Which build is better...?

Hi everyone,
So my 5 year old computer is getting too slow for gaming such as CoD:Black Ops (doesn't meet min. requirements but still runs it lol) so I'm looking into upgrading it. I'm going to reuse my HDD (3GB/S), Comp Case, CD/DVD Drive, Wifi Card, and PSU (600 Watts). Below are the two builds I'm stuck between - I'd appreciate any and all input.

Option 1: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=15309672
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58
Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler
Total Price: 929.95 (w/o shipping or mail in rebates)

Option 2: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=13250731
Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel P67
Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
Noctua NH-C14
Total Price: 914.95 (w/o shipping or mail in rebates)

As you probably noticed, one is a Sandy Bridge i7 and the other is a regular (i guess?) i7. I'm unsure which one is better? I've heard some good things about the Sandy Bridge but I don't want to just jump on it without knowing much about it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and any input is greatly appreciated.
Mike
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  1. nismo9132 said:
    Hi everyone,
    So my 5 year old computer is getting too slow for gaming such as CoD:Black Ops (doesn't meet min. requirements but still runs it lol) so I'm looking into upgrading it. I'm going to reuse my HDD (3GB/S), Comp Case, CD/DVD Drive, Wifi Card, and PSU (600 Watts). Below are the two builds I'm stuck between - I'd appreciate any and all input.

    Option 1: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=15309672
    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58
    Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
    XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
    Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler
    Total Price: 929.95 (w/o shipping or mail in rebates)

    Option 2: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=13250731
    Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core
    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel P67
    Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
    Noctua NH-C14
    Total Price: 914.95 (w/o shipping or mail in rebates)

    As you probably noticed, one is a Sandy Bridge i7 and the other is a regular (i guess?) i7. I'm unsure which one is better? I've heard some good things about the Sandy Bridge but I don't want to just jump on it without knowing much about it.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this, and any input is greatly appreciated.
    Mike


    Sandy Bridge is newer and it uses less power. but SB takes dual ram while the 950 takes triple. also might I recommend this build:


    XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
    EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
    XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V REV.W with ACK-I5361 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 1155 ...

    Subtotal: $809.92 before rebates (after rebates is $742) the cpu cooler and cpu are a combo! Make sure your PSU can power everything. If Not, spend another $80 for a 850W Corsair. Also if you do decide to go with SB, go with this build instead


    XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model ...
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    Cooler Master V8 Cooler

    Sub total: $859 w/o rebates and shipping (after rebates is $809) cpu and cooler is a combo and mobo and ram are a combo. Either way both are nearly the same price. but i'd go with the 950 for now since the new SB is for overclockers. MAKE SURE YOUR PSU can HANDLE THEM! 600w is a lil weak. Also both Mobos are ready for CrossFire down the line when you need another 5850.
  2. I would suggest going the way of Sandy Bridge also. If you're mainly going to be gaming then I would go with the 2500k and save the $100. 2500k does better in gaming then 2600k anyway and all you're losing is Hyper Threading. I pulled some of the parts that I just bought for my build and listed them in a wishlist.

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=12352494

    Its a little more expensive but you can mix and match what you want.

    Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler with Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm, 3 Speed Setting, Beveled Blade Tips Design, SSO Bearing Fan will run you an extra $90 but it's the best air cooler out there and the fan is whisper quiet.
  3. +1 for the 2500k. If gaming is your main goal, take that $100 and put it into a video card. A 5850 is pretty dated at this point. You could get a 5870 for~ $230 on newegg even.
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