A nice motherboard and CPU for the same price. Only problem is i'll be needing to buy Windows 7 system builders. Which i'm fine with since if anything happens with the motherboard in the future, i can just get the same motherboard. But since my oem on my current system came from emachines if my motherboard goes i'm screwed anyway. So i might as well get a system i can service myself and be responsible for. And i could upgrade to i7 later if need be, which with my LGA 775 motherboard is only compatible with the best dual core because of it's bios, and that E8500 over there is the best one i'm gonna get.
And i'll need to buy memory too, which i'm fine with because my current memory is slow and 1 module is 1gb and the other is 2gb and i think 4gb total of faster memory would be better. Was looking at these for memory
And the motherboard means i can SLI in the future if i want to, and i would actually have space for my GTX 460 without having to disconnect my CD drive..(which i rarely use)
So in short, which cpu is better? And can i use windows 7 system builders for personal use? And does my plan sound good?
If you don't need SLI, the point of getting a SLI board is pretty moot, but the performance hit with a 460 on X8 is less than 5%. SO the P55 for $20 less AR would be the better board.
On a side note, Have you considered AMD? A Phenom 955 + 880G board costs about the same but you get 2 extra cores.
I have but, i'm more into Intel, and i like EVGA. Plus that setup would cost $20 more and funds are limited on $400 for motherboard, windows 7, memory and processor. I think i'll go with the x8 since it's cheaper and supports faster memory xD. Thanks for the info about x8 only being less then 5% performance difference.