The long awaited Intel Core i7 processor went on sale on November 16, both at NewEgg and MicroCenter. As is often the case, MicroCenter beats NewEgg’s price. MicroCenter has a small selection of processors, and they often are out of stock, but for what they have, they usually beat NewEgg by enough to make up for the sales tax.
Since I am an inveterate hardware geek, I felt a strong urge to buy the parts to build a Core i7 based system. In order to do this, I would need the i7 920 CPU, a new X58 chipset motherboard, and a supply of DDR3 RAM. By the time, I was done with this, I would be looking at about $1000 for those three components. I already have all of the other parts I would need to complete the system.
After much agonizing, I decided to forego the instant gratification for now. I already have a couple of Penryn based E8400 systems at home, and a Penryn based T8100 laptop that I use for teaching. I just couldn’t rationalize springing for the Core i7 system. The good thing about this is that Core2 Quad prices may drop even quicker now.