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Also the i7 suffers from a "cold bug" which renders it useless at low temperatures, again mentioned in the video.
Why are you using benchmarks from the weaker Phenom (I and II) chips. I use the 955 which is a great chip (and was a decent amount cheaper than the closest i5 when purchased). I'll use the same source that you used for benchmarks:
It is true that the i7 is a superior chip, the difference in gaming is not great. The advantage of the i7, as others have said, lies in CPU intensive tasks such as video encoding. Also I prefer AMD as a company to Intel, seeing as they run events such as this:
Yeah, I've gone full Sanwa for mine, or at least the buttons I use. Here is a link to something on my build, with a couple of minor problems I had: http://patters666.blogspot.com/2010/03/ive-had-my-madcatz-street-fighter-iv.html.
Pre-order bonuses should be just that. I really like what has been done with steam on occasion, pre-ordering a game gives you a discount as well as another full game. Most pre-order bonuses are simple reskins of models, or an extra vehicle. A preorder containing an extra quest or mission is not so great. At this point I would say the free DLC for original buyers is the best approach ala Mass Effect 2, Forza 3, etc.
The rationale behind pre-order bonuses however is sound, if you are willing to pay full price on or prior to day one then that is generally better for everyone in the industry. If purchasing at a later date one can often find the product for a lower price. Maybe a first week purchase with the bonus, then said bonus being released for a small fee later down the line would be a possible solution.