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Ok here is the situation I have a Gigabyte EX58-UD5 with a I7 920 that will do 4.0GHz and a Crosshair IV with a Phenom II 955 that will do 4.0Ghz, maybe more I haven't really pushed it.I got a really good deal on the Crosshair and I had thought about going to Bulldozer but due to the performance #'s I changed my mind.Now my rigs are generally used for gaming and I run a single 580GTX.

My dilemma is,should I keep the AMD and push it further sell the I7 and buy another 580GTX and SLI them using the hack or keep the I7 and sell the AMD and buy another 580GTX which will probably require some extra out of pocket cash or sell the whole damn works and go with a Sandybridge set up.Now,I do only run one 1900X1200 monitor at this time but I will either be going to a Dell 27' or a multiple monitor setup down the road.I am at an impasse and need some direction please.
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I would personally sell the AMD rig and the Intel rig and get SB. Or hold on to the Intel rig until IB or SBE comes out, then upgrade. Stick with one GTX580 until you actually need a 2nd one. The prices will just come down over time, so upgrade when you need to.
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I asume that is the general consensus,would I see that much of a drop in gaming performance from the I7 920 to the Phenom II 955?
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The i7 920 would be better than the 955 yes (not b/c of HT, but it just being more powerful architecture).
I'd sell off the 955 etc and just keep the X58 setup since you've already got it up and running - it's more than capable for high-end gaming for a long time.
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If you're staying at that res sell everything and get SB + 2 480's.

If you're going multimonitor or higher res's you'll need more vram at some point, in which case sell the amd, and save your money for a more powerful rig (IB/SB-E + 2-3x 6970/580-3gb or the next gen cards) when you upgrade your monitor
     
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955 isn't going to work very well with a sli 580 set up, you may bottleneck even at 4 ghz.

the i7 has some pretty good architecture, and the gufltown is still holding up today. I would stick with that, through on some OC and eventually upgrade to an sli 580 setup and maybe IB/SB-e if needed.

Sell the 955 if you can.
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It really all depends on your budget. Several routes to go. As was mentioned earlier, your current system is fine. What you really need to decide first is what resolution you really are going to use. Either rig will be more than adequate for any game(AMD sys w/BD upgrade). So your main dilemma is GPU selection, which you already have a superior card that can play anything on any single screen. If you do go to multi-screen, then you may have to consider ditching the 1.5GB 580 and either buy 2 3GB or AMD 6970's or a 6990. Selling the Intel sys will get you waay more $ than the AMD system, but there is not much of a re-sale market for either right now. My suggestion would be to get the Dell 27" and keep what you got. Spend your money where it will matter.
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