Hey gerbils. I usually check Tigerdirect.com for prices on different PC parts (I always monitor prices for the most popular toys in PC land). And, I was kinda taken aback when I saw the Intel Core i5-3570K
selling for $240. I think it used to be $220 or $230, but $240 seems like either Intel is getting rowdier by the minute or TD isn't getting the best prices from its suppliers. The AMD FX-8350
, which a lot of people consider to be AMD's answer to the 3570K, is being sold by this same vendor for $180 (after the coupon code). That makes the FX-8350 25% cheaper. Factor in cheaper 990FX motherboards and you've got yourself a pretty good deal. Of course, the 3570K still beats the FX-8350 in single-threaded benchmarks but I've seen videos
talking about how the FX-8350 can beat the 3570K in gaming, something the FX-8350 isn't famous for. To put it clearly, I'm not telling you guys that the FX-8350 is the CPU to get because you know your own needs and you know what you want.
I then went to Microcenter.com, which is also selling the 3570K
for $190, a far cry from TD's $240 asking price. MC is also selling the FX-8350
for $170. If you live near a Microcenter then only $20 separates these two CPUs. But I don't think that's the case for everyone and I don't live in the U.S. so I really can't talk about these things based on actual experience.
Considering a lot of folks head over to Newegg.com for their toys, I checked them out too. They're selling the 3570K
for $220 and the FX-8350
for $200. Again, a $20 difference.
Of course, if you're out to get either of these CPUs you'll want to get the best deal out there and not limit yourself to just one vendor. The lowest price for the 3570K is $190 (MC), while you can get the FX-8350 for $170 from MC as well. MC usually has the reputation of offering some of the cheapest prices out there but they sometimes require you to get the product from one of their branches, something not everyone has the luxury or time of doing.
Just some thoughts as I scour the Internet for CPU prices.
I just realized that my AMD FX-8350 is more powerful than all of my former desktop CPUs combined, from my last Phenom II X4 925 all the way to my ancient NEC V20. And the NEC V20 was probably more expensive if you count inflation. I'm utterly speechless.