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I7 2600k vs 980x (same price)

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February 19, 2012 3:32:57 PM

Hi,

Today I want to ask what I should do because I can get a 980x chip brand-new (seriously) boxed version and un-used for 220 euros, I can also get a 2600k for about 200 euros. I want to ask you people which one I should get? Basically I am doing all the high-tech stuff such as rendering and heavy-gaming. I know that 2600k SB is new architecture but how will the 980x hexa-core perform for about the same price (for me then). OR SHOULD I WAIT FOR intels ivy bridge and go for an i5 3570k by then (price = 220/225$ then). I really don't have a clue people, plz help?

Thnx in advance!

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February 19, 2012 3:47:18 PM

Hello joeman99;

Here are some benchmark testing comparisons for AMD Phenom II X4 980 BE & Intel Core i7 2600K
They should help you get a better idea of the strengths of both CPUs.

Overall, the Core i7 2600K is going to be your best option.
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February 19, 2012 4:09:40 PM

do you mean the intel i7-980x?

if so grab it at that price as fast as you can

even if you didnt use it you could at least triple your money by selling it on ebay

edit--they are about 800 euros new
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February 19, 2012 7:31:52 PM

Yes I mean the intel 980x not the 980 by AMD, I thought I had that clear but it was my fault for not being. But I do mean the 980x for 220 euros sealed and unopened!
a c 203 à CPUs
February 19, 2012 7:37:17 PM

Intel's $1000 CPU? For sale @ 220 Euros? That's almost scary. Is the seller in China?
February 19, 2012 8:23:54 PM

No, he lives 30 miles away from me, I already saw this processor when I visited him and I am going to visit him again if people can advice me whether to buy it or not.
a c 203 à CPUs
February 19, 2012 8:26:30 PM

Hmmmmm....... find out where he bought it. (and hope it's not China)
a c 203 à CPUs
February 19, 2012 8:27:29 PM

And check to see what kind of return policy that sales site has. Just in case.
February 19, 2012 8:27:55 PM

It's not from China, he has a ticket of these processors, onto these ticket it says he has got them from a official retailler (in the Netherlands) that's where I live.
a c 203 à CPUs
February 19, 2012 8:28:50 PM

Let us know how it works out.
February 19, 2012 8:30:13 PM

Okay, but u think I should go for the 980x or should I wait for ivy bridge?
a c 203 à CPUs
February 19, 2012 8:37:38 PM

You could sell the 980X and get enough extra cash to buy your Ivy Bridge CPU, MB , RAM (and maybe a SSD too).
Which really makes me wonder why this guys is selling it so low. Maybe just because it's a 2yr old model?
February 19, 2012 8:43:28 PM

I am almost sure that I checked out everything, he has 5 of them left. I was shocked because of the price being that low. Right now I am doubting whether I should buy it or not, but I am almost absolutely sure it's a genuine intel 980x processor and it's sealed. But what I also wonder is the Ivy Bridge processors were going to be kick ass from what I read but that's 2 months waiting, I wouldn't mind it as long as what I do is futureproof.
February 19, 2012 8:47:40 PM

Btw @WR2, I also thank you alot for helping me, I was really confused of what I should do.
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February 20, 2012 5:46:50 AM

how well do you know the person?

if you know them well enough to trust them then i would take all 5 of them at that price

you would triple or quadruple your money buy selling them on ebay

which makes me wonder why they havent done exactly that themselves
February 20, 2012 3:57:59 PM

Hi, thank you both for your replies, I do know this person for quite a bit now, but from what I know so far again is that he bought those processors from a company which got bankrupt, so he got them pretty cheap.
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February 20, 2012 4:23:39 PM

joeman99 said:
Hi, thank you both for your replies, I do know this person for quite a bit now, but from what I know so far again is that he bought those processors from a company which got bankrupt, so he got them pretty cheap.


personally if i had an lga 1366 motherboard, you would be my new best friend.

