GrE writes, "To start things off, yes I know the Core i7 is overkill. But I really wanted it and refused to build a machine without the i7 at it's heart. For the one person who reads this article and has no clue what I am talking about, the Intel Core i7 processor is Intel's latest in the Core series of processors and represents a minor shift in architecture design. For those of you not interested in processor design, skip to the end of this paragraph. The i7 is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture which is capable of higher performance for both single and multithreaded tasks. This architecture also has an estimated 15 - 20 % increase in performance clock-for-clock over the Penryn-based architecture of the Core2 series of processors. The i7 can only use non-ECC DDR3 Tri-Channel memory and has completely dropped the Front-Side Bus in favor of the Intel QuickPath Interconnect interface. Estimates place the performance increase of almost double that capable on the 1600 MHz FSB used in the X48 chipset. The final piece is the entire Core i7 line reimplemented Hyper-threading. Each of the four cores on the CPU is capable of executing at most two threads simultaneously, causing the OS to view the CPU as having eight cores."