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Im looking to get into the i7 scene. but with the various i7s I'm wondering what combo will match my needs.

I'm looking for decent to good overclocking abilities. Air Cooled. with SLI.

And which memory would you recommend with your suggested mobo.

I'm also going to be purchasing a gtx 570. Any recommendations on GPUs would be nice too. Video Card budget around 300. Only buying 1 video card at first.

I have an SSD as boot drive with SATA 6gb


Thank you in advance for your input.
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if the $500 is budget to cpu and mobo alone. you can easily snatch up a 2600K and a good Z68 or P67 motherboard. both are easily found with SLI compatability and overclock nicely. P67 is a little easier to overclock due to the simple fact that the chipset isnt as new and has alot more guides on overclocking it. my Z68 board has a reference for overclocking from MSI telling increments/settings to use to get a good and stable overclock. 570s are good cards. and dont let anyone tell you that you need more vram, because its not a serious factor until you go for surround

edit: 570s scale very well when you put them in SLI. better than 6970s and 580s

if you looking for a video card, id suggest either EVGA PNY or Sparkle, all of them usually offer a lifetime warranty with registration of the card, which means by the time the cards dont perform where they need to and die, you get a free upgrade from the manufacturer
Edited by microfister - 10/6/11 at 9:54am
    
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Gigabut UD3 and a 930/950 would fit the bill... easy 4ghz on air

*for a GTX570 i would look towards MSI.. the power phase layout on their TFIII's is muuuch better than a reference design, which are notorious for blowing VRM's once OC'd.
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i7 2600k + Asrock Extreme4 Z68 G3.

@CL3P20

Really no point in going 1366 at this point unless you are gettin the 980x/990x for multi-core apps.
    
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if the $500 is budget to cpu and mobo alone. you can easily snatch up a 2600K and a good Z68 or P67 motherboard. both are easily found with SLI compatability and overclock nicely. P67 is a little easier to overclock due to the simple fact that the chipset isnt as new and has alot more guides on overclocking it. my Z68 board has a reference for overclocking from MSI telling increments/settings to use to get a good and stable overclock. 570s are good cards. and dont let anyone tell you that you need more vram, because its not a serious factor until you go for surround
Thanks Microfister,

2600k is the i7 to get then? is that performance increase worth the extra $50~?

On those Z68 P67 which would be more of the coming technology versus older? I'd like it be capable of any new technologies or utilize current technologies best.

Any examples ?
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Thanks Microfister,

2600k is the i7 to get then? is that performance increase worth the extra $50~?

On those Z68 P67 which would be more of the coming technology versus older? I'd like it be capable of any new technologies or utilize current technologies best.

Any examples ?
z68 for future proof, compatabillity for Ivy bridge(at least for asrock and msi boards) and pci express 3.0 support. you can also use your ssd as a cache device to boost the speed of all your hdds 90% of the speed of a ssd.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130611

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130610

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157264

on gaming you wont see a benefit with the 2600k over the 2500k. hyperthreading isnt utilized in gaming yet. but when encoding movies and other similar tasks you will see a large performance boost over the 2500k
Edited by microfister - 10/6/11 at 10:11am
    
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and as far as graphics cards go, this is probably the best 570 you can get


MSI GTX 570 twin frozr III PE overclock is basically a MSI GTX 570 Lightning

comes with a high overclock, and an excellent cooling setup.
    
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z68 for future proof, compatabillity for Ivy bridge(at least for asrock and msi boards) and pci express 3.0 support. you can also use your ssd as a cache device to boost the speed of all your hdds 90% of the speed of a ssd.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130611

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130610

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157264

on gaming you wont see a benefit with the 2600k over the 2500k. hyperthreading isnt utilized in gaming yet. but when encoding movies and other similar tasks you will see a large performance boost over the 2500k
Thank you for taking the time and posting suggestions. I will do my investigating on these.

+rep

Thanks!!
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Frys Electronics is running a combo 2600K and Asus P8P67 Evo for $420 and $20 MIR to take it to $400, great deal but it ends today(10/6).
Edited by torsp - 10/6/11 at 10:22am
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Thank you for taking the time and posting suggestions. I will do my investigating on these.

+rep

Thanks!!
just keep in mind

everything in your build starts at the motherboard and goes up. id suggest going to the manufacturers website and read their online manual for a board that your looking at to make sure that every slot/port that you want to utilize is available and dosnt have any limitations.
    
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