I'd like to use an i7 CPU in my upcoming build, but I'm struggling for a motherboard. Originally, I was going to go with the Nvidia 790i, but it's not i7 compatible. Another problem I have found is that i7 motherboards are DDR3 compatible only. I don't really want to use DDR3 (cost more, not much benefit). Is there a good motherboard that supports both i7 and DDR2?. (I'm afraid there isn't, but i have to ask )
The X58 chipset needed for i7 is only DDR3. On the positive side, DDR3 prices have fallen considerably, and (as tested by Tom's here) there is little additional benefit to using performance RAM. So you could/should use the normal modules.