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Gulftown 990x or Sandy Bridge 2600k?

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I am about to build a new computer, had been fully planning on using the Gulftown 990x. In doing my homework to hopefully not overlook anything, I have become aware that the 2600k seems to be a nice processor.

My main use of this rig is for Lightroom and Photoshop.


I will be using the Vertex 3 120 for a boot drive, plan on using the Sata III capabilities, and am aiming for a powerful rig that will last a few years.




The choices are between the Gulftown 990x with the Asus Rampage III Extreme, and the Sandy Bridge 2600k with the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3. Which would you choose and why? Cost does hold some sway, but not all. Either one will be mild to moderately overclocked.
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Just read this recent thread then decide.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/976012-990x-vs-i-2600k-again.html
    
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I'd go with the Sandy Bridge. It's MILES cheaper, and can be overclocked easily to 4.6GHz and up, with a cheap cooler. More if you have a better cooler.

Also, in my opinion, $330 for 8 threads is a lot more cost effective for $1000 for 12 threads.
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Is a tiny bit of performance in some aspects worth a substantial amount of money? Only you can answer that question.
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In fact, the most expensive processor in the market, the 1000-dollar six-core Core i7-990X Extreme Edition, can be titled the today’s fastest CPU only during video processing and transcoding, final rendering and a few specific tasks, such as encryption and batch image processing. As for the majority of general-purpose applications, including contemporary 3D games, it yields significantly to Core i7-2600K. Although the latter CPU has a smaller L3 cache, it can boast much higher relative performance per core.

Taken from pangeltveit's link (I've read the one before..haha).
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If I were building right now, I'd go for the SB just because you have an upgrade path when IB comes out, if you want to take that route.

I've already got a 1366, so I'm waiting to see IB and decide to build a monster 1366 or swap out to IB.
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Nice link, thank you. Looks like it is the 2600k.....
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