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So I'm slowly buying parts for a new build and I was planning on waiting to see where Bulldozer price/performance lies compared to Intel when it's released; however, Microcenter has a two day sale on the 2500K for only $149. The motherboards I've been looking at are pretty much in the same $10 window (~$190) if I go with either company.

I feel like I'll be passing up on a really good deal if I pass on the 2500k. Hell, if Bulldozer turns out to be the new king I can still probably sell the Intel on ebay to someone who doesn't know any better for about the same $149.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Edit: I like to overclock pretty much as a hobby. The system will be used for backing up dvds, stripping the DRM off music that I actually purchased but nothing too terribly taxing on it. Gaming will be more limited to my 275 GTX as I don't plan on updating it for a little while still.
 
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Hell, if Bulldozer turns out to be the new king I can still probably sell the Intel on ebay to someone who doesn't know any better for about the same $149.
I guess your basically answering your self:) If you don't see a big loss in either scenario I think buying the CPU is a good choice. If we say Bulldozer surprizes you (mosts likely not), and the 2500k drops in value, it probably won't be a drastic difference compared to your current offer, and as you say, you can allways sell it off (to near bought-value) if you were to like BD very much.
 

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2600k...
 
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Thanks all, I was perfectly content on waiting until BD was released but at the current price I can't pass up the deal on the 2500k.
 

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im in a similar boat, i wanna upgrade from my e6600 @3.2 and 8800 @ 700 to a new PC.

I was thinking of the 2600K for 250, 349 with asus mobo and OCing it. But im holding out till bulldozer FX chip comes out.

Why are some people saying that BD will not perform that good? Ive heard they've OCed it all the way past 8.0Ghz.... if i can get BD past 6Ghz on air ill be happy camper....im hoping it will.
 
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Don't think it will hit 6 on Air, maybe, MAYBE water. That 8G (record-holding) was done on Liquid Helium. Not your run of the mill cooling, no doubt :) I would expect 4.5 to 5 on good cooling, with a good proc. (****WILD SPECULATION****)
 
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I know it didn't take long... I went out at lunch today and have the 2500K in my hands for only $149 plus tax. Couldn't pass on the deal. Even if bulldozer is a beast at least I know I got quite a bit of performance for the price.
 
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Which Motherboard are you going to get?
 

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Whens the BD supposed to hit retail??

im hurting on BF3 and trying to hold out for BD.