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and will my current RAM support the new motherboards??

Also will the motherboards have 16x 16x SLI or 8x 8x?
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There is only two SB chips worth getting.

The i5 k or the i7 k, as for pcix it's the same as now, you need a NF200 chip for 16x16 else it's 8x8 at best.
    
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Bang for the buck, i5-2500K, no question. All the i7 brings to the table is HyperThreading (pretty much useless for games) and an extra 2MB cache. I don't think a lot of people would think that's worth the 50%/$100 higher price.
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Bang for the buck, i5-2500K, no question. All the i7 brings to the table is HyperThreading (pretty much useless for games) and an extra 2MB cache. I don't think a lot of people would think that's worth the 50%/$100 higher price.
I'm with you on that one
    
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Bang for the buck, i5-2500K, no question. All the i7 brings to the table is HyperThreading (pretty much useless for games) and an extra 2MB cache. I don't think a lot of people would think that's worth the 50%/$100 higher price.
I'm with you as well, but it seems a lot of people on OCN buy things they don't need. I think many are ashamed of their E-peen and will do anything possible to compensate.

If you do video editing then HT may be worth the while. If you're a gamer, then no, spend that extra cash on a better GPU/second GPU.
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$100 is half of what it costs to get a second gtx 470 did I say that out loud?
    
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I'd wait for Ivy or even the next one. Your rig is plenty. I'd say your best bet if you want to upgrade is grab a cheap i7 860, 870, or 875k on here.
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I'm with you as well, but it seems a lot of people on OCN buy things they don't need. I think many are ashamed of their E-peen and will do anything possible to compensate.

If you do video editing then HT may be worth the while. If you're a gamer, then no, spend that extra cash on a better GPU/second GPU.
Well, I'm buying an i7-2600K, too, despite knowing the i5-2500K to be a better buy. I can't buy a better GPU anyway as I'm limited to <9" cards nor can I do SLI/CrossFire (Silverstone Sugo SG05BB Mini-ITX case). I figure there's going to be less demand for the i7-2600K so hopefully, it'll be easier to grab one of those.

As mentioned, though, not much reason to upgrade from the OP's i5-760 unless he just wants to.

By the way, I'm just building a new rig and not really upgrading. It's been a few months since I last built a PC and I'm in withdrawal.
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$100 is half of what it costs to get a second gtx 470 did I say that out loud?
I see what you did there.
and I agree.
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