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post #21 of 34
970 + Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 get my vote. Hex > Quad for rendering.
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post #22 of 34
I vote for the 970 as well. Hyper-threading on the 970 will give you 12 threads vs. 8 on the 2600k. Also, you didn't say if you were overclocking or not but I'm assuming you're probably not.
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post #23 of 34
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I probably will but that's not the primary focus. I guess:

Video: 970>2600
Gaming: 2600>970
OCin: ?
Compatibility: 970>2600?
post #24 of 34
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For the cap card they are both the same price 199.

Do you think the PCIe option or the USB3.0 option is better?
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by ChilliPalmer View Post
I probably will but that's not the primary focus. I guess:

Video: 970>2600
Gaming: 2600>970
OCin: ?
Compatibility: 970>2600?
Sandy Bridge will massacre Gulftown in overclocking.
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post #26 of 34
970 with an asus rampage III formula, newegg has one open box for 225

theres also a member selling one here in the market place for 189 shipped. That is an awesome deal.


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post #27 of 34
I would definitely say 2600k because the 1155 socket offers more upgradability for the future. The Z68 chipset should be out soon and SSD caching seems like it could be a nice feature. Plus with 1155 you can upgrade to Ivy Bridge Q1 of next year, and if you get a discount next year you can upgrade on the cheap; Ivy bridge is a die shrink to 22nm and will have 3d tr-gate transistors which will supposedly increase performance even more and decrease voltage and power consumption.

OP said he may do some light overclocking, but how is the ease of overclocking on 1155 a horrible thing?
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post #28 of 34
990x if price doesnt matter.
post #29 of 34
I personally don't understand the "dead platform" argument when it comes to Intel. Every processor upgrade that comes along that's even worth upgrading to lately from Intel (within the past couple years) has required a new platform anyway. "Dead platform" has no meaning when it comes to Intel. Just get whichever performs better. If you want an easy upgrade path, go AMD.

With that out of the way, I would have to say i7 2600K. Overclocks higher (generally) and faster clock for clock.
     
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post #30 of 34
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Originally Posted by topog_z View Post
990x if price doesnt matter.
I missed out they had the 980x or 990x plus board for 250 on christmas.

PCIe or 3.0 for cap card?
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