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Core i7 970 vs 2600 (when not overclocked)

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Hello,

I am planning to build a computer at the end of this month and this is the first computer I have ever built.

I started choosing the processor last month and I had pretty much locked it in that I was going to go with the core i7 970. But now the new sandy bridge processors are out and have pretty much put me back to step 1 !!

The purpose of the computer is a mix of hardcore gaming (latest fps and rts), amateur hd video editing (home movies), Watching movies, light image editing (photoshop), office applications (word, excel), general internet, and game/level design (trying to learn UDK).

So my question is what is the better processor the 970 or the top sandy bridge (2600)?
Also 3 things to note when replying:
- I am not interested in value for money. So pretend they were both the same price.
-I have no plans to overclock......(lol maybe this is the wrong forum just a lot of people seemed knowledgeable here). So don’t base them on their overclocking abilities
-I am planning on running sli gtx 580, I am not sure if that changes anything.... (Maybe a certain processor can utilize them better?)

Also just remember when replying that I am really new to this so I am pretty noob and may ask some dumb questions. So try to go easy on me when I do!
post #2 of 37
970 if you're not overclocking.
    
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post #3 of 37
+1

If your not overclocking the 970 gives you 6 real cores/12 threads at a slightly lower speed than the 2600k with 4 cores/8 threads.
Gaming, you likely wouldn't see any difference between the two. The 970 will really shine when your doing video editing and other multi-threaded apps.
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Assuming they're the same price I'd definitely get the 970 over a 2600
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post #5 of 37
Definitely get the 970 over the 2600 when running stock.
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970..or if you want to taste what's new the 2600k is a part of that..
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post #7 of 37
If you are not overclocking, the i7 2600k would be faster for most applications.

No, I'm not just pulling a statement out of my butt. Check the numbers.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/1
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/39555-intel-sandy-bridge-core-i5-2500k-core-i7-2600k-processors-review.html
The i7 2600K beats the i7 980x in numerous applications. The i7 970 will fare even worse.
Edited by sLowEnd - 1/12/11 at 6:44pm
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970.
     
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post #9 of 37
i'd definetily go for i7 2600. Newer architecture - being as fast as 970 in most instances and even faster in others its also much more efficient.

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clock for clock the 2600K is slower than the i7930, but at stock the SB will be faster, so the SB. Look at the review in my sig, both use same name brand mobo of same build so tests are VERy even.
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