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Im planning on upgrading my current e8600 (Which has served me well) to a new core i7.Its a little confusing with intels naming system. I need some help as to whether or not this would be a decent upgrade from my current e8600.This is what im thinking of getting. Please advise if this looks good. Im a little confussed as to what to get. I dont want to go with bleeding edge, as I learned years ago there is usually a better bang for the buck a few notches down from the top.ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131405Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115214G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231282The case, Fans, Drives, Power supply etc will stay. Any advice is apreaciated.Rob

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Rob,I am with you on the bleeding edge remark. I have learned while searching for my upgrade that there are two paths that I think are equal in performance wise and they are as follows:1. Socket 1156 platform with the i7 860 CPU. This platform will be a good platform if you do not plan on upgrading your CPU in the next 2 years when 6 core processors are cheaper. In addition the 1156 does not allow the full SLI. If your rig is for FSX/FS9 only, then that is probably not a big issue, but if you are playing some of the other newer games that is something to think about.2. Socket 1366 platform with the i7 920 CPU. This is Intel's Golden Child, they plan to introduce the 6 core on it sometime this quarter. The 6 core is projected to run $1000 but we all know that in a year that will be cut in half and the year after when we are all looking to upgrade it will be $299. The 1366 also offers multiple x16 PCI-E slots so depending on which board you purchase you are going to be able to throw alot more Video into it. From my research I have come up with about a $100 difference between comparable systems. For that extra $100, in my eyes you get a little future proofing and upgrade ability with option 2, the 1366 with i7 920.I am currently looking at the following:Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115202ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retailhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131371G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retailhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231225Jeremy

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they plan to introduce the 6 core on it sometime this quarter. The 6 core is projected to run $1000 but we all know that in a year that will be cut in half and the year after when we are all looking to upgrade it will be $299.
From what I understand the first 6-core i7/i9 to be released will be an

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I like Jeremy's recommendation. That's a high performing base build, one that will last a while.That 6Gb of 1600 will allow you to easily overclock that 920 to over 4.0Ghz.

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On a P55/1156 board what is the advantage of an i7 over i5, assuming each will OC to 4.0?scott s..

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