I know this has been done to death but I could use some help. I've read some of the threads here, indeed I thought I'd made up my mind then I started to be persuaded by Jennyh's defence of the Phenom x 4 965.
So here are my choices:
i7 920 & EVGA X58 SLI LE
i5 750 & Asus ASUS Maximus III GENE
AMD Phenom X4 965 Black Edition 125w & Asus Crosshair III Formula
I am mainly looking for a gaming platform, as I generally just use my PC for gaming (FPS's) and browsing (occasional DVD ripping and other PC tasks but nothing really hardcore).
At the minute I feel drawn towards the Phenom as I like the idea of 2 x 16 lanes for crossfire (think I'm going to hold fire on buying a GPU until there is better availability of 5850s - other choices are a 4890 interim or 2 x 5770), triple channel memory and the cost.
I can afford the 17 920 but i think it would be wasted on me.
Feel apprehensive about i5 given the reports of CPU burn outs, as I will be o'clocking.