If I go with X58/i7 MB...
*a lot more money, (new cpu, new RAM, new cooler, new Vista 64 bit OS...) for what, 15-
20% more performance?
*it would be fun, though...
I agree, in your situation i7 is not the best route... unless you have an extra $700 laying around
maybe dont buy the wifes smokes/liquer... then i7!