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Domt make me laugh. The 680i cant support 45nm Quads.
You gotta read man... i said i have a rampage in my first post
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Think about it like this, you know you will want to go i7 eventually so you might as well go now. The chip itself is not that expensive and the motherboards are a little high but mostly its the RAM that is gonna cost you so much. In the long run its worth it to go ahead and get it because it will keep you from having to step up again sooner when you get the itch to upgrade. i7 also way outperforms the 9550 clock for clock.
yea thats true but its also 1st gen. I've heard alot of mixed reviews about the boards and chips.

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If you want to run CrossFire or SLI then the Core i7 (more accurately the X58) will definitely improve your performance. But if you only have one 4870x2 and no plans to get another, then you can get by just fine with the Q9550.
If i go i7 what do you guys think of going gtx260's or waiting for the new combo card? Does i7 really up the performace (that much) of the cards?
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Domt make me laugh. The 680i cant support 45nm Quads.
Besides him not having that board, the P5N32 board in his sig can support 45nm Quads. It might not oc them well, but it can support them.
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yea thats true but its also 1st gen. I've heard alot of mixed reviews about the boards and chips.

If i go i7 what do you guys think of going gtx260's or waiting for the new combo card? Does i7 really up the performace (that much) of the cards?
I like the idea of GTX260's personally. That's the route I'm going as I'm currently doing an i7 build as well. Everything I have read so far says that the absolute biggest reason for going i7 right now is to take advantage of their dominance when it comes to Crossfire/SLI. That is really where they excel at the moment.

Check out this article on guru3d covering Core i7 Multi-GPU gaming performance. After finishing reading it I was convinced to click the buy button on a 920 and pair of 260's.

http://guru3d.com/article/core-i7-mu...rmance-review/
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If you want to run CrossFire or SLI then the Core i7 (more accurately the X58) will definitely improve your performance. But if you only have one 4870x2 and no plans to get another, then you can get by just fine with the Q9550.
so pretty much what your saying is a 4870x2 wont benefit much from an i7?

If going i7 what would be the best card solution? 4870x2? xfire 4870's 512 or SLI gtx260's? running at 1920?

Plus another question can my current PSU run these? with 3 hard drives and 8plus fans? Or do I need to go higher?
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so pretty much what your saying is a 4870x2 wont benefit much from an i7?

If going i7 what would be the best card solution? 4870x2? xfire 4870's 512 or SLI gtx260's? running at 1920?

Plus another question can my current PSU run these? with 3 hard drives and 8plus fans? Or do I need to go higher?
You would definitely see a benefit from the 4870X2 by going i7, but when you kick on AA and up the quality the SLI/Crossfire setup will usually trump the single 4870X2 substantially. Check out this review on current graphics performance. I'd go with a 280 SLI setup considering the performance and the fact that when the prices drop next month, you should be able to buy two for less money than one 4870X2.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...e-on-core-i7/1

Concerning your PSU, you will probably be ok but you're right at the edge. I'd consider an upgrade in the near future, however your 620W should be able to handle an i7/SLI setup.
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post #17 of 20
For me,i would go ahead and get an i7 and maybe wait for the newer x58 boards with the hydra chip thats coming out.The boards allows you to mix and match gpu's.Only from the same company though i think.Like lets say you have a 4870 and crossfire it with your old 3870 that you have lying around.Pretty good feature if you ask me.
post #18 of 20
if you have the x48 Rampage board i would go with the 9550 instead of making the big jump to first gen i7 cpu/mobo. The difference isn't going to be that huge to warrant spending that much money on a cpu/mobo/RAM when all you need to purchase is a new CPU
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Go for the Q9550. That board is already one of the top-end X48 boards, and going to start over again is just a waste of money.
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post #20 of 20
Dude I just made the same decision as you are trying to make right now...

Went with Q9550... why? Because it gives me a nice performance boost over my E8400 (old stepping), but I don't need a new motherboard, ram, and cooler. When I made my decision, money wasn't even an issue. I thought to myself - Core i7 is nice in benchmarks, but unless you're doing high end video rendering stuff, you won't see any benefit. Games ARENT using multiple threads now, and even the ones that are are doing so very little. You'll be GPU limited waaayy before CPU.

I'd get the Q9550 now, and either save the rest for an eventual upgrade, or use it on more graphics power.
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