Ok, long time lurker first time poster.
I like to run about a million things at once and have my games run SMOOTH. The current plus side of the i7-980x seems to be in things I would not use in general PC usage / gaming. Question always is, 'but are they going to include 6 core processing support in app's and games soon'?
I have BOTH cpu's currently, debating on which to send back. This is on air cooling so max clock (ignoring the fact of the extra 2 core's on the i7-980x) is roughly the same.
Below you will see my build with some questions for comments!
Side note: this makes a diff to some people, the i7-980x is OEM (with a lucky special case of full rights to return for full refund - not typical of an OEM buy). OEM CPU's have always made me nervous.
CPU: i7-980x or i7-930 !!!??
CPU Heatsink/Fan: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED
Mem: 12GB Kingston Hyper-X T1 DDR3 2000
rimary: 128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Sata III
HDD:Secondary:640GB WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 64MB Cache Sata III or WD 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD (have both, might use both might not. This will be the first system in many many years I have/will not performed a raid setup. There are only 2 Sata III ports on the board, one to be taken by the SSD. I also have the options of using Sata II 250GB Barracuda's for mirror backups on the regular Sata II (I seem to have a plethora of the Seagate drives).
MB: Asus P6X58D
rimary: GTX 480 on order (I know this card is about $50-$100 dollars overpriced but I have a LARGE preference to Nvidia).
Video Card:Secondary: For Nvidia Physics: 8800 GT SC or GTX 285 2GB (I have both, I think the 285 will be going through EVGA's step up for a hope at a 2nd 480 though). For those of you who have tried / tested this , any input on actually offloading Physics to a secondary card?
Case: Antec 1200
PSU: Antec CP-1000w
That is it for important stuff. If you took the time to read this, you rock