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sorry for starting up this thread again but a potential buyer for my motherboard and cpu has got me thinking of Sandybridge again and only if I can sell the combo will I make an early switch. So I set out on newegg to put together an Ivy Bridge compatibility build and wound up grabbing this combo of the egg for $500 and truthfully I could go with the 2500K combo and save $100 but I multi-task like a maniac on my computer and figured the Hyper-Threading would help out a great deal here. When I say like a maniac I mean Playing Minecraft, Photoshop, Google Sketchup (3D Render program), close to 30 tabs in two Firefox windows for hours at a time, Internet radio, and sometimes even multi-logging two minecraft sessions which is actually quite CPU intensive believe it or not, Hell I remember one time doing all the previously stated things except instead of a multi-log I was also running Battlefield 3 and man my cpu usage was around 90%. So this being said and out of the way I have put together the following combos.

Option 1: $500 (With 2600K)
*Intel i7 2600K
*Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155

Option 2: $400 (With 2500K)
*Intel i5 2500K
*Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155

InB4whymATX:

I chose this motherboard not only for it's price but for it simply being the best Ivy Bridge compatible board I've found and plus it comes from an extremely trusted brand. While it may be lacking 8 USB3.0 Ports seriously who would use 8 3.0 Ports anyways? It does have PCI-E 3.0, has a Lucid Logix chipset, built in SupremeFX X-Fi 2, and is compatible for Ivy Bridge at almost half the cost of the E-ATX Asus Cousin AKA the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z.

I know the SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built in is a Realtek chipset with Creative software for the most part but it will put out marginally better audio quality and will have better Bass support.
Edited by Fateful_Ikkou - 12/30/11 at 8:27am
post #72 of 85
i say wait till nvidia releases their newer gpus and use that money to upgrade whatever, save the money for now.
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post #73 of 85
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Originally Posted by Febreze View Post

i say wait till nvidia releases their newer gpus and use that money to upgrade whatever, save the money for now.

you'll be waiting for quite some time for the new gpu's

If you can make the upgrade now - go for it - you're headed the right way making it IB compatible
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post #74 of 85
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Don't need a larger SSD and a second 48o would be bottlenecked by my cpu...
A second 480 would be bottlenecked by an i7-2600 aswell. There's always going to be a bottleneck in a computer system, it doesn't mean you won't get more performance from a second graphics card...
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post #75 of 85
i find it hard to believe a single 480 is too much for that cpu to handle.

but then again, im an intel lover, go intel whenever you can!
post #76 of 85
2600k or stronger sounds like fun but I'm nowhere near maxing a 930 (my cpu usage rarely goes above, like, 20%)... not sure why I'd spend $400 on a chip/mobo upgrade. I might spend that $400 on new headphones though biggrin.gif
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A second 480 would be bottlenecked by an i7-2600 aswell. There's always going to be a bottleneck in a computer system, it doesn't mean you won't get more performance from a second graphics card...

With a non K 2600@stock perhaps... but a 2600K at 4.4GHz should have no problem with any dual gpu configuration possible atm.
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post #78 of 85
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I'd like to prove to everybody that there is "not" in fact an AMD CPU bottleneck with two GTX480's in SLI, for example Battlefield 3 Ultra Spec on Caspian border I get on average 80~85 FPS both GPU maxing out at 95% and the CPU only shows at most 65~70% usage! Estimated that's enough room there to quite possibly add a third 480 in there and still not be bottlenecked by this cpu. thumb.gif
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It would be a waste of money. Although Intel is better than AMD its not worth the switch when you already have a killer rig.
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post #80 of 85
I would keep your current rig with adding the second 480 and buying either a bucket load of games or some new monitors smile.gif...hell if i had 1000 to blow atm it would defiantly be on my dirt bike lol
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