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Hi, I'm looking for an i7 build that will perform well with 3D work (i know pretty much any i7 will due). My question is actually more about money than performance. I've checked out prices for the i7 920 and i7 860 which perform about the same, with the major difference being memory controller.

So for the price of 6GB on a mediocre triple channel mobo, I could get 8GB on a decent dual channel mobo.

Which is better?

Also, sorry if this has been asked before, but with the sheer volume of triple channel threads, i couldn't find one a little more specific than just performance of 3x channel vs 2x channel (which is constantly being shown as neglible for my uses).

Thanks.
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Despite being a big fan of the 1156 socket, I think it's fair to say that 1366 has a brighter future, at least in terms of future high-end CPUs. From what I understand, there is VERY little difference between the performance of tri-channel and dual-channel RAM configurations.

1156 is also limited to two 8x PCI-E slots vs. two 16x for 1366 when running SLI/Crossfire, but the performance difference is negligible. The way I see it... by the time games/programs can take advantage of all this extra bandwidth... that motherboard will probably be obsolete anyway.
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I'm assuming you plan to OC and if so you will have more success with the 920. 6gb ram is more than enough
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Tri-channel only on X58 boards, and dual-channel only on P55 boards.
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