<me carefully inspects Pookeyhead's i7-920 for damage> This leaves me with a slight dilemma. I'm about to embark on building a high-spec HTPC, to include gaming as well as the normal HTPC functions, water-cooled for quietness (more details in its own thread in the not-too-distant future). Gaming (on Full HD) is the only reason I need anything more than a mid-range spec (any encoding etc. will be done on another computer). I was considering the i7-920, but now have to bear the i5-750 in mind. This part: (from the third-last paragraph) confuses me slightly. At stock speeds, both games tested were faster on the i5-750, and when overclocked, the two chips were within a hair's breadth of each other. Was this sentence (referring to the LGA 1366 socket, not than the i7-920 processor specifically) just suggesting that getting an LGA 1366 motherboard leaves the door open for future CPU upgrades which will be better for gaming, or is it suggesting that the i7-920 is better for gaming than the i5-750? I think it's the former, but if it's the latter, in what situation would I be likely to find the i7-920 faster (more than a couple of fps) in games than the i5-750, given the benchmark results? I'd love an i7-920 for my main rig too, but I can only afford so many parts at once... Thanks for the great, in-depth write-up. Invaluable.