Originally Posted by pmrballer123
ok if you clock a SB cpu to 4ghz and a i7 to 4ghz your talking very small differences here. Plus the original i7's are faster in folding and i believe not 100% sure there faster in rendering and with gaming your talking a very small increase maybe a few fps either way.
It depends on what you're talking about.
The original Core i7 is not faster "in general". It only competes if you compare a six core variant that costs like two times as much, if not more, and then that's still only in tasks that are heavily threaded (rendering, maybe folding). The Core i7 970, 980x, 990x, those compete in thread-heavy tasks, but they also cost more, consume more power, and generate more heat, and then the Sandy Bridge is still faster clock for clock, in games, and in most general stuff. It's IPC is higher.
The best way to put it would be to say that it'd be like comparing, say, a Core 2 Duo to an Athlon II X3. The Core 2 will be faster "in general" due to it's higher IPC, but the Athlon II will compete (either beating it or being close) in more heavily threaded stuff due to more cores/threads.
There's really next to no reason to get one new, right now, especially if you're already sitting on LGA1156.
Originally Posted by hcetech
Will DDR3 2000 make a noticeable difference, or should I just stick with my 1333 and wait for LGA2011 before getting new memory? (Or will a LGA2011 MoBo take the same sticks of RAM?)
LGA2011 will use quad channel RAM, so if you want to take advantage of that (if not, why go with it in the first place?), you'll need more if your current RAM setup is less than four modules.Edited by Princess Garnet - 6/7/11 at 1:18pm