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I got fedup of waiting for bulldozer and the false hopes. And made my first of two orders for my sandybridge build..
I've been converted!



I went for the MSI Z68MA-ED55-B3 motherboard, and a A50 cooler, and a few 1tb drives for a raid storage array.

Here my real question comes in, the most vital part is missing, the cpu! Im still not 100% what to go with, the 2500k or the 2600k, is the hyperthreading and extra cash worth the £100ish premium? Im not completely sure..

Secondly, with the z68 SSD caching, would i say be able to make a raid 0 array of two drives and then use the SSD to cache the whole array? I haven't been able to see my answer in any articles i've read so far..

Regards,
Dale
Edited by Skaterboydale - 5/12/11 at 12:49pm
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post #2 of 10
Too impatient to wait a month? You already had a good set up so you shouldn't of had a problem waiting..

Hyperthreading is only worth it if your doing things that will utilize it. such as folding, video editing and rendering. The 2500k is already quite fast so it would be best to save the money and put it towards something else, such as a better cooler. That A50 is going to limit you to around 4.5 ghz depending on your voltage.

As to the second question, I have no idea.
post #3 of 10
you are seriously that impatient? 1055t and 6870 not enough to get you by a month? damn
    
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Yeah for what it's worth the 2500K even without HT will run circles around your X6 (clock for clock).

However like yumyums said unless you are rendering or encoding, I think you'll do just fine with a 2500K. Not to mention you should theoretically be able to attain a higher clock with HT off.

Save that $100 and spend it elsewhere smile.gif
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Its not that im impatient, its that the core performance dosen't really cut it at all, im currently doing a 3D animation course at uni, and compared to other friends i7 procs, rendering takes at least double the time to what theirs does it in, the software we use is a university homebrew which has been written around intel cpus. Which is annoying, and ultimately my own fault, cheaping out on a phenom II in the first place.

I have been looking forward to bulldozer, and optimistic (don't want a rant thread) but realistically it'll only ever come close to sandybridge as that high of performance jump is near impossible from phenom II performance.

Im thinking with going the 2500k, as the upgrade would only cost me around £100-150 by the time I sell my mobo, cpu and cooler. And the A50 should be fine for stock as I hope to run it on, as I'd rather a stable lower clocked CPU than a higher clocked one with the possibility of it becoming unstable and loosing work.

Thanks for replies so far.
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Do you encode, fold, or use any application that can utilize the extra 4 threads?

If not, 2500k is obviously the better choice.
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Do you encode, fold, or use any application that can utilize the extra 4 threads?

If not, 2500k is obviously the better choice.
Games such as BF3 max out will take good advantage of HT.
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post #8 of 10
I don't understand how you can say "false hopes" as you have nothing to disprove or prove what those hopes might actually be - it hasn't been released yet. And you can't say that "realistically it'll only come close to SB and that amount of a performance increase is impossible" because simply, you have no idea whether this is true or not.
post #9 of 10
I think it's fair to say the guy wanted a change and bought the 1155 setup, So what if he didn't wait the sb will run anything thrown at it for years to come anyways.

If you need the hyper threading for folding, multi apps, video encoding etc then i would get the 2600k. If not then the 2500k will do everything the 2600k can @ the same speed for £100 less.

Nice build enjoy!
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post #10 of 10
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I have been loyal to AMD since the first athlons. And when I say false hopes, you have to be realistic. Look at the phenom II clock for clock with sandybridge. There is a huge gap, and I personally can not see AMD being able to fill this gap. Sure bulldozer will be good, but clock for clock, core for core I think it won't be able to be able to beat sandybridge.

I encode, and render as i've mentioned, but im still in the proccess at the moment of trying to figure out the maximum number of threads our universities rending program is theoretically able to use efficiently. My gut feeling at the moment is that i'll go with the 2500k, thanks for all thoughts.
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