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I'm about to build my first computer, which I haven't done in 10yrs since I've I've owned laptops forever. I recently started ripping blurays (w/DVDFab) and realized laptops suck for this. After reading up, I was planning on getting a 1366 i7 970 setup with the price reduction of the 970 (I got a GTX470 card from a friend which will help with the compression with the cuda cores). But I started reading all this stuff about SB and seeing benchmarks and what not and the fact that 1155 P67's are starting to hit the shops again. Reading lots of forums and threads, I see there's lots of conflicting replies over the battle btwn 1366 & 1155, which is better, faster, etc. If I'm primarily using it for video compression, am I better off with the 970 vs 2600k because of the threading and addl cores? I'll be using it for gaming once in a while, but primary use is ripping.
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http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/157?vs=287

You can see these two CPUs trade blows in encoding video (one is faster for some stuff the other for other stuff). However, the 2600k can be found for ~300 while the 970 ~600. Also take into account that the SB can easily be OC'd to 4.5 - 5.0 GHz, even on air, and you'll see some significant improvements.

If you get a good 1155 board you'll also be ready for Ivy Bridge, which is yet another step up the architectural ladder, and will supposed add around 15-20% increases over sandy bridge.

So... look at those comparisons and see which is right for what you do, but I'd say that right now the 2600k is one of the best price/performance chips out there.
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^^^ What he said. Today, the only real reason to get an i7-9xx and X58 board over Sandy Bridge is for the unlimited PCIe lanes for SLI/CrossFire. Even then, its probably not worth it unless you are going to have 3 cards minimum.
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So lets say I do overclock a 2600k (which seems pretty easy/stable) to like 4.5-5.0ghz or something, would that make compression faster where it's noticeable? Or is OC'ing that high more for gaming and fps? I didn't know IB will be 1155.
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So lets say I do overclock a 2600k (which seems pretty easy/stable) to like 4.5-5.0ghz or something, would that make compression faster where it's noticeable? Or is OC'ing that high more for gaming and fps? I didn't know IB will be 1155.
Yes, it will improve you compression faster (however i think HDD could also be a bottleneck here) and it will improve you FPS by 5-10 aswell
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Yes, it will improve you compression faster (however i think HDD could also be a bottleneck here) and it will improve you FPS by 5-10 aswell
Cool, thanks. I'm also planning on getting a SATA III SSD, so hopefully the drive won't be the bottleneck. So I think I'll get the 1155 2600k dealio then. Any last objections ?
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So this is what the 2600k sys will be:

-ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 MB
-i7 2600K
-8GB Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz
-Crucial C300 256GB SSD SATAIII
-eVGA GTX470 Superclocked
-Thermaltake TR2 600W PSU
-Corsair H70

My i7 970 Build would have been:

-Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
-6GB Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition DDR3 (3 x 2GB) 1600MHz
-All the other stuff above from 2600k sys

So I should still get the 2600K setup right?
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If you had any balls, you would put 2 of those Crucial SSD's in RAID 0.
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Originally Posted by bper View Post
So this is what the 2600k sys will be:

-ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 MB
-i7 2600K
-8GB Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz
-Crucial C300 256GB SSD SATAIII
-eVGA GTX470 Superclocked
-Thermaltake TR2 600W PSU
-Corsair H70

My i7 970 Build would have been:

-Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
-6GB Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition DDR3 (3 x 2GB) 1600MHz
-All the other stuff above from 2600k sys

So I should still get the 2600K setup right?

Your 2600k build is looking good. Get it it's quite a bit better than your I7 970 planned setup and when overclocked that 2600k will blow past it
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If you had any balls, you would put 2 of those Crucial SSD's in RAID 0.
I bought 4 . So I guess that means I have more balls than you .

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Your 2600k build is looking good. Get it it's quite a bit better than your I7 970 planned setup and when overclocked that 2600k will blow past it
Ok, so I pulled the trigger and got the setup. I hope I don't have buyers remorse. I started reading more threads online and some people were saying that for video compression and the like a 6 core would be better (not AMD's but Intels 970/980/990). Some were saying that since 6 cores are at 133MHz stock and the 2600k is 100MHz, 6 core would be faster, is that true? I'm hoping by OC'ing the 2600K I'll get better results than the 970 when running this type of application.
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