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post #1 of 19
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I already have a Corsair 600T SE, XFX 750W, LG Blu Ray burner & Corsair A70 but I am looking at:

Intel 2600K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070
ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131753
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231445
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127575
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533

Everyone is saying get the Deluxe P67 since I am not using a SSD nor care for the intergrated video but for a few $ more I can get the Z68 for future upgrades. Any thoughts and suggestions?
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What are you going to be using this box for? If it's a gamer, you can build a faster one for less money. I wouldn't spend $250 on a motherboard and I wouldn't spend an extra $100 for the 2600k. I'd take that extra $250 savings and I'd bump the video card up to a GTX580 since you can find them for $60 more than you're paying for the 6950. If nothing else, find a better deal for the 6950 and get two of them. I paid $164 for mine.
Edit: You're also paying top dollar for that ram kit. I've seen identical kits on sale nearly every week lately for around $50.
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You can find a board for so much cheaper that will perform just as well. With sandy bridge, you only need to buy a board that has the options that you are going to need or use. My board has all the same options as yours and is over a 100 less and it is a overclocking beast.

If you are using your rig for gaming I would drop the 2600k for a 2500k because you will not gain anything out of the 2600k.

Now with the money saved you can upgrade your gpu or even purchase a SSD if you would like. What are you going to be using the computer for?
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post #4 of 19
Switch that WD hard drive for a Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB.
Better drive, smaller price, same storage.
post #5 of 19
yup as always 2500k for gaming, 2600k for video encoding etc
also save the money and get V pro instead of deluxe
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post #6 of 19
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I am using it for gaming, web, email. So a few questions:

Is 2600K HT and GPU worth it over the 2500K?
What is so good about Hyper Threading?
Will a mechanical HDD ever hit 6.0 gps? Or should I get a 3.0 like a Spinpoint?
6950 or 570 or 580? Only want a single card.
When people claim they can get 5.0 and above by OC...is that talking about 5.0 or in Turbo Boost?
What MB do you recommend? P67? Z68? If P67...what about the ASUS? Difference in Evo, Pro, Deluxe and a LE???
If I am saying $ getting a P68 and a 2500K...should I spend that on a SSD for boot or a better GPU?
Edited by sirsaechao - 8/11/11 at 6:24am
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by sirsaechao View Post
I am using it for gaming, web, email. So a few questions:

Is 2600K HT and GPU worth it over the 2500K?
What is so good about Hyper Threading?
Will a mechanical HDD ever hit 6.0 gps? Or should I get a 3.0 like a Spinpoint?
6950 or 570 or 580? Only want a single card.
When people claim they can get 5.0 and above by OC...is that talking about 5.0 or in Turbo Boost?
What MB do you recommend? P67? Z68? If P67...what about the ASUS? Difference in Evo, Pro, Deluxe and a LE???
If I am saying $ getting a P68 and a 2500K...should I spend that on a SSD for boot or a better GPU?
2600k has hyperthreading and a bit more cache.
HT only works for applications that support it and at the moment only things like video encoding and editing applications can take advantage.
Spinpoint f3 HDDs are fast enough for hard drives but thats SATA 2 at 3gb. SATA 3 is not for HDDs as they cant get to 6gb/sec, its mainly for SSDs.
GTX580 lightning is the best single card at the moment.
Z68 has on board video and SSD chache if you dont require that then a Asus P8P67 Pro or Deluxe is good enough.
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Should I get the Pro or Deluxe? Or should I look into something else like a different P67...I won't be doing SSD Caching or need the CPU's GPU for anything. All I know is that the Deluxe has a 16 Phase vs 12 Phase??? Is the on board Bluetooth worth it to sway me to get a ASUS P67?
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Thoughts on MSI P67-GD65 vs ASUS P67 Pro?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703

I like the MSI cause the PCI slots are on the bottom (so I can add a sound card and/or wireless adapter) and dual 16x PCI-e in case I wanna add a 2nd card.
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post #10 of 19
both boards are good its up to you really.
both OC similarly so if you think the layout of the MSI is better then go for that.
As for bluetooth, i dont have it yet but some people have had problems getting the bluetooth OC working.
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