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Tell Me What To Do! i5, Xeon, or GTX 570

Poll Results: Which should I get?

 
  • 9% (1)
    Maximus III GENE & Xeon X3440
  • 63% (7)
    P8P67-M Pro & i5 2500k
  • 18% (2)
    GTX 570
  • 9% (1)
    Other (Please post/Save money)
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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Heya everybody,

Which do you think I'll have the most improvement with right away?

A Maximus III GENE & Xeon X3440
A P8P67-M Pro & i5 2500k
A GTX 570

Or something else?

The Xeon would be OC'd to 4.1ghz, the i5 as high as I can go, and the 570 more than likely not OC'd.

The benefits:
Maximus III GENE offers SLI (if I so chose) and has Onboard X-Fi. It will OC the Xeon X3440 to 4.1ghz easily which not only has 4 cores but 8 threads. I will be doing videos more frequently here soon. Also it's cool to have a Xeon processor with a ROG board.

The P8P67-M Pro offers me, obviously, the capability to use the i5 2500k, which OCs like a beast. The P8P67-M Pro also offers usb 3.0, SATA 6gb/s, UEFI, and a GREAT PCI-E Layout. It will also let me use Ivy Bridge when it comes out.

The GTX 570 is just awesome and will give me the frame jump.


The Disadvantages:
The Maximus III GENE doesn't offer the capability to use Sandy Bridge. Also it doesn't have the latest USB 3.0 and SATA protocols. It's older technology (not by much) for the same price of the P8P67-M. The Xeon X3440 isn't as fast as the i5 on a clock for clock basis and pretty much caps around 4.1ghz. I won't be able to upgrade to Ivy Bridge.

The P8P67-M Pro won't allow me to use my sound card with an SLI set up, forcing me to use -shudders- onboard audio. I haven't seen an i5 2500k OC'd to 4.8ghz in a benchmark for actual video rendering, like Vegas or Premier. Thinking whether or not the Xeon X3440 OC'd would be a better solution considering it has hyper threading. I'd have to buy an SLI bridge to SLI.

The GTX 570 has no disadvantages except that I'm not sure if this would be worth it over the other two upgrades.

If I get the 570 I'd more than likely 1) Wait for Bulldozer or 2) Buy a 1090t for cheap and OC it.
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post #2 of 5
i5 2500k

Unless you're heavily into video encoding/photo editing, you really won't need HT.
(and that i5 will OC like a champ.)

How about an i7 2600k?
post #3 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kvjavs View Post
The P8P67-M Pro offers me, obviously, the capability to use the i5 2500k, which OCs like a beast.
/thread.

No really though. The benches on the i5 are absolutely fantastic. 4.0 is (as far as I can tell) relatively easy to obtain on stock air cooling..... 4.5-5.0 with some aftermarket cooling... Easily beats the Xeon in terms of sheer overclocking (readerformance) capability.... the GENE isn't really worth considering imho.

The 570 would also be a nice up but you can't beat a new, freshly high-clocked i5.

just my 2 cents
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post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by smorgan View Post
/thread.

No really though. The benches on the i5 are absolutely fantastic. 4.0 is (as far as I can tell) relatively easy to obtain on stock air cooling..... 4.5-5.0 with some aftermarket cooling... Easily beats the Xeon in terms of sheer overclocking (readerformance) capability.... the GENE isn't really worth considering imho.

The 570 would also be a nice up but you can't beat a new, freshly high-clocked i5.

just my 2 cents
Thanks! +rep

I wont be buying until after next week, so I still have time.



Quote:
Originally Posted by mongoloid View Post
i5 2500k

Unless you're heavily into video encoding/photo editing, you really won't need HT.
(and that i5 will OC like a champ.)

How about an i7 2600k?

The i7 2600k is too expensive, I have around $400 for BOTH the CPU & motherboard or just a single card, but would like to save as much money as possible.

However I could save for an Ivy Bridge i7 when they come out.

I won't HEAVILY be doing it, like an all day thing but I will be doing it quite frequently. Need a new source of income so if I can do side jobs I'll do it.

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post #5 of 5
I would go for the gtx 570 because there are other processors bound to come out. Especially the new bulldozer line CPUs

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