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Hi Guys,

I'm thinking of building a rig for Nvidia surround. The main objective is to max out most games on the market including hopefuly the upcoming new bf3.

Now Im aware that sandybrdige does not allow 4 way sli as of yet, however, my questions invovling the actual surround can be answered in the Nvidia section.

Anyways regardless of it being tri sli or quad sli, im looking for a cpu which has the potential to handle that, meaning no bottlekneck whatsoever

Now obviously the socket plays a big part, if I go with TRI SLI then I could go down the sandybridge route, with the maximus extreme IV and either a 2600k or 2500k or if I go with quad SLI then it would have to be the 1366 socket.

Now im not to familiar with the 1366 socket and the i7's that accompany it, going for quad on a 1366 socket I would need atleast a i7 right that can be clocked to atleast 4ghz+?


Would you do and what recommendations do you have. Your thoughts and comnments are much appreciated. Thanks
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Well you would definitely need a very nice CPU. That anyone can tell you. I would say that you should wait for socket 2011 though. Those will be VERY fast and you should be able to max just about anything with those no matter what. The choice is ultimately up to you but if you do not want to wait then it would be best to go for the 2600K imo and overclock it with some nice water cooling.
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Well you would definitely need a very nice CPU. That anyone can tell you. I would say that you should wait for socket 2011 though. Those will be VERY fast and you should be able to max just about anything with those no matter what. The choice is ultimately up to you but if you do not want to wait then it would be best to go for the 2600K imo and overclock it with some nice water cooling.
cool thanks, but what is this 'nice' cpu that you speak of?

what is special about the 2011 socket? more than likely it won't be a bottleneck but im asking which cpu in the 1366 socket would work better for tri or quad sli without a single bottleneck?


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No problem .

As for your rig, I'd suggest you pick up a SB build or (preferably) wait for the enthusiast chipset. 1366 should be sufficient for all your needs, but out of principle I wouldn't (and didn't) pick it up since it's basically 'dated' tech.

But that's my
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cool thanks, but what is this 'nice' cpu that you speak of?

what is special about the 2011 socket? more than likely it won't be a bottleneck but im asking which cpu in the 1366 socket would work better for tri or quad sli without a single bottleneck?


EDIT: Thanks mod
I think I said in my post... Either the 2600K with WC and a nice OC or wait for socket 2011. Those will be FAST!

EDIT: The 2500K is also very good, it just does not have HT which for gaming does not matter at all. So there is no real need for the 2600K over the 2500K for gaming at all. Sorry for the misinfo
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2500k for anything and everything.
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I love it how everyone keeps saying sandybridge without even considering what the 1366 offers for the OP. Only person mentioning the 1366 is forum mod lol

Anyways my take would be, 1366 is the enthusiast socket that offer's quad SLI and for your needs is perfect, however, due to the competative prices of the sandybridge system it would be a platform to consider. If you are content on quad SLI, which in my opinion is a bit of of overkill, as tri SLI is more than enough to max out 'most' games nowadays, then get the 1366.

Now if you go with tri SLI, then I would recommend the asus maximus iv p67 and a 2500k which is more competative in price in comparison to the outdated 1366 socket. As far as I remember, when three slots are populated, the slots run at 8x-16x-16x. The difference between 8x and 16x is not noticible, I would say a drop of 2-4% from 16x to 8x.

If you can wait, the new x79 should also offer the nf200 which will allow more slots to do quad sli and I think it will be the new enthusiast chipset.

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I would actually go with SB now, then upgrade to Sandy Bridge Extreme when it releases. Same socket, massive performance increases.
    
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2600k would work as well as pretty much anything in the 9xx series (920 - 990)
    
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2600k would work as well as pretty much anything in the 9xx series (920 - 990)
It's been said and proved soooooo many times that the 2600k doesn't have anything over the 2500k in gaming.

I still don't undesrtand why people recommend it when it's primarily a gaming rig, the HT does nothing in gaming.

Anyways if you can get a 1366 socket for cheap with either a 950 or 970 then your good to go for either tri or quad sli but my recommendation is going with the maximus IV and 2500k purely for gaming and tri sli.
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