Seeking advise on a new build. I am experiencing some wierd problems on my PC which I believe a replacement motherboard/cpu/ram will rectify. I currently possess a Radeon 5970 2GB graphics card and I am trying to make the decision between an i7 and an i5 build.
I typically game at 1680x1050 or 3x at 5040x1050 (eyefinity)
If you can get the i7-950 at $200, then hands down build that system, you will have the advantages of tripple channel memory and the increase in horse power of the i7-950 even though niether are large improvements, with a 5970 already in hand, I would say go for the best. With a price difference of $25, that is the choice I would make, no doubt.
Also the Sabertooth is a much ncer board than the MSI IMHO, along with the fact that everything I have read about RAM speeds oover 1600MHz is that is unessasary unless you want to push your CPU to its OC limits. RAM speeds really only provide a difference less than ~5% between them all, the best thing you can do is get lower latency and/or voltage to keep the on-chip memory controller nice and happy.
off to micros center shortly. Is it true that the i7 platform will one day host the i9 processors? Does that mean I could potentially upgrade in the future for a significant boost (something I couldn't do with the i5?)
Thanks for the advise all: I may be coming home with a sweet 200 dollar i7 in hand.
there will be no i9s.... lga 1366 will soon be dead when intel releases its new cpus, intel are releasing the sandy bridge cpus in january.... i have put a hault on my build as i am waiting for the new cpus and the rest of the hd 6xxx series if i was you i would wait