Building a SB 2600k system for Maya > CS5 > games(BFBC2/BF3). Need some advice on which motherboard to choose. I will be buying a single GTX 570 for now, and I will be giving the 2600k a slight OC.
As I'm in Australia, the parts will be purchased from PCCasegear.
So it's between these three:
@ Apennyworth; They are all good choices. I wouldn't get upset if someone chose one of those based on a preferred color scheme. They're that close IMO.
I know the i7 2600K is better at programs that use lots of threads. But the i5 2500K is also very good at those same jobs. There's just not enough 'performance' separating them, IMO, to jump on the more expensive CPU. 2500K will do everything the 2600K will.
Thanks WR2, good points.
But for me, it's all about rendering (MentalRay). I think the i7 will be worth the extra.
The cooler choice is based on noise rather than OC abilty and the ambient temp here can reach 45c in summer. I know it seems like overkill for a small OC, but I hate having to worry about temps while rendering. My last build, a 930 with a Cogage True (smoted by lightning), would sometimes reach upper 70's while rendering. I had to dissable cores to get the temps down on hot days.
If priority is gaming, look for the P8P67 Pro in newegg combos once it arrives w/ B3 stepping. Paired w/ the 2500k or 2600k, there's a substantial savings in the combo. If 3D Modeling, big spreadsheets / databases , CS5 movie editing, etc is the priority, the 1366 platform may better choice. If sticking w/ the 1155 platform, given your oher comment about cooling, I'd give strong consideration to the ruggedized Asus Sabertooth TUF1155 MoBo and its 5 year warranty
Of those you listed the P8P67 Pro to my mind sits well above the others. The MSI I'd put 2nd and the Gigglebyte 3rd.....the AsRock given its weaker components is several steps down the chain. Where the Sabertooth ups the component quality to provide a more rugged board (and a corresponding increase in price), the AsRock goes the other way and needs to include less expensive components to meet their target budget buyer.
Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 $119.00 - That's a bit steep for CAS 9 RAM ... should be about $99. For C5, Maya etc, CAS 7 RAM would be better.
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD $149.00 - Problematic part and Vertex 2 is about to be put out to pasture. here's why ya don't want the 60 GB / 120 GB Vertex 2
The last one requires Antec compatible case (1200, DF-85, P193, P183). All those PSU's have 10.0 performance ratings on jonnyguru.com
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler $108.00 - performance can't compete w/ $40 coolers. Ya wanne spend $100, get the Thermalright Silver Arrow. The Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG 2100 beats the NH-D14 handily on 1155/1156/1366 CPUs
Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB Phantom $429.00 - The reviews I have read don't show me anything that would make me wanna spend an extra $70 - $100. I'd consider twin 560 Ti's factory OC'd to 900 Mhz which sit right on the heels of the reference 570 performance. Two can be had for $100 more than that Phantom but ya could drop the PSU down to the 750 Black which would take back $20 of that.
No I didn't, but that would have been a good idea at the time. Or maybe turning of HT?
I ended up changing my case fan config, this fixed the problem to an extent.
Antec 600 - made all four 120mm case fans as intakes, twisted the CPU cooler 90deg (pushing up) and everything vented out the top 200mm fan. It was like a blow heater