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I'm looking to upgrade my system, however I am stuck between these two build options:

Socket 2011
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229 : 299$
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128531 : 299$
Total: 600$


Socket 1155
CPU Intel Core i7 2600k : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 : 309$
Mobo :EVGA P67 FTW 160-SB-E679-K2 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188092 : 269$
Total: 580$

I will most likely be running SLI, if that makes a difference in the choice.

Is there any major difference between these two sockets? Which one would you recommend?
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Both options are good, but you should consider a Ivy bridge / Z77 and the X79 platform instead. If you still want the 2600k, you should really go with a Z77 board to be more future proof. You'll have to buy a quad channel kit of ram to fully unleash that X79. Cheers!
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I was looking at the 3770k as well, do I need a Z77 mobo to use that? Is there any other benefits to 2011 aside from ram?
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I was looking at the 3770k as well, do I need a Z77 mobo to use that? Is there any other benefits to 2011 aside from ram?

Z77 motherboards are IB ready, where as Z68 I think require a BIOS flash. With Z77 and IB you get PCIe 3.0, but you only have 16 lanes (so SLI you'll run PCI 3.0 x8/x8). With X79 you have a lot more PCIe lanes (40), so you can run your video cards at PCIe 3 x16/x16/8. 2011 also supports quad channel memory, and allows up to 64GB of RAM w/ 8 slots (on most boards, some only have 4 slots/32GB)
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I'd go with a Z77 board and a 3770k. No reason to go X79 over Z77 unless you're getting a hex core proc (which the 3820 isn't).
     
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X79 has a longer life tho with IB-E.
It's also better if you think you'll run 3 way SLI / CFX.

Or 2 way + raid card.


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A few differences, obviously the LGA2011 has higher IPC, that 3820 is partially locked so youll have to overclock via FSB and turbo mult, if running crossfire it might interest you the x79 has more pci-e lanes(40 lanes) than 1155 does allowing at least 16x-16x native mode crossfire/sli. pci-e 3.0 support.
much more memory bandwidth than 1155.

not sure if the issues were fixed with AMD cards and pci-e 3.0?/crossfire?, heard BSOD / freezes were common. Not sure if it was just crossfire, or single GPU PCI-E 3.0 mode.

Here, just found you a good read.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5537/intel-releases-core-i73820

EDIT:
Another good read.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i7-3820.html
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2011/X79 has superior motherboard features
go with that
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Z77 motherboards are IB ready, where as Z68 I think require a BIOS flash. With Z77 and IB you get PCIe 3.0, but you only have 16 lanes (so SLI you'll run PCI 3.0 x8/x8). With X79 you have a lot more PCIe lanes (40), so you can run your video cards at PCIe 3 x16/x16/8. 2011 also supports quad channel memory, and allows up to 64GB of RAM w/ 8 slots (on most boards, some only have 4 slots/32GB)

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Originally Posted by itskerby View Post

I'd go with a Z77 board and a 3770k. No reason to go X79 over Z77 unless you're getting a hex core proc (which the 3820 isn't).

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Originally Posted by Speced View Post

X79 has a longer life tho with IB-E.
It's also better if you think you'll run 3 way SLI / CFX.
Or 2 way + raid card.
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A few differences, obviously the LGA2011 has higher IPC, that 3820 is partially locked so youll have to overclock via FSB and turbo mult, if running crossfire it might interest you the x79 has more pci-e lanes(40 lanes) than 1155 does allowing at least 16x-16x native mode crossfire/sli. pci-e 3.0 support.
much more memory bandwidth than 1155.
not sure if the issues were fixed with AMD cards and pci-e 3.0?/crossfire?, heard BSOD / freezes were common. Not sure if it was just crossfire, or single GPU PCI-E 3.0 mode.
Here, just found you a good read.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5537/intel-releases-core-i73820
EDIT:
Another good read.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i7-3820.html

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Originally Posted by SirWaWa View Post

2011/X79 has superior motherboard features
go with that

thanks for all the replys, looks like 1155 is the way to go for me as I will most likely be running 1 680, 2 tops.
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thanks for all the replys, looks like 1155 is the way to go for me as I will most likely be running 1 680, 2 tops.

For 2 way sli I'd also go for the 1155. 8x/8x is plenty for that config. With Z77 and I7 3770k you'll have decent overclock and very nice memory OC. Check the temp problems on 3770k's due to integrated TIM between cpu itself and IHS. You shall consider that. With a 2600k/2700k you won't have that problem. I have one running @ 4.8ghz 24/7 and it won't go above 50 degrees gaming @ water (idles @ 18 degrees now in winter).
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