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Hi,
I've ordered an almost complete new system some days ago and now I'm wondering if I made a mistake:

I already had the MoBo, a Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme, and the RAM, 3x 2GB.
Now I ordered a i7 950 along with a GTX 570 for some surfing, coding and surely gaming.

I want to overclock with air coolers, so not till instability, but as high as it can get without heating up to > 90ºC.

But I did not think about Sandy Bridge and now I'm wondering if I should return the i7 950 (got it today, so 14 days are still left), sell the GA-EX58-Extreme on eBay or w/e and buy an i7 2600K, a new MoBo for like 150-200€ and use 2 RAM Sticks (as SB uses dual-channel, right?).

As I'm a hardware noob, I need some help..
So should I return the 950, add 50€ to its price and afford a 2600k, sell the MoBo and buy a new one for LGA 1155, or should I stick to it, the 950 and tripple-channel?
I'm wondering since the 2600K seems to have massive speed and is cooler and more eco and it's way above the 950 on for example hartware.net or cpubenchmark.net

Thank you!
 

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Probably not worth the restocking fee, but it's up to you what you'd feel better with.

As always in the end its your money.

Is SB faster? Yes.

Is it a lot faster? Not really.

Triple Channel memory is a gimmick.

It's totally up to you though.
 

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If you think you can sell your board then, yes, get SB. Especially if you will be running on air. If i was building a system today I wouldn't even look at x58, even for gaming and wanted to run three GPU's. SB runs cooler is just as fast if not faster, overclocks very easily, it's the latest technology, etc.
 

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If I was building new right now, no doubt I would go for Sandy Bridge. You just gotta decide if its worth all the pain of returning / selling your current parts.
 

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Triple Channel memory is a gimmick.

sorry, what does this mean?

is 3x 2GB tripple-channel instead of 2x 2GB dual-channel an argument for 1366 or does it make no real difference?
(using all three ram sticks with sb isn't possible, is it?)

and is the mainboard (was ~250€) an argument for 1366 or would it have no real advantage over an average ~150€ MoBo when I now would buy a new one for 1155?

thank you for your answers
 

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sorry, what does this mean?

is 3x 2GB tripple-channel instead of 2x 2GB dual-channel an argument for 1366 or does it make no real difference?
(using all three ram sticks with sb isn't possible, is it?)thank you for your answers

The performance increase between dual and triple-channel memory is somewhat of an open debate in our community. Because of this, it's not recommended that you factor in triple-channel support when you are making a purchasing decision.

That being said:

1366 is triple-channel.
1155 is dual-channel.

Yes, you can use 2 sticks with 1366 or 3 sticks with 1155, but then you're not taking advantage of parallel memory channels, so it's not recommended. Because of this, it's best to use an amount of modules that is divisible by 2 and 3 for double and triple-channel, respectively.
 

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If you already have the mobo and RAM then just keep it. Too much hassle and loss of funds reselling the mobo and RAM, taking a hit on shipping fees and PayPal fees, not to mention you will obviously be selling them for less than what you paid.
 

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Hm, yeah, wouldn't be that great that I could get way less for the MoBo..
I bought it one year ago and never used it yet, as I wanted to buy a i7 920/30 back then

I today also received a cougar 1050w power supply for 220€, if I would sell the MoBo and buy a new one and will use one gtx 570 and maybe another one at the time, a new generation comes out and the 570 drops in price:

1. which MoBo (100-200€) would be a good one for 1155, I don't know in which for example all the gigabyte mobos for sandy bridge actually differ
2. should I also return the 1050w and get the 800w for 160€, if I would switch to sandy bridge?

thank you very much for your answers
 

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My i7 950 was not a great overclocker and I've heard that many aren't. If I was in doubt this soon after the purchase I would definitely return and get the SB setup. The SB will outperform the 950 in every area and will overclock at a much lower temp. There's really no question which is a better overall CPU unless you are doing TRI SLI. I would sell the 1366 MOBO and buy an ASUS P67 or Gigabyte UD4 and be happy.
 

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Keep the 950.

If you ever feel the upgrade itch, the 6 core 12 thread chips are just a purchase away.

SB has nothing (announced) higher than the i7 2600.

Clock per clock, they're both very similar.
 

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Keep the 950.

If you ever feel the upgrade itch, the 6 core 12 thread chips are just a purchase away.

SB has nothing (announced) higher than the i7 2600.

Clock per clock, they're both very similar.

970 and 980x chips will run you roughly what a Motherboard and Sandy Bridge will cost. You will get more performance in some areas with the 980x but not enough to warrant the nickel IMO.

The next core is the Ivy Bridge.
 
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