Originally Posted by neelwebs
Easily an 2600k would crush an i7 970 in most benchmarks while costing like $300-500 less.
If you needed the X-Fi, then on newegg you can get it for ~$120, and you would still have saved money if you went with the 2600k, but people these days stick with the problematic (notso)realtek audio.
My board comes with a Real Creative Audio Soundblaster X-Fi Card, if it had not been for that I and the killer NIC... which really the Killer NIC doesn't matter all that much then I would have purchased the Fatality Sound Card with the Front plate without hesitation
. I do not like this... "Reeeeaaal Tek" lol, I am stuck with having to use it on my ASUS G73 24/7 and the sound quality is ok but I have not yet felt what my Sennheiser Pro 360 can really do under a better soundcard ... sadly.
I keep telling yo guys that I did buy a 2600k at first but took it back because I wanted a Sniper Mobo without the wait. I am wondering why it took them so long to produce a sniper Mobo ( G1.Sniper 2) for Sandybridge when its pushing the end of the year... that really makes you think of what boards might be out right after that because as I see it, the G1.Sniper 2 Board cost only 50.dollars less... -_- 359.99 and I would save a chunk over 100 dollars by switching to 2600k
. But I will never get this computer running if I keep pushing the time back. One week off work wont even give me the time to send parts back and wait and get more parts, my job is spontaneous... they could call and say "Hey we need you in LA for 2 weeks" welp there went my time, then after that... OK now go back to a site in Santa Cruise for a month and work there and after that now goto Fremont for another month ( If I take time off I DO NOT get paid) Max time I can take off is 2 weeks if that... and I have to have money saved on the side to survive not being paid. Sorry guys my life style is just different from yours