Hey, basically in the new year i am thinking of getting a new PC and will use it for intense gaming and 3D Architecture and Animation (rendering). So i was wandering which should i go for? Should i go for the 6 core with should be better for rendering like a i7-970 or a 2600k that i can overclock and get great performance out of.
The gaming you won't see much of a performance difference at-least not to warrant the price gap. For your rendering the six cores would certainly be a welcome addition over the four and you will get a notable difference.
If you really need that performance boost than go with the six, if not I say go with the 2600K.
The 2600K will be better for gaming. The i7 970 will have an edge with rendering, although that may be a very slim edge since the 2600K will overclock higher normally. I don't think the extra $200 for the processor and an extra $50-75 for an X58 mobo is worth it as the two will perform similarly
A 3rd option would be to wait a few weeks and build a Sandy Bridge-E rig with a hexacore 3930K