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990x vs i-2600k (again)

post #1 of 71
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I would like to state that I have read numerous posts on this very question over and over. I still don't feel comfortable with a decision yet. Most of the arguments boil down to, "Why pay $1000 a cpu?" I'll put that question to rest in this thread. I don't care about price. This machine is my income and it's time to upgrade.

I use my machine to develop software. I would like to be able to run 2-3 Virtual Machines, and 2-3 copies of Visual Studio 2010, CS5 and Unity all at the same time. I also have a low tolerance for noise. I'd pay whatever I need to make this thing quiet.

Here are the two configurations I'm debating:

CPU: i7- 2600K (overclocked to 4ghz)
Case: CoolerMaster Storm Sniper
Noise Reduction: Gaskets, Anti-Vibration fan mounts and foam
Cooling: Xtreme Gear Liquid Cooling System
Motherboard: Asus Maximus IV Extreme (P76)
Memory: 16GB Corsair (1600mhz)
Video Card: Radeon HD 6990 (I want the mini DP connections) (Would two 6950's be better and allow for 3 27" mini DP monitors? I don't think it is or does)
PSU: CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 (1000 watts)
HD: 128GB SSD (I was debating RAID 1 but with an adequate backup plan I shouldn't need it, Also I would rather have external usb 3.0 drives for other storage)

CPU: i7- 990x Extreme Edition (overclocked to 4ghz)
Case: CoolerMaster 690 II
Noise Reduction: Gaskets, Anti-Vibration fan mounts and foam
Cooling: Xtreme Gear Liquid Cooling System
Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Extreme (X58)
Memory: 12GB Corsair (1600mhz)
Video Card: Radeon HD 6990
PSU: CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 (1000 watts)
HD: 128GB SSD (I was debating RAID 1 but with an adequate backup plan I shouldn't need it, Also I would rather have external usb 3.0 drives for other storage)

A disclaimer: I took these items off of CyberPower as it was the easiest way for me to play with configurations.

So as far as I can tell both Motherboards have built in USB 3.0 connections and Bluetooth which is a must.

My only concern is that the 1366 Socket is dead. However, from what I can tell the new SB 6-core processors will require a new motherboard anyways and that is the only thing I would upgrade to from the i7-2600K which makes me lean towards the 990x. Also it appears the i7-2600K does not support VT-d which surprises me. I couldn't tell if the 990x supports it. It doesn't say it on the Intel website, but it has no mention of that VT feature (not even a "No")

Please, school me in my decisions and the possibilities of easily over clocking my choices. Keep in mind I would rather run it stock then run it at 4.5ghz if I'm going to need a noisy cooling system. I cannot stand the noise the computers make.

I appreciate all the help I can get.

Thank you Overclock.net
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post #2 of 71
Depends on what you do, and if it takes advantage of 12 HT or more.
     
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post #3 of 71
990x all the way. dont buy cyber power though.
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post #4 of 71
Thread Starter 
@DorkSterr I apologize if this was unclear, "I would like to be able to run 2-3 Virtual Machines, and 2-3 copies of Visual Studio 2010, CS5 and Unity all at the same time." i am pretty sure I can use all the logical cores at the same time on both configurations. It just seems the new SB cpu's have a better architecture than the 900's. So while 12 > 8, the 8 might be able to cut through the applications better.
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Seasonic 850W 80 Gold Cooler Master HAF X 
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Seasonic 850W 80 Gold Cooler Master HAF X 
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post #5 of 71
Thread Starter 
@JuStIn871 Where do you recommend going? I can get all the parts from NewEgg but would rather someone else be responsible for it being put together. I just don't want to deal with that.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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Seasonic 850W 80 Gold Cooler Master HAF X 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #6 of 71
Wow tough call. If you really intend on doing that much multitasking I would think the i7-990x would serve you better.
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post #7 of 71
2600k w. OC sounds good and better price.
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post #8 of 71
You don't want to put together your own computer?
 
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post #9 of 71
"i7- 2600K (overclocked to 4ghz)"

C'mon man, i can get to 4.4ghz with no voltage increase, SB can do better. Remember that it is also faster clock per clock.
post #10 of 71
Given your extreme multitasking, it sounds like the 990x would be the chip for you, especially considering your monstrous RAM needs for all those apps. My CS5 designs tend to eat away around 9Gb per file. If noise is a concern, you may want to look into a custom water loop, especially on that video card. With that in mind, do note that all CS5 apps currently do not support multi-GPU configurations. A single 580 or 6970 would probably be able to handle the 3 monitors, provided you're not asking too much out of them.
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