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Dual e5620 for gaming or.. i7 980x ?

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January 17, 2011 12:42:12 PM

are dual xeon ok for gaming ? or just go for the 980x ?
parts needed : Processor , Motherboard , Ram , CPU Cooler , HDD For Boot , Extra HDD For Storage , Thermal Paste

first choice :
2 x E5620 ( Spire Thermax Eclipse II for first processor, H70 For second . )
Supermicro X8DTE-F-O
2 x ( 3 x 2 Crucial 1333 EEC RAM )
74 GB Recertified Velociraptor
2TB Recertified Caviar Black 2 TB
Noctua NT-H1

Please note that i aleardy bought spire thermax eclipse II

second choice :
i7 980x ( H70 )
Asus Rampage Extreme III
3 x 4 1600 Mhz G.skill Ripjaws DDR3
74 GB Recertified Velociraptor
2 TB Recertified Caviar Black 2 TB
Noctua NT-H1

in both choices i will use parts from my old rig : HAF X ( can i put in 2 x H70 in this casing ? lol ) , Gigabyte 5970 , Power Supply Coolermaster GX 750 Watt ( will this be enough ? )

i will use this new rig for gaming. not workstations or servers ..

i want to buy these parts from newegg .. when i come to new york and ship it to my aunt's apartment ( i live in indonesia.. sorry if my english is bad )

thanks before.!

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January 17, 2011 1:13:23 PM

The higher the resolution games are played at, the progressively less the cpu and pure clock speed really matters. Pair up a $1000 980x cpu with a $150 gpu at 1920x1200 res, vs. and $85 AMD X3 cpu with a $250 gpu, and the AMD rig kicks the Intel rigs rear....

Lower the resolution to 800x600, maybe the roles are reversed...but $1000 worth of Xeon or 980x....money wasted, pure and simple...
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January 17, 2011 1:35:34 PM

Personally if you want real power go with the i5 2500k or even the i7 2600k. The i7 980X is expensive and now old tech.
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January 18, 2011 5:44:41 AM

mdd1963 said:
The higher the resolution games are played at, the progressively less the cpu and pure clock speed really matters. Pair up a $1000 980x cpu with a $150 gpu at 1920x1200 res, vs. and $85 AMD X3 cpu with a $250 gpu, and the AMD rig kicks the Intel rigs rear....

Lower the resolution to 800x600, maybe the roles are reversed...but $1000 worth of Xeon or 980x....money wasted, pure and simple...

whatt? playing 800x600 with 5970 ?? i'm even using X6 1055T now..
asteldian said:
Personally if you want real power go with the i5 2500k or even the i7 2600k. The i7 980X is expensive and now old tech.

yes, thats what i think.. maybe there will be a new Xtreme edition Q4 .. but buying 2 xeons will not hurt,, i think the new extreme edition will be 8 cored. . and that's what xeons got. .
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January 18, 2011 10:13:43 AM

can i bump ? :D  please tell if in this forum i am not allowed to bump thanks
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January 18, 2011 10:26:35 AM

The 6 core cpus get lower framerates in games than the 4 core models at same clock speed....

Buying xeons and a dual socket MB and giving a system 3-4 times the memory only to get 10 fps less seems useless......

More sockets/and/or cores is not always better for gaming. Far from it, in fact.

Put the money into the video card, which is 90% of the performance at hi-res...
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January 18, 2011 11:36:27 AM

The 5970 is ample power and you would benefit more from very fast CPUs like the sandy bridge Intel ones more than you would older tech or lots of cores. The i5 2500k and the i7 2600k are the top dog performers for gaming, anymore than 4 cores is wasted for gaming, in fact in most cases it is the third core that makes the big difference between a dual and quad processor (That is why the budget AMD RANA 450 CPUs are very popular) so having 8 cores achieves nothing other than being able to say ' hey, check it out - 8 cores!'
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