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I'm still rocking my e6600 from about 4-5 years ago and looking into upgrading. I haven't looked at processors in a while, so I was wondering what the best CPU is for your money. I was looking at the i5's but I'm not sure if it would be worth it to jump to the i7 line.

As for uses, I do some gaming. I'm actually going to be upgrading to a triple-screen eyefinity/surround system I think. most likely 5760x1080 (or 3240x1920), playing stuff like Mass Effect 2, New Vegas, and Dragon Age 2 (when it comes out). I also do a little video editing and photoshop.

So, stick with i5, or jump to i7? Any specific model recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks
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Do you plan on going tri-sli? If so then go with the i7 (930), if not, wait for the 1155 to be re-released and grab an Intel 2500K or 2600K. If you don't want to wait another couple of months, then grab an 1156 i5 760. Those will all be the best bang for the $$.
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i5 2500K or i5 750-760
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Do you plan on going tri-sli? If so then go with the i7 (930), if not, wait for the 1155 to be re-released and grab an Intel 2500K or 2600K. If you don't want to wait another couple of months, then grab an 1156 i5 760. Those will all be the best bang for the $$.
thanks for the advice. I'm leaving for deployment soon, and going to be back in June or July, so there's no rush to buy something today. Also, I highly doubt I'll do tri-sli. I'm leaning towards a single 6970 or maybe SLIed 4-series cards (depends on what I get back from my GTX280 RMA).
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i5 2500K or i5 750-760
That's a nice joke
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That's a nice joke
...i dont get it
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For gaming your cpu is almost always bottlenecked by your GPU, especially with a nice overclock. If you want to upgrade I personally would wait for LGA 2011.
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For gaming your cpu is almost always bottlenecked by your GPU, especially with a nice overclock. If you want to upgrade I personally would wait for LGA 2011.
Except he appears to be gaming on an E6600 C2D, which probably isn't adequate for modern, multithreaded games. My C2Ds certainly struggle in BFBC2 for example.

The fact you don't need an absolute top of the line CPU to game with makes it even more pointless to wait for LGA 2011, don't you think?
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post #9 of 11
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Except he appears to be gaming on an E6600 C2D, which probably isn't adequate for modern, multithreaded games. My C2Ds certainly struggle in BFBC2 for example.

The fact you don't need an absolute top of the line CPU to game with makes it even more pointless to wait for LGA 2011, don't you think?
yeah, i wont be getting top of the line anything. i just need something a little more up to date than my 5 year old CPU that Im rocking now. the e6600 was one of the best bang for your buck chips when i got it, and it lasted me this long. just looking for decent performance at a reasonable price
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I'm leaving for deployment soon, and going to be back in June or July, so there's no rush to buy something today.
Bulldozer might be out by then (AMD's newest cpu lineup).

It would be worth checking out.

Also, the 1155 Sandybridge chips. Look at the 2500k.
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