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So after waiting for the unimpressive "bulldozer" benchmarks I have decide to build an Intel rig, which put me in a bit of a conundrum.

My plan is to go water cooling and attempt to overclock to at lest 4.8ghz so there is no chance my processor throttles my new gtx 580.

So my questions are, What processor would you recommend, I'm looking at the i970 gulftown at 3.2ghz and the sandy bridge 2600k at 3.4 (3.8 turbo).

I'm fairly new at this and this is be my second rig I built, My first water cooled rig.

I have mobos picked out for each chip set just need help deciding which has the best overclocking potential
post #2 of 13
Firstly, what is your budget? Is it primarily for gaming?
    
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Yes it is a gaming rig and budget is not really an issue.
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For gaming, i5-2500k.

Water isn't exactly needed, but it doesn't hurt either.
    
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Then I would go with sb 2600k and a higher end board if you plan on using sli or tri sli.

Best overclocking potential of the two mentioned.
    
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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared View Post
For gaming, i5-2500k.

Water isn't exactly needed, but it doesn't hurt either.
+1 on i5 setup with a hyper 212+
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Originally Posted by BallaTheFeared View Post
For gaming, i5-2500k.
budget isnt a issue and some 2600k's do OC higher due to a higher concentration of better batches......

HT isnt really needed but neither is the OP's $$
    
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if you must go water but don't want the hassle of maintenance, go with a corsair h80 or h100 if you can fit it.
    
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post #9 of 13
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Thanks for the advice, I was thinking the 2600k would be better and the new socket size is a pulse for future upgrades.

I don't plan on using SLI yet do to the fact no a lot of games utilize the feature, and the games that do I don't play. As of right now I have two 6870 crossfired an not a single app that utilizes it. : (

But any thoughts on the new gtx 580? I hear its a savage beast but never saw the performance just read the benchmarks/reviews.
post #10 of 13
get a 2600k and disable hyper-threading..they're generally binned higher..http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CHYQ8wIwAQ

i like that mobo..but i'm budget-conscious..truthfully..the pro3-M maxed out my sandy bridge chip..it doesn't take much..
 
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