Is this upgrade worth it?

I have a very good and stable system now, running Win Xp SP3 32bit.

My current 3DMark benchmarks are:

3DMark03 = 33330
3DMark06 = 6548

Current System complete history and specs:

I don’t OverClock my system cuz I don’t know much about it, and I’m not really interested in getting that deep, or generating that much heat.

Swapping computer parts is something I am able to do.

I may have an opportunity to get a new motherboard for X-Mas – in the $150 range.

I am thinking of the ASRock P55 EXTREME4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 for $150

If I get that board, it means that I need a new CPU and memory. Also a 64 bit version of Win XP or Win 7.

For this Mobo, I can afford the Intel Core i7 870 CPU for about $290

I can also afford about 8 GB of DDR3 1333 memory = $260:

Hardware List:
Mobo = $150
*8 Gb Mem = $260

Total Hardware = $700

Win 7 64 bit = $180

So, here is the question:

In essence I want to go from a Win XP - 32 bit - Intel Duo Core EE 3.46 Ghz CPU, to a Win 7 - 64 bit Intel Quad Core i7 2.93 Ghz CPU.

How much of a speed increase should I expect, and is that really worth $900?
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  1. First just tell us the complete specs of your current pc and thenwe will tell you if it's a gurd idea.

    Also tell us whats your budget.
  2. He linked his specs:
    Mobo = ABIT-Fatal1ty Fp-IN9 775 LGA Socket
    CPU = Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 - 3.46 Ghz
    CPU Cooler = Zalman 9500a
    Memory = OCZ Fatal1ty DDR2 1066MHz 4 GB Fatal1ty Edition Dual Channel Kit
    Graphics = XFX-Fatal1ty 8800GTS - 320 MB - GDDR3 SDRAM
    Sound Card = Creative-Fatal1ty Champion Series X-FI
    PSU = OCZ-Fatal1ty 550w Modular PSU
    DVD = Memorex Lightscribe DVD-RW

    OS = Win XP SP3 – 32 bit

    I would definitely upgrade from a Pentium CPU; if you don't do a whole ton with it, the i5-760 + P55 chipset is a very good setup for the price (even for gaming); if you're paying $290 on a CPU, you may as well buy an X58 chipset computer. You'll also need a better GPU to get better performance.
  3. Also, 8GB is overkill; your system will run well with only 4GB. The only reason you see 6GB floating around is because the X58 supports triple channel, and 3GB isn't quite the sweet spot ;)
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