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December 27, 2011 4:41:33 PM

Hi

I am currently building a PC, but just cant decide whether i should buy the 2600k or the 3930k. My pc budget is $2000 dollars.

If i were to build a 39300k pc, this would be the specs

3930k
Gtx 560ti 448core
X79 asrock extreme9
16gb corsair vengeance at 1600mhz
Corsair hydro h100

And this is the 2600k build

2600k
2way sli gtx 560 ti 448
Asus maximus extremez z68
16gb corsair vengeance 1600mhz
Corsair hydro 100

They are the same specs but only the cpu is different. I need a system that can atleast a few years. If i am gonna get the 3930k build, themx im gonna upgrade the gpu with a second gtx560 448 core later on next year. My main use of this system is to play games at a resolution of 1080p until march, wjen i get a 1600p monitor. I also am gonna record games with fraps and thats why i chose these top cpus. I
Oh and i dont want anyone telling me that i should get an amd gpu or wait till ivy bridge. Just want you opinion on these pcs


Thanks

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December 27, 2011 4:51:27 PM

Two great builds. For gaming 2600k is unbeatable. You don't need six core for gaming, if you do video encoding, 3D, or other programs what are cpu hungry then go with 3930k. I can make my cpu to work 100% with a normall use , gaming , running some programs, web surfing.
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December 27, 2011 4:56:58 PM

Most games are gpu intnse at the moment get a 2600k or a 2500K and the money you save should get you a amd hd7970 when there out which by the looks of it compete with gtx590 and hd6990 so it would destroy any 560ti combo
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December 27, 2011 5:22:43 PM

How us the 2600k and 3930k performance wise in gaming. Because in the future games will be able to.utilize all 6 cores. And also how is he 3930k.overclocking wise? I want to get 4200mhz out of it, with minimal voltage changes (im kinda new to the overclocking scene
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December 27, 2011 5:26:47 PM

Pretty much the same as most games are gpu intense theres the odd game like that will use cpu more not sure of which. cant say how good the 3930k overclocks but the 2600k can hit 4.3 on stock volts
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December 27, 2011 5:56:34 PM

How does your system perform with games?
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December 27, 2011 6:23:22 PM

excellent mate plays everything i throw at it on maximums settings at 1080p
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December 27, 2011 6:28:27 PM

TBH, Radeon HD 7970 and i7 2600k... thats just me
And, you dont need 16 GB of ram for games... I have 8 GB, and its frustrating to see the usage on my G15 keyboard only showing max 40 -45 %..only BF3 goes higher...
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December 27, 2011 6:31:52 PM

i7 2600K ==> ALL THE WAY

the 3930K does not impact your gaming in any significant positive way, check out the review here on TH.
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December 27, 2011 6:39:27 PM

You should get an AM...wait till Iv... nvm

My opinion for gaming would be save some money and go for the 2600k with dual 560's. The 6 core is overkill and will be overkill for several years. An easy overclock on the 2600k would be 4.6ghz, and some tweaking should get 4.8ghz with optimal volts. The 2600k actually overclocks slightly better than the 6 core thanks to having less transistors.

Fraps won't hit the cpu much and the 2600k is already overkill for gaming. You should worry about your encoding media(hard drive) before you should worry about the cpu.
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December 27, 2011 6:43:52 PM

I would go with an i5-2500k instead. Games don't really use Hyper Threading and most current games and upcoming games really on use 2 or 3 cores. Not many games use 4 cores.

Yeah, BF3 may claim to take advantage of HT, but so far HT actually causes asmall decrease in performance. Games using 6 cores? Well, maybe a few years from now considering games that can use 4 cores do not use them effectively right now.

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November 28, 2012 11:00:20 AM

porl said:
Pretty much the same as most games are gpu intense theres the odd game like that will use cpu more not sure of which. cant say how good the 3930k overclocks but the 2600k can hit 4.3 on stock volts

I built a 3930k based system a month ago and I can say, it is trivial to get 4.3 Ghz with the lowest speed setting of H100 cooling system I have. Just 43 multiplicator and you are done. Core temp never goes above 72 degrees C while rendering video at 100% load and CPU temp stays below 69 degrees. I tried it on 4.6 but I had to go to the highest speed on the cooling pump. Same temp but a lot of noise I do not feel like working next to. For me it is OK to sacrifice 7% performance for almost zero noise.
But It applies only to working at 100% load at 12 threads. In games overall cpu load is below 30% even if I record video, audio, sreen capture and stream video on max settings in TF2 and tribes ascend. For games higher Overclocking is OK even with no stability at 100% load because you are not going to hit even 60%.
Extremely satisfied. I transfered from a Core 2 Duo 2.2 Ghz with an ancient radeo x1300 and my render times of HD video are 30 to 100 (a hundred times!!) shorter.
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November 28, 2012 11:02:56 AM

crisan_tiberiu said:
TBH, Radeon HD 7970 and i7 2600k... thats just me
And, you dont need 16 GB of ram for games... I have 8 GB, and its frustrating to see the usage on my G15 keyboard only showing max 40 -45 %..only BF3 goes higher...

Are you using Win XP? With such a powerfull machine it is really wasteful. 100% of RAM is leveraged for caching in win 7 and 8 expeciall. It makes things a lot snappier
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