Hi. I've been following a couple benchmarks but am not completely convinced which would be a more suitable CPU for gaming on my next upgrade. I know the i7 970 is priced higher but not worried about that if it's a better solution. I'm not too familiar with overclocking but not afraid of trying. So my ultimate question is which of these two suits mostly gaming best.
Also, I know the i7 2600k has great overclocking capabilities but am also wondering if the i7 970 would have those capabilities.
580 dollars for an i7 970.
315 dollars for a 2600k.
The 2600k will offer great performance (esp gaming) at a much lower price. The i7 is definitely not worth it for gaming only. As far as I know, the 2600k is the king of easy overclocking right now. Remember to get a p67 board.
2600k would be a better choice right now because 1366 suddenly got old. You're just gonna waste money on i7 970 when the 2600k OC's very good, if you need to waste that extra cash do it on an SSD and a graphic card.
I would get the i7 2600K and spend the money saved on an nice video card and SSD.. Pretty much what ihatenvidia just said. :P
Great Thanks for the advice all. A P67 board? I'm not familiar with socket 1155 motherboards
I've just bought an i7-2600k and ASUS P8P67 DELUXE motherboard and all is going well so far.
If you want to ever utilize the graphics on your 2600k or want to use intel SRT then you'll need a z68 motherboard. Intel SRT allows you to use an ssd basically as a large hard drive cache to make your machine faster without completely breaking your bank. Otherwise a p67 board is perfectly fine, I have a Gigabyte p67A-Ud7 and I love it.
I'm running a 2600K at 5Ghz on a ASUS Maximus IV Extreme. Very stable as long as I run the ram at 1866 instead of 2133. Not sure why the ram wont run at 2133 yet. At least not stable at that. Also a stock 2600K is about as fast as a 980x in most benchmarks and tests. There are a couple exceptions like video coding.
Here is my rig.
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