Socket 1156 question

I'm currently researching a new build and have found myself at a crossroads. I need to decide whether an AM3 or 1156 socket is appropriate for my needs. The build will primarily be used for gaming, and will not be upgraded for at least two years. From what I understand socket 1156 will split my pcie bus width when either sata 6gb/s or usb 3.0 are in use. My fear is that this will hamper my graphics card and result in some strange behavior whilst gaming. So, my question is. If i'm in the middle of a game and the hdd begins a read for whatever reason will it cut my gpu down to 8x? If this is the case then i'll most certainly go with the AM3. Any and all answers appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day.
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  1. very sorry, but i mistakenly posted this in memory. I intended to post to motherboards, and in all honesty i'm not even sure if that's the correct place for this topic.
  2. To answer you question not all 1156 mobo's will do what your're describing.
    The Asus P755D-E PRO is a perfect example of a mobo not hampered by that problem.
  3. thank you. When looking for motherboards that circumvent this problem what is the cue? Is it 2 16x pcie slots?
  4. You won't find any x16 crossfire 1156 mobo's under $300.
    Both Amd and Intel 1156 boards offer crossfire x8/x8 in the midrange about $140.
    16X2 are the most expensive boards on both platforms.

    There is little difference between 16x and 8x crossfire.
    First gen 1156 mobo's don't have that problem and can be supplemented by adding a $30 Asus U3S6 pci expansion card.
    You can get 1st gen flagship boards fairly cheap until they're gone.
    Not much of a difference if you ask me and you basically have the same thing for less once you add pci card.
    Another 1st gen mobo
    Couple of 2nd gen boards as you can see you don't have to spend alot.
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