The X58 platform overclocks much better, especially with tthe D0 revision, and requiring less voltages than the 860 simultaneously. Thus, since I really want to overclock to 4.2GHz on air, is this major? Also, I do like the fact that Lynfield is Dual Channel because I want to have 2 x 4GB modules, as they are very affordable, compared to the memory modules from Bloomfield.
I do plan on Putting in 2 GPUs, so if you pick a lynnfield, it shiould have a NF200 chip in it. Now since I have the money, I can simply opt for the ASUS P6TD, but I just do not want to invest so much in a platform that will be obsolete in just a few years. In any case, I would like to have 4.0GHz + and x16/x16. I currently have a 4890, and plan on buying a second one for CF.
I am building this system from scratch (Except the GPU)
I am open to all suggestions. My resolution will be 1920x1080, and I Intend to Game, Multi-Task, Encode Media, general use.
Now after this descision, I can proceed to build the rest.
I plan to build this within the next month; I will wait around to see what Fermi can do before I opt for CF though.
Thank's in advace.
Side Note: I currently have a E6750 @ 3.2GHz with a Gigabyte P35. Should I buy a Q9550 for now to keep me satisfied and wait for Sandy Bridge to come out next year? Or will I always be stuck in the waiting game if I take that approach?
And Yes that MOBO does not support Xfire but you will not need Xfire with the 5970 and will be able to play any game out there at the highest settings for long time. By the time that GPU is not cutting it you will want the newer cards anyways.
Yes I can hit the 1700 mark, lol, but that doesn't mean I am not looking to save money. You see I am a big believer in not investing so much in a system, because of the fact that technology advances so quickly. A system can become obsolete in just a few years, so the future-proof belief is null. Wow does that system really fall beneath 1700? That 5970 cost an arm and both legs...
Thanks for your replies OSU43130; they are highly appreciated.
I decided on the Asus P6TD Deluxe....and after observing some benchmarks....adding another 4890 for <$200 will increase perfomance much higher than upgrading to a 5870. however, I will definately stick around to see what GF100 will do before I make my choice.