Upgrading to Core i7 system

Ok, I have been running the following specs for awhile now:

CM590 Case
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.6Ghz
2GB DDR2-800 Memory CAS 4-4-4-12
Radeon HD 4870 (overclocked, custom heatsinks + fan)
500GB Seagate Barracuda Hard Disk
BFG 650w PSU

I have been thinking of jumping to i7 recently and I was just wondering how much faster performance gaming-wise I'd get with this:

Same case, hard disk, DVD, GPU, and PSU

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375)
Intel Core i7 920 @ Stock (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202)
12 GB of PQI DDR-3 1333 RAM (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820141498)

The games I play include the following: Crysis, GTA4, Dead Space, Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, and (any steam game).
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  1. You will not see a significant performance increase in gaming to justify the cost difference. You will see a benifit with the i7 on GTA4, since it is more CPU demanding than the other games.
  2. ^ But you will see a huge performance jump in desktop apps due to hyperthreading, and if you do decide to go Quad SLI or Quadfire your CPU will not be a bottleneck like many others will be.

    Instead of 12gb of 1333mhz, why not 6gb of 1600mhz ( 12gb may actually be slower than your 6gb since you play games )

    Oh and also, you will see a significant increase in performance for Left 4 dead and
  3. i agree with tecmo. the cost of the jump to i7 doesn't justify the performance increase you will get. you specifically said in your post "gaming-wise" and i can guarantee you it is not worth it. unless you are obsessed with GTA4 of course and want to spend $500 to play it. ; )
  4. Quote:
    ^ But you will see a huge performance jump in desktop apps due to hyperthreading

    Depends on if OP's software is multi threaded. Many apps are not yet multi threaded. Unless OP's using CS3, 3DS Max,etc he probably won't benefit much as far as desk top apps goes.
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