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hello, like a few other threads i read i haven't built a computer since my last gaming computer which is still pretty good, but i want to upgrade.

now i seen alot of topics on i7 2600k series motherboards but didn't feel like i saw any that asked this question but there are alot of threads.

which 2600k motherboard is considered the standard motherboard for an i7 2600k that does not compromise speed for price.



Side Note : i really like how active this site is, prior to wanting to make a new pc i would only read articles, i will be visiting this site more often
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Believe it or not, there isn't a standard board for the 2600K. There are great socket 1155 motherboards out there for overclocking both the 2500K and 2600K.

Now, the most common board seems to be the ASUS P8P67 Pro. The overclocking performance of this board is excellent, but most of the potential now depends on the actual physical CPU that you end up with.

I do have one question though: why do you want the 2600K and not the 2500K?
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the 2600k since i don't see myself upgrading for a quite a while. i do know that the 2600k is overkill in most applications. I do see alot of references to 2500k is the difference not much or not needed i haven't done alot of research other then looking at specs but just figured 2600k would last longer
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2600k is a complete waste of money for anyone who just games on there rig. I would recommend Asus p8p67 pro becasue you can use both SLI and Crossfire something that the p8p67 does not offer. Read ALL of the specs before you buy.
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2600k is slower than 2500K for gaming in some instances. 2500K will be more than enough for gaming needs for several years.

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2600k is a complete waste of money for anyone who just games on there rig. I would recommend Asus p8p67 pro becasue you can use both SLI and Crossfire something that the p8p67 does not offer. Read ALL of the specs before you buy.
totally agree, if i went on this forum before i bought my 2600k i would had went with the 2500k knowing how good it is with games and could had save myself some money too..
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the 2600k since i don't see myself upgrading for a quite a while. i do know that the 2600k is overkill in most applications. I do see alot of references to 2500k is the difference not much or not needed i haven't done alot of research other then looking at specs but just figured 2600k would last longer
The only true difference is HyperThreading which isn't needed if the most demanding thing you do is gaming. I've even seen people say that having HyperThreading enabled is known to hurt gaming performance and it also reduces overclocking potential and generates more heat.

I originally wanted the 2600K for the same reasons: the specifications make it look superior to the 2500K. However, once I learned that the difference between the 2500K and the 2600K is not worth the $100 extra unless I absolutely need HyperThreading, I went with the 2500K and I am extremely happy with my decision.

Now one could argue that they would just leave HyperThreading disabled until the day comes when they need it, but I think that by the time that day comes, they would already be thinking about replacing their 2600K with an Ivy Bridge CPU (which is the next socket 1155 chip). Therefore, I personally feel that the decision depends mostly on whether or not HyperThreading is needed right now.

Beyond that, they're otherwise pretty much the same. Sure, the 2600K has 8MB of cache while the 2500K has 6MB, and sure the 2600K has a stock speed of 3.4GHz (3.8GHz turbo) while the 2500K's is 3.3GHz/3.7GHz, but those are very small differences in real-world usage.
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this is differently something i was not thinking about and glad that i asked rather then mindlessly purchasing the 2600k i was looking so much into bulldozer being an amd user for a long time. I will be waiting till the 24 for the 2700k to ship maybe prices might drop further is what i am guessing prob not but its close enough why not wait
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That sounds reasonable to me!
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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I just picked up the ASrock P67 Extreme4 Gen3. After using AMD products for years, I was a little overwhelmed. I never knew that overclocking AMD and Intel chips was like appels and oranges. But, I can say that I am very happy with my purchase. When considering your purchase, have you decided on which northbridge/chipset you are going with? From my little knowledge of Intel, it seems that the Northbridge isn't as important as an AMD motherboard (my opinion based on my own findings). I went with the P67 over Z68 because I don't need the integrated GPU on the CPU and I don't own any SSD (as Z68 has SSD cache). The gen3 does have USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, and PCI-e 3.0 (whenver the technology catches up ). Just my 2 cent's worth... I'm still an Intel noob.
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