After reading some post on this forum, I was made a decision to go with the i5 when I build my next computer. However, Microcenter is selling the i7 950 for $200 compared to $170 for the i5 760. I understand that the motherboard and memory will also be more expensive for the i7, but would it still be more cost effective to go with the i5.
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nope it wouldn't , but if you can get the I7 950 its way better than I5 , at least for long term , beside any DDR3 memory will works on X58 considering get a mid cpu between them think about I7 870 and its works on P55
My 2cents, first it really depends on what you are going to use your PC for. The i5 if your looking to stay within a budget and still get great performance. i7 if you are not as worried about the budget and want somthing that will give great multi-threaded performance as well as give you more breathing room before it comes down to the next time you need to build a PC.