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Would this be a better path then... seeing as how am limited in budget.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387325 - Biostar TZ77XE4
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 - i5-2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0380720 - 8 gig Samsung memory
$~350

Then find another GTX 470 and SLI?

Or should I get a better GPU now?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161399 - HD7970 (top of budget) $480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130655 - GTX 580 3gig (top of budget) $480

Platform upgrade would be the cheapest option for the most bang, but if that doesn't solve my frames issue that doesn't help tongue.gif
I would be able to xfire/sli though, something I cannot do now - this could be what I need, I dunno.
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Would this be a better path then... seeing as how am limited in budget.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387325 - Biostar TZ77XE4
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589 - i5-2500k
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0380720 - 8 gig Samsung memory
$~350

Then find another GTX 470 and SLI?

Or should I get a better GPU now?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161399 - HD7970 (top of budget) $480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130655 - GTX 580 3gig (top of budget) $480

Platform upgrade would be the cheapest option for the most bang, but if that doesn't solve my frames issue that doesn't help tongue.gif
I would be able to xfire/sli though, something I cannot do now - this could be what I need, I dunno.

I'd go with an ASRock or Asus board,
and i would get a 7970 later on. I believe that youll see the most performance out of the CPU, but you should prepare for a gpu upgrade later on (do not pay $480 for a GTX 580 3GB)
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Which chipset then? Z68 or Z77? If I do the platform upgrade it will need to last 4-5 years.
Should I just wait on the IB platform to mature a little more?

I'm not in a big rush.
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considering that IB will probably be the last in its compatible series, i personally wouldnt worry about it.

id advise letting IB mature
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post #15 of 38
I would be looking at the best platform you can get as it has to last so long

Ivy IMO is not it, IHS issues and all around lower clocks makes the SB a much better value.

Z68 boards can be had on the cheap if you look for the sales or even high end used

I have to say go with a 2600K, while the 2500K is a capable CPU software and games are only going better at utilizing multiple threads.

and with this having to last 4 years or so a straight four core could leave you wanting more as time passes.

GPU is the only wiold card I see and will depend on your budget, obviously the 680 is at the top of the food chain right now and price lower than the AMD flagship

This is a no brainer fan boy or not IMO

If budget constraints take flagship GPU's off the table the 2GB 6950 represents a great value to preformance alternative, easily doubling these up as cash is availible will reap you flagship preformance.

For rendering game footage the 8 thread CPU and eithercard with 2GB vidram will help the cause significantly

Best of Luck

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387325

Good price on a z77


http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384988


http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354587

50 bucks off the MB with CPU purchase
Edited by Witchdoctor - 4/26/12 at 8:31am
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post #16 of 38
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I would be looking at the best platform you can get as it has to last so long
Ivy IMO is not it, IHS issues and all around lower clocks makes the SB a much better value.
[snip]

Cheers.
The 2600k thinking about it will probably be the direction I need to take to suit my goals.
The biggest thing holding me back right now I feel is my motherboard because I can't even try SLI to see if that solves my problem.
Looks like I need to increase my budget wink.gif

As far as mobos are concerned... I noticed several motherboards with the Z77 chipset, the PCI-e 2.0 bottom slot many boards have, some share this x4 link with the x1 slots, making the x1 un-usable when you are using the x4, and some other boards use lanes from the X16 from the PCI-2 3.0 slots. thinking.gif Is this going to be common?
I want to invest in a board this time with decent layout and functionality, not being able to use a slot because of a config is not good for me.

Should I even look at boards for the possible use of the x4 slot for an additional GPU later. I do use x1 slots. I might have to spend a lot more on a motherboard... maybe. Thoughts?
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Typically lower priced boards will have less functionality

For my money the best board out there for the 1155 socket is the MIVE P67 B3

I have one I use for benching and it is simply crazy, you obviously require an newer gen board for your needs,

But TBH if slot functionality is what you desire look no further than this

and yes it is expensive , never offered in the z68 flavor though,



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131822

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131714
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post #18 of 38
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I was eye balling that Motherboard earlier. On the "want" list opposed to the "need" list biggrin.gif

I guess a helpful factor would be for the boards with the 2 pci-e 3.0 slots and the additional pci-e 2.0 slot (x4)
can I run say, two GPU's at in the two 3.0 slots and a pci-e (x1) card in the third slot?

I didn't consider the P67 Maximus boards, maybe if I could find one under $200. I'd rather spend ~$300 on a newer chipset.
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To tell you the truth, i would advise against SB or IB if you want it to last 5 years. I'd say go for an x79 chipset, SB-E. The 3930k and a motherboard will set you back a fair amount, 500$ or so, but it's much faster, will be used in the future and support quad channel memory for better bandwidth. Fraps recording depends almost entirely on the CPU. On my 2500k @ 4.8ghz, it really only eats 2-5 fps and thats barely noticable.
post #20 of 38
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I was eye balling that Motherboard earlier. On the "want" list opposed to the "need" list biggrin.gif
I guess a helpful factor would be for the boards with the 2 pci-e 3.0 slots and the additional pci-e 2.0 slot (x4)
can I run say, two GPU's at in the two 3.0 slots and a pci-e (x1) card in the third slot?
I didn't consider the P67 Maximus boards, maybe if I could find one under $200. I'd rather spend ~$300 on a newer chipset.

Also, if you want z68 boards you couldn't go wrong with a gigabyte. Z68-UD4 is a great mobo for overclocking and has pci express 3.0 slots, 2 i believe.
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