Approximate Purchase Date: Next Week (2/25/2011) Budget Range: $1000-$1100 System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, dvd burner Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or Frys.com Country of Origin: USA Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU Overclocking: Maybe SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 1200 Additional Comments: running windows 7 64 bit.
I would like a semi gaming system but willing to use one video card and pick up another one later. Wouldn't mind picking up a blueray player.
You don't need an i7 for gaming, hyperthreading is pointless for games i only recommend i7s if you are doing lots of rendering/video editing an i5 750 or 760 or an amd phenom ii x4 black will be great for gaming and basic surfing
Joel's 1st build would have worked just fine. i7 is just a label, it doesn't mean anything. The 2500K, labeled i5, ccan kill any i7 in most things. Plus with SB coming in the old i7's have no justification.
aznshinobi, the "i7 is just a label, it dosen't mean anything". Do you have any idea what you are talking about? Let me just point out some things about the i7 vs the i5, the first generation i7 could support three channels of memory, but the i5 could only support 2. What about the cache 6mb vs 8mb mean anything to you? The second generations have higher clock speeds, also the second generation has 8 threads vs 4. so the next time you say something is just a label and dosen't mean anything, make sure you do know what you are talking about so you don't look like a fool just like you do in the post above.
Look at it from a price standpoint. How many users are actually going to use all eight threads? TBH i7's are really useless to me when in everyday apps and just normal day to day PS5, the i5 2500K performs just about anything a i7 2600K can do. Sure sure, more threads whatever. Like it matters to the things he's doing. Plus who gives a crap about Cache. THG did an article on cache for gaming. It affected nothing. It changed nothing in most apps either. Clock speeds will give it that extra kick but with 32nm in full effect. Overclocking is so easy now. It's not like chips produce that much heat anymore.
You have given my much to think about. I was leaning towards the 2600k and was going to wait for the motherboard fixes. One more question. What chip would be better for doing software development on with using MSSQL databases and run a ubuntu VM?