I5 750 vs. X4 965

I'm looking at one of two combinations:

X4 965 + MSI NF980-G65http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130236


i5 750 + ASUS P7P55D-E Prohttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.465994

The i5 750 combo is about $50 more expensive in the end. However, it allows me to run usb 3.0 without having to get a PCI card for it. I don't have anything that uses usb 3.0 atm but I'd like to be future proof.

I want SLI which is why I picked the MSI board(finding AM3 + SLI was hard)

Is either setup more future proof(relative to each other)? I was thinking that the AMD one would be more future proof because there's the possibility of the newer AMD processors being backwards compatible. I'm looking at using this for gaming and CAD

Which will overclock better and last longer while OCed within reasonable limits on air(Scythe Mugen 2)?

I'm also a little worried about my cooler running into my memory sticks. I plan to use the g.skill 1600 mhz DDR3 eco series http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321. On the MSI board, which colours am I supposed to put the memory into first, blue or black(blue would definitely clear, maybe not black)
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  1. GO for the AMD 965, better price per performance. Also the new AMD processors will be AM3 (most likely) where if you want a new intel you will have to buy a new motherboard.
  2. i would go for AMD coz
    1. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=102
    performance is similar, but intel is a bit better, hence the 50 dollar more i gues
    2. intel mobo has crap.....u will feel disappointed. i am with my mobo which has similar via chipset for audio....and intel mobo is not well designed to enable you to add a sound card in the PCI slots. specially if u use dual slot GPU SLI. u can add PCI_e x1 card though
    3. amd has 3 pci, not that i think it matter.
    4. u will have enough space to add in your USB 3 card PCI or PCIe x1
    5. similar performance means both CPU will last same period before showing age. AMD will have an upgrade path provided bulldozer is backward comp. which i think is likely
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