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January 31, 2011 1:20:35 AM

I am building a mostly new System mostly for gaming. I have set a price cap of about a grand.

I have priced out 2 systems. One system with an 15-2500k and a Nvidia 470. The Second is an 17-2600k with Nvidia 460. Where is my money best spent with the lower in graphics card or the lower end processor?
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January 31, 2011 1:38:10 AM

I would get the I7 and a 460 IMO.
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January 31, 2011 3:01:22 AM

The 2500K is all you need for gaming. It will OC just as high as the 2600K, and few games use more than two cores, certainly not more than 4.
Spend the $100 difference on a better graphics card, and you will be happier.
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January 31, 2011 3:04:09 AM

Gaming won't make use of the extra threads provided by the Hyper-Threading Technology in the i7-2600K. It usually doesn't even make use of any more than 3 cores.

The best price/performance configuration for gaming is with the i5-2500K and the higher performance and bandwidth graphics card and an Intel P67 Express chipset motherboard so that you can overclock using the unlocked multipliers.
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January 31, 2011 3:36:33 AM

Thanks for the opinions guys.

After these opinions and reading the review found on this site I have decided to go with the I5 and the 470.

Below is the computer I am specing out. (note: I am using a Vertex 2 (120GB) SSD and a 1TB WD Black Harddrive from my existing machine.)

Corsair Graphite Series 600T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139003

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

ASUS P8P67 PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682

EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130549

Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

I do plan on overclocking from reading on this site thou I don't really need a huge heat sync and this gets really good reviews.
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January 31, 2011 1:53:26 PM

Loks very good.

An extra benefit of an aftermarket cpu cooler is that it will be quieter because of the 120mm fan.
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February 1, 2011 2:01:57 AM

christop said:
I would get the I7 and a 460 IMO.

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February 1, 2011 2:36:27 AM

i5 build with GTX 470 = better performance.
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February 7, 2011 10:57:47 PM

When they start selling the Sandy Bridge/1155 motherboards again. I was had the order ready to go when Newegg pulled all their components.. I guess I wait till Late March/early April.
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February 10, 2011 11:25:06 PM

Best answer selected by JobyX.
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