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I've been upgrading my computer from my current core 2 duo (can't be overclocked due to terrible board design on gigabyte's part) and everyone seems to be getting 8150's, 2500k/2600k's with their fancy 32nm processors or waiting for SB-E and whatnot and I'm upgrading to more than likely a 1055T or 1090T which is about two years old now, I just don't know if it's a worthy upgrade over my mature core 2 duo or not and if it's still relevant, I know by the time you've bought hardware and installed it there's usually something new or cheaper out and that's just a given but, buying already out of date hardware just doesn't sit well in my head, even though I've been told countless times the X6 Thuban's are still great for pretty much everything.

Maybe it's just me though, any opinions are appreciated, thanks!
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What are you doing with your machine?
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I went from an E6420 to a 1055T right when it was released. It was quite a significant upgrade for me - especially in games that require more than a dual core. I have been nothing but pleased with this chip. Add to that, it has a nice amount of room to OC.

At this point though, depending on cost, a 2500K will be a great choice though.
post #4 of 27
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Bit of everything, mostly games, live streaming and encoding, if I'm honest I'm really not interested in the 2500k/2600k as they're just boring, not to mention a little out of my price range. I like the idea of having 6 actual, physical cores and I should get 4/4.2ghz quite easily going by the experience of others with similar cooling/board that I plan to get so maybe it isn't bad at all.
I also plan to get a second 6870 near Christmas.
post #5 of 27
You would probably be better off going with a 2500K at this point, since it will outperform the X6 Thuban in most scenarios. Maybe if you do a lot of video editing it would be worth getting the X6 but otherwise I would get the 2500K.
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post #6 of 27
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You're right it would probably be a better choice but it is just out of price range (and I simply can't spend more) and even though it's not necessarily a bad thing, everyone and their mother seems to have one.
post #7 of 27
1090T is still a great chip. You will get good performance results out of it and it will do what you want it to do.
Just because it is older tech does not mean it is not still powerful and efficient.
The best thing to do is to look at Encoding benchmarks to see how it stands up compared to what you have now, and if that is acceptable to you for the money you want to spend.
Gaming it is fine.
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post #8 of 27
The 1090t is still good if you can get one cheap and still want to overclock. If you don't care about overclocking but want to save money, get one of the cheaper, non overclockable i5 Sandy Bridge processors.

You honestly wont see a visible difference when you overclock either processor really... but you'll notice a visible difference between the i5 and the 1090t in some games... in favor of the i5.
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post #9 of 27
My Thuban does everything nice, it's a little weak with most parallel tasks.

You could consider the lower end Sandy Bridge models. 2500k/2600k are the two most expensive.

2500 without the K is a more viable buy over a Thuban chip
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Originally Posted by eltocliousus View Post
Bit of everything, mostly games, live streaming and encoding, if I'm honest I'm really not interested in the 2500k/2600k as they're just boring, not to mention a little out of my price range. I like the idea of having 6 actual, physical cores and I should get 4/4.2ghz quite easily going by the experience of others with similar cooling/board that I plan to get so maybe it isn't bad at all.
I also plan to get a second 6870 near Christmas.
Basically this:

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Originally Posted by Relevant Wing View Post
You would probably be better off going with a 2500K at this point, since it will outperform the X6 Thuban in most scenarios. Maybe if you do a lot of video editing it would be worth getting the X6 but otherwise I would get the 2500K.
2500/2600K may be "boring". But it will be a faster and cooler running chip that uses less electricity....and will overclock far higher more easily. Sure the X6 might have more cores, but what is the point if it doesn't net you anything in speed over an x4 (or x4 plus HT).

Heck in order for my 1055T rig to be as fast as my X58 @stock sig rig, the 1055T has to be overclocked to 3.6gHz. And X58 was the last generation of CPUs.
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