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Should I get the Sandy Bridge? Does it support 1366

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October 30, 2010 3:08:07 PM

Ok now that Im close to buying my i7 950 rig I read about the i7 2600 and I feel like my head is gonna pop!

I cant decide what to buy, the i7 950 or wait a bit longer for the i7 2600.

price dont think is an issue provided its not $200+ more expensive, problem is I already bought a Gigabyte X58-USB3 and a Corsair XMS3 6GB ram kit.

and I cant foget the fact that my x58 board uses a 1366 socket while the sandy bridges uses a 1155 socket so will it be backward compatible. I really really need help
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October 30, 2010 3:52:45 PM

Unfortunately, no. It's a whole different platform and architecture. Your RAM, however, will definitely be compatible with the SB. ;) 
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October 30, 2010 4:43:21 PM

If you wait for the next thing you will NEVER have anything.

If you have the money now, get your system now because even with SB coming out it's going to be a VERY long time before X58-based systems are underpowered.

If you want to wait a few more months to see comparative benchmarks then it's your choice, but bear in mind then that the socket 2011 top-end Sandy Bridge stuff is due only a few months after that.

Also, AMD Bulldozer is due around this time as well, and that's supposed to be excellent as well.

See what I mean about waiting?
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October 30, 2010 5:21:58 PM

LePhuronn said:
If you wait for the next thing you will NEVER have anything.

If you have the money now, get your system now because even with SB coming out it's going to be a VERY long time before X58-based systems are underpowered.

If you want to wait a few more months to see comparative benchmarks then it's your choice, but bear in mind then that the socket 2011 top-end Sandy Bridge stuff is due only a few months after that.

Also, AMD Bulldozer is due around this time as well, and that's supposed to be excellent as well.

See what I mean about waiting?



See your point in the never getting anything with waiting so I will just buy the 950
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October 30, 2010 5:22:31 PM

Best answer selected by kyleguy298.
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October 30, 2010 6:04:07 PM

You won't regret getting the 950 - great chip, great platform, overclocks like stink.

Invest in a decent CPU cooler too so you can give the 950 a good overclock to really stretch its wings - pretty much every i7 will hit 4GHz easily.
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