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Couldn't find a thread about this, so here goes:
Thinking of an upgrade. but I'm not entirely sure on the cpu.
I've seen a bit of talk about the SB I7 2600k being worth it, outdoing 980x's and on top of that, having a beautiful overclock capacity.

so, whats the word?

-price/budget is really not an issue. but paying $100+ extra is a bit silly if its only going to be 1/2% better.

-is it going to be future proof? (I'm thinking, at least till the end of the year, maybe till this time next year)

-how far do these things clock? I've heard 5Ghz+ on air easy.

-is it super duper for gaming?

-what kind of motherboards would work the best with it? (this is kinda secondary at the moment)
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If you want the best, go for the 2600k. You might regret it if you buy the 2500k. Only difference is the hyper threading and more cache? I think. If you have an extra $100 to blow, I say get the 2600k.

It's perfect for gaming, as far as motherboards, I heard the Asus is pretty good.
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If you don't need hyper-threading get the 2500k (idk how much cheaper)

It's the latest tech, in 6 months it will be replaced.

It's good as any quad for gaming (I guess better)

Any board with the P67 chipset (idk any haven't looked)
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-is it going to be future proof? (I'm thinking, at least till the end of the year, maybe till this time next year)

-is it super duper for gaming?
-An 2x00k will last you a very long time. Easily 3+ years.

-For gaming its a little overkill but where its priced there is no reason to go lower. $~230 for 2500k? Yes please!
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They can out bench 980x when they are OC'd but keep in mind a 2600k only has 4 real cores where the 980 has 6 so there is a slight difference in that respect.

They are most likely going to be future proof for 2-3 years at least, I don't think too much is going to come out that will make these obsolete.

They can potentially OC past 5ghz but with air its pretty hard you will probably need some kind of liquid cooling to get there with reasonable temps, though some people say they are doing it on air but don't be surprised if you can't. They OC like crazy though I gotta say that.

Its probably considered over kill for gaming but its a reasonable price (roughly $330 for the 2600k) so its not absurd to put this in a gaming rig (I did).

The socket is 1155 and all the main mobo manufacturers have models for it so you can pick whichever company you like best.

Things to keep in mind though are that later this year Intel will be releasing even more CPUs (socket 1155 and I believe another socket) and AMD is also going to be releasing its Bulldozer CPU (supposedly) which may or may not be better then Sandy Bridge. So if you really want a new CPU right now then the Sandy Bridge is probably your best bet, but a bit of patience might really pay off if you can hold out.
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I second shogon, if you pretty much just game, go with the 2500k and save $100. Hyperthreading won't provide any performance increase in games and actually requires more voltage to acheive higher overclocks (some people with 2600k will disable HT to go for the really big overclocks). As for the motherboard, do you plan on running sli or Xfire at any point?

If on the other hand you work with heavily threaded apps, go with the 2600k, and if money is really no object then get a 990x. But Why don't you wait though until Bulldozer and Ivy come out to give yourself more options.
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Originally Posted by Alfwich View Post
-An 2x00k will last you a very long time. Easily 3+ years.

-For gaming its a little overkill but where its priced there is no reason to go lower. $~230 for 2500k? Yes please!
No such thing as overkill!


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Originally Posted by hazy7687 View Post
They can out bench 980x when they are OC'd but keep in mind a 2600k only has 4 real cores where the 980 has 6 so there is a slight difference in that respect.

They are most likely going to be future proof for 2-3 years at least, I don't think too much is going to come out that will make these obsolete.

They can potentially OC past 5ghz but with air its pretty hard you will probably need some kind of liquid cooling to get there with reasonable temps, though some people say they are doing it on air but don't be surprised if you can't. They OC like crazy though I gotta say that.

Its probably considered over kill for gaming but its a reasonable price (roughly $330 for the 2600k) so its not absurd to put this in a gaming rig (I did).

The socket is 1155 and all the main mobo manufacturers have models for it so you can pick whichever company you like best.

Things to keep in mind though are that later this year Intel will be releasing even more CPUs (socket 1155 and I believe another socket) and AMD is also going to be releasing its Bulldozer CPU (supposedly) which may or may not be better then Sandy Bridge. So if you really want a new CPU right now then the Sandy Bridge is probably your best bet, but a bit of patience might really pay off if you can hold out.
Alright. i know its a little insane for gaming, but the price seemed very good. I'm not known for my patience, i want fasty stuff nowz!
Think i might go with a 2500/2600, ill cross the Ivy bridge when i come to it.

Going off what Shogon pointed out, I'm also showing interest in the Asus Maximus IV Extreme.

The 990x just seemed to damn expensive, and didn't promise all that much more.
cheers for the fast replies
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Originally Posted by mcrbradbury View Post
Alright. i know its a little insane for gaming, but the price seemed very good. I'm not known for my patience, i want fasty stuff nowz!
Think i might go with a 2500/2600, ill cross the Ivy bridge when i come to it.

Going off what Shogon pointed out, I'm also showing interest in the Asus Maximus IV Extreme.

The 990x just seemed to damn expensive, and didn't promise all that much more.
cheers for the fast replies
Lol you sound like me, go for the Sandy Bridge I think you'll like it. And that ASUS should be a good board too.

Good luck let us know what you pick
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Lol you sound like me, go for the Sandy Bridge I think you'll like it. And that ASUS should be a good board too.

Good luck let us know what you pick
yup yup, board will be ready to ship on Monday. so I've nabbed that and a 2600k. I'm definitely looking forward to play with the settings.
some decent ram and a GTX580 later and i should be set up with a shiney new PC to play around with
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It's such a huge jump from the Core 2's, make sure you get a good cooler, stupid hot on stock cooler
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