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Ivy Bridge? Sandy E? 2600k?

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October 11, 2011 10:38:14 AM

So I'm thinking about upgrading my CPU, here's my current setup:

Fractal Design R3 White
Asus Sabretooth P67
i-7 960 (to be OCed to 4.2-4.4ghz)
Dual Gigabyte GTX 580s (To be OCed)
OCZ Vertex 120gb SSD
2 500GB Samsung HDDs in Raid0
6 GB Kingston DDR3 Triple Channel (I think, off of memory) ram (3x2gb)
1000W CoolerMaster PSU
Liquid Cooled with Laing (Vario) Pump, 2 loop: 2.120 for CPU and 3.120 for GPUs

I know that my CPU is bottlenecking my performance right now. So I'm stuck between the following options:

a) Buy a 2600k and OC that
b) Buy the hex core SBE when that's released
c) Wait for the Ivy Bridge Platform and get whatever top of the range processor they release with that

The system is used exclusively for two things:
a) Gaming
b) Folding when I'm in a giving mood

I know that I may have to upgrade my mobo, which I'm fine with doing. Also side question has any pricing/processor information been released regarding Ivy Bridge? What's the top of the line gonna be like in terms of features and pricing?

Thanks guys

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October 11, 2011 10:45:59 AM

tri post?
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October 11, 2011 10:46:17 AM

That is not your setup...
You can't put a i7 960 in a Asus Sabretooth P67 motherboard...
i7 960 has to go into a LGA socket 1366
the P67 is a LGA socket 1155 for Sandy bridge processors...
I'm guessing you have an X58 Asus Sabretooth mobo.

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October 11, 2011 10:53:06 AM

pacioli said:
That is not your setup...
You can't put a i7 960 in a Asus Sabretooth P67 motherboard...
i7 960 has to go into a LGA socket 1366
the P67 is a LGA socket 1155 for Sandy bridge processors...


Saved me for posting!

And no regardless of the CPU you have, (either a 2500/2600k or a 9** i7) you are NOT bottlenecked by the CPU, you need more than 2 580s for that.

At 4+gig you will be fine.

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