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Best Gaming CPU for my setup

Hey so Im planning on building my own computer and was wondering which cpu's from the 2500k,2600k, 2700k, would go best with my either nvideo 560 ti or radeon 6950, and also what a good motherboard will be. Also if it isnt too much how much power should I get? will 700w be enough or should i go for more like 850?
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    The i5 2500k and Z68 combo is a much better choice for gaming. Games can not use the Hyperthreading on the i7 2600K.

    For a single GTX 560 Ti or HD6950 you would need a 550w power supply if you were overclocking. To run 2 of either card 700-750 watts would be fine. Stick with Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, XFX, Silverstone, Enermax, OCZ and Antec for quality brands.
  2. meagainstyou said:
    Hey so Im planning on building my own computer and was wondering which cpu's from the 2500k,2600k, 2700k, would go best with my either nvideo 560 ti or radeon 6950, and also what a good motherboard will be. Also if it isnt too much how much power should I get? will 700w be enough or should i go for more like 850?

    I suggest to wait for the Ivy Bridge. Check this out:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-core-i7-3770k/3
    The TDP is 77W compared to 95W of Sandy Bridge & performance is better.
    I would say a Intel Core i5 3570K would be nice for you.
  3. meagainstyou said:


    no way you can get the i5 2500k with the asus board?
    nothing wrong with the gigabyte board. that asus has another pci-e slot(x4) and 1 more internal sata 3Gb connector. (e-sata on a separate controller)
  4. Thank you very much eveyrone for all your responses:

    Yes I can get the 2500k with the asus motherboard which I do prefer, since from what I hear it's really easy to overclock it from the UEFI to 4.8ghz without changing the cooling.

    I also would like the 3570k, but any idea when Ivy Bridge is getting released?

    And Davcon I appreciate you looking all those up but I've found better prices except maybe the 2500k if price matched.

    Also may I ask why everyone is suggesting the 2500k over the 2600k?
  5. http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
    180$ for 2500k.
    A good motherboard:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0378094

    As far as 2500k VS 2600k, the 2600k has no general benefit in gaming, it has hyperthreading (http://goo.gl/mDPX4) and some other things. But the 2500k is cheap, fast and will max out any game with a good GPU. As far as Ivy is concerned, it's not going to decimate Sandy Bridge really, it's more like the Core 2 Duo updates in architecture where intel just tweaked and perfected. Sandy Bridge is still really good, and wont be greatly surpassed by Ivy.
  6. meagainstyou said:
    Hey so Im planning on building my own computer and was wondering which cpu's from the 2500k,2600k, 2700k, would go best with my either nvideo 560 ti or radeon 6950, and also what a good motherboard will be. Also if it isnt too much how much power should I get? will 700w be enough or should i go for more like 850?


    The 2500k is much better deal, you can overclock it to compete with the 2700k
  7. cyansnow said:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
    180$ for 2500k.
    A good motherboard:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0378094

    As far as 2500k VS 2600k, the 2600k has no general benefit in gaming, it has hyperthreading (http://goo.gl/mDPX4) and some other things. But the 2500k is cheap, fast and will max out any game with a good GPU. As far as Ivy is concerned, it's not going to decimate Sandy Bridge really, it's more like the Core 2 Duo updates in architecture where intel just tweaked and perfected. Sandy Bridge is still really good, and wont be greatly surpassed by Ivy.

    If you already have the SB, of course there's no reason to upgrade. But if you are building new, then Ivy Bridge it is.
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