The 1156 solution is teasing me for the following reasons:
1. 1156 mobo, cpu and ram for under $500 CAD before tax versus $680 cad before tax for a 1366 tri-channel setup or about $620 for dual channel.
2. performance of 2 cards on a p55 board seems (by looking at benches from around the web) to be only ~5% less than on an x58 board (x8x8 vs x16x16). NF200 boards seem to be at a wasteful premium. 460s will only do a 2 card SLI so there may not be need for the x58 x16x16.
3. dual channel ram currently performs only marginally less than the tri channel setups (reviews from around the internets).
I guess that's all. I will edit this post if I remember anything after. But basically, I think, why not save some money? The p55 with dual 460s and a xeon cpu (that I will OC to 3.6-4.0) seems not so bad. Probably still more than I need.
Typical usage is gaming; however, I am in dire need of a system with a processor that can handle AVCHD editing (not major motion pictures; just home videos). My current laptop (t8300, 4gb ram, 13" screen) just doesn't cut it.
Ah, ok. I would prefer the i5 750/760 over an i7 on a P55 board. The i7 advantage over the i5 is hyperthreading which is no use for games. To make things worse, the i7 version you are talking about would be a weaker OCer due to lower multiplier.