So I just ordered a 2600k CPU and AS Rock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 MOBO for my new rig over the weekend. This morning I hear the new LGA 2011 and X79 business is out. My question to you all is: should I return/cancel my order and buy the LGA 2011 mobo/cpu, or should I stick with the i7 2600k and extreme7 gen3?
The other components I've ordered so far are:
Silverstone RV03-WB Case
Corsaiir AX1200 Power supply
quantity 2 of the 'EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Fermi 772MHZ 3GB GDDR5 2xDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E
Memory: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 1.5V
Depends if you want to spend the money or not. Sandy Bridge-E isn't cheap, and it basically depends on what your using your build for. If it's for gaming, then no your current components are fine. If your doing some extreme rendering then yes it might be worth it to upgrade. Not sure if your RAM would work in X79 because that chipset uses quad channel memory, while your's is dual channel. Keep in mind that Ivy Bridge is coming out next year, so you could always upgrade to that...
^As the poster above mention. For gaming, the 1155 is the best right now. It is intels mid-range socket suited absolutely perfectly for gaming and even heavy tasks. LGA 2011 is the long awaited replacement for the 1366 socket, which is the flagship.
The flagship, especially LGA2011 will likely cost a lot. Its quad channel, the MB's will be a bit higher, and the CPU's also. Right now, the two CPU's are like $500 and $1k (the Xtreme edition). Another cpu will come up in Q1 of next year which should be around $300-400, but as I said before, LGA1155 is the best for gaming.
There isn't a damn game out there that could sweat a i5-2500, even at ridiculous resolutions I bet...so with your superior 2600K, you'll be fine.
for a gaming machine, the only reason to upgrade to LGA2011 is to waste money.
As for dual vs quad channel memory kits, it is just marketing ploy. Any 4 memory chips that have the same rating can be combined to form quad channel memory. So if you do switch and want quad, just buy two more of the exact same sticks.
You all get the best answer I don't know what to say. I would like to add that with the extreme7 gen3 mobo I'm ordering, my multi GPU setup with only suffer, (I'm told) roughly 2% dip in performance. The GPUS are 3GB versions of the 580.
I am doing Nvidia surround with 24" 1900x1200, and if the performance difference from running x8 x8 with the Z68 board will be practically just as good as LGA2011, I don't see a point in changing my purchase choice
I may add a 3rd 580 down the road, I might add.
I should be all good for multi gpu on the sandy bridge mobo, no?
It`s 3 screens 1900x1200 24 inch monitors nvidia surround, and yes it`s the 3GB version of he 580`s
Glad I`m getting a lot of reassurance here. Makes me feel good about my investment!!
Yeah a GTX580 is a very powerful GPU. The only game I imagine can make it struggle at absurd resolutions is Crysis (the original)...and I mean like 2560x1600+ and company of heroes if you have a big enough map with enough AI.