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Intel i7-950 or i7-908X? PLEASE HELP!

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February 18, 2011 2:22:38 AM

Hello,

I am ready to purchase a new computer, to replace an older Quad Core 2.4ghz model.

For $800 will I see enough difference from an i7-950 to an i7-980X CPU?
(The base system features an Intel 950 processor, Dual 1GB GTX 460 video cards in SLI Configuration, liquid cooling, a Crucial C300 128GB Solid State Drive + 1TB 7200 RPM drive and 12GB of DDR3-1600Mhz memory.)

System will be mostly used for HD Video and photo editing, flyer production and website creation and will do more gaming in future, (now that I will have a fast system) I want a powerful system am sick of waiting for my computer to load files.

Will I be throwing away good money upgrading to 980-X processor or will the 950 processor be enough ?


THANK YOU!

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February 18, 2011 2:34:19 AM

If you don't have as much money as Donald Trump then the i7-980X probably isn't the best bet. The i7-950 will give you plenty of performance, especially if you overclock it. Another option that I would highly recommend you look at is the i7-970. It's a six-core CPU that runs just barely slower than the i7-980X at stock speeds and it's half the price of the i7-980X.

Are you building this machine yourself or is someone else going to build it, and what is you parts list for the rest of the build?
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February 18, 2011 2:42:49 AM

Since your using liquid cooling you can always overclock the 950 and it'll do a great job.
Why don't you go for a system based on Sandy-Bridge instead? An i7 2600k is better than both these processors.
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February 18, 2011 3:05:36 AM

jprahman said:
If you don't have as much money as Donald Trump then the i7-980X probably isn't the best bet. The i7-950 will give you plenty of performance, especially if you overclock it. Another option that I would highly recommend you look at is the i7-970. It's a six-core CPU that runs just barely slower than the i7-980X at stock speeds and it's half the price of the i7-980X.

Are you building this machine yourself or is someone else going to build it, and what is you parts list for the rest of the build?


Would I be better off overclocking the 950 (which I believe will void the warranty)
or just getting the i7-2600K if that option is available?
Will the i7-2600K work with an Asus Sabertooth X58 MotherBoard ?
No I am not building this system.
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February 18, 2011 3:18:37 AM

system features ;
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Professional 64 bit
Intel Core i7 950 3.06 GHz Processor
Dual NVidia 1GB GTX460's in SLI Mode
12GB DDR3 1600 MHZ Memory
128GB Crucial C300 SSD Hard Drive Sata III 6.0Gbps
1TB 7200 RPM drive
USB 3.0
CoolIt ECO Liquid Cooling Solution
Coolermaster HAF922
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February 18, 2011 3:27:06 AM

Why get a 980x when you get a i7 970 hexacore for $589 now.
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February 18, 2011 3:46:28 AM

The i7 2600k is not compatible with the Asus Sabertooth X58 MotherBoard, you'll need one with a 1155 socket.

If you already purchased the motherboard and all go for the 950 its a great chip especially if you overclock it, but if you haven't then I suggest you go for the i7 2600k. For 30 USD more its brilliant.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=100

Oh yeah its also just as good as the 980X and 970(for 200 bucks less).
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=142
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February 18, 2011 4:21:42 AM

tf141 said:
The i7 2600k is not compatible with the Asus Sabertooth X58 MotherBoard, you'll need one with a 1155 socket.

If you already purchased the motherboard and all go for the 950 its a great chip especially if you overclock it, but if you haven't then I suggest you go for the i7 2600k. For 30 USD more its brilliant.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=100

Oh yeah its also just as good as the 980X and 970(for 200 bucks less).
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=142


System is pre-built and would be more money to change to 1155 socket motherboard. I think I will just get the i7-950, I have heard good things about the i7-950 and I will overclock it if needed. System will handle the overclocking with the quality components and the liquid cooling.

THANK YOU!

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February 18, 2011 10:48:03 AM

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The 980x beats the2600k by 9sec. Now lets say you loose a dollar for every second. 9 dollars per encoding how many do you do a day. How many a month how many a year. How much will you end up loosing?


That made me lol

As a professional media producer I can honestly say 9 seconds doesn't mean anything. If we were talking minutes then I'd agree - if a $1,000 CPU will drop an hour encoding time down to 50 minutes or less then excellent, but splitting hairs over seconds is pointless. Also, if you're in an environment where you're heavily encoding many projects each and every day then you'd have a big render farm that knocks the socks off of any desktop processor anyway.

And how many 9 seconds will you have to save before you offset the premium price of the 980X?
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