I`m surprised (and happy) there`s not more difference going from a i7 970, which is my current system, to the X79 platform. You mention UEFI bios, usb 3 and more sata III ports as being reasons for upgrading, but since i allready have sata III and usb 3 onboard my X58 (allthough slower, I know), this is a long way from justifying such an expensive upgrade. A "newer" X58 board with sata III, usb 3 and enough ram will still rock for some time. I am aware that a 2011 hex core is conciderably faster than the 970, but for anything other than benchmarks, I dont think I would even be able to tell a difference, especially when gaming. Even the number of pci-e lanes or pci-e generation dont make that much of an impact. Coming from a older Core2 Quad or a AMD system over to X79 makes a lot more sense. The X58 is a incredible long-lived platform in my opinion. I enjoy building new systems, don`t get me wrong, but I expect significant benefits when I do.