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Hello everyone. I'm hoping to build a new rig soon (as soon as my student loans come in) to finally upgrade from my much too worn out Pentium 4. Being as this is probably the only new computer I'll own for a while I really want to make sure I choose the right stuff. I'm currently debating between the Asus Rampage III BE with 1366 socket i7 980 or 990x, or the Asus Maximus IV Extreme Z with an 1155 i7. I'm too impatient to wait for the 2011 socket. So anyone and and everyones opinion would be much appreciated :-D
    
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I think you should go with the 2nd gen, Sandy Bridge is powerful and very easy to overclock as well. In gaming an i5 2500k or a 2600k is about the same as a 990x, even more powerful sometimes!
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I would go with the i7-2600k if you've got the money. I'm pretty sure that's what most people here are going to recommend.

It would help us to help you if you post your budget, what all you need (whole system, or just rig? monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc.), and what you're going to be using the system for.

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Thanks for the quick replies and welcome guys. As of right now budget is not a problem, I'm just going to take out whatever the cost is in student loans and hate myself later haha. I've wanted a new computer for way to long. I already have a case, keyboard, and everything else picked out. I'm mainly just deciding on a processer and therefore which motherboard. The only thing that concerns me about the 1155 socket is the Maximus IV Z is as far as newegg reports, it does not support SLI, well at least at x16. I'm also currently deciding between the Asus Matrix 580 or the EVGA 590 Classified. With either of these cards would SLI just be overkill anyways?
    
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And also, what're everyones opinions on which of these cards I should choose?

Oh and ill mostly be using it for gaming and messing around on fruity loops
Edited by Tokeythebear666 - 8/12/11 at 3:18pm
    
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I would go with the 580 unless you plan on playing at extremely high resolutions.
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SLI at x16 is useless, you lose hardly anything x8 SLI. Also, if you're taking out loans you might want to try to be as cost efficient as possible (my opinion). With that said, a 2500k and P8P67 Pro Rev. 3 might be better options, along with a 560Ti.
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Originally Posted by Tokeythebear666;14561921 
Thanks for the quick replies and welcome guys. As of right now budget is not a problem, I'm just going to take out whatever the cost is in student loans and hate myself later haha. I've wanted a new computer for way to long. I already have a case, keyboard, and everything else picked out. I'm mainly just deciding on a processer and therefore which motherboard. The only thing that concerns me about the 1155 socket is the Maximus IV Z is as far as newegg reports, it does not support SLI, well at least at x16. I'm also currently deciding between the Asus Matrix 580 or the EVGA 590 Classified. With either of these cards would SLI just be overkill anyways?

To answer this question...you need to ask yourself...

1. Do you like to OC?
2. What are your needs?

If you like to OC then GTX Matrix 580. Its made to be OC, but then is the premium paid for it worth the price? If you don't plan to OC then get the GTX 590.

As for SLI... if you like to SLI get the GTX 580 because there is no need for a quad SLI set up in the GTX 590. The GTX 590 alone is a SLI 570 built in one card. No need to spend 1400 buxs on video cards you won't get much performance upgrade to justify the price (is going from a good 65 fps in crysis 2 to ~85-100 fps mean much to you?)

So in conclusion...if you plan to SLI than two 580s. If you don't plan to SLI and want something simple and right out of the box can handle any game out there then the GTX 590. If you are an hardcore OC person..than the Matrix 580.

You don't need x16 in SLI ... heck i was testing gaming with one GTX 580 at x8 slot and it only gave me a ~5fps drop compared to in the x16 slot.
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Alright sweet, knowing that about the x16, x8 really makes me feel better. Looks like I'll most likely be getting a 2nd gen i7 then. Thanks for all your help everyone. One last question, would buying an unlocked processor make any difference since Asus already unlocks them? In other words would it make for a more stable oc? Or would it just raise the price of my overall price?
    
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There's no reason to splurge on an outdated and slower platform. Some of LGA 1366's hex-core CPUs hold their own (bettering sometimes) the newer LGA 1155, but gaming (a few exceptions aside) is not an area that translates to. You'll be far better off with LGA 1155 for gaming. If you'll be staying with it for a while, go with a Core i7 2600K. Yes, get a K version CPU. The non-K versions don't have unlocked multipliers, and you can overclock non-K CPUs, but not by alot. Alot has changed from the days of your (and my) platform where overclocking the FSB (which itself is gone on these new CPUs) doesn't get as far.

Set yourself up with 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9 or better RAM.

Video cards galore.

And... that's about it.
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