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July 4, 2011 2:04:46 AM

OK I'm building a new gaming rig and these are my options

Rig 1

Amd phenom II x 4 965 3.4 GHz and amd sapphire 6970

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Intel core i7 2600k and amd xfx 6950

I want this computer to run all games coming out within the next 2 years on max settings and I want to
use this to render youtube videos and some video editing .. I can always upgrade my gpu but the problem is
the processor so whic one is better for me and how long will it be good thanks

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July 4, 2011 2:55:17 AM

A 2500K and a 6950 would be your best bet.
2600K doesn't do you much good, rather spend the money on another 6950 or a SSD.
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July 4, 2011 2:57:42 AM

In any case, if you can afford Intel, go for it. They do have the better performance CPUs. Also, you don't need anything as powerful as a 2600k. I have an i5 2500k with 2x GTX 570's, and It's amazing. So, you could go with it, and enhance the GPU or get an SSD for amazingly fast loading times. An i7 at all is currently overkill on games.
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July 4, 2011 3:00:50 AM

I agree 2500k is great for gaming. 2600k isn't going to improve your performance
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July 4, 2011 3:08:46 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
I agree 2500k is great for gaming. 2600k isn't going to improve your performance


The i7 2600k is the best out of all I guess cause It does more than the i5 2500k
and the amd phenom 2 x4 965 , but isnt there an issue with intel processors and amd cards ?
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July 4, 2011 3:10:44 AM

Fallen 388 said:
The i7 2600k is the best out of all I guess cause It does more than the i5 2500k
and the amd phenom 2 x4 965 , but isnt there an issue with intel processors and amd cards ?

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GPUs work happily with any CPU, a GTX580 runs fine on AMD and a 6970 on Intel.
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July 4, 2011 3:11:04 AM

Nope, none at all! they all work even if you have an AMD GPU and an Intel CPU
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July 4, 2011 3:15:09 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
Nope, none at all! they all work even if you have an AMD GPU and an Intel CPU


Thanks
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July 4, 2011 3:15:51 AM

What about a 2500 and not a k the 2500 is a little bit weaker, and he could get a better card like a 6970.
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July 4, 2011 3:18:58 AM

2500k and 2500 is the same CPU, only the 2500 doesn't allow for OverClocking
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July 4, 2011 3:23:52 AM

addison said:
What about a 2500 and not a k the 2500 is a little bit weaker, and he could get a better card like a 6970.


I plan to overclock to 4.0 ghz so I will stick with the 2600k and I might spend the extra 70 or so and get the 6970 , Thanks !
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July 4, 2011 3:30:03 AM

Dude, the 2500k and 2600k perform the same, why not just get a 2500k then and save like more money to but the 6970.


Where telling you that you'll waste your money on a CPU like that and there won't be a difference compared to a i5 2500k.
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July 4, 2011 3:31:12 AM

HE WANTS TO OVERCLOCK!!!!YOU NEED A "K" PROCESSOR!!!! TBH, go with the i5 2500k
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July 4, 2011 3:34:22 AM

That's real forum friendly.
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July 4, 2011 3:35:37 AM

Im gonna go with the i5 2500k so I can overclock and it does give better performance towards gaming and since ill do light editing its good also , im also gonna get a better gpu and the i5 2500k is overclockable to at least 4.0 Ghz right ? Thanks
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July 4, 2011 3:36:23 AM

Oh and no arguing !
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July 4, 2011 3:39:01 AM

Yes, the i5 2500k is easily OCable to 4.0GHz (Remember to get a aftermarket heatsink and fan!) and to addison: Fallen said in his post 7 minutes before yours "I plan to overclock to 4.0GHz"..and you recommened i7 2600...I hope you know the non K series CPUs can't be Oced
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July 4, 2011 3:46:55 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
Yes, the i5 2500k is easily OCable to 4.0GHz (Remember to get a aftermarket heatsink and fan!) and to addison: Fallen said in his post 7 minutes before yours "I plan to overclock to 4.0GHz"..and you recommened i7 2600...I hope you know the non K series CPUs can't be Oced


Thanks !
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July 4, 2011 3:47:55 AM

Fallen just to tell you if you OC to 4.0 ghz it shortens the life of that product so that 2 years might only be 1 or 2 years.
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July 4, 2011 3:49:36 AM

Fallen 388 said:
Thanks !

No problem
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July 4, 2011 3:49:56 AM

r0aringdrag0n said:
Yes, the i5 2500k is easily OCable to 4.0GHz (Remember to get a aftermarket heatsink and fan!) and to addison: Fallen said in his post 7 minutes before yours "I plan to overclock to 4.0GHz"..and you recommened i7 2600...I hope you know the non K series CPUs can't be Oced


One more thing , will my build i5 2500k oc'ed 4.0 ghz and sapphire 6970
max out the new games that are coming out within the next year or two
thanks
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July 4, 2011 3:53:10 AM

we don't know...
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July 4, 2011 3:55:21 AM

Fallen 388 said:
One more thing , will my build i5 2500k oc'ed 4.0 ghz and sapphire 6970
max out the new games that are coming out within the next year or two
thanks




OC shortens the life out of hardware, better off not to OC, and YES you could like NUKE the upcoming games, oh and a 570 is cheaper and the performance is only like 3fps which will not be noticeable.
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July 4, 2011 3:57:15 AM

addison said:
OC shortens the life out of hardware, better off not to OC, and YES you could like NUKE the upcoming games, oh and a 570 is cheaper and the performance is only like 3fps which will not be noticeable.


I will look into the gtx 570 thanks
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July 4, 2011 5:02:01 PM

CF.... We mean a single 6970, before you post read the other post.
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July 4, 2011 5:06:39 PM

addison said:
CF.... We mean a single 6970, before you post read the other post.

He never said he wont add another card in the future. Having an option to upgrade is better than not having one IMO.
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July 4, 2011 7:29:30 PM

I have an i7 2600k and it renders an average length youtube video in 10-20 minutes.

I am going to go against the tide of this conversation and say get the processor you want. If you want a 2600k go for it. If not you will always wonder what if? The difference between the two is preference. Do you want hyperthreading or not? That will answer your question.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=287
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