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Okay, so I am not really rich, but I have come across a deallema (lol sorry). http://www.microcenter.com/product/376491/Core_i7_2700K_35GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor They are selling the 2700k for $220. I was originally planning on getting the 2500k for my system build since it was cheaper. (I have posted the build below.) The reason I want the 2700k is because it is running the same price at micro center brand new as the 2500k is at newegg and other places. Micro Center is also selling the 2500k for $160, but my expectations were to spend $220 so now I am looking at which performs better. Point is, I dont care about its price. Which one will perform better with what I am wanting to do with it. I am hoping to hear responses like (2700k hands down) Also, if anyone knows, is the 2700k bad in any way compared to the 2600k? I have seen people compare the two and they seem to be exactly the same, but lol, micro center doesnt sell the 2600k so thats out of my option list.

EDIT: All I really will be doing is some serious graphic gaming and I want as much frames as possible!

-I want to overclock stable at 4.5ghz at low temps
-I want to know if my graphics card can bottleneck the CPU (someone said that and now i got confused because I never heard of this happening, maybe they meant the other way around?)
-Will 700 watts cover my build?
-Why the the 2700k better than the 2500k and vice versa.

Should I flat out get the 2700k, I again do not care if it is just overkill or more than what I need. I want to always be prepared for the future smile.gif in case someone wants me to try something, if I decide I want to become a program designer or anything! I would just like to not have to worry about not having enough power from my system.

New build specs:
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Orange Trim Computer Case

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Graphics Card: ZOTAC AMP! ZT-60804-10P GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Power Supply: COUGAR COUGAR-GX700 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM (8GB): CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9

Fan (5 Fans): COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I hope I could provide enough information for you to work with, I see a great community here all the time and I am always reading other good posts on this site smile.gif
post #2 of 29
IMO get the 2500k since you're mainly gaming, then put the extra money to a better GPU. Maybe the 670? Or go AMD for better price to performance ratio.
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I am pretty set on the GPU by this point. I actually decided on the 660ti from the 560ti. The 660ti is the most I will pay for a card right now smile.gif Like I said in the OP, I want the overall better CPU biggrin.gif Thanks for the opinion though, I dont know much about AMD frown.gif
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Okay, so I am not really rich, but I have come across a deallema (lol sorry). http://www.microcenter.com/product/376491/Core_i7_2700K_35GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor They are selling the 2700k for $220. I was originally planning on getting the 2500k for my system build since it was cheaper. (I have posted the build below.) The reason I want the 2700k is because it is running the same price at micro center brand new as the 2500k is at newegg and other places. Micro Center is also selling the 2500k for $160, but my expectations were to spend $220 so now I am looking at which performs better. Point is, I dont care about its price. Which one will perform better with what I am wanting to do with it. I am hoping to hear responses like (2700k hands down) Also, if anyone knows, is the 2700k bad in any way compared to the 2600k? I have seen people compare the two and they seem to be exactly the same, but lol, micro center doesnt sell the 2600k so thats out of my option list.
EDIT: All I really will be doing is some serious graphic gaming and I want as much frames as possible!
-I want to overclock stable at 4.5ghz at low temps
-I want to know if my graphics card can bottleneck the CPU (someone said that and now i got confused because I never heard of this happening, maybe they meant the other way around?)
-Will 700 watts cover my build?
-Why the the 2700k better than the 2500k and vice versa.
Should I flat out get the 2700k, I again do not care if it is just overkill or more than what I need. I want to always be prepared for the future smile.gif in case someone wants me to try something, if I decide I want to become a program designer or anything! I would just like to not have to worry about not having enough power from my system.
New build specs:
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Orange Trim Computer Case
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Graphics Card: ZOTAC AMP! ZT-60804-10P GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Power Supply: COUGAR COUGAR-GX700 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
RAM (8GB): CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
Fan (5 Fans): COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
I hope I could provide enough information for you to work with, I see a great community here all the time and I am always reading other good posts on this site smile.gif

Why are you looking at a 2700k when a 3770k is 9$ more?
http://www.microcenter.com/product/388575/Core_i7_3770K_35GHz_LGA_1155_Processor
    
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If you are decided on everything else about your build, go with the 2700k. You may need/want the extra power down the road and you'll be glad you have the option.

If your build is flexible, get the 2500k, and put the rest of the money to a better graphics card like rjmana mentioned.

4.5Ghz is EZ sauce for both processors with a half decent cooler.
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Why stick with sandy bridge
Get the 3770K if money isnt a issue
Faster IPC and uses less power and built on a 22nm process.

Also I would get a 7950 as it not only is faster then a 660ti but It is faster then a GTX670 and can be OCed to match a GTX680 quite easily.
A 7950 @ 1200mhz is about the same as a GTX680 @ 1300mhz believe it or not. For around the same cost why get less performance?

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Also I would get a better hard drive, unless you getting a SSD i would stay away from anything with Green in the name. Personally I would go with a WD drive blue or black for dependability, samsung isnt that bad but if you go with seagate have fun RMAing your drive once a year. If going samsung get the spinpoint. Samsung is now owned by seagate so expect Samsung hard drives to go down the tubes in quality.
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post #7 of 29
From my under standing the 2k series are just higher binned cards, 2500k being the lowest 2700k being the highest, i could be wrong though on this.
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Originally Posted by GaFooB View Post

I am pretty set on the GPU by this point. I actually decided on the 660ti from the 560ti. The 660ti is the most I will pay for a card right now smile.gif Like I said in the OP, I want the overall better CPU biggrin.gif Thanks for the opinion though, I dont know much about AMD frown.gif

Poor choice unless PhysX is a must-have for you.

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=7970
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=7950

The 660ti runs worse when pushed with either/both higher resolutions + AA. Similarly priced AMD options are top of the line whereas the 660ti I'd consider it more of an overpriced $300 7870.
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Since you have access to a Micro Center, I'd get a 3770K which is going for $10 more. You get the benefit of PCIe 3.0 and a slightly better IPC while consuming less power. It will also be perfect for you since you wanted to aim for 4.5GHz (past that is where temps can get out of control with Ivy Bridge).

Nothing will be bottlenecked. In fact, you can grab another 660 Ti and still have plenty of CPU power. The same goes for the PSU. Plenty of power, especially for a that single card.

As for the 2500K and 2700K argument.. I would get the 2700K just because it's not $100 more like it use to be in the past. You get the added benefit of 4 additional threads which may help with some apps (games not so much).

Also, if you haven't bought that particular motherboard yet Micro Center is offering a $40 off combo discount if you buy a Z77 board and an Ivy Bridge CPU. wink.gif
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Im sticking with sandy bridge though, thanks tongue.gif
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