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.
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.