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Hey guys, I've been doing a bit of reading but I am behind the times. (It's been 7 years since I've been in "The know") I'm making a computer purchase within the next few days and plan on using the i7 architecture because multi-core is the way to go.

I will primarily use my system for Gaming, and Virtual Machine operation.

Now I have the option of putting in the 6 core i7 into my future desktop. The real question is:

"Are 6 cores worth it?" Is it a MUST HAVE technology to "future proof" my system? Obviously my Mobo will support it. I can always upgrade to it later on.

I'm thinking no. And the reason why is when I read up on the 4 cores a couple of years back, the 4th core really did nothing for performance in gaming. Showing minor negligible increases in performance. Where the real gain was, was in the 3rd core.

Now-a-days I'm willing to think the same could be said about the 6 core processor. My idea on this though is actually slowing down due to the amount of cores. Sure my logic processing will be blistering fast, but when it comes to straight line performance it's going to be limited by the bandwidth on the mobo, showing possible negligible if not negative gains.

Now here's the fun part. I'm probably wrong. Could you fine folks set me straight? You can just gimmie a yay or nay or just put down the facts in front of me. I'd sure appreciate it.

Remember, I'm not doing intense calculations. I'm Gaming with a bit of Virtual Machining and Programming for College.

In addition to that, I'd sure like to "Future-proof" (I know it's not really possible) my desktop for a little while.

Edit:And if you could suggest a good read or two, I'd thank you kindly.
Edited by MediaRocker - 4/14/11 at 9:33pm
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No, programs and games are barely using 4 cores, so you should get an i7 2500K and OC it. There is really no need for i7 for gaming, especially the 6 core ones. Core are only useful for stuff like video editing, 3D rendering, and of course, folding.

You can never be future proof, but buying an SB motherboard will allow for some future IB chips. You can also choose the AMD route and get a 1xxx processor and wait for Bulldozer.

The winning combo for gaming and OCing seems to be SB i5 2500K + AMD HD6950.
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You are going with LGA 1155, right? It doesn't have hexa-cores yet.

And for what it's worth, I hear the H67 chipset motherboards don't overclock well at all, so P67 is the better choice for now.
Edited by t-ramp - 4/14/11 at 9:37pm
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You know what, I feel like an idiot for forgetting, But I do a fair share of PS and Video editing. Not too much though. I tend to dabble. I also dabble a bit in Reason 3.0. Would these programs benefit from a i7 960?
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unless you really need the power then go with a 6 core i7 unless just get a HT enabled 2600K or a non HT enabled 2500K
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You are going with LGA 1155, right? It doesn't have hexa-cores yet.

And for what it's worth, I hear the H67 chipset motherboards don't overclock well at all, so P67 is the better choice for now.
LGA 1366.

Not planning on o/cing...though I am always tempted.

You guys got me thinking... Which is a bad thing.
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LGA 1366.

Not planning on o/cing...though I am always tempted.

You guys got me thinking... Which is a bad thing.
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I'd choose sandy bridge over gulftown any day, even for heavily-parallel-processed applications like encoding. I don't have the benchmarks off-hand, but the 2600k meets or exceeds the 9xx chips time after time.

For running VM's make sure you get some ram in there. 8 GB goes pretty quickly if you've got more than one running.

Although you don't have the memory capacity with the sandy bridge platform that you have with 1366. If you really need that 24GB
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I'd choose sandy bridge over gulftown any day, even for heavily-parallel-processed applications like encoding. I don't have the benchmarks off-hand, but the 2600k meets or exceeds the 9xx chips time after time.

For running VM's make sure you get some ram in there. 8 GB goes pretty quickly if you've got more than one running.

Although you don't have the memory capacity with the sandy bridge platform that you have with 1366. If you really need that 24GB
In a way that's why I was looking at the 1366 procs. Maybe it's my attachment to the socket... (Xeon )

I'll just be running 2 or at most 3 instances at a time. It's for a Windows Operating Systems class, I also VM Linux for use in my Programming class (despite having Ubuntu 10.14 on my laptop)

To be honest I could always rip out my board later on and change it up. Its just I'm going to be stuck with a 1366 board for now. I'd run sandy bridge if I could (I was a little apprehensive at first for the performance characteristics to be completely honest.)
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Its just I'm going to be stuck with a 1366 board for now.
You've already got a 1366 board then? Or do I misinterpret?
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