Alright, I have been researching for a few weeks now and want to build a decent computer, but do not have a clear answer yet as of which to choose. I have done this before in the past starting with 386´s up through Pentium 3´s, but have little experience with i7´s.
Budget is: $2000 - $2350 (Taxes included).
This computer will be used for work on Adobe CS5 and various CAD/Rendering programs, but should also play video games for a little R & R. I will also most likely overclock the machine.
Components that look promising so far are:
I would love 24 GB of ram @2000MHz which is possible with 9XX Tri-channel memory, but exorbitantly priced for 2600K CPU´s
9XX CPU: 24GB 6x4GB: ~$300 to $400
Video Card: nVidia GTX 570 or nVidia Quadra 2000: ~$380 - $430
(will most likely buy the brand of the motherboard, leaning toward EVGA)
WD Velociraptor 600 GB HD: ~$280
Power Supply: Acer 750W: ~$120
DVD RW ~$25
Need to decide on the case, and CPU cooler.
Mother Board depends on the chip I get. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I have seen clock speeds of 4.9 GHz with the 2600K, but I would most likely top it at 4.5. I was also interested by the 970, but does not seem to match up very well to the lower priced overclocked 930. Also the 970 would require me to downgrade other components. I am open to hear opinions on all components as nothing is set in stone yet.
I have seen the benchmarks of the 2600K Vs the 950, but those were with both chips at normal clock speeds. I just wanted to make sure the 2600K would be better than an overclocked 930 or 970. I´ll pick up a 2600K, and a P67 motherboard.
Maziar thank you greatly. That sums it up the best. The performance difference was not 3X better compared to it being 3X more expensive. Thanks for removing all doubt. I actually did not see these benchmarks before. I´ll spend some of the difference on a good cooler, the Intel one for the 2600K looks a bit ¨fragile.¨