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So I am working on my Sandy Bridge build and have been reading about the motherboards and the processors I am looking at constantly, and I am still stuck right in the middle of them. I was hoping for a couple suggestions about what I should lean towards. Here is what I already have so far:

Case: HAF X Nvidia edition
Graphics: Nvidia branded GTX 460
Memory: 2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz
Power Supply: Corsair TX750W
HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black 32MB Cache SATA II
Heatsink: Zalman CNPS 9900 NT
Display: 40" Samsung 6300 LED TV 1080p


So as far as processors, I am in-between the Core i7-2600k and the Core i5-2500k. As far as motherboards, I am in between the Asus Maximus IV Extreme and the Asus P8P67 Deluxe.

The way I plan to use my system, at least from the start, is a combination of high end gaming(I definitely want to be able to max out what I can on the 1080p screen), while trying to(when not gaming) run a constant Minecraft server which will host a likely regular 10-15 people on at a time.

My budge will allow for the Core i7-2600k AND the Asus Maximus IV, and would be glad to have both but the trade-off with the Core i5 and the P8P67 board is that I can throw in a second GTX 460 in there since I've already had one. The single GTX 460 I feel is going to be my one bottleneck, but I am also worried that running this server would benefit more from the hyperthreading of the Core i7. Worst comes to worst, I can always hold off on the second card, but if the benefit I will actually see from the extra hundred dollars for the i7 is extremely marginal anyway, no reason to wait.

Between the Maximus IV and the P8P67 though, both will support SLI for me, but some of the overclocking set-ups in the ROG board, such as smartphone overclocking as one example, or the dual bios, makes it a very tempting board, but I dont see anything about the board that suggests I wont be able to get the same overclock from both boards. I am not too worried about the tons of extra USB ports. In the end, what exactly is the Maximus IV offering me for the extra 130 bucks that would make me feel really limited as far as performance goes?

I would gladly take the cheaper option that will meet my needs perfectly for years to come, and not make me feel limited, and hop on the second GTX 460, but thats a big thing, I don't want to regret not getting something that I find I may have wanted or needed later.

EDIT: BTW, I'm new here, but I've been reading these forums obsessively for the past few months so I thought I should go ahead and sign up and see if I can get any insight sooo.....whats up!
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I suggest go for a 560Ti instead its more future proof atm and its a great performance/price card.

Looks like you are mainly a gamer so 2500k will save you a few dollars to add to the 560, 2600k with hyper threading is mainly for video photo editing in mind. It doesnt do anything in games and probably never will.

As for board hows bout a sabertooth p67? It's lower price then the maximus iv without tri gpus support but has pretty much everything else, don't really like the p8p67 series by the amount of threads about having issues with it really.
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IMO, get the 2600k, having the double threads will NEVER hurt you, if you conserned with $$ go with the p8p67, or the saber is a nice option as well, but it has some hold ups with preformance, but you could go with a 2600k+Saberp67 mobo+560Ti and that would be around the same price as what you looking at, and I might give that build a good look. Gets everything pretty high up there for a real decent price.
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I suggest go for a 560Ti instead its more future proof atm and its a great performance/price card.

Looks like you are mainly a gamer so 2500k will save you a few dollars to add to the 560, 2600k with hyper threading is mainly for video photo editing in mind. It doesnt do anything in games and probably never will.

As for board hows bout a sabertooth p67? It's lower price then the maximus iv without tri gpus support but has pretty much everything else, don't really like the p8p67 series by the amount of threads about having issues with it really.
I would have very much liked the 560Ti but I already have one GTX 460, so switching from a single GTX 460 to a single GTX 560Ti, even if I used the GTX 460 as a PhysX card wouldn't give me as much performance/dollar as just getting the second GTX 460.

Thats what I have been reading about hyperthreading and game performance. But I can always turn HT off, I am curious if the HT will actually benefit my future Minecraft server or not.

EDIT: What is the really big difference between the Sabertooth and the P8P67 Deluxe other than the plastic cover and all the "military grade" stickers?
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i suggest you go with the 2500k if ur a pure gamer and get another 460, its like ur having a gtx 580 with an i5 2500k, awesome rig!

If not, 2600k i7 with only a gtx 460 might bottlenecking the graphic card, and its dont sound like an awesome rig cuz wow intel i 7 !! gtx 460 ...oh cool. lol
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Originally Posted by MooCwzRck View Post
I would have very much liked the 560Ti but I already have one GTX 460, so switching from a single GTX 460 to a single GTX 560Ti, even if I used the GTX 460 as a PhysX card wouldn't give me as much performance/dollar as just getting the second GTX 460.

Thats what I have been reading about hyperthreading and game performance. But I can always turn HT off, I am curious if the HT will actually benefit my future Minecraft server or not.

EDIT: What is the really big difference between the Sabertooth and the P8P67 Deluxe other than the plastic cover and all the "military grade" stickers?
the whole selling point for the sabertooth is the cover and that pretty much is, it s still a very good overclocker but imo the p8p67 pro is better bundle wise.
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Get the i7 2600K if you like to flash your e-peen. Otherwise, get the i5 2500K.

Get the Asus Maximus IV Extreme if you like to waste money. Otherwise get the Asus P8P67 Pro. Do you _really_ need the deluxe? Doubt it.

Get another GTX 460.


Profit.



I'll put my $280 mobo/cpu combo up against your $680 mobo/cpu combo (2600K/Maximus IV Extreme) and lets see how small of a percentage $400 bought you.
Edited by compudaze - 2/26/11 at 12:57pm
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P8P67 Pro and 2500K and a second 460

If you're not going to do any video/photo editing or any other type of heavily multi-threaded work, the 2500K is more than powerful enough. Even in heavier multi-threaded applications that the 2600K would favor, you're talking about 5-10 seconds here, a dozen or so fps higher here. Is it worth $100? Depends on the person. Of course, having more power than you need is never a bad thing. This is OCN after all
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I have the 2600k and the maximus IV extreme, i may be bias but they are both better than the 2500k and P8P67.

imo unless you like to get a new pc every few years why do with something less than the best? the best is the 2600k and maximus IV extreme, they will both be at the top of the game for a long time especially if you water cool the CPU and overclock it around 4.7ghz or 5ghz.

How is the maximus IV extreme a waste of money? it has more SATA ports, more USB 3.0 ports and more USB ports in general by far, a better BIOS for overclocking, 2 Gigabit LAN ports which can really come in handy, and from what i read the P8P67 doesn't support Nvidia, the 580 is still the best card on the market.
Edited by Tunapiano - 2/26/11 at 1:07pm
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Where are you even looking at the boards?

I am in desperate need of them and I check every day newegg to see when they will come out
    
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