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So I've been away from the site for a little while now but am about to do an upgrade. So I'm wondering what has been decided about sandybridge?
Which chip is the sweet spot for ocing?
Which motherboard is proving to be the best?
What ram is configuring the best and being the most stable?

Keep in mind I have one 570 and will be getting another. So sli performance will be important.

Thanks for any help!
 
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post #2 of 15
I'd go with the 2600k it's the best overclocker.
I prefer Gigabyte boards. I like this one very much http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=UD4%201155

I recommend this ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-142-_-Product

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post #3 of 15
I've had several 2500K's and 2600K's and they will overclock about the same. It's luck that decides on how good of an overclocker you get. Do you really need the hyper-threading of the 2600K? Generally the 2500K's can clock higher on lower voltage due to lack of hyper-threading. Sure you can disable hyper-threading on a 2600K, but why pay $100 for a feature that you're not going to us. The L3 cache difference between the 2 is virtually irrelevant. But again, totally depends on how lucky you are in the chip you get.

I prefer Gigabyte or Asus boards. What feature's you need will reveal which board will suite you best. If you need to shave a few bucks due to budget, MSI and ASRock aren't a bad option. Again, which one exactly depends on what features you need. Minimum for SLI I would go for is the GB P67A-UD4-B3 or the Asus P8P67 Pro R3. Anything more than that would require you to have a need for the extra features offered on the more expensive boards IMO.

I wouldn't bother with more expensive RAM. It's been proven time and time again that lower latency or higher speed ram doesn't offer much gain if any. I would get the G.SKILL Ripjaw X DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 4GB or 8GB kit or the Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V 4GB or 8GB kit. DDR3-1600 CL7 really doesn't justify the cost. Same with DDR3-2133. If benching or e-peen is your priority, then by all means go all out.
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post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by SS_Patrick View Post
I'd go with the 2600k it's the best overclocker.
I think 2500k and 2600k are on same par talking about OCing, they're both very nice OCers.

To OP: Do you do anything else beside gaming? If you don't then you should get the 2500k.
What is your budget? That's the most important thing we need to know before suggest you the parts.
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post #5 of 15
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Sorry I took so long to reply guys! My budget is going to be 5-600 unless I need to spend a little more on for RAM. I want a quality board. Basically I won't be building again for a couple years so I'd lol something nice. I've always had asus, but have been curious about gigabyte. Sounds like the 2500k is for me. I'm basically just a gamer/oc'r. Some conversion stuff (dvd-avi etc.). What about that asus we three way sli board with the n200 chip?
 
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post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by SS_Patrick View Post
I'd go with the 2600k it's the best overclocker.
I prefer Gigabyte boards. I like this one very much http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=UD4%201155

I recommend this ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-142-_-Product

That all together should give you one very awesome build
Technically the 2500K goes higher with less voltage usually because of its lack of HT.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by num1son View Post
Which chip is the sweet spot for ocing?
Which motherboard is proving to be the best?
What ram is configuring the best and being the most stable?



1. I think most people will say the 2500K is the sweet spot. 2600K gets you hyperthreading and 2MB more of L3 cache. Have you looked at any benchmarks/reviews?

2. Can't help you here

3. I think we're past the days of asking which ram is the most stable. All of them should be stable. There will be duds now and then (just read the newegg reviews or ask here before buying). What is your criteria for the best? Fastest speed and lowest timings? You can get some DDR3 2133 for around $200 but I think its a waste of money.

Read this article first:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mem...sandy-bridge/1


I think you should just get DDR3 1600 that is a good price like this gskill:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428


Getting ram that is a substantially faster will cost a LOT more and be only a tiny bit faster, but hey, its your money.
post #8 of 15
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Ok so I'm thinking
2500k

With this Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131714

With this combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.623063

How does that look?
 
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post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by num1son View Post
So I've been away from the site for a little while now but am about to do an upgrade. So I'm wondering what has been decided about sandybridge?
Which chip is the sweet spot for ocing?
Which motherboard is proving to be the best?
What ram is configuring the best and being the most stable?

Keep in mind I have one 570 and will be getting another. So sli performance will be important.

Thanks for any help!
Mobo
ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME

G.skill Ripjaw 1600

What im using in my current test build. Rock solid.
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post #10 of 15
being that youre just a basic gamer, is there a reason you want to spend so much on a board?


i just bought a msi p67a-g45, one of the more basic boards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-582-_-Product

but it works great considering the price. i havent had a single issue. and it was cake to oc mine to 4.7ghz on air. a little warm at 100%, but doable.

$500 shipped

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