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My situation was my daughter needed a computer right away for school as her PentiumD wasn't cutting it.

So I gave her my perfectly fine Q9550 with an SSD. She is happy.

I was planning on waiting for S2011 as I am a firm believer that socket 1155 will always be quad core, no more. I believe Intell will stick to that, especially think there is no way they will realease a hexacore unlocked 1155 CPU ever (even IB.) It would just blow their whole business model and is probably physically impossible.

Anyway I had to get a computer right away and I jumped on an i2500 + Biostar H67. Intential was to sell it and get a S2011 early next year. It is perfectly fine right now except for one reason: my stupid $150 creative EMU0404 PCI is incompatible, either a bios issue or shoddy creative drivers.

Anyway I used the soundcard to take FTT measurements to determine issues with amplifiers I build as a hobby. I can live without it for a while.

I am tempted to get a P67 + i2600K for future proofing, I even heard my soundcard card might even work with a P67 board. But I look at the S2011 coming up and think that the ability to one day own an octocore may proof essential.

What do folks think? In 3 years will an octocore give a major boost to games and all round 64 bit performance over a 2600K?

I am also pretty sure that with SB-E 2011 the 2500K/2600K will either be discontinued or jacked up in price. They were released to prevent a BD landslide, with SB-E2011 they will not longer be needed for Intel and are probably warranty nightmares their accountants will want them off the books.

So I guess what it boils down to is : will a gamer running a 4.5ghz overclock on a 2600K keep up in a few years when the next gen consoles come out? Will it handle BF3 on a 120hz display? Do we think there will come a time in the next five years where octocore is essential?

Just a discussion, thoughts, discourse.
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Wow, you think to much....(not a bad thing.)
use KISS
Keep It Simple Stupid.

Just go with a 2600K rig for now. maybe upgrade to IB chips (same socket)when it comes out if your paranoid.

My personal opinion is the next round of GPU's or the one after will make your CPU bottleneck. the possibilities with 28nm seem good.

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It depends if you need the system now, im waiting for 2011 because of more cores, more memory bandwidth and overall more features over 1155 (PCI 3, USB 3 native ect)
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I think a need to buy a P67 from a retailer that will take it back if it doesn't work with my sound card. If I return it within 30 days for a refund will newegg still charge the 15% fee? Cause I don't want the option were they keep sending you replacement motherboards and none of them work because it is a bios/driver issue.

Or I could invest in a new soundcard, funny thing is they cost as much as a nice P67 board! See the delima?
Edited by regal - 4/15/11 at 6:08am
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With a 2600k, you will not see a bottleneck in any games for I'd say many years to come, and when you finally do, it will have fulfilled it's worth in the price. My two cents.
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a 2600k overclocked to 4+ ghz should last for a few years. I dont see games maxing it out for a while.
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games barley use 4 cores... i don't see an intel octocore being useful for anything related to games.... unless you are making them?

the 2600k should hold up fine especially with HT... i myself will move on to ib when it gets released on the 1155 platform... socket 2011 is probably going to be far beyond my budget
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Just playing devils advocate but I remeber the same advice with my LGA775 saying all I need is a dual core, ended up buying a Quad core later (luckily same motherboard.)

With 1155, there will never be an octcore option. I am not well versed in HT I guess. Or maybe I think it is a bit a of gimmick. I mean if the 2600K really acts as an 8 core, then that should be very future proof?
Edited by regal - 4/15/11 at 8:51am
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