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post #11 of 23
If you really want to wait a year or two, do it. Even in ONE year, I can all but guarantee everything that is fastest now won't be then.

Two 580's are a fair bit faster than a 590, but use more power and space.

2600K is the CPU you'd want now, but again, I'd say wait for Ivy bridge.

ATI does have some great option now too, a pair of 6990's is faster than 590's in quite a few situations too.
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@ OP, your rig is still cutting edge, you just need to upgrade your graphics card to something more mainstream.
     
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Haha, yeah I figure I'd actually be okay with a newer video card and call it a night -- but my desktop was actually damaged a bit in shipping when I moved here to New York, so at some point it'd be nice to just build something new.

Other main points of contention were water cooling vs. solid state drives. I absolutely hate how much dust accumulates in my system, and hard drives tend to be the bottlenecks. At the same time, the costs go up quite a bit with each.
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SSDs are coming down in price and are predicted to be near $1/GB in a year or so. I got my C300 on sale at newegg for $200, regularly priced at $250 or so. If you keep your eyes open, they are affordable and man, do they rock!

As for water cooling, I have been thinking of taking the plunge myself, recently. I noticed, in the For Sale Forum, that you can get pumps and stuff from OCN users at deep discounts. So, there is a path for that... one that keeps it in the family.
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post #15 of 23
I'd wait for a socket LGA 2011 board and pair that with a 6 core extreme sandy bridge CPU.
the board has PCI-E 3.0 so you are essentially at the cutting edge since no other chipset has it.
then pair that up with either dual GTX 580 3 GB in SLI or dual HD 6970 2 GB in CFX and you'll be future proofed for quite a few years
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post #16 of 23
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Excuse my ignorance, but what are the pros of the 2600K versus the 990x versus the upcoming LGA 2011 mobos? I'm a bit lost as to where things are now. Last I was involved in all this stuff, I was looking at the i7 series.

And still, even at $1/GB SSD's it feels steep to me. Would it make sense to use a solid state for the OS and then normal hard drives for apps/games/etc, or is the speed boost only applicable to things local to the solid state drive entirely?
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Excuse my ignorance, but what are the pros of the 2600K versus the 990x versus the upcoming LGA 2011 mobos? I'm a bit lost as to where things are now. Last I was involved in all this stuff, I was looking at the i7 series.

And still, even at $1/GB SSD's it feels steep to me. Would it make sense to use a solid state for the OS and then normal hard drives for apps/games/etc, or is the speed boost only applicable to things local to the solid state drive entirely?
The 2600K is a Quad Core based on Sandy Bridge, which is the 2nd Generation i7. It is for the mainstream socket 1155, which replaced 1156.

The 990X is a 6 core processor for the 1366 socket, and also costs $1000.

Here's a comparison of 2600K vs 980x:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=142

The rule of thumb is if you're just gaming and every day use, the 2600K is plenty. Heck, the 2500K is the best gaming CPU on the market right now, for the price.

The 990X comes in handy if you're doing renders, and encodes frequently, and use multi-threaded apps that take advantage of the 6 cores & 12 threads.

LGA 2011 this will be the socket replacement to the 1366 socket. The chipset it will used is called X79:


The first processors will be SB-E, the replacements to the 990x, they will be 6 cores.

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How much will LGA 2011 cost? Would it be necessary for high-end gaming?
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post #19 of 23
There will be different flavors, expect pricing from at least $250 up. The 2011 socket is meant to replace the "aging" 1366 Nehalem architecture, if I remember right. So there will be some mainstream offerings and then there will be high end CPUs. *Conjecture*
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I still can't decide if water cooling is worth it. Does it require a lot more maintainance? Are they really that prone to leakage?
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