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Hey guys. So I've been out of computer building for about 10 years and trying to get back in and build a system. I'll mainly be using the computer for gaming, web design, and cs5. I've been trying to read up on as much info as I can in the past 3 weeks but I'm getting mixed reviews on which i7 route to go. I would like to run two gtx580s in the end but for now I'm probably only going to buy one. Price isn't really a factor but I would like to keep everything under 3k-3.5k. Any help would be fantastic. Thanks
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Hey guys. So I've been out of computer building for about 10 years and trying to get back in and build a system. I'll mainly be using the computer for gaming, web design, and cs5. I've been trying to read up on as much info as I can in the past 3 weeks but I'm getting mixed reviews on which i7 route to go. I would like to run two gtx580s in the end but for now I'm probably only going to buy one. Price isn't really a factor but I would like to keep everything under 3k-3.5k. Any help would be fantastic. Thanks
well, I52500k sometimes beats out I72600k, and both will clock to 5ghz and both beat out 980x so id get either an I52500k because it will be just as good and better than I72600k but not I7980x.
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The 980x would destroy the 2600 as it has 2 more cores, it's almost not comparable. However, for gaming - a 2600k would do very well. You would have no need for a 6core super chip that's around 900 bucks still. The 2600k has a huge amount of Overclocking head room, I would definitely choose the 2600k. The 980 will cost you almost one grand, the 2 GTX 580s will cost you a grand, and that only leaves you a grand left for the mobo, the ram, the case.. the monitor..all those things.
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I would definitely go 2600k. Really good overclocking potential that gives it really close performance to the 980x, plus you'll be on a chipset that isnt already starting to lose support for newer processors. You'll be a little bit more future proof with sandy bridge and you'll spend 700 dollars less on the processor alone.

Thats my opinion at least.
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Am I rich? 990x

Am I okay off? 2600k

Am I tight on cash? 2500k + budget mobo

Am I flat broke? Get a job.

Any overclocked processor above will not bottleneck any current market GPUs in SLI or CF

If you plan on going 3+ GPUs right off the bat, chances are you can afford a 990x. Id probably wait though.
    
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SandyBridge = Poor Man's i7

get the 980x and dominate.
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Instead of looking at an i7 980x, perhaps consider an i7 970 instead. You still have 6 cores, but a much better price.


If you want the xtreme edition CPU, you might as well look at the 990x for $50 more than the 980x.
Edited by k4m1k4z3 - 3/15/11 at 5:35pm
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i think you should build a sandy bridge system the 2600K and the 2500K are the best of the best whene it come to gaming and they outperforme the i7 980X but only in gaming other than that the i7 980X is the king and the 2600K is so close to it so go for a sandy bridge system
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If you want best performance, wait till Ivy Bridge
for rendering and stuff like that, 6 or more cores can be useful
for gaming, probably won't need more than 4 (maybe future games?)
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The i7 970 is a good alternative to the 980x. It's a lot cheaper as well. 6 cores + hyperthreading! The price just went down to about $580.
 
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