MicroCenter.com has the Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (BX80623I72600K) for $200 with free in-store pickup only. This 95W 32nm CPU features 8MB of L3 Cache, Hyper-threading, and a 3.8GHz clock speed.

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    bebimbap Ben's cred: 37
    Posted 8:51 am PDT 04/13/12

    MC clearing out their stock before Ivy-bridge.

    if you wanted an i7 this is def a good buy for perf/dollar

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1498
    Posted 9:04 am PDT 04/13/12

    You'll need to add a location to see the price (instore Only)!

    While this won't have you getting $50 off Z68 mobo's as that on the 2500K only. IDK if I was doing it I'd get the 2500K and then save the $50 on the mobo. The "seat of pants" differance between a 3.4GHz or 3.3GHz isn't worth the $50

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    radix33 Ben's cred: 40
    Posted 9:10 am PDT 04/13/12

    How much you can overclock is the key. I'm OCing my i7-2600K to 4.6 GHz, still stable after 4 months of use.

    Incidently, I bought this at $280 4 months ago. $80 price drop is pretty good.

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 739
    Posted 9:14 am PDT 04/13/12

    Yeah, to me getting $80 off of a processor is better than getting $50 off of a mobo.

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    dmw123 Ben's cred: 17
    Posted 9:46 am PDT 04/13/12

    "in store only pricing" is at 279.00

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    Anonymous Ben's cred: 1677690
    Posted 10:06 am PDT 04/13/12

    Nice deal, such a dilema. Buy this or wait a few weeks for MC to have a deal on a Ivy Bridge+Z77 motherboard combo

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    Casecutter Ben's cred: 1498
    Posted 10:18 am PDT 04/13/12

    Shmeagle wrote:
    Yeah, to me getting $80 off of a processor is better than getting $50 off of a mobo.
    Oops forgot this is an i7 vs. i5 so yeah betters a 2500K as long as you do specific tasks that can take advantage of the i7 giving you hyper-threading.

    Like CINEBENCH R10 OpenGL, XVid video encoding-multithreaded, or scientific, engineering, statistical and computer-aided design programs where Sandra Whetstone has a clear advantage.
    http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/566/Intel_Core_i5_i5-2500K_vs_Intel_Core_i7_i7-2600K.html

    If going for gaming machine and knowning almost no games will take advantage of more than 3 threads, that $50 is truly saved and can go to a better gaming card, which holds more gains than shear CPU power.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20

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    czgu Ben's cred: 11
    Posted 12:33 pm PDT 04/13/12

    I want to buy one. But MicroCenter web has problem. I cannot login

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    avarice Ben's cred: 76
    Posted 1:19 pm PDT 04/13/12

    MICROCENTEEEEER!! That was said like Capt. Kirk's KHAAAAN!!! I wish I lived by one of these stores. I always get so excited about the deals until I read IN STORE ONLY.

    That is a stupid good deal. From what I understand Ivy Bridge isn't going to be that big of a jump from this in gaming if you are using a video card. You're likely going to have to drop at least $100-$200 more for Ivy for similar performance. You could use that extra money to jump up your video card. Dollar for dollar this would be hard to beat especially if you found a z68 on sale.

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    notthaticare Ben's cred: 30
    Posted 2:45 pm PDT 04/13/12

    Alas, no microcenter.com stores in NC.

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