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I am considering the jump from AMD to Intel due to Bulldozer looking meh and I want to be able to OC and put my water cooling to good use which is hard with my current 965.

I would like to stick with the 1155 socket since Ivy Bridge will be that socket and would like the option to make that jump depending on how it looks when it comes out. I'm looking at spending around $300 on the CPU and have been looking at the i7 2600K. Is that the best option in that price range or is there another chip that would be recommended?

I don't know my way around Intel very well so I'm open to any and all recommendations.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

EDIT: My goals with it would be the ability to achieve high OC's (around 5.0 if possible) and gaming.
Edited by razorguy - 10/10/11 at 1:07pm
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2600k would be great for things like video editing, rendering, folding etc

At the moment the 2500k is the best bang for buck cpu for gaming.

So go with one that will suit your needs best. hope that helps
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What are you planning on using your PC for? Gaming/mild rendering(2500k)? or Lots of rendering/Gaming(2600k)?

TBH you might as well wait a few days for BD release, just for multiple-legit benches, that you can compare you uses to.
    
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Pretty much i7 2600K (if you want to overclock), or i7 2600.
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Depends what you're doing with it. In most cases, a 2500k will be the better option in terms of the price/performance ratio. They can be found for around $200 or less and deals for them come up often.

2600k drops to about $280 or less depending on deals. The MAIN benefit you get from a 2600k is extra cores, which is processing power for people who do video encoding/editing/graphical work. For gamers and average users, the extra cores are almost never benefited from because programs don't make use of them.

2600k have other bells and whistles as well as a little easier OC but for the most part 2500k is more then enough and highly recommended. And these two options are your best under $300.
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It will mostly see gaming so that is good to know about the 2500k. My goals with it would be the ability to achieve high OC's (around 5.0 if possible) and gaming.

EDIT: Added this to the OP.
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It will mostly see gaming so that is good to know about the 2500k. My goals with it would be the ability to achieve high OC's (around 5.0 if possible) and gaming.
For gaming, save the $80-$100 and put it towards another upgrade. Neither will reach 5.0ghz easy, especially on air. You will get to 4.5ghz very easily with a 2500k and 4.6-4.9ghz with some work. 5.0ghz+ if you're lucky. A 2600k will have an easier time getting to 5ghz but is it worth the $100? Not really IMO.
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either the I7 2500K, I7 2600K or you can wait for the I7 2700K (but i still have doubts on how it will perform). All these CPUs are good overclockers and will still be strong performers even after SB-E and IB are realeased
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For gaming, save the $80-$100 and put it towards another upgrade. Neither will reach 5.0ghz easy, especially on air. You will get to 4.5ghz very easily with a 2500k and 4.6-4.9ghz with some work. 5.0ghz+ if you're lucky. A 2600k will have an easier time getting to 5ghz but is it worth the $100? Not really IMO.
I have water cooling that is a CPU only loop with a 360MM radiator so I am hoping to be able to achieve those kinds of clocks.

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