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Ok so i will be building a gaming rig and VM, so I was suggested the 3930K. I am quite content with this decision, but i have always heard of Extreme CPU's so i was wondering, what are they used for exactly? I know they are used for rendering and such, do they have any effect on things like virtualization? I know I probably don't need one, i am just curious about them. So any info would be great help.

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post #2 of 10
3960X and 3970X are for epeen.

3930k and OC it. I can throw anything at it even in the next coming years.
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post #3 of 10
The only difference is the name and 3mb of cache which makes no difference at all. You're better off buying two 3930Ks and keeping the one that OCs better...
 
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post #4 of 10
agreed, and if going epeen try a xeon 2687w or xeon 2690

The only difference between 3930k and 3960x or 3970x is more L3 Cache and base clock is higher
post #5 of 10
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Makes sense. haha Just wanted to make sure i had what i needed and nothing I didn't. Want to have something that will last me a good few years, at least.

Wow a few posts, thanks. That helps a lot, actually.
Edited by MX5J6 - 12/12/12 at 1:05am
post #6 of 10
The 3930K will serve all of your purposes. I use VM's as well and this chip is awesome! Overclock it to 4.4GHurts and you're set up for the next 3+ years at least I would say thumb.gif
post #7 of 10
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That's all the convincing i needed. =] 3930K it is then.
post #8 of 10
It's for the pretty black box... smile.gif
 
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It is a very pretty black box. =]
post #10 of 10
Yep, get the 3930k unless you have a problem like me and need to have the E-Peen chip.tongue.gif

Probably a 1-2% difference in performance. Not much at all.
    
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