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post #21 of 43
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Originally Posted by Tom Thumb View Post
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.
^This

i wish my dad would say "Price isnt really an issue" LOLOL.
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post #22 of 43
The core i7-2600k is as fast or faster in games than the 980x and in other applications the difference is minimal. Save yourself a wad of cash and get the i7-2600k, trust me you won't need anything faster for awhile.
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post #23 of 43
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2600K for sure. No point in buying 980x or 990x after SandyBridge.
Well there is a point in limited sitatuions, but for general use and certainly for gaming a 2500K or 2600K is most certainly the way to go. If you do a lot of number crunching and can make full use of all six cores then a 980X or 990X makes a lot of sense still though.
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post #24 of 43
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I'll mainly be using the computer for gaming, web design, and cs5.
You do fine with the 2600K for your needs. Since there's not that much difference between CS5 & CS4, you can check out this review to see how the 2600K is slightly better than the 980x in CS4...2600K- Anandtech Review: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Performance and this review show the 2600k performance for Photoshop CS5...2600K- HardwareHeaven Review: Photoshop CS5 64-bit
post #25 of 43
the 2600K performs just as good if not better than the 980X in most applications...

save the dough and pick one up.
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post #26 of 43
Sandy Bridge is a step backwards actually. No Triple Channel DDR3?? Did Intel want to make a chip to be just like another AMD?
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Sandy Bridge is a step backwards actually. No Triple Channel DDR3?? Did Intel want to make a chip to be just like another AMD?
Irrelevant....

Show me a real world application that benefits from triple channel RAM over dual channel.

In fact I'd be happy to test it on my i7 system and my Sandybridge system for comparison purposes.

Even overclocking RAM provides barely any real world benefits.

Not to mention the Sandy Bridge memory controller is a step forward over the i7.
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post #28 of 43
LOL. 2600K will get raped by a 970 let alone 980X. With that being said, 980X if you have the Money. Put 970 into consideration too. If you want to save a lot of money and want a performance PC, 2600K is the best choice. Which ever way you pick, It's gonna be awesome.
Edited by jethro_static - 3/15/11 at 8:09pm
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post #29 of 43
The 2500k is the price/performance king. You can overclock the nuts off it, and it's hella cheaper than the 980x.

You don't need a hex for gaming.

If you're doing more than gaming, then go for the 2600k. It's still a better price/performance point than the 980x.
post #30 of 43
don't get the 980x get the 990x, its higher binned, most will oc to 5ghz on air. mine does 5.2ghz, but still 6 cores with ht on that is pretty sweet.
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