and don't sell all 5 at once, you don't want to flood the market!
a c 186 à CPUs
February 20, 2012 5:01:28 PM

Buy it an sell it on ebay for $500, then go out and buy yourself a 2600k and mobo :) 
a b à CPUs
February 20, 2012 5:08:39 PM

just remember the old saying. "if its too good to be true, it probably is"

edit: even newegg accidentally sold fake i7's
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February 20, 2012 5:24:07 PM

computernewb said:
just remember the old saying. "if its too good to be true, it probably is"

edit: even newegg accidentally sold fake i7's

Newegg sold fake i7s? Oh jeez, that makes me wonder.

Anyway a 980x at that price is unreal. Ask the guy why it's so cheap and ask him if you can refund it if you don't like it. If he says no, ask him why. If he's hesitant, it's probably fake dude.
Are you getting a 2600K from the same guy? The 2600K at 200 euros is pretty good and that isn't as scary as the 980x price. But it might also be fake since he's selling it for such a cheap price.

Your safest bet is to wait for a 3570K and buy that instead.
a c 83 à CPUs
February 20, 2012 5:38:08 PM

2600K would be more power efficient and offer better single threaded performance, which also means it is the better gaming processor. Not sure what type of rendering your doing, but most software that renders can make use of many threads and would perform better on the 980x, either way that is a steal for a 980x and I would take it over the 2600K.
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February 20, 2012 5:43:34 PM

Don't get a 980X, you will be locked into the X58 setup, if something happens to the Mobo, you are going to find it tough to get a replacement.
February 20, 2012 7:17:28 PM

Hmm, thanks again for the replies, this week I will go to him, is there anything which helps me to figure if processor is genuine? Are there any seals or something like that which identifies whether it's a fake or real product? Thank you in advance.

Greetz
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February 20, 2012 7:21:25 PM

joeman99 said:
Hmm, thanks again for the replies, this week I will go to him, is there anything which helps me to figure if processor is genuine? Are there any seals or something like that which identifies whether it's a fake or real product? Thank you in advance.

Greetz

Make sure there are pins on the back and make sure he doesn't have a dirty look :heink: 
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February 20, 2012 7:22:10 PM

Quote:
I'm thinking of turning a profit and then getting a Z68 Gen3 or Z77 and Ivy Bridge.
:sol: 


Makes more sense, the 2600K more than rolled with the 980X and is far more efficient, tri-channel is a fallacy. I sold my i7 950 and Gigabyte G1 Guerrilla wen with a Z68 Gen 3, 2500K invested the rest for a rainy day. Namely Haswell.
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February 20, 2012 7:22:34 PM

best way would be to put it in a pc to test but if you dont have the parts then thats out

look at the quality of the packaging--any seals and holograms especially

open one and have a look at the cpu

i believe the fakes werent convincing once you got a look at them

i think they were just cast from metal in one lump
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February 20, 2012 7:25:16 PM

e56imfg said:
Make sure there are pins on the back and make sure he doesn't have a dirty look :heink: 


wouldnt the pins be on the motherboard on that cpu?
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February 20, 2012 7:50:23 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
thats not the image that was there a minute ago--and its not clear enough to really see--try this one

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/&menu=browser&image_id=1...

click on it for supersize

looks like contacts not pins to me

It was a legitimate question. I asked what they were called.
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February 20, 2012 7:55:56 PM

the first image showed pins

not that it matters

mine was also a legitimate question whether the pins were on the motherboard or the cpu

didnt want him looking for pins on the cpu and not finding them thinking its a fake

wasnt trying to flame you--just trying to clear up if the pins were in fact on the motherboard or the cpu :D 
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February 20, 2012 10:22:37 PM

What I think you should do: Buy an x58 mobo just to verify it is real, then decide if you want to keep it. If you do not want to keep it, return x58 mobo and sell 980x on ebay and use the money you got from there for the 2600k and mobo, or the 3770k and a mobo later on.
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