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Just a quick little question. I picked up a spare i7 950 at Microcenter for $200 (they soon after offer the 960 for the same price..) But I ended up going back and returning it for an i5 2500k for $180. My buddy says he would have kept the 950 and it was more powerful than the i5 Sandy. But I am happy with my choice as I also bought some new DDR3 and just need a motherboard and I am going to swap the parts out of my LGA 775 rig. They also had the i7 2600k for $280 I believe, but I figured I would grab the i5 and then if I decide to upgrade later it would make more sense and I don't really need hyperthreading right now even though it's very nice.

So like I said (disregarding the i72600k) i5 2500k for $180 or i7 950/60 for $200? Performance/Price wise and nothing else. You can say that 1366 is dying, but that's not what I am looking at.


I was going to keep one for a spare for my 1366 or sell it, but I went with the Sandy since I haven't played with any of them yet and I like to fiddle. Plus the UD7 is calling my name. I am getting 300 bucks for free soon so it's working out nicely.

And also what do you think of my decision? (I just spent 2000 on 1366 rig and I know I could have waited, but I am happy with the rig.) Obviously pointless to upgrade right after I built a rig, but this is my hobby and I don't mind spending the money. Never enough parts around me. And sorry for the long read for such simple questions...
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The i5-2500k is a better choice in every facet.
    
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The i5-2500k is a better choice in every facet.
Nice. I see you also got the same deal... I can't believe how cheap they are selling all their CPUs. The guy was like "We are losing money on all of these, but it's in order to get some more people through the door."

I can't help but admire your rig for all the good deals you picked up. Very smart choices.

Are the Ivy bridges releasing on 1155? I wasn't sure 100%, but isn't there going to be 6 and 8 cores on the 1155?
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The word is Ivy Bridge will be on the current 1155 socket and whatever high end socket they come out with. I haven't seen anything confirmed directly from Intel but at this point I'm assuming IB will make a showing on 1155, I just hope its not some 2 core 4 thread chip.

No confirmation on core count at all, however SB-E is coming out later this year so its assumed then IB-E won't come out until nearly 2013. SB-E desktop chips will be 6 core 12 thread at their highest as far as we know.
    
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The last I heard they were releasing Ivy Bridge on 1155 with a bios update. But we will not really know until Intel says something. They may have and I did not see it yet, but as far as I know is all speculation right now.

I love my Sandy Bridge build. and I have $1400 invested including water cooling. And I think I have a great rig. I could use a better gpu but it works for me for now. I will be upgrading to a better PSU soon.
Edited by leichtwork - 5/11/11 at 6:57pm
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I just need a good motherboard. I really want the Gigabyte P67a-ud7. I have 2 Giga boards already on 775 and 1366 and it'd be cool to check out another brand, but I can't find a reason to get anything besides the UD7 or UD4... I just like the toughness and quality of their mobos. I was also looking at the MSI GD80, or a couple Asrock boards such as Extreme6 I think or the Fatal1ty.

Does any other boards have the capability of having a static OC frequency like the Giga? I don't really care about the fancy BIOS although it'd be cool to check out. But I've heard they can be glitchy. I'm not a fan boy though I just sit there and compare them all and Gigabyte to me usually has the best features/quality and even looks.

Can anyone give me some advice about all the high/highest end boards for P67?
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post #7 of 17
You can have a static oc on asus as well. Imo ud7 is a waste of money unless you feel you really need nf200. Can't see your sig im on my phone. Sandy doesn't need a high end board for high oc's.

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You can have a static oc on asus as well. Imo ud7 is a waste of money unless you feel you really need nf200. Can't see your sig im on my phone. Sandy doesn't need a high end board for high oc's.

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Oh well thank you for your post and this will make me look into other boards as well. I just love to have the high quality and this board definitely gives great performance from reviews I read. I am basically getting 300 bucks for free so the price is not really a problem, but the money could go somewhere else if I choose a cheaper priced board. What would you recommend? Gigabyte is my favorite, but there are a couple boards from MSI, Asrock, and maybe Asus I would consider. I already have a 1366 rig as I just built one and I just joined OC.net so I have no sig yet.
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I have two 6950s in my 1366 rig and I will be using a reference 5850 in my new 1155 rig. I will also be overclocking and I will be getting 300 bucks soon for free basically so it doesn't matter how much I spend on a board. I have seen benchmarks with 8x vs 16x bandwidth for multi gpu and it rarely shows any difference so should I worry about getting a board with the nforce chip if I crossfire or sli? I should probably just use single gpu and save multi gpu for my 1366 rig I guess. What do you guys think should I go for the UD7 or a less expensive board?

How about the UD4, MSI GD80/65, or Asus P8P67 deluxe/pro? Any suggestions? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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post #10 of 17
I'd go with the ASUS Maximus IV or Revolution, but I'm bias towards ASUS with P67 socket boards because my UD4 was a pile that lacked a lot of new features ASUS put into theirs.

Both those boards will allow 3way xfire.
    
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