So I'm all set to build a computer.. one that I'll use for a heck of a lot of stuff including hopefully rendering (if I can figure out how to do it), photo editing and video editing.. (not that i do a lot of that.. seems like everyone says they edit videos.. but it'd be nice to do.)
I'd like it to work like a champ for at least 3 years.
is the 2600k a good buy? the Ivy Bridge processors don't seem to offer much different...
ivybridge will use less power and have pcie 3.0 on them, they will also offer 20% faster performance. They will be released on april 8th, what I recommend is get an i5-2500k and get a great cooler and oc it to 4.8ghz. Something like a corsair h100 will do. Also what software do you use?
the 2600k is good now for what you are doing. So is the FX8150 bulldozer if you are considering AMD. You could also shell our more for the sandy bridge extreme platform for a slight bit more performance and a considerably more cash.
Ivy bridge will be unlikely to have 20% improvement over sandy bridge. Should be less than 10% as it is a tock die shrink with minimal ipc improvements.