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I've been toying with the idea of upgrading my old sig rig to a I7 setup, especially sinse i saw how cheap the "Asus Sabertooth P67" was.

I don't know if this is a decent mobo though, so feel free to recommend me any (preferably Asus tho )

I'm also totally unfamiliar with the latest processors offered from Intel, so whats the best one on the market without spending a fortune? (Yeah, i'm def not spending £600+ on a "Extreme" edition processor again - unlocked multiplier or not )

Cheers for the help
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2500k, 2600K if your applications benefit from threading.
Otherwise wait on LGA1356/2011 - I'd advise this if your cpu reaches 4ghz. Or if you're one of those fairies that still believe in AMD... bulldozer.
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Based on the description, probably 2600K or 2500k is the way to go if you want to do a quick upgrade and budget is a factor. Results will be much better if you OCed 2500k or 2600K. Here is one of links shown some numbers among Qx6700, 2600K, and 2500K.
Edited by linskingdom - 1/24/11 at 1:20pm
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2500k, 2600K if your applications benefit from threading.
Otherwise wait on LGA1356/2011 - I'd advise this if your cpu reaches 4ghz. Or if you're one of those fairies that still believe in AMD... bulldozer.
Gaming is really all i use the system for. Also i just enjoy tweaking/overclocking

But yeah, i don't mind waiting. I was planning on waiting till EFI was implimented into mobo BIOS's before i brought one - if it ever happens, I dunno the status of that.

edit--

thanks for the link linskingdom. Lol, safe to say there's quite an improvement there.
Edited by Thingamajig - 1/24/11 at 1:23pm
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maybe get a second 6870 to crossfire.
    
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maybe get a second 6870 to crossfire.
Hm, i did think of this but then i realised my system wouldn't be capable of it without some serious rearranging of the watercooling system. I have two 240mm rads and the bottom one is too big to allow a second gpu in (Mind you, it is a Thermochill rad, and they're rather thick)

Also, i don't feel as though crossfire would be of great benefit to me as i only use a 22inch screen - no multi screen setup here. a single 6870 seems to be plenty of horsepower for me, at least for the moment.

Would be nice to have a second gpu for bragging rights, but i'm too poor for that

Nah, i think a mobo/cpu upgrade is in order, but whether or not i should wait is another matter...Anyone know if EFI is going to be introduced this year? or has the idea been scrapped?
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Have you had some gaming performance issues or something like that? I do like these new quads that can go 5ghz on air, but 22nm is on deck with Ivy Bridge and PCIE 3.0 still needs to join SATA 3 and USB3.

I would try to hold out for one more round.
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Have you had some gaming performance issues or something like that? I do like these new quads that can go 5ghz on air, but 22nm is on deck with Ivy Bridge and PCIE 3.0 still needs to join SATA 3 and USB3.

I would try to hold out for one more round.

Nope, not at all. This system seems more than capable of running what i throw at it. Sure does get hot, though. And i expect it's not that great on the eletricity bill either.

Apart from those two reasons, and plus i just fancy a change, thats really the only reason i wanna upgrade. The new cpu's seem radically different to what i'm familiar with and i wanna see what all the fuss is about (I mean, they have integrated graphics??? thats weird, i'd love to know why, or even if it's useful)

edit--

Just read that EFI Wiki again and noticed:

"In 2011 Asus launched several consumer-based motherboards using the Intel LGA 1155 chipset with EFI."

Perhaps it's already begun. I wonder what Asus boards already use EFI...
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Nope, not at all. This system seems more than capable of running what i throw at it. Sure does get hot, though. And i expect it's not that great on the eletricity bill either.

Apart from those two reasons, and plus i just fancy a change, thats really the only reason i wanna upgrade. The new cpu's seem radically different to what i'm familiar with and i wanna see what all the fuss is about (I mean, they have integrated graphics??? thats weird, i'd love to know why, or even if it's useful)

edit--

Just read that EFI Wiki again and noticed:

"In 2011 Asus launched several consumer-based motherboards using the Intel LGA 1155 chipset with EFI."

Perhaps it's already begun. I wonder what Asus boards already use EFI...
P8P67 Deluxe/Pro etc uses EFI
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P8P67 Deluxe/Pro etc uses EFI

Thanks. Looks like if i buy a mobo now, it'll be that.

Assuming there's no issues with EFI....maybe i'll still hold out for a while, see where this EFI stuff goes. And as thegreatsquare pointed out, may as well wait for PCI-E 3....whens that due by the way?

As for EFI; I'm both excited and worried. I'm concerned that it's main purpose is for mobo companies to capitalize on features we normally get for free, but we'll see.

reps served, thanks again.
Edited by Thingamajig - 1/24/11 at 3:30pm
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