Hey guys, I was about to pull the trigger on a new system, but I'm thinking that I need to re-evaluate my choices. I use a lot of 3D animation/rendering programs like Maya and Mudbox, and I also use 2D arts programs like Photoshop, so that's why i5 750 is not an option. I don't plan on running more than 2 graphics card at a time...I'll get a 5850 now, CF in 2-3 years (6-8% performance loss due to 8x lanes, whatever), and then I'll sell both and upgrade to a single GPU.
Now, the only question remains...is the X58 platform price justifiable over the P55 for my needs? Triple channel RAM makes a small difference, but is it worth the extra 200$ or so I will pay for the X58 combo (mobo and ram)? The other thing I have in mind is the new i9 processors. I do not plan to upgrade my processor for at least 3-4 years, so I was thinking of going for the LGA 1366, but do you think that by the time that I upgrade CPUs, I'll have to upgrade my motherboard too? If I get a i7 920 with an X58 motherboard, and then it 3-4 years when I upgrade my CPU, I'll have to upgrade my motherboard for a different platform in order to get a a different CPU, then I do not see the benefit of going the LGA 1366 route. How many years do you think the LGA 1366 platform will be good for?
Considering all these factors, which processor do you recommend me, along with which motherboard? I was thinking of getting a high end motherboard if I go the X58 route so then I could keep that motherboard for 5-8 years, but I'm not sure if the LGA 1366 will last that long. Thanks a lot for your help.
Thanks for the reply. How do you know that the next platform (your X68 assumption) will come out in 2011? Because if in 2011 there is a better platform that's out, then I will switch to it regardless. This is why I want to go for what is best for the now and the next 4 years.
intel has a ticktock pattern such as releasing something brand new one year (such as intel i7 etc) then branching off in it and putting the latest technology (32nm etc) then the next year a totally different processor... But i'd hold off. Even if something came out better, doesnt mean the programs will take care of it. Hell, most of the stuff we have is whats limiting the full potentials of our comps. Remember the days of crysis? yeah, thats the hardware bottlenecks, but i dont think today we have these.
So in essence, do keep the x58. Thats what i planned and i plan to keep it for 4-7 years
^ ie. The $300+ EVGA X58 classified motherboard performed worse in benchmarks and reviews than an ASUS P6T that you can buy for ~$200
Intel's own DX58SO is a solid and cheap option. Not as good as the P6T or UD4/UD5 in terms of efficiency and benchmarks but has it's own advantages.
(IIRC such as being able to overclock with turbo boost enabled)