You may have read our review of Intel's new Core i7 processors by now. If so, you'll know that the chips are blisteringly fast, that they'll cost as little as $284 when they hit stores, and that you'll need to pair them with relatively expensive X58 motherboards. One piece of the puzzle remains missing—when will these new CPUs actually become available?
Intel has given us a vague "November" schedule for Core i7 retail availability, but we've heard from a solid (albeit anonymous) source that Intel is actually aiming for November 17. That date should see the arrival of the Core i7 launch trio, with the 3.2GHz Core i7-965 Extreme costing $999, the slower 2.93GHz Core i7-940 priced at $562, and the 2.66GHz Core i7-920 available for a tantalizing $284. Compatible motherboards should be out by then, too.
Out of the two Core i7 mobos we tested, the Intel DX58SO will have a price tag in the $300-350 range, and Asus is setting its P6T Deluxe at $309. You'll also want to invest in a triple-channel DDR3 memory kit, which will set you back around $130 at Newegg if you want a reasonably speedy 3GB kit from a major manufacturer. Total upgrade cost: just over $700 with a Core i7-920. Of course, seeing how fast these chips are, some enthusiasts may be more than happy to pay that kind of entry price.