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Best CPU/Mobo Combo?

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October 21, 2011 5:38:05 PM

Looking to pick up a CPU/Mobo combo from Micro Center this weekend and I'm trying to figure out which bundle would be best value for now and possible future upgrades.

Choices are:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... + i5 2500k for $270 or same mobo +i7 2600k for $330

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... +i5 2500k for $290 After $10MIR or same mobo + i7 2600k for $350

Or, should I totally cheap out on the mobo and get this bundle:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... + i7 2600k for $300

I'm thinking this last one would not be a good idea because of the lack of features on the mobo.

Also, I'm concerned that Intel may be binning their best 2600's now to sell as i7 2700k's when they are released soon.

So, should I just grab one of the 2500k's now with a good mobo and consider an upgrade when IB comes out?

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October 21, 2011 6:31:47 PM

i7 is only as good as i5 for gaming. Go with the first combo. Asus mobo is a very good one.
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October 21, 2011 6:35:07 PM

It depends on what you are going to do with your PC. Gamer? 2500k. Movie producer? 2600k. Regardless of which CPU you nab, that G-Byte UD3H is the board I recommend out of the three you linked.
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October 21, 2011 8:53:06 PM

I had not considered gen3. Would it be worth the extra cost?
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October 22, 2011 12:02:01 AM

nd_hunter said:
It depends on what you are going to do with your PC. Gamer? 2500k. Movie producer? 2600k. Regardless of which CPU you nab, that G-Byte UD3H is the board I recommend out of the three you linked.


I have had good luck with Gigabyte boards. Unless someone changes my mind between now and Sunday, this is the one I'm going with.

Now to decide between 2500k and 2600k!
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October 22, 2011 12:16:24 AM

2500k easily.
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October 22, 2011 12:53:49 AM

cutebeans said:
2500k easily.


Even if I can get the 2600k for only $60 more?
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October 24, 2011 6:00:49 PM

Best answer selected by jcamel24.
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October 24, 2011 6:02:01 PM

Well, I did cave and spend the extra $60 for the 2600k. I figured in the long run that it would be worth it.
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