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#1 7 years ago

Alright, so I've pretty much chosen my new motherboard (one I had been looking at for a while (Z68 for SSD caching/3-way SLI capable)). Now I'm questioning processor.

With the i7-2700k out that would pretty much be my ideal choice for a new processor, however the price has pretty much kept me away from doing it any sooner.

I have two options, one cost effective, the other... Not at all.

i7-2600k from the local Microcenter for $260. i7-2700k for $360 from Newegg (same price at Microcenter).

Pretty much hoping anyone who has one of these already can chime in and give me the differences in speed between the two to make my decision easier.




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#2 7 years ago

Depends what you want to do with it. Games at standard resolution work fine on a 2500k.




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#3 7 years ago

Well my original plan when I got my 580 was to start streaming (which does require quite a bit of processing power), and I also wanted to start making more videos, which was limited by lack of graphic power.




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#4 7 years ago

I'd say go with the 2600k (because increase in performance vs. increase in price is a degressive function the closer you get to super high end stuff), forget SSD caching and invest the saved money into a proper SSD.

Streaming will probably profit from having lots of cores, I believe the 2600k supports hyperthreading and has therefore 8 virtual cores whereas the 2500k doesn't have that feature.

edit: Nevermind, I just saw in your sig that you already have a SSD. Maybe get a beter CPU cooler and do some overclocking then?




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#5 7 years ago
MrFancypants;5591227I'd say go with the 2600k (because increase in performance vs. increase in price is a degressive function the closer you get to super high end stuff), forget SSD caching and invest the saved money into a proper SSD.

Since I do have an SSD, caching is kind of an important thing to get, which is why I chose the Z68 motherboard to begin with.

Streaming will probably profit from having lots of cores, I believe the 2600k supports hyperthreading and has therefore 8 virtual cores whereas the 2500k doesn't have that feature.

Indeed, all i7's have hyperthreading support.

edit: Nevermind, I just saw in your sig that you already have a SSD. Maybe get a beter CPU cooler and do some overclocking then?

I did just get a new cooler, and it dropped my processors temp by about 5-10c idle/5-15c while playing games. Does a much better job than my old one.

I guess I could get the i7-2600k and overclock it. This is one of those times where I can't afford the new stuff, and I can't wait for the other new stuff. :/




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#6 7 years ago

2600k is much better. the 2700k only has one bin higher in stock speed. if you're going to overclock they're no different.




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#7 7 years ago

Aight, that's pretty much it. Saving $40 on a processor is a way better deal than something "brand new" for $100 more.

Anyways since this topic has actually gotten some responses, I might as well post the motherboard I plan to get, and the backup incase getting a 3-way SLI motherboard would be pointless.

Newegg.com - EVGA Z68 FTW 160-SB-E689-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard Newegg.com - EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard

The first is what I planned on getting. I'm leaning towards the second (backup) more right now, after taking a better look at the PCI lanes. My worries were I wouldn't be able to get a sound card if I did end up getting a second 580 at some point in the future.




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#8 7 years ago

Unless you're really going to be doing a lot of recording/editing/whatever, save some money and get the 2500K. It's ridiculously powerful, and you'll be able to OC a lot higher without the hyperthreading throwing an extra 10°C at you all the time.

Personally, I don't understand why you don't just buy a 1366 motherboard and hold out until Ivy Bridge's new chipsets launch. As-is, SRT is a bit messy. I'd take something like a Barracuda XT over SRT any day.




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#9 7 years ago

I plan to do a lot of recording, so I do sort of need the additional speed. HT isn't that important to me, in fact I very rarely had it enabled unless I knew I was going to be spending a lot of time in AE/PR for something, which hadn't been often enough for it to be worth it.

And as good to me as LGA 1366 has been, this motherboard has been nothing but problems since I got it. Memory problems, boot issues, posting issues, just general stupidity. I'm not saying it's what will happen with any other motherboard I get, but it seems like it would just be better to sell off the RMA'd board and the processor and get SB, at this point.

I don't think my sanity can take anymore fucking with.

I already ordered, anyways. I just got done with a gig this weekend that paid pretty well, so I had the extra money. Not the way I wanted to spend it, but whatever. Gotta do what you gotta do. :(