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What CHIP Intel 1155 or 1366 or AMD AM3+

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December 18, 2011 7:59:00 AM

I really need some input I have been twiddling my thumbs for weeks now trying to figure what board and CPU to go with, there is just to much options now a day's. I have a Intel 775 Q6600 with Asus Maximus board and 8 gigs of DDRII MHz. Now the options I have are Intel 1155 with an i5 2500K or an i7 2700K don't know what board to go with want to keep the board in the $250 and down range. Next option is a Intel 1366 with a i7 920 or a 960 I like the triple channel memory option but Intel has gone to quad channel on the 2011 boards so it makes me kinda wonder if triple channel is a flop. The final option is the AM3+ with the 990 chip-set, I was gonna go with an Asus Sabertooth AM3+ with the AMD FX-8150 8 core CPU, this is the system I have been leaning towards but I have built Intel for the past 6-7 years the last AMD build I made for my self was a Socket A Athlon 2800+ so that was a long time ago, I am used ti Intel bios now. What I need to let you know is what I want this baby to do. It will be used mainly for e-mail, net browsing, picture editing and I want the rig to be able to play any game on ultra for the next few years. I will have Nvidia GTX 560 running in SLI for the GPU power and will be adding a SSD drive a little down the road with probably 16 gigs DDRIII of some speed, another question is can I use one of the video cards that will be running in SLI for a main physics processor or do I need a third card for that.

If I could get some of theses garbled questions answered that would really help me out, like I said I am really stumped on which CPU to buy and for what reasons, The Sabertooth board seems to be a rock solid board with a long ass 5 year warranty they only put the 5 year warranties on the better boards I would think.

Thank-You soooo much: Jason
December 18, 2011 8:07:20 AM

how overclocked is the q6600 ?
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December 18, 2011 8:12:27 AM

first of all, you wont notice any difference between triple, quad or dual channel ram, ram speed is not a huge factor of performance, so it isn't a factor when chosing a rig. dual channel DDR3 1333 is plenty. Get a 1155 board that is ivy bridge compatable (Asrock extreme3 gen3 fist the bill and is inexpensive and good quality) for future upgrades and the i5 2500k, if you really have the extra cash get the i7 2600k, but the 2700k is pointless, it costs more and doesnt OC any better than the 2600k. AMD cpu's are rubbish for gaming compared to the intels, so you can rule them out. if you want 2 x 560ti's in sli you dont need a dedicated physics card, if you plan to go for above 1080p resolution, look at the 2gb cards.
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December 18, 2011 8:47:04 AM

It is hard to go wrong with Gigabyte Z68 and Core i5 2500k. Best bang for the buck(next to my rig of course).
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December 26, 2011 5:56:35 AM

I appreciate all the info you guys have given me once I read these post and did a little more investigating I think between the input I have received I am for sure going with a 1155 board and a i5 2500K, I just have to weed out the crap boards and find the best upgrade I think the ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 Z68 LGA1155 or
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3 Z68 or an ASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3. These look like the best choices for future upgrading.
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