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Originally Posted by IceColdBrewski View Post
16 gigs of ram is OVERKILL. you will NOT need that much. as time goes on... and i mean years down the road.. you may upgrade but that would just mean getting higher frequency ram. quantity is not better.

Here is proof of RAM usage on my current system that runs 24/7. Many games such as Crysis 1 & 2, SC2, WoW, BC2, etc... also many photo and video editing programs. there is PLENTY of space and this is only 1600MHz RAM

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For strictly gaming yes - 4 to 6 gigs will do fine. However, with the higer amount of RAM you can "stuff" with it. For example

- this is RAMdisk, regular 1333 MHz 9-9-9- sticks costing 17.5 euros per 4 Gb stick atm. You can make it save the contents of the disk to real HD on shutdown and reload it when the system boots etc etc. So sure - if all you need is 6 gigs then you can make yourself 10 gig RAMdisk.

That is what I mean by saying that quantity trumps quality as far as RAM goes - in my opinion. As even cheapest RAM is faster than SSD and HD or even SSD is often the "slow" part in it.
true. im just speaking in terms that will suffice for the person posting this thread. which is to play new games at nice resolutions. his situation would benefit from separated from a standard setup. sure, RAMdisks are generally ~1000x faster than SSD but also require maintence and in the case of a power failure.. data is lost. you have to continually save data to the HDD. primary implementation of RAMdisks are for servers and businesses that run 24/7 and have battery backup. believe me.. its great for speed and also cheap.

Just keeping it simple

EDIT: I guess you can also just have the program save the disk image on shutdown.... that would null most of the "problem" in my statement lol oh technology these days. miss the 80's lol
Edited by IceColdBrewski - 8/15/11 at 2:32am
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This isn't true at all... Even lacking SMT, the 2500k's architectural improvements makes it faster than any Core i7 9x0 CPU save for the hexa-cores...

Just look at the Anandtech benchmarks, the 2500k beats the i7 950 in everything INCLUDING multithreaded scenarios: Source

The 2600k is faster than the 2500k, but the 2500k is faster than the 950 still.
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha..._2500K/10.html

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Intel...Debut/?page=11

On those webpages both the I7 920 and the I7 975 (basically a I7 950 @ 3.3GHz) come ahead of the I5 2500K.

The architectural improvements in the I5 2500K make it faster than the old 1156 CPUs not the 1366.
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I'm not apposed to going SLI or CrossFire, I just want the best performance at 1920x1080. I also can upgrade in 6 months to a year so what graphics card should I go with keeping that in mind?

I'll probably go with 8GB of ram to start with but can see myself upgrading to 16 because A) it's very cheap B) Windows is a memory hog.

IceColdBrewski, thanks for letting me know about the OCZ. The Corsair seems to be the best rated drive on Newegg
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May not be the most proper recommendation, but If you want bang for the buck, SLI some GTX 480-s or crossfire 6850 flashed. If money is not an issue and prefer futureproof hardware if I may say so then. For extreme setup get 6990 or GTX590 for later quad SLI or Xfire. (Bear in mind to get according PSU-s today). At the moment with the latest hardware market being cheaper than last gen I also recommend avoiding LGA 1366 and go for 1155 or wait for LGA2011.
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Im a huge Radeon fan. Have Crossfired 6950's. you could get a 6870 and when you feel you need more you can crossfire that. they are pretty darn cheap now. I think that this graphics card is your best bet. runs very cold http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127560

EDIT: One of those cards is great for gaming and resolution until you need more. maybe for BF3 at max res's. gotta wait to see that when it comes out though

Those crossfired should handle anything. I dont recommend that 6990 or 590 because those cards run WAY too hot. not worth the hype that surrounds them when they are outperformed by many crossfired cards. AND socket 1155 is futureproof as the 2012 Ivy Bridge CPU will use the 1155 socket
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http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha..._2500K/10.html

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Intel...Debut/?page=11

On those webpages both the I7 920 and the I7 975 (basically a I7 950 @ 3.3GHz) come ahead of the I5 2500K.

The architectural improvements in the I5 2500K make it faster than the old 1156 CPUs not the 1366.
Did you even look at your own benchmarks? The i7 9x0 only beat the 2500k in two games out of the SIX that were tested and it was overclocked... You can't compare stock 2500k to an over clocked 920 and then claim that the 920 is better.

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Thank you for the info BizzareRide, I'll probably go LGA 1155 and upgrade next year.

Size isn't my main focus with a monitor, I used to game on a 20" display, I prefer the pixel pitch of the 21.5". Also, the MX Revolution is my favorite mouse and it retails for $100 by itself so I don't think $125 for a wireless keyboard/mouse is bad.

For storage, I added a WD Caviar Black 500GB and now I just have to go around to my friends begging for 64-bit copy of Windows
No problem! The MX Revolution is great. I recommend a R.A.T 7 in your case.
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