Been on the website quite frequently this week. Building my computer but still have no idea for a CPU. Everything is set in stone (Apart from the motherboard and CPU). GPU will either be a GTX 680 or 690 but the main question is...
For gaming and a little bit of 3D Rendering WHAT THE HELL DO I PICK?
2600K, 2700K, 990x, 3770K or 3960x?
Budget is unlimited I just want to know which one to pick? Every damn post I check I say right I will pick that one...look at another post and then change my mind.
Its actually not a unlimited budget and more around $5000 but I don't mind going over if I have to. I was originally thinking 2600K, 2700k or 3770K but I seriously didn't know which one to pick. And after watching the LinusTechTips vid of the 670 today, it looks good but since I'm not going to get an extreme processor I might as well treat myself to a good GPU (;
Hint: Depends on application, but over all the 3930K is probably the best bet looking at the benchies. The 3960K isn't worth the extra money especially since it is an easy overclock on stock cooling* for the 3930K. (Dump the extra money into some water cooling!) BUT! If your rendering app uses CUDA, then it doesn't matter because GPU will do the work so much faster.
*It doesn't ship with a fan. But the suggested Intel branded liquid cooling system is pretty good.
Ok the answer once and for all is an i7 3860x. This is on the basis of what you said, that your budget is unlimited. This is the best workstation/gaming CPU bar none.
If like the rest of the world you have at least some budget limitation, the answer is:
- i5 2500k or 3570k, doesn't really matter which (if rendering is something you care about only a bit)
- i7 2600k, 2700k or 3770k, doesn't really matter which (if rendering is something you care about a lot)
Your budget is ~$5,000 so might as well take advantage of the x79 platform even if it is monstrous. Get the 3930K though, and stick the $400 you save by not getting the 3960X into a vacation fund or something.