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I want to have an extremely strong computer because I do a lot of encoding and muxing.

Since this would basically be my dream PC, I decided to go with an extreme processor, the Intel 980x. I chose this over the 990 simply because I didn't see a justification in spending the extra money for the newer model (if you do, please express why).

By September I'll have enough money to build half of this computer; that being the case, I want to start with the essential parts like the CPU. So I'm wondering, since the CPU would be bought first, should I be considering processors to come instead (I mean beyond the newly released xxxxK)?

What I like is price/performance ratio. That's my thing. I don't want to pay a **** tonne of money for THE ABSOLUTE IT WILL KILL MY MOTHER BECAUSE IT'S THAT BADASS thing simply for the sake of having it.

Relevant: I realize the new intel cpus have a gpu on the chips themselves (i'm speaking strictly about the i5 655k and i7 875k and up). I'm planning on having two very strong gpus though, so I'm not sure that the new intel cpus, having an onchip gpu, would really make a difference over the 980x; cpu comparisons seem to support this sentiment as well).

Thanks for any help and your time!
Edited by cobaltdan - 5/18/11 at 10:25pm
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post #2 of 26
2600K overclocked for price/performance, I'm not quite sure why you even considered the 980x if price/performance is important.
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2600K overclocked for price/performance, I'm not quite sure why you even considered the 980x if price/performance is important.
I second this. A 2600k slightly overclocked, stock voltage and a good cooler will beat the 980x and last just as long.
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I second this. A 2600k slightly overclocked, stock voltage and a good cooler will beat the 980x and last just as long.
Third. All in favor?

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Yeah, "extreme edition" CPUs are way off the price/performance sweet spot.
If you were posting this in 2009, I would say a i7 920 is what you want.
But since we have the, horribly named, sandy bridge nowdays: get an i7 2600K and be very very happy.
post #6 of 26
Go with the 2600k and OC that beast, you will not miss out on anything and save a lot of $$$! You can use the cash towards your GPU's and build yourself a really nice rig and hopefully not have to wait so long to get it up and running due to the cost. Or if you wish you could always wait to check out the Sandy Bridge Extreme CPUs coming out later this year.
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I want to have an extremely strong computer because I do a lot of encoding and muxing.

Since this would basically be my dream PC, I decided to go with an extreme processor, the Intel 980x. I chose this over the 990 simply because I didn't see a justification in spending the extra money for the newer model (if you do, please express why).

By September I'll have enough money to build half of this computer; that being the case, I want to start with the essential parts like the CPU. So I'm wondering, since the CPU would be bought first, should I be considering processors to come instead (I mean beyond the newly released xxxxK)?

What I like is price/performance ratio. That's my thing. I don't want to pay a **** tonne of money for THE ABSOLUTE IT WILL KILL MY MOTHER BECAUSE IT'S THAT BADASS thing simply for the sake of having it.

Relevant: I realize the new intel cpus have a gpu on the chips themselves (i'm speaking strictly about the i5 655k and i7 875k and up). I'm planning on having two very strong gpus though, so I'm not sure that the new intel cpus, having an onchip gpu, would really make a difference over the 980x; cpu comparisons seem to support this sentiment as well).

Thanks for any help and your time!
If you live neer a fry's, there is a sale on the 2600k for a couple of days. You can pick it up for 250. Search this forum for it and you should be able to find the link.
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post #8 of 26
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Saw this:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...-vs-intel.html

Don't think I'll have the cooling for 5.1ghz.

Also, the twelve threads of the 980x makes multimedia stuff, especially decoding/encoding phenomenal.
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Thanks for so many replies, I appreciate it a lot. I'll do more research!
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post #10 of 26
The 2600k is right in line with that processor for video encoding.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...2100-tested/16
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