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Choice of CPU for new build

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Hey there,

I'm deciding on parts for a new computer, and I would be grateful for any advice on my investment. My budget is around $1400, though I'm willing to spend more if it's worth my money, but most importantly, I would like to avoid any bottlenecks with my investment.

My first matter of concern is my choice of cpu/motherboard. I have read very good reviews about the Intel Core i7 2600K LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge, and I was wondering how that would compare to the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T in terms of performance (and the best bang for your buck). Does Intel tend to have a greater life expectancy than AMD products? Are these cpu worth purchasing with only a $1400 budget?

I am a bit of a gamer, but aside from that, I don't really run anything too cpu intensive, so my other question is, can I get away with a cheaper cpu?

I'm not too familiar with hardware, and I am also curious as to whether motherboards have any significant effect on the performance of a computer, and what motherboard should i pair my cpu with.

I apologize for this large wall of text, and I appreciate any input provided =)
Veda
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K MSI P67A-G45 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT LG W2442PA-BF 24IN Widescreen LCD Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply 
Case
NZXT Phantom EATX (White) 
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Veda
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K MSI P67A-G45 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 1GB GDDR5 G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT LG W2442PA-BF 24IN Widescreen LCD Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply 
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NZXT Phantom EATX (White) 
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i7 2600k will blow away the Phenom II 1100T. Life expectancy isn't really a concern with CPUs, just keep your overclocks and voltages reasonable and you should get at least a decade out of it.

Since you're looking at gaming, I'd recommend the i5 2500k instead of the i7 2600k. It's $100 cheaper and still has more than enough performance for gaming. You can either pocket the difference or put the $100 towards a better GPU. The 2600 really shines in video encoding or other extremely CPU-intensive tasks. Gaming depends on the GPU more than CPU.
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