Just to summarise. Is this a great gaming computer? how long will it last me and how upgradable is it? please do not suggest any other components as in australia the prices are actually extremely different (differ by hundreds).
also, ig a game requirements say "core 2 quad" as an example, but dont say "or higher" do i-7's still work?
Finally, will this play crysis, and other demanding games?
Your current rig is awesome, yes. It should last you a good 5 years, depending on how fast things progress and how important it is for you to have top of the line components. You might have to get an extra hard drive or something minor like that.
Your rig will play crysis with flying colors. the requirements for games refer more to processing power as supposed to actual cpu's. A core-i7 will be fine.
I would stick with the core-i7 920 and mobo for two reasons: it uses triple channel memory which has more bandwidth than duel channel. also, intel plans to switch back to socket 1366, so in terms of upgradability you will have the option to replace your cpu for a next generation one. If you went with the p55 socket you would not have that option.
Uh, i chose the 1tb hard drive, not the 500GB. Also, isnt 2.66GHZ i7920 a little slow? i mean isnt it just a quad core? most games require at least 2.0ghz of quad, so wont i be upgrading veeery soon? im a hardcore gamer so yeah...
Onee more thing, is an i7860 2.8GHZ, with a different MOBO and RAM better? or is the 920 better for hardcore gamers like me? if it is the former, please list compatible parts from centrecom.com.au. Finally, please dont make changes to any other part of rig unless it is better, and is cheaper or same price, is compatible and is from centrecom.com.au
I am happy with rig as is, but the main thing is the 920 or 860 for hardcore gaming. please help
The i7 860 is better for gaming now but the i7 920 system itself is better for upgrading. The LGA 1366 will support Intel's Hex cores releasing next year, where the LGA 1156 will not. Here is a head to head comparision of the two... http://anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=108&p2=47 ... Note: Pretty much anything over 60FPS will not be noticable to the eye since the PC monitor only refreshes at 60hz per second.