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Originally Posted by exlink;11871063 
I'm stating that if you've been in a situation like mine, who has completely skipped the 1st generation i5/i7 chips and is looking for an upgrade, then you might as well get the fastest chip available if the premium is not that high (in this case $100).

I'm not saying that people should always spend the extra amount or continuously upgrade to have top-end gear. Especially if the premium paid for the upgrade is not worth the extra performance.

I'm in a situation like yours, except mine's even older. I still thing the 8 core isn't worth it; by the time games and apps support 8 cores it'll be time to change processor anyway
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I too skipped this whole gen of i5/i7 and AMD's 955+ chips. I'm hoping to build a system before I head back to college in two weeks...the timing of the SB release is killing me :-/
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I have skipped this gen, but I am thinking that for gaming the $100 between the 6870 ($205 AR) to the 6950 (flash to 6970) would be more worth it.
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i7 2600k is a folding beast!!!!
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Hell I don't think its even worth it over the I5 760. Lol.
Love to see how a 760 an a 2600K at similar clock speeds will fare.

Bet they will be almost similar.
This is what I'm waiting to see, either I'm getting a 760 or a 2500K. But if the Maximus IV Gene doesn't come out soon I'll just get the 760. Either way it will still be loads faster than my X4.
 
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...for how long. That mentality will leave your dirt poor.
Not really. I bought my sig cpu the day it was released. And I paid a hefty price for the 8800 GTX shortly after. It's time to upgrade now, but I've had the system for what, 3 years now? The extra $100 averaged over even 2 years is what, a little more than $8 a month?

If you're addicted to staying at the top, yeah it's going to be expensive, but if you're going to keep your system for a year or two, the additional expense isn't all that much.

Sure, my GPU isn't even close to the top end anymore but it's still comparable to cards that are still on the market. It's dated but it's not like there was any graphics revolution in the last 3 years that made it completely obsolete... which kind of actually surprises me. Even the top end cards only appear to be getting 2-3x the performance. I would have figured that standards would have doubled every year since I bought it, but things have slowed down a bit. Unless there is some earth-shattering new technology out there, spending a little more won't hurt you and may help in the long run.
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Hell I don't think its even worth it over the I5 760. Lol.
Love to see how a 760 an a 2600K at similar clock speeds will fare.

Bet they will be almost similar.
Performance varies depending on the application but on average, i5 Sandy is faster by around 10% average compared to i5 Lynnfield.

iXBT Labs Review
Core i5-760 2.80GHz: 143
Core i7-860 2.80GHz: 159
Core i5-2300 2.80 GHz: 157

As I understand, those numbers are normalized to a Core 2 Quad Q9300 system. In case anyone's interested, the Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 GHz scores 114 in the same test and the Phenom II X6 1055T scores 134.

Scratch that. I was looking at the 2009 test bed. For these round of tests, scores are normalized to an Athlon II X4 620. The only valid result from the above statement is the Phenom II X6 1055T's (134).
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Not really. I bought my sig cpu the day it was released. And I paid a hefty price for the 8800 GTX shortly after. It's time to upgrade now, but I've had the system for what, 3 years now? The extra $100 averaged over even 2 years is what, a little more than $8 a month?

If you're addicted to staying at the top, yeah it's going to be expensive, but if you're going to keep your system for a year or two, the additional expense isn't all that much.

Sure, my GPU isn't even close to the top end anymore but it's still comparable to cards that are still on the market. It's dated but it's not like there was any graphics revolution in the last 3 years that made it completely obsolete... which kind of actually surprises me. Even the top end cards only appear to be getting 2-3x the performance. I would have figured that standards would have doubled every year since I bought it, but things have slowed down a bit. Unless there is some earth-shattering new technology out there, spending a little more won't hurt you and may help in the long run.

that is a good point, i'll probably use this for another 10+ years until my profession says "you need 8 core for rectifier rendering"
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I didn't know other schools use matlab, i remember when i went to georgia tech my professor actualyl wrote the program, i thought only we had to go through that hell. I am sorry for you.
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All you need for gaming is a lowly core i3 530.

this, a good dual core will take you far, looks at sig
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