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So here is ideally what I want to do:

2 monitor setup
2 operating systems

Primary OS running Windows 7 - will run Virtualbox with a linux OS running

Windows will be used primarily for gaming if not 100% for gaming
Linux will be used for maintaining servers, watching movies, daily tasks, etc

Definitely going to get at least 8 gigs of ram if not more - thinking of 16 because I understand virtual boxes take up a lot of memory if they are under a lot of stress

Here is the thing though: right now if I were to get it would a 2500k be enough or would the 2600k be a better alternative? I need absolutely ZERO lag when I am playing a game and have linux doing operations and I also do not want lag if I alt-tab out of a game to go do something on my linux box. Basically, is it worth it to even get hyperthreading for a virtual box? I tried to do some research in google but it only came up with specific VM technologies that are employed in certain Intel chips which confused the **** out of me even more.

2500k or 2600k ? If I have 16 gigs of ram will it even make a difference? Keep in mind this box is going to be used primarily as a gaming box but I need to have quick linux access.
post #2 of 9
Ram will make a difference since you are going to partition it to the VM. Figure out the max you need gaming and then go from there. You can easily run that with 8gb, but here at OCN we like to overkill things untill they become zombies, raise from the dead, and then kill it again. So 16gb is a easy upgrade for the price biggrin.gif. As for CPU it's basically all up to you. a 2600k will run that config better i'd assume, but also check into when the ivy bridge chips are dropping so you can get that upgrade for what like $5 more?
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True. I will definitely be waiting for the Ivy Bridge equivalent to all of these processors. Just wondering if HT will make any difference. And of course I plan to overclock the piss out of it so that is another formula in the equation.
post #4 of 9
I would say HT will increase performance. But I'm not a CPU guru unfortuantely. From my knowledge of HT it make it compute like it would with double the cores. In theory that sounds like an absolutely fantastic idea. But you will still not acheive 2500k performance in games while running a vm on a 2700k I would assume. I would say if you are gaming for performance putting the VM to sleep would obviously increase FPS by a decent amount. But on either side of that whole debate I don't see it being an issue, the i7 will be a "safer" bet.
post #5 of 9
if you want to run a VM or two while gaming then you must get a 2600k (or 3770k if your waiting for ivy) as the VM will take up at least 1 core/1 thread and BF3 loves cores. lots of ram is a must as well, and i would recommend at least 12 gigs of ram.
 
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Srsparky pretty much nailed it.
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wait for the new ivy bridge cpus and then get 16 gbs of ram, also you will need some pretty awesome gpus to go with that
   
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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post

if you want to run a VM or two while gaming then you must get a 2600k (or 3770k if your waiting for ivy) as the VM will take up at least 1 core/1 thread and BF3 loves cores. lots of ram is a must as well, and i would recommend at least 12 gigs of ram.

Thanks srs. So in your opinion, the 2600k is the bare minimum to get?
post #9 of 9
I would definitely agree with that if you have the funds to do so. the extra threads will be a savior. The Ram will definitely help w/ the VM as well.
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