3 -These two cards in SLI should
deliver the performance level of the GTX 260 at least
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB -$68.24
Sony 24x SATA DVD burner -$22.80
Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer 120mm -$28.99
Scythe 120mm and Cooler Master 80mm -$15.58
Ultra Wizard (Junky, but it works. Hell, I don't care what it looks like.
Ultra X-Finity 600W (definitely NOT junk) -FREE
MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit -$77.99
(so far): $568.47
, and I didn't have to pay tax or shipping on any of it.
*Yes, FREE. Fry's Electronics and Ultra were running these crazy promotions a couple of years ago when Ultra was first entering the US market. I got a case and a couple of PSUs for free after rebate. Good times.
And, yes, I'm going to overclock the absolute crap out of this thing once I get it put together. 4+GHz, here I come!