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best bang for your buck with a upgrade path would be SB as you can at least throw 16gb worth of ram down into it, plus u can overclock a SB rig up to 4.4-4.5ghz easily due to the turboboost 2.0 it has and that is with air cooling. But getting the 2600k might work better for you if you run several VMs if you need power for them too while your using your native OS, if not then the 2500k would be quite suitable. Also Win7 all the way if you have not used it yet.
 
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Originally Posted by terraprime View Post
best bang for your buck with a upgrade path would be SB as you can at least throw 16gb worth of ram down into it, plus u can overclock a SB rig up to 4.4-4.5ghz easily due to the turboboost 2.0 it has and that is with air cooling. But getting the 2600k might work better for you if you run several VMs if you need power for them too while your using your native OS, if not then the 2500k would be quite suitable. Also Win7 all the way if you have not used it yet.
Thanks. I'll keep this in mind.

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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
You've already got a 1366 board then? Or do I misinterpret?
In a way yes. I'm getting a "Ready-built" for a deal and it uses a 1366 mobo. Later on when I get some scratch I'll toss it out on it's bum, OC it and make it "Sick"
Edited by MediaRocker - 4/14/11 at 10:06pm
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Ahh. See, that changes things. Assuming you've already got a 1366 platform, I'd say don't bother with the cash on the gulftown. The six-core behemoth will definitely smear a bloomfield in benchmarks, but I think a good OC'ed bloomfield would meet your needs and then some. My 920 is a freaking monster. Today's chips double and sometimes triple it in GFLOPS, but I can't for the life of me bring it to its knees. Or even 30% load.

There is a really good market right now for used 1366 parts since SB came out, and even if you want new hardware, you can get a 940 for less than half the price of a gulftown.

In my opinion, unless you are making this box a workstation, a solid 940, especially OC'ed, will burn holes in most applications. My 920 isn't going anywhere for years to come.

Just something to consider.
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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
Ahh. See, that changes things. Assuming you've already got a 1366 platform, I'd say don't bother with the cash on the gulftown. The six-core behemoth will definitely smear a bloomfield in benchmarks, but I think a good OC'ed bloomfield would meet your needs and then some. My 920 is a freaking monster. Today's chips double and sometimes triple it in GFLOPS, but I can't for the life of me bring it to its knees. Or even 30% load.

There is a really good market right now for used 1366 parts since SB came out, and even if you want new hardware, you can get a 940 for less than half the price of a gulftown.

In my opinion, unless you are making this box a workstation, a solid 940, especially OC'ed, will burn holes in most applications. My 920 isn't going anywhere for years to come.

Just something to consider.
Thanks for the info. I definitely will take this into consideration.
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