Which would be the better build?
Money wise, is it worth getting this package? (mind you i also have to get a hardrive as well -_-)
or should i just get this set up
i5 2500k - http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.ph…
Hyper 212+ http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.ph…
ASUS P8P67 Pro - http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduc…
i COULD pay for the top one but i would probably have to work for longer and save up but would it benefit me, say would it last 5+ years?
- C-ManLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
No, the top one is NOT worth it.
The Core i7 990X is a VERY expensive CPU that's ideal for hardcore number crunching, 3D design/rendering and media encoding. But it's not future-proof by any stretch of imagination, that socket is already obsolete.
For everyday use and gaming, the Core i5 2500K is the best bang/buck processor on the market.
If you're building a rig for movie editing or working in Maya/3D Studio Max/Blender, you're probably still better off with the Core i7 2600K than the 990X because of the huge price disparity. The $700 difference in price corresponds to a small difference in overall performance. For that money you could have a professional workstation graphics card, triple the RAM etc.
For gaming, the most important component in your build is the graphics card, and I don't see one listed? Roughly 70% of gaming performance is determined by your graphics card. For gaming, even a Core i5 2400 with a Radeon HD 6970 or GTX 570 is far superior to the more expensive 990X with some $110 graphics card like a Radeon HD 5750 or GeForce GTS 450.
Anyway, it's not possible to buy any computer hardware that will still be considered "great" 5+ years later. You want something great by today's standards, on a socket which provides good upgrade options a couple of years down the road. You may not NEED to upgrade so quickly, but you'd be able to- that's how you get a system to last 5+ years.
Ivy Bridge will be released in the next few months, and that will outperform Sandy Bridge.