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I will soon be making a new i7 pc. I cannot decide on whether to go with the i7 970 or the i7 950 or the i7 2600k. I will use it mostly for gaming, and some Photoshop from time to time and have fun with some video editing from time to time. Will there be any new chips coming out this year(2011)? When will the Ivy bridge or the intel x79 come out?

I have set my eyes on the Intel i7 970. Which cpu do you guys think will benefit me the most?

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I appreciate all comments and suggestions.
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The 2600K is the best bang for the buck chip. Its 8 threads is great for Photoshop and video editing. The overclocking capabilities of the Sandy Bridge lineup is astounding as well, an air-cooled chip can easily hit 5.0GHz, whereas the first generation Core lineup can only hit around 4.0GHz, depending on the cooler.

Another thing to consider - the 970 is a hexacore CPU, which means it has 6 physical cores and 12 threads, compared to the 2600K, which has 8. It will be faster in multithreaded programs, but if all you do is game and Photoshop, I daresay it's overkill.

Personally, I'd go with the 2600K. You'll love it.
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If you're going to be using it mostly for gaming, I recommend an i5. The 2500k, to be exact.

However, if you do have the extra money to blow, go for the i7 970. Or, get a 2500k and a nice P67 motherboard. Then, upgrade your CPU when Ivy Bridge comes out.
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If youre not going to use video editing enough take the i7 2600k.
     
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2600k. Ivy will use the 1155 socket. It is easy to overclock and runs cool. Really no competition...
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Get the Core i5 2500K or the 2600K. No point in getting an i7 970 for what you're doing.
    
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The 2600K is the best bang for the buck chip. Its 8 threads is great for Photoshop and video editing. The overclocking capabilities of the Sandy Bridge lineup is astounding as well, an air-cooled chip can easily hit 5.0GHz, whereas the first generation Core lineup can only hit around 4.0GHz, depending on the cooler.
4.5 guaranteed, 5 if you are lucky. I can't get stable past 4.5 no matter what.
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If you're going to be using it mostly for gaming, I recommend an i5. The 2500k, to be exact.

However, if you do have the extra money to blow, go for the i7 970. Or, get a 2500k and a nice P67 motherboard. Then, upgrade your CPU when Ivy Bridge comes out.

Money is not the problem, If you guys say that the i7 970 is not for my use, than who are the people that would fully benefit from a 970( I am interested to know)? Also will the ivy bridge be on the same platform as the i7 2600k?
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If buying from scratch you have to highly consider SB.
Its ability to hit around 5.0Ghz on air is just silly.

My 1366LGA still games like mad but if buying now might as well drop it like its hot.
Or you could wait to see what comes out this year.
The 970 at 4.2Ghz or so would be pounder though!
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Money is not the problem, If you guys say that the i7 970 is not for my use, than who are the people that would fully benefit from a 970( I am interested to know)? Also will the ivy bridge be on the same platform as the i7 2600k?
People who use their systems for editing high-res videos and photos, or 2D/3D rendering.

And yes, Ivy Bridge will use the 1155 socket.
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