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i7 970. How can you argue against 12 threads? They also OC. Basically if you want the best you pay the extra, or if you are looking for a cheap solution you go for the 2600k. The new Sandys obviously can clock very high, but if it's going to be your workstation then don't be silly... you want this machine to last a long time. You don't abuse your workstation. You can even get i7 960s at Micro Center for 180 dollars for in-store pickup. They have 2500k for 180, and 2600k for 260 I believe. Best place to buy a new CPU.

If you were building a full on workstation then obviously Xeon would be the best choice. Nehalem/Westmere and Sandy Bridge versions would all be good choices. Costly though, but you get highly binned chips as well.
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Can't go to Microcenter. Lives in Netherlands.
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i7 970 for massive multitask.
i7 2600k for massive overclock.
I can't agree more. I'd go for The i7 2600k, because nothing takes more than 4 cores for quite a while. That, and you can overclock the Crap out of it.
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Do the applications you intend on running (I know little about 3d rendering codes) use the new AVX instruction set and are they floating point intensive? I ask because recompiling my codes (fluid dynamics simulations) with AVX enables it to run significantly faster on a 2600K than on a 6 core (12 thread) xeon at the same CPU frequency. My codes are composed of (nearly) entirely floating point operations and your results could be very different but it is something to consider.
 
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Do the applications you intend on running (I know little about 3d rendering codes) use the new AVX instruction set and are they floating point intensive? I ask because recompiling my codes (fluid dynamics simulations) with AVX enables it to run significantly faster on a 2600K than on a 6 core (12 thread) xeon at the same CPU frequency. My codes are composed of (nearly) entirely floating point operations and your results could be very different but it is something to consider.
I have no clue what AVX instruction is to be honest. I simply toy around with settings and such to create realistic simulations and the CPU does the rest. But I can't seem to find anything on realflow simulation and 3d max rendering that is related to such. I also use quite some RAM when it comes to simulation so for now I will have to go with the i7 970. If I knew anything about how it worked I might or might not have already decided on a cpu by now
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I can't agree more. I'd go for The i7 2600k, because nothing takes more than 4 cores for quite a while. That, and you can overclock the Crap out of it.
As the title says its for proffessional 3d work, I actually do use 12 virtual cores fully loaded to 100%. So I'm not looking for massive overclock but for maximum processing power
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i7 970. How can you argue against 12 threads? They also OC. Basically if you want the best you pay the extra, or if you are looking for a cheap solution you go for the 2600k. The new Sandys obviously can clock very high, but if it's going to be your workstation then don't be silly... you want this machine to last a long time. You don't abuse your workstation. You can even get i7 960s at Micro Center for 180 dollars for in-store pickup. They have 2500k for 180, and 2600k for 260 I believe. Best place to buy a new CPU.

If you were building a full on workstation then obviously Xeon would be the best choice. Nehalem/Westmere and Sandy Bridge versions would all be good choices. Costly though, but you get highly binned chips as well.
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Can't go to Microcenter. Lives in Netherlands.
Idd, I pay roughly near 50% more for my hardware atm, and that is while the euro's value is high atm, when it drops I pay more then double then what americans have to pay.

So where you have to pay 260$ for a 2600k, I pay 260 euro's
1 euro = 1,40-1,50 dollar atm.

Also ordering it from america would be pricey as I;d have to pay shipping costs and import costs so yea sad panda.
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For your purposes the 970 is superior unless you make heavy use of AVX (very few programs make much use of it currently, but this will change).
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I was considering a Archon, but I saw a few photo's on the internet where people manage to squeeze in a Silver Arrow, but it would push away my vengeance by just a milimeter or two, which in all honestly I dont feel too comfortable with.

So its either different ram, or just go with the Archon. As I am planning on a simple stable OC which doesnt draw too much heat, 4.0 or more if I get lucky with a chip lol. as long as it doesnt push my temperatures above 70'ish degrees. 80 tops during hot summer days
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For your purposes the 970 is superior unless you make heavy use of AVX (very few programs make much use of it currently, but this will change).
I'm sure it will change, but when looking at the total picture I only have to deal with a rediculously small puzzlepiece.

Who knows what we will be dealing with in 5 years? We already have hexa cores, octo cores are around the corner. We are capable of recreating reality already with our current processing power so what is next? This rig will be a joke with what will be avaible in a year from now.

So yea i will go with the 970 for now and take the 24gb as planned. Also I might just go for the Archon perhaps with push/pull if it is possible. Unless someone can truelly convince me that there is a better option then that.

Considering the archon costs 65,- and produces ~22dB
(From reviews I read that the H70 can produce a whopping 55dB)

The reason why I want a quiet pc is that when I render at night I strongly dislike the sound the fans of my current pc make, especially the kaze 2000.
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