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Looking at coming over to the other side again lol.

Can I use my current ram if I picked up a 2600K? Would I be able to OC the chip with this ram?
Edited by Hawk777th - 4/12/11 at 1:04pm
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It should work fine.
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Yeah, you are good.
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yes and yes.

look at the 2500k instead though unless you can really convince yourself you NEED hyper-threading.
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Oh Rly? Is that the only difference? They seems to benchmark alot different.

What Mobo would you guys recommend. I want one that will do Raid 0 and SLI.
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Originally Posted by Hawk777th View Post
Oh Rly? Is that the only difference? They seems to benchmark alot different.

What Mobo would you guys recommend. I want one that will do Raid 0 and SLI.
There's virtually no difference in gaming between the 2500K/2600K. Only real difference will be in apps that are heavily multi-threaded.

ASUS P8P67 Pro or Gigabyte P67A-UD4 is what I would go with. There's also MSI P67A-G45, MSI P67A-GD65 & ASRock P67 EXTREME4.
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Wow didn't realize they were that close. Might aswell save $100 bucks. Does the 2500K OC as good?

Are they a huge jump from the Phenom in all honesty? Please no fanboyism. This was my first AMD build I had always used Intel before P3 P4 etc. Seems like Intel is like 3 generations ahead already and gaining.
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Wow didn't realize they were that close. Might aswell save $100 bucks. Does the 2500K OC as good?

Are they a huge jump from the Phenom in all honesty? Please no fanboyism. This was my first AMD build I had always used Intel before P3 P4 etc. Seems like Intel is like 3 generations ahead already and gaining.
Mines running @ 4.8ghz at 68c max temp with current cooler. no need for me to go any higher the cpu is already a monster. i can pass prime @ 5ghz but it needs 1.5v+ voltage and i am not too sure what is perfectly safe 24/7 use
Edited by Chewy - 4/13/11 at 12:24pm
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Here is probably the best comparison. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288

While yes your RAM will work with SB, you may want to upgrade your RAM to get better timings and frequency.

If you are doing mainly gaming a 2500k will be your best bang for the buck.

Edit
After coming from both an AMD platform and Asus at that, I would advocate Gigabyte boards. They have the best quality components, hold the bulk of the world records for Ocing and seem to be the most stable. Asus still makes a good board, however many are stating once every week or 2 their systems will still BSOD. Although they are 12+ hr stable with Prime95.

Just about every board will SLI, if you want SLI/Crossfire you will want the GA-P67A-UD4-B3 or better. Asus I think it would be Asus P8P67 Pro as their equiv.
Edited by bratas - 4/13/11 at 12:38pm
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Bratas post is the most relevant, the difference between the 2600 and 2500 is app specific. In current games that do not utilize the CPU as heavily there will be little difference between the two. In most multi-threaded apps the 2600 will be clearly superior to the 2500. So you have to decide how much of each you do now, and in the future, and decide whether it's worth the extra $$$ to you.

Same with your ram, it will work fine, lower voltage ram is happier in sandy bridge configs, but I think corsair is 1.5V? The extra speed from 1333 -> 1600 makes almost no difference in system performance, but again, if you run things that are highly memory dependent it might be worth it. The ram timings do not affect the CPU OC, unless you are trying to OC the ram as well (the K model has unlocked multiplier, so you don't have to up the BCLK).
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