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 Post subject: Buying an FX-55
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 9:31 am 
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I'm planning on building a new system this summer. Right now, I'm planning on buying an FX-55 with a PCI-E MOBO (I haven't decided which one). The question I have is this, Newegg is selling that CPU for over $1000 (retail, $800 something OEM which I won't do). Tigerdirect isn't even selling the retail version. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can find the FX-55 for cheaper? I know it still has a few months to drop down, but I'm just looking for new places to buy (for price comparisons). Thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:44 am 
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Use a search engine such as Pricewatch or PriceGrabber. By doing so, you can find the retail version for $945 shipped at Xtremegear and $948 at eWiz, etc. What bargains! :wink: :P


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:26 am 
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While that's a sweet cpu, do yourself a favour and go for the 3500+, 3800/4000+ or even an fx53. 200MHz is an easy overclock, and cost sooo much less. Hell get a 3500, and you'll save enough for a second video card in sli if you're after such a rig. Ask yourself - do you know what that extra money is buying you in terms of performance?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 11:47 am 
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FYI: Pricewatch sucks. They don't list all the best retailers, nor are the prices updated often.

Check on ZipZoomFly or ChiefValue for the prices. Also, ResellerRatings.com has a better price check on items than PriceWatch.

And there's nothing wrong with wanting an FX-55 over a 3800+ or whatever else.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:36 pm 
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Pricewatch is useful, especially in conjuction with other search engines. There's no single one out there that covers all the vendors on all items, so it's advisable to use a combination. It's also advisable to check out the reliability of the vendor through sites such as ResellerRatings, BizRate, and epinions.com.

As for choosing an FX-55 over a 3500+, it's obviously up to the buyer. However, the buyer should also be informed of the terrible price/performance ratio of anything above a 3500+. This comes into play even more if he's willing to overclock. If not, those saved funds can still be applied to more noticeable upgrades elsewhere in the system. But hey, whatever floats each one's boat.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:42 pm 
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oem from tiger sirect but you can buy this with it




you can just buy a seperate hsf for it and it will still be under 900$. i would recomend a 3800+ since it is like 382 atmonarchs


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I just found this new product search from anandtech, it's at his site and still in beta, might be useful to try out and see what happens, it's supposed to be a real time price engine........


http://labs.anandtech.com/


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 8:55 pm 
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Thanks all, regardless of which processor I get, the main reason for my question was to find out new places to shop online and make comparisons. You've helped a lot, thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:01 am 
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Honestly...hold out for a month or two....I got a feeling the new San Diego and Venice lines will be out shortly....
EVERYONE is price gouging on the FX-55 right now, availability is short, and with people grabbing whatever is out there I've seen Newegg go from $829 to $1199 in under 21 days....Its tough, cuz I was going to buy one as well, but I bought a 3500 winnie instead and am saving the rest for the new strained silicon FX chip


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 12:05 am 
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retail, $800 something OEM which I won't do


Whats wrong with OEM?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 1:44 am 
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Kerzon wrote:
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retail, $800 something OEM which I won't do


Whats wrong with OEM?


Some people will not buy an OEM processor due to the warrenty


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 8:06 am 
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Kerzon wrote:
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retail, $800 something OEM which I won't do


Whats wrong with OEM?


I personally would not spend $800 on something with a shortened warranty.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:14 pm 
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Question for you. If you are worried about money why would you pay over 150% more cash for a FX-55 than a 3800+. I mean it might preform at the most 10% better. My advice is never buy what just comes out, yeah it might be cool to say you have it, but is that really worth it if your concerned about money.......


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Why stop at the 3800+? Anything above a 3500+ becomes a terrible price/performance ratio.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:40 pm 
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but a 3800+ is only 380 now.


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Nvidia4Ever wrote:
but a 3800+ is only 380 now.


Which is more than $100 over a 3500+...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 11:42 pm 
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One4yu2c wrote:
Nvidia4Ever wrote:
but a 3800+ is only 380 now.


Which is more than $100 over a 3500+...


Which itself is more than $100 over a 3000+.

Moral of the story? Don't get the FX-55, get the 3000+! :lol:

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