Should I use Intel's X48 or X58 chipset, I'm lost!

I was going w/ the 48 until intels icore 7 cpu came out. Does anyone know if its any better then the core quad, or extreme. I want my m-board to go up to 1600 bus speed so if, but for now a 1600 bus speed cpu is way out of the budget. Is high bus speed really such a big deal? I been using this P4 since 01-03, and I want to get it right, but $2-300 is my cpu budget and a quad core, or icore7 will fit in. Lost and need direction.
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  1. What is your total budget?

    Both i7 920 and Q9550 are around the same price, but the i7 setup will cost about $200 - $300 more for a total build.
  2. Give us more info like whats you total budget, your preferences and so on...

    take a look at this...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  3. The bus speed does make a difference. But as mentioned above, the i7 system can cost a lot more when it comes to the mobo and memory.
  4. ^ also true.
  5. flyin15sec said:
    What is your total budget?

    Both i7 920 and Q9550 are around the same price, but the i7 setup will cost about $200 - $300 more for a total build.


    That's not correct. An X48 board will cost around 249~279, except on some EOL or open box ones. The X58 costs around the same price. On the other hand, DDR3 kit's price is coming down to be within $150. Therefore the greatest price disparity between them is most likely less than $100.

    With that said, unless you have some LGA775 parts you want to keep, X58 is mostly a much more logical choice.
  6. kenjkirkland said:
    .... Lost and need direction.


    So are we.

    You will get a lot more mileage out of a P45 like the Asus P5Q-E with a Q9400 - or even a Phenom II with a 790gx motherboard.

    What are your needs for this new-found quad-power ?
  7. x48 is Core 2. x58 is i7.
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