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Will this motherboard work with Core i7-950?

With the Core i7-950 ($230), can I use this motherboard: P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 P55 ATX Motherboard ($129) (

I realize I'll be using 2 sticks of RAM rather than 3. Will I be wasting the i7-950? The i7-870 is the same price as the 950 at Microcenter. I figured the 950 is a little faster than 870. Don't want to overspend on a motherboard. Does 6gig vs 4 gig RAM make a difference?

Purpose: Photoshop, Starcraft2, websurfing, watching movies. I understand I don't need the maximum power....but I'd like to keep my computer for TEN years before the next rebuild.
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  1. No,i7 950 supports socket 1366 so you have to choose a X58 motherboard.
    P7P55D-E supports socket 1156 CPUs only.
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    No! The board is incompatible. i7 uses 1366 LGA. Only i5, i7 860, i7 875K uses LGA 1156. Don't purchase this motherboard, this is motherboard for 1156 chipset. i7 950 uses 1366 chipset.
    Perhaps you would buy this instead: P6X58D-E, Biostar T-Power X58A, or Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.
  3. I would never recommand a Biostar product to anyone, you should do same.
  4. BTW - Welcome to Tom's Forums! :)

    You get the idea, no.

    However, for the 1156 I'd recommend the i7-875K {2.93GHz ; Unlocked CPU Multiplier ; 4-core + Hyper-threading}

    All 1156 current CPUs -

    All 1366 good MOBOs -|13-131-665^13-131-665-TS,13-131-641^13-131-641-TS,13-131-614^13-131-614-TS,13-131-666^13-131-666-TS,13-188-065^13-188-065-TS

    1366 RAM Installation {while many Dual Channel DDR3 kits will work, Tri Channel is recomended (3x2GB is "ideal")}:

    Good Luck!
  5. Thank you so much everyone! I'm totally new to this, and you guys just saved me! Now I'm going to have to digest it all.
  6. Best answer selected by calbear4.
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