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Building a system around OCZ RevoDrive X2 and Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz

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July 1, 2011 5:01:45 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week - next few weeks
Budget Range: <2500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: developement, some gaming, running multiple VMs,
Parts Not Required:
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: n/a
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: gulftown processor and the revo x2 drive or other SSD drive
Have CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Possible Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Overclocking: No / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm looking for help to build a system around a gulftown processor and the revo x2 drive. I hope to keep the cost under 2500 and would appreciate any suggestions on motherboard, memory and graphics card. I plan on only using 1 monitor for the time being as I have a decent one that runs at 1920x1080.
July 1, 2011 5:08:08 AM

an i7 2600k can be much more powerful since it can be oc'd waaaayyyy more. it is also a lot cheaper.

the x2 is kind of not worth it. for its giant price you can get a couple of these (really vertex 3's, and dont mind the bad reviews they fixed the problems)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also newegg reviewers are idiots
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July 1, 2011 5:10:21 AM

The chip I have is an unlocked one that I got for free.... so i'm not really buying it.
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July 1, 2011 5:11:08 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
an i7 2600k can be much more powerful since it can be oc'd waaaayyyy more. it is also a lot cheaper.

the x2 is kind of not worth it. for its giant price you can get a couple of these (really vertex 3's, and dont mind the bad reviews they fixed the problems)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also newegg reviewers are idiots

He's running VMs and doing things besides gaming. For gaming both of these CPUs are more than sufficient. For VM and parallel processing the 970 destroys the 2600.

The i7-970 is not unlocked, it's multiplier has to stay within spec. It can still be overclocked with the BCLK alone.
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July 1, 2011 5:17:19 AM

drakkhen said:
The chip I have is an unlocked one that I got for free.... so i'm not really buying it.

ok. lucky guy
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July 1, 2011 7:09:43 PM

video card suggestions and MB? anyone?
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July 8, 2011 4:00:15 AM

If your only running 1 monitor just grab a nvidia 580. For a motherboard since your not going to do much overclocking I would reccomend the asus sabertooth x58.
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July 15, 2011 3:36:22 AM

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