The only advantage of the i7-920 is that you can upgrade to an i9 later this year. The questions is, after buying a i7-920 for nearly $300, do you really want to upgrade to a estimated $600 chip within the year?
If not, both x58 and P55 will be outdated in a year when 22nm sockets come out.
I have an i7-920 system and an i5-750 system. The i7 was great when I built it a year ago. Currently, I see absolutely no reason to go with x58.
Don' t know why ppl have such a hardon over the i7-920. It is worse at gaming than an i5. Worse at everything vs an i7-860.
Thanks for the build. I hadnt seen the 5850/ssd combo.
good deal on the haf 922 that case was on my short list with free shipping and the price drop i might go that route.
A lot of benchmarks and comparisons I see have turbo mode enabled on the i5 750, so I took their numbers with that in mind.
If I go with a 920 it would be OC'd a bit which I felt would balance out. while still offering the benefit of its HT.
Like I mentioned I was and still am on the fence between the 860 and 920 its only a $50 difference from the 750 for the CPU so if I go with the 1156 socket itd be the 860.
Im not a big pc guy and I wont be building another pc for a long time and want this build to be solid for the next 3 years without requiring an upgrade. I want the platform that will offer the most longevity.