My questions are. What is the better route for video cards in your opinions. Also... am I really losing anything building the 955 for gaming vs an i7 920 setup? How about a Phenom 945 since it seems like the 955 inventory is out at most places?
3) getting dual cards at that level is pointless at this time as the 5870 comes out in September and since it will only cost around $250, why waste $200 on a soon to be obsolete card.?
4) since you want max gaming performance for the money, it's best to stick with the 955 BE over the i7 920, unless you have a microcenter near you, then get the $200 i7 920 and a $170 mobo off Newegg and you've equalled out the prices somewhat.
5) the reason why the 955 is hard to get is because the 965 is coming out soon, probably in September with the 5870 and possibly the 8xx chipset.
too much ram , 4 is enough .
The game wont use more system ram , than the ram thats on the gfx cards
4 gig is plenty
RAID zero is not much use to a gamer either . It will not boost anything except shorten loading times by a few seconds , and in online gaming where the limit is net bandwidth RAID 0 will do nothing but double your chances of catastrophic failure and losing your data .
I appreciate your response. I guess my main question is, since you said get the i7 if I can get it for the microcenter price. What is the i7 giving me though for gaming that the 955 BE isn't?
That's what I get for posting at 4am... I like to dual boot into linux as well, and ATI cards seem to be finicky in that environment from my past experience. Is there a decent SLI AMD board out there yet for the AM3 socket that also supports DDR3? Not lookin to do a hybrid AM2/AM2+/AM3 board that only does DDR2. Or if I'm in a crossroads and want to run NVidia over ATI, I should just shell out the extra coin and go i7?
^ the i7 has a higher IPC and better overclocking potential (meaning that the i7 will take longer to become a bottleneck to a graphics card.)
it also has double the threads ( so each thread handle's an instruction, and there are two threads assigned to a core in the i7, the 955 doesn't have this however) which makes multitasking, and will make future gaming, a lot faster.