I'll be doing a new build and need the parts on Saturday. That means I will be ordering tonight!
I've had my mind stuck on getting an i5 2500k and a B3 SLI board but after looking at benchmarks I'm not so sure what to get.
The 1090t and the i7 920 perform very close the the 2500k. I like AM3 and X58 boards better than the B3 boards since there are more lanes. (I will be doing SLI GTX 470's and most likely a GT 240 for additional folding)
What would be the best purchase for the money? If I buy SB I refuse to put more than 1.38v into it so my overclocking will be cut down.
Any suggestions? I'm starting to switch my mind over to an i7 920 at the moment!
Regardless of your answer, buying X58 is a terrible choice right now. Buying a Phenom II x6 is an even worse choice. I am actually having difficulty restraining myself from using stronger words to describe how poor of choices either of those is compared to a P67 w/ i5-2500K.
If you're just SLI'ing GTX 470's the P67 8x/8x won't bottleneck you at all.
There is no justification for buying any either of your suggestions over the P67. The better architecture will allow an i5-2500K to match the 1090T at the same clock speeds. But it is a fact that it will clock higher. I don't know why you insist on a 1.38 hard limit on voltage, but that should be adequate to get higher clocks than a 1090T so you handily blow it out of the water. The same is true for the i7-930, but to a lesser extent.
Well, x58 beats P67 in just about everything at the same clocks for gaming.
The 1090T benchmarks I looked at weren't gaming, that was my mistake. It's still a good processor however but I wouldn't consider it anymore after seeing results of Intel's monstrosities.
I do realize that 1155 processors can clock higher than 1366 but I'll be limited by the amount of lanes that 1155 has which makes 1366 a MUCH better choice for the money. x58 is the best choice for my budget. =]
I'll pass, thanks Dalauder.
I just bought an Asrock Extreme X58 and 3x2GB of OCZ 1600 CL8 for 105 shipped.
Buying a W3520 for the same price as your 930. =]
If you look at the SLI section in Tomshardware you'll see that X58 is superior for price/performance ratio. (1920x1080 is my resolution)
I understand that P67 is better, but not for the money. I don't want to spend over $400. Purchasing an NF200 board is $275 alone. Please think about the original post before you want to thread crap.
Wouldnt you rather spend another $100 and be more future proof than to build an already obsolete system? I just built a first gen i5 system and im kicking myself for it because SB blows it out of the water. X58 is even older and the benchmarks DO show that P67 will perform better. Bad move getting the X58 but we obviously can't convince you.
I'd like to see that link Jaguarmatt (to the SLI section).
The link I gave you said P67 had ~103% performance on 8x/8x versus 16x/16x on X58. I'd have picked a P67/i5-2500K combo for under $400. But you have some reason. You will have greater memory bandwidth though...maybe that will be useful.
They exchange blows with each other at the same clocks. I went with X58 for the extra bandwidth. Now I can run my SLI GTX 470's, XiFi pci-e x1 sound card, and GT 240 at the same time without having to worry about my cards bottle-necking from lack of lane bandwidth.
I'm upgrading from an Athlon II x4 @ 3.8ghz, so I'm pretty sure either way I went would have been just fine. I decided to go the X58 route since in the end the performance is similar to Sandy Bridge and I saved enough money to purchase an Accelero Xtreme Plus for my top GTX 470 and had enough money left over to invest in some case mods for my Phantom.