I know the i7 only had 4 physical cores. Excel will process on 8 logical cores.
I meant a single Overclocked (Palit OC Platinum) matches 5850 in most real benchmarks.
What you think of the x58 above.
I would like to strap it to a couple of SSD in raid and 8gb of RAM (maybe 12gb as I will be using large databases of millions of records, 15gb in size, so the more RAM the merrier!)
Basically want a top spec gaming PC, that has the bandwidth and processing power (cores and RAM) to crunch through some large databases
FYI, used the database software on a Dual Quad core XEON system with 16gb of RAM and ran it down straight away. Using 32 bit software on old 64 bit MS server so the WoW memory mapping was pants. I will be using 64 bit Win 7 Utimate
If you want more ram go with the i7 930 because that uses triple channel ram and most motherboards support anywhere from 12 to 24 gigs of ram. Also, if you are looking to do triple sli with the gtx 460, it's not possible yet. All the 460s out now can only do two way sli.
I think a i7 920 would suffice. I didn't know you could still find them. I thought everyone was selling just the 930 now. I have a 920 and love it. It overclocks like a champ. If you can find a 920 DO stepping, get it. If not get the 930. The 950 is not worth the money. The 930 can be clocked at 950 speeds with no effort at all. And yes the 980X is the last chip for the 1366 socket (at least from what I've heard from several sites), so this will be your only upgrade path before a new board. But I think you will need to upgrade gpus before upgrading an i7 in the future.