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I can sell my 2600k kit (cpu, mobo, ram) for 500 to a buddy of mine. another buddy of mine will sell me his i7 970 and EVGA x58 SLI LE for 425 shipped.

Benefit of 2600k: higher IPC, lower power draw, a bit cooler

Benefit of 970: 6 cores, 12 threads. runs at 4.4ghz 24/7


Just trying to get some opinions here. nothings set in concrete yet.

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Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post

What do you use your rig for? If you'll be using the extra cores then yeah sure why not, but if you don't then it will be a downgrade in some ways.

gaming, benchmarking, encoding, that kind of stuff. basically im a power user.
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What do you use your rig for? If you'll be using the extra cores then yeah sure why not, but if you don't then it will be a downgrade in some ways.
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Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post

What do you use your rig for? If you'll be using the extra cores then yeah sure why not, but if you don't then it will be a downgrade in some ways.

gaming, benchmarking, encoding, that kind of stuff. basically im a power user.
 
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post #4 of 22
Sure why not if you need the extra cores.

IMHO though stay with the 2600k and wait till ivy bridge and then upgrade to that.
post #5 of 22
I'd stay with the 2600k due to the higher performance/watt. It might even negate the two extra cores, though I can't find anything to prove it. At least in the few minutes I looked.

Yeah, stay with the newer tech.
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post #6 of 22
I had a 970, and as far as I'm concerned I UPGRADED to a 2600K. It's definitely better for gaming and graphics benching, and overclocks higher and more stably.

If you are video editing, batch processing images, running virtual machines, being a server, or folding a lot you might just barely have a case for changing.......

my 3dmarks for the same cards, 2 x 16x notwithstanding, 12579 on the X58A-OC/i7-970 went to 14276 on the P8Z68DeluxeGen3/2600K....
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Going 1366 would provide full x16 lanes for SLi.

I'd atleast like to go back to my 920 and try SLi'ing again.. I miss playing on it
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post #8 of 22
I absolutely love my i7 970, but you'd be nuts to get rid of your i7 2600k to get one yourself.
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for gaming a 2600k is better. everything else the 6core wins. plus x58 is better for tri/quad GPU configs.
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for gaming a 2600k is better. everything else the 6core wins. plus x58 is better for tri/quad GPU configs.

True, but with a 970, you will still be gpu limited unless you have crossfire 7970's or something, so there won't be much better FPS with the 2600K. And the 970 folds a lot better smile.gif
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