Originally Posted by GTXer
The only reason I have for choosing the 6850 is ignorance.I really don't understand enough to buy a cpu that I am sure will last several years in the gaming world.Some people are predicting games will soon need or at least benefit from more cores more threads/channels but I have been out of the loop for so long that I am finding out I have a lot more to learn than I first thought.
That is the foremost reason I am here and doing all the brain picking. Also VR gaming has got me a little confused as well.I wont be doing any VR gaming for a while so Ill keep reading about it and wait
As fore the choice of 4K I was in NCIX a while ago and saw a 4K res system (didn't play on it ) it looked so much better than what I have now that well It looked very nice.(drool fuel)
> The only reason I have for choosing the 6850...
The 5820k, 5930k, 6800k, and 6850k all have 6 cores, but the lesser from each model year have fewer pcie lanes (28 vs 40). Those extra lanes can be useful for extra gpus and some newer ssds that don't use sata ports. If you're going to sli and use super fast m.2 ssds, then you'd probably will want the 40 lanes. A single gpu can use 16 lanes and I think an ssd can use 4x lanes. But if you're going to stick with a single gpu, the extra lanes are not at all needed (nor the price of them wanted).
(edit: although gpus don't have to use 16x lanes, they can use 8x lanes and perform quite well all the same. so you certainly can do sli with just 28 lanes and many people do)
I haven't done sli and personally wouldn't want to hassle with it. Cooling gets much more difficult, power requirements are way higher, not to mention game compatibility issues.
> As fore the choice of 4k...
Not surprising considering the screen you have now is an old 1440 x 900 TN panel.
1440p is not as many pixels as 4k, but its a huge step up from where your at, 1440p is 2560x1440. If you get that in a nice IPS panel with a fast refresh rate, a single gtx1080 can drive the most demanding games at 100hz +. I think monitors like these are the sweet spot right now.
* Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
* Acer Predator XB271HU
A form factor that i think might be nice are the 34" curved ultra-wides at 3440x1440, but I'm not so sure about compatibility with that odd aspect ratio, and also i think it may be too many pixels for a single card to maintain fast refresh rates in demanding games, maybe when 1080ti drops?
Whatever you decide to do, have fun putting it together and gaming on it