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post #1 of 20
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Whats the latest and greatest chipset for Intels? 2nd best? Is the cost worth the diff?

I haven't built a new PC in about 5 years and I really haven't kept up with whats going on.

I figure with knowing what chipset I should be looking at I can find every other part I need.

I actually want this build done by Oct for Battlefield 3 so if you know anything that really is a leap forward and will be coming out between now and then please let me know.

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ha ha you can tell by my sig how long its been since I been here
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2600K is the top end for the P67/Z68 chipset.
Second best. 2500K.

The 2500K is quite a beast in it's self.
Personally, I would get the 2500K over the 2600K.
But it's up to you and what you're going to be doing
post #4 of 20
For gaming CPU's, the i7 2600k is the best at the moment. ($300 ish)
If you're looking for one that could be used for gaming or video encoding/ other work the 990x is the most powerful. ($950 ish)

There are still more power processors like Intel's 8 cores, but those are pretty much for servers.
    
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I just want to be able to run battlefield 3 at 1920x1200 with max settings
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I forgot the name but some game from a year ago brought my current system to its knees so I think its time for an upgrade
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post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by the h View Post
I just want to be able to run battlefield 3 at 1920x1200 with max settings
2500K and a GTX560ti/GTX570 or HD6950 would be what I would go with.
Unless you have no budget. Then 2600K and GTX580/HD6970
or even the HD6990 or GTX590.
post #8 of 20
Sandybridge Socket 1155 Z68/P67 chipset is by far the fastest platform for a reasonable price at the moment. 2500k/2600k are the processor to research, the main difference is the HT in the 2600k, which is useless for games. The k models have unlocked multipliers and are incredible overclockers - most people run them around 4-4.5Ghz on air.

On the AMD side, in late August they will be releasing bulldozer which has an 8-core variant that hopes to compete with the current SandyBridge processors from Intel. We don't really have any concrete benchmarks yet but it's looking like SB will still be equal or better in gaming (games don't utilize 4 cores, yet alone 8).
post #9 of 20
You'll either want to go with x58 or P67 depending on your budget and condition preference.
You could easily pick up an i7 920 and motherboard for around $200, but you'll be paying almost that much just for an i5 2500k.
    
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I would concur with the 2500k if you are on a budget or if you have the extra cash go for the 2600k for the Hyper-Threading it brings. The new Sandy-Bridge line of CPU's from Intel also overclock very well, and with a proper cooling setup you can probably expect 5.0GHz if you want it.

In addition the price of Solis-State Drives is coming down substantially and I would highly recommend you acquire on of those even if it is just for new rig's OS. The increase in load times from startup to game textures is just incredible. Easily one of the best upgrade choices when building a new rig.

Also Nvidia has it's 5XX series GPU's out at the moment and the GTX 580 is the single GPU king. However coming in at over $500 it's also apprehensively expensive for most people. Significantly less costly for very good performance are the GTX 570 and the faster AMD 6970. Oh yeah, ATI is dead. AMD acquired them and got rid of the label. AMD currently is marketing it's 6XXX series GPU and its dual GPU flagship the 6990 manages to be the fastest card in the world over NVidia's GTX 590.

Lastly on the mobo and ram front, the new Z68 chipset is out and it's not too shabby. I don't really want to type out all the differences between the intel chipsets, so I recommend google! However DDR3 ram is dirt cheap lately and you should be able to acquire 8GB for $50 if you find a good sale.

Have fun building the new toy!

EDIT: you may want to take a look at BF3 statements about system requirements. LINK

Minimum System Requirements
Processor: Dual Core
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 15 GB for Digital Version, 10 GB for Disc Version
Video Memory: 256 MB
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 10
Keyboard and Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

Recommended System Requirements
Processor: Quadcore Processor
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 15 GB for Digital Version, 10 GB for Disc Version
Video Memory: 512 MB
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
DirectX: 11
Keyboard and Mouse
DVD Rom Drive

While the recommended requirements may not seem too high, the review I linked you had gamers playing on a GTX580 and one of the BF3 people present mentioned the PC hasn't been built yet that will run BF3 on full settings. Not sure if there is any truth to that but something to consider.
Edited by Senator - 6/14/11 at 8:39am
    
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