Originally Posted by hfcobra
stick with a lot of what you have, although i would recommend getting a Sandy Bridge CPU, the i7 2600K is just 40 more than the 950 you have listed and faster with more longevity.
Originally Posted by Track
Why are we still talking about 'First Generation i7'?
Second gen is here, people! Sandy Bridge makes bean paste out of 950.
Thank you all for the wake up slap. Once I started looking down the i7-2600k path I understand why this is most likely the way to go...for me that is...although I am a bit apprehensive since I did get caught up reading the debates most of the early hours of yesterday regarding Ivy Bridge and the future releases of the 1356 (triple channel) sockets. I'd hate to get the i7-2600k only find it is 3rd rate within 6 months or worse.
But in all honesty, I don't see how I could fully use or need to totally wring the neck of the i7-2600k with a decent MOBO (now where did I put that Asus Maximus 4 Extreme) in the near future anyway. By the time I'm obsessed with performance for the sake of performance I should have the full picture and know enough to make my own informed judgments for future upgrades or total rethink.
Thank you all for the input. I will sit in the shadows and read read & read some more.
Maybe soon (when Intel release Ivy Bridge 6 or 8 core) I could buy a 2nd hand rig like Track's and save my head space and $$$