Quote: Originally Posted by Cov
See, while I was reading tons of info, I found an equal number of reasons for as well as against socket 775.
Did not want to get a new CPU with a new motheroard and new RAM modules for an i7 system.
And because I have decided for Mini iTX form factor, I don't have any other choice than socket 775.
At the moment all my tasks are done by my Wolfdale Core2Duo E8400 to my complete satisfaction.
Of course that might change in the future, because performance always went up, never down.
If you have a Wolfdale now, and esp. the E8400, you'll find it better for OCing - but with Quad Cores, you'll get better overall performance when not OCing - but at a premium, as more cores = more electricity usage = more thermal dissipation.
Since you have chosen the Mini iTX format, you're correct - Core2 is your only choice. For now
. With the ability of the Core i7s to use less power, and the Core i5s coming out, I am betting that there will be a new Mini iTX based on the Core i5 here very very soon, as the first i5 comes in Sept and more next year.
Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
Again, I think the decision to go Core2Quad versus Corei7 comes down to budget and what you want to spend. While a Corei7 setup, won't cost a lot more...it does come at a small price increase. The next thing to consider is how likely are "you" to upgrade your CPU at a later time. If you are the type of person willing to spend money to make small changes like slowly increasing your CPU speed...going with the older Core2Quad (LGA775) architecture wouldn't be a great choice. However, if you are like me and will almost certainly be going only for a significant change in the future..you would be replacing the CPU, mobo and RAM anyway....so going LGA775 really is a non-issue.
Are you saying that LGA775 is bad to go either way?