Okay guys my situation is this: My msi x58 platinum needs replaced (burnt 12volt pins on 24pin cable and board)....this is the second time with this model board. Have replaced everything within past year so know its not any of my other components or power supply....and no, no power surges. Just think the board cant handle the power draw with 2 radeon 6970's and a pci x1 fatality soundcard. Its a older x58 board regardless its getting replaced friday. Now heres my delima and need input on the following 2 choices I have to make.
1. replace current board with msi x58 big bang xpower maybe some more memory....
2. replace with lga 1155, core i5 3570
Now Im pretty much only gaming...World of Tanks and BF3. I am running multi GPU AND multi Monitor setup. I am currently running a i7 920 which was sent brand new from intel this past august. I know with my current setup I get full advantage of x16, x16 crossfire but my cpu clock is only 2.6ghz. The 1155 will be 3.4ghz BUT Im stuck with X16, X4 or X8, X8 or even X16, X8. So I would be losing bandwidth there and I need to stay within budget so finding a board with nf200 is out of my price range and Im not sure that nf200 latency would GIVE me anything.
My budget is 300ish USD. Both solutions are essentially the same as far as price is concerned. I would prefer to go core i5 route but if Im losing fps while gaming I would just replace with a x58 and wait for 2011 prices to drop. A lateral upgrade with performance loss would make me disgruntled..lol. Forgive me for my platform ignorance but have had no reason until recently to be interested in replacing any of the current rig. Any help with performance input from you guys who have actually made the move from 1366 to 1155 and run multiple monitors would be great and thanks ahead!
My specs: msi x58 plat sli
core i7 920 w/noctua 1366 cooler
12gb kingston hyperx
2 radeon 6970's
pci x1 titanium fatality professional
corsair 60gb ssd
seagate 650 hd
OCZ 1250 ps