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So Im looking to upgrade. I want the best of the best, but I just cant afford X79 and its most likely more than I need (begrudgingly admitted). I am attracted to the 1366 chips because of the triple channel memory. Why did they go away from it for the 1155 chips?

Of the 2700k, 970, or 980 (not 980x because I cant find one) is there one that's easier to get stable between 4.2-4.5? Im tired of sitting on my 1100t at 4ghz. Ill be using an h50 in push pull. How tough are intel chips to overclock that dont have unlocked multi's? The 970/80 dont have unlocked multi right?

I was thinking of the following...

Sabertooth x58
970/980
corsair dominator 8gb 1600

Any oppinions? Im just attracted to the 1366 chips because it seems that 12mb of cache and triple channel memory could be future proof for a long time (and theyre just beast chips in general.)
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In real world performance Triple Channel isn't a great improvement over Dual Channel, I believe it was equal or 1-2% better in certain tests ,but it does good in synthetic benches. Also it depends on what you are doing, if gaming I would go with I7 2600k/2700k and you'll be able to achieve higher overclocks with them. Also Intel chips run way hotter than AMD, from when I went from a Phenom II X4 to my current i7 920 and the temperatures differences were huge.
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It really comes down to what you're going to be using your computer for. The 2700K would be your best bet if you plan to game, plus it overclocks extremely well. The 980 will have a slight edge in folding and video editing. Triple channel memory is more of a gimec than anything. I believe it's being phased out, the new Ivy Bridge's will be using the 1155 socket, which is dual channel. You will notice a slight difference, if any, only with memory intensive applications.
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It's best to get a new chipset. The old six-cores are not significantly faster than Sandy Bridge quads in heavily multithreaded cases especially when you have them at 5Ghz. If you need to encode/transcode, Intel QuickSync will rip apart even GPU-accelerated tests.

If you're planning to buy right now, get a 2700k. If you can wait two weeks, get an i7 3820 for x79. This chip will be ~$279(Same price as Nehalem) and you can step up to a 6- to 8-core Ivy Bridge/Haswell later on.
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I know on my 1100t/CH5 formula, I ran into some trouble slightly getting higher overclocks stable with 8gb memory vs 4gb...If I went for 8 or even 12gb on a 2700k, will I be making it harder for myself?
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I'd go with a 980X ANY day of the week. I see people getting Easy 5.5Ghz OC's with the 980X's. That, and you have the X58 4-way SLI Option... a plus, right?

If you are doing constant video editing, go with the i7. Hyper-threading will really help. Although, I'm a constant gamer, so that's why I'd choose the 980X. And, because you can say 'Yeah, I have a 1,000$ CPU!'
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I'd go with a 980X ANY day of the week. I see people getting Easy 5.5Ghz OC's with the 980X's. That, and you have the X58 4-way SLI Option... a plus, right?
If you are doing constant video editing, go with the i7. Hyper-threading will really help. Although, I'm a constant gamer, so that's why I'd choose the 980X. And, because you can say 'Yeah, I have a 1,000$ CPU!'

see thats what Im talkin about. I just cant get a 980x anywhere for a good price. Everyone is still selling them for the price they were brand new, which is the same as the 3930x. Id snag one up if I found a good one in the 600 dollar range. Thats really as high as Ill go.

Can someone tell me a tried and true board/memory combo with the 2700k thats capable of the 4.5ghz range?
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I'd go with a 980X ANY day of the week. I see people getting Easy 5.5Ghz OC's with the 980X's. That, and you have the X58 4-way SLI Option... a plus, right?
If you are doing constant video editing, go with the i7. Hyper-threading will really help. Although, I'm a constant gamer, so that's why I'd choose the 980X. And, because you can say 'Yeah, I have a 1,000$ CPU!'

980X at 5,5 GHz on a H50 in p/p: Nope
2600K at 5 GHz on a H50 in p/p: Likely
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Yea, I would steer away from the 1366 setup and go with the 2700K. I have the 980 and 24gb ram (48gb once I get around to it) but bought all that because of the large demand on vm machines and video rendering i am doing. I need the extra cores and memory. In the consumer and gamer market, it would absolutely pointless to go with that kind of a setup. Save yourself ALOT of money and go with the 2700k and the 1155 setup. You will be glad you did.

As for the overclockability, the 2700k has that all over too. Sooooo much easier to get the higher frequencies with them. I noticed you said the 4.2-4.5 ghz mark, and both processors will do them. I was able to get my 980 stable at 4.6 ghz, but you can get the 2600 and 2700 to the 5.0 ghz mark easy.
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I'd go with a 980X ANY day of the week. I see people getting Easy 5.5Ghz OC's with the 980X's. That, and you have the X58 4-way SLI Option... a plus, right?
If you are doing constant video editing, go with the i7. Hyper-threading will really help. Although, I'm a constant gamer, so that's why I'd choose the 980X. And, because you can say 'Yeah, I have a 1,000$ CPU!'

And I think he may be talking about the plain 980, not the 980X. I am just assuming since he said 970 and 980.
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