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Posted this on another topic, but didn't get any responces... I think the thread was dead... anyway!!

I am currently building a new system and selected most of I want to have in my new system.

CPU: i7 2600K
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5-B3
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2000MHz
Cooling: Noctua NH-D14
SSD: Corsair Performance 3
HD: Caviar Black 1.5TB

I wanted some people's opinion though... I enjoy overclocking, but, my goal isn't to continually aim for higher and higher speeds. I am more of a gamer and a movie watcher, I also use various CAD software, materials engineering software, design applications (Adobe CS3 package) and do a considerable amount of downloading...I have heard the 2600k with hyper-threading does improve gaming performance, Hambone07si has performed some test with 2600k with HT on and off running Vantage - http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...ng-gaming.html

However I have heard some overclockers say that hyper-threading is bad from gaming as it requires higher voltages and your CPU processing speed suffers as a result...

I was wondering if you felt the i7 2600k with HT (£215) was the right choice of CPU or can I expect better results from the i5 2500k without HT (£157)?

Also wanted to know your opinion on the MSI Geforce GTX 460 Hawk graphics card... I was planning on Dual SLI with two of them... I currently have a PALIT Geforce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum which I would sell... Would it be better for me to Dual SLI or get a 580... a few articles show that GTX 460 SLI is better than the stock GTX 580... I am not sure and with the price drop in the GTX 580 may be the more effective choice?

Finally, was wondering on my RAM... I decided on the Corsair XMS3 2000MHz because they are small in size so my Noctua will fit and they have excellent benchmarking numbers (second may be to the old OCZ Platinum Series, not the new super low voltage rubbish)... any suggestions???
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For the applications you describe, the 2600k seems to be the right choice.

HT in some cases reduces performance in gaming, but it is such a small amount it doesn't eve matter (less than 1%), and in some cases it actually improves performance.

Games are starting to take advantage of the extra threading.


I built my system as a gaming machine, and I wouldn't trade my 2600k for anything.
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Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 500gb 16MB Cache SATA II SATA LG DVD burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Acer LCD 17" 1280x1024 
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