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post #11 of 71
If you're going to get a Sandy Bridge go for more than 4GHz with water cooling. Hell get 5GHz!
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post #12 of 71
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Originally Posted by mymlan View Post
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.
This and this.

Clock for clock, Sandy might be a bit quicker and OC higher...but with that kind of multitasking the OP'll need all the RAM he can get.
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post #13 of 71
Thread Starter 
I appreciate the advice. I would rather get an NVIDIA card but they don't seem to be adopting DisplayPort at the moment.
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post #14 of 71
The noise coming from the cpu you wont need to worry about, but the 6990 is a loud card.
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post #15 of 71
4ghz is like a walk in a park for these two 32nm chips. The difference is $600+ bucks based on your desired hardware specs. And since you said you'll be running several VMs and CS5, I'd go for a 12 thread setup.

That extra 2 real cores (4 with HT) will give you extra kick when compiling.

Heck you can still play games with it.
post #16 of 71
Get i7 2600k.

I use my PC for both work and leisure. For work I run scientific computations, run a lot of simulation and estimation with large datasets. Many of these programs are threaded heavily, and they run for hours with CPU usage 90+% most of the time. For leisure I play games, and use Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 to edit RAW files.

990X is too expensive. Let's say you are getting the same hardwares for both PCs, with the exception of motherboard and CPU. A decent ($200-250) P67 motherboard and a i7-2600k cost you less than $600, roughly half the price of the 990X + motherboard.

Given the same number of core, SNB is faster than Gulftown at the same clock speed. But SNB overclock much better. Benchmarks show that at stock speed, 2600k is faster in many games and apps. 990X is faster in heavily threaded apps, but not by a large margin. Once you take the higher OC potential into account, this speed advantage of 990X in heavily thread apps reduces significantly.

I just built my 2600K system this weekend, and I must say OCing this thing is as easy as child play. With everything at stock setting, just change the multiplier I could OC my CPU to 4.2Ghz without the need to change any voltage setting. Using Auto OC that my motherboard supports pushed it to 5Ghz but with some awfully high CPU voltage and temp, not feasible on air cooling. So I lower it to 4.5Ghz (if anything runs slow at 4.5Ghz, 5.0 Ghz is not going to run it much faster!), set the Vcore at 1.35V and everything was completely stable. Right now I'm trying to find the lowest Vcore that the 4.5Ghz clock speed can sustain at, and thus far 1.3V seems stable.

So I'd say, get the 2600K, use that $600 you save to get a bigger or faster SSD. Or, save that $600, and use it to upgrade to Ivy Bridge next year.
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post #17 of 71
You should seriously get eyefinity if you're gonna multitask that much. The monitors are going to be pretty expensive...
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post #18 of 71
Go with the 990x and ignore any of the 980x vs. i7 2600k benchmarks. They aren't taking into account how heavily multi-tasking you will be. Although the new i7 is pretty dang fast, I highly doubt it can handle all the multitasking at hand.

Also the triple channel memory will be a huge benefit.
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post #19 of 71
For running those apps at one time, 990x. If noise is an issue, water cool the card at least. Those 6990 are loud. Might have to wait to a water block for them. I think they are about to be released.
Edited by nckid4u - 3/27/11 at 5:01pm
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post #20 of 71
From what you've said you want to do, and considering price doesn't matter, definitely get the 990x. You won't look back.
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