I'm looking to upgrade my i3-540 to something from the i7 lineup in hopes of speeding up my rig for gaming (i7-950 or i7-870). I've been trying to figure out a few things but am still a little confused. Any help is appreciated:
-Is there an advantage between an even (2x 4gb ram) vs an odd (3x 2gb) number of ram? I currently have 2x 4gb and I'm wondering if one or the other would work better with an i7?
-After researching I think that in addition to the processor I should probably get 1) a new motherboard, 2) maybe a PSU, 3) maybe odd number type of ram depending on mobo - does this sound right or can I just drop in the i7?
-Is my 550W PSU okay for this. I'm considering another video card in the future for NVIDIA SLI, would an 800w PSU be a good idea or would the one I have be okay?
The i series that have 4 digits in the no are a new chipset again so you will need a new Mobo, your current board can use all i3s with 3 digit nos all I5s with 3 digit nos and all i7 8XX series and nothing else.