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April 5, 2011 7:34:19 AM

Best Gaming CPU is the i5 2500K with an 1155 board
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April 5, 2011 8:05:54 AM

Have a look at Gigabyte's G1 series - Assassin, Sniper and Gorilla (or something). In my opinion the best gaming motherboards for 1366.

But seriously if you don't want to waste cash listen to simon12 an go for a 2500K , and spend the rest on a graphics card or SSD which will have a more significant performance boost in games.
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April 5, 2011 4:31:19 PM

Since you made the distinction of price not being a concern, the best gaming CPU on the market is clearly the Intel i7-2600k. It has a 0.1 Ghz speed advantage over the i5-2500k at stock, but that difference seems to spread a bit in the reviews I have read to around 0.3 Ghz when overclocked. I suspect however that this spread might be due to testers spending more T & E (time and effort) on the flagship model and just rushing the 2500k to print. Given the $100 difference in price versus the small performance difference, most peeps consider the 2500k to be the "best bang for the buck" .. but again, you stated you are not looking for bargains.

As for MoBos, the Asus ROG series is the pinnacle for gamers. This would be the Asus Maximus IV Extreme. Many fans consider the BIOS features alone to be worth the extra $100 over the next model down. But hardware wise, the most notable thing is the board's ability to do two GFX cards in SLI at x16 x16 plus a 3rd card as a dedicated PhysX card at X8.

Below that, the Asus WS Revolution is a hot board and winds up in most of my SLI / CF builds with cards in the $250 range and up. It will do twin cards at x16 x16 thanks to its NF200 chip. I have got one of these on my build / test bench (aka dining room table) right now with a few more on the way. As you can see here, it beats its closest competition (Gigabyte UD7) in every bench but what I found rather striking was the differences in power consumption. Did not expect two MoBos to differ by so much.

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3795/asus_p8p67_ws_rev...

Sticking w/ SL / CF capability, the most frequently recommended board in the 1155 reviews and by far the biggest seller on newegg is the Asus P8P67 Pro .... they sold so many of these boards that their entire allocation at present is still going to replace the defective B2 stepping boards they sold back in January.

I don't get many requests to do single GFX card builds, better said .... I don't get many requests to do builds where a future upgrade to CF / SLI is not a criteria. So I'm less inclined to make a recommendation in that category.

Now if ya thinking 3 or 4 GPU's in SLI, that's still 1366 territory. The Asus WS Supercomputer says that it does 3 GFX Cards in SLI + 1 in Phs X at x16. Gigabyte's top end cards say they do x16, x16, x8, x8. Th EVGA Classified also does 4 x16.
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April 5, 2011 9:08:57 PM

tf141 said:
Have a look at Gigabyte's G1 series - Assassin, Sniper and Gorilla (or something). In my opinion the best gaming motherboards for 1366.

But seriously if you don't want to waste cash listen to simon12 an go for a 2500K , and spend the rest on a graphics card or SSD which will have a more significant performance boost in games.


I was thinking about waiting a few more weeks to see if the intel X79 LGA-2011 Sandy Bridge-E or the AMD FX8000 or FX6000 will be out! If so I would like to get one of them and add that following maybe with Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7-990X. With 24 GB DDR3-1066. Also a pair of AMD Radeon HD6990 graphics cards.
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April 5, 2011 9:28:45 PM

Probably will not see an x79 till the end of the year. Also fyi the 990x is not a ton faster than the 2600k for about 5 times the cost. What exactly are you using this for gaming? You really do not need 24g of mem to game. 6-8 gigs is a sweet spot for gamming unless you were going to use the rest of the memory as a virtual disk or something. No reason to go with 2 6990 either unless you are just doing it for bench marks. If you want to waste money thats fine its your decision.
But if you build a Sandy bridge system Intel has said it will be compatable with Ivybridge proccessors so you would have an upgrade path.
1366 is pretty much at the end of life cycle I mean they are still good systems but the 990x will probably be the last processor out for it.
If you don't want to wait for the 2011 chipset you could wait for the z68 chipset which would give you the capabilitys of the p68 and h68 plus ssd cache and a few more things should be out by summer or end of summer hard to tell with all the rumors though. Also you may want to go with 1600 DDR3.
If building now asus ROG as stated above with a i7 2600k is about the fastest combo out now.
But some folks have good luck with different companys also like Gigabyte or MSI.
I run Gigabyte usually but just because I have had good luck with them.
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April 5, 2011 10:20:39 PM

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Probably will not see an x79 till the end of the year. Also fyi the 990x is not a ton faster than the 2600k for about 5 times the cost. What exactly are you using this for gaming? You really do not need 24g of mem to game. 6-8 gigs is a sweet spot for gamming unless you were going to use the rest of the memory as a virtual disk or something. No reason to go with 2 6990 either unless you are just doing it for bench marks. If you want to waste money thats fine its your decision.
But if you build a Sandy bridge system Intel has said it will be compatable with Ivybridge proccessors so you would have an upgrade path.
1366 is pretty much at the end of life cycle I mean they are still good systems but the 990x will probably be the last processor out for it.
If you don't want to wait for the 2011 chipset you could wait for the z68 chipset which would give you the capabilitys of the p68 and h68 plus ssd cache and a few more things should be out by summer or end of summer hard to tell with all the rumors though. Also you may want to go with 1600 DDR3.
If building now asus ROG as stated above with a i7 2600k is about the fastest combo out now.
But some folks have good luck with different companys also like Gigabyte or MSI.
I run Gigabyte usually but just because I have had good luck with them.



Mainly for gaming, but would like have my rig around for awhile without updating every few years, Would also like to keep my rig for future gaming software as well!
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April 5, 2011 10:24:16 PM

Well then I would wait for the z68 to come out and build a sandybridge.
Unless you want to wait till the end of the year for the 2011 X79 chipset.
Not sure on the AMD stuff as theres no hard date for release yet
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April 16, 2011 2:52:12 AM

galeener said:
Well then I would wait for the z68 to come out and build a sandybridge.
Unless you want to wait till the end of the year for the 2011 X79 chipset.
Not sure on the AMD stuff as theres no hard date for release yet


Thank you for the advice, I think I will go ahead and build out with the following for now...

Motherboard: Asus P8P67 WS Revolution: Intel P67 Express, Nvidia NF200 PCIe Bridge, LGA 1155, BIOS 1007 $285.00

Intel Core i7-2600K $314.00

Power Supply: OCZ-Z1000M: 1000W Modular, ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold

Graphics Cards: 3x- ASUS nVidia GeForce GTX570 1280MB DDR5 2DVI/ Mini HDMI PCI-Express Video Card ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 by Asus $349.00EA

RAMS: Kingston HyperX T1 DDR3-2133 at DDR3-1600 CAS 7-7-7-21, 1.60 V
2 x 2 GB for Dual-Channel (LGA 1155),

HARD DRIVE: Western Digital WD1002FBYS: 1 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 32 MB cache

Software:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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April 16, 2011 3:14:57 AM

Looks like a good build have fun with it.
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April 23, 2011 12:22:53 AM

Thanks!
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May 3, 2011 1:46:42 AM

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