Originally Posted by Connemara
This has been getting raves as the best CPU Intel has put out in a long time. AnandTech hit 4.4GHz OC with the stock air cooler. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/t...-2100-tested/3
If one were to build a gaming PC this year, is this the best option? Is there anything that will touch this on the horizon?
I think the i7-2600K is the best option at the moment. I would like to know more about whatever AMD is doing, but I don't think it will compare, and I don't think the nehalem/westmere class i7 extreme editions that are rumored to come this year are going to be worth looking at (that being the previous architecture).
My only complaint about the desktop sandy bridges releases is that the better desktop chips have the better gpu's, which seems to be the inverse of market expectations. People buying weaker sandy bridge chips are more likely to do onboard graphics, and people buying the i7-2600k are probably not going with the onboard graphics.
That being said, my current computer is still a core 2 duo. I don't do serious gaming (I'm still playing some 90's games that I haven't gotten around to in my spare time, and I'm doing those on an old late 90's system that is just for those games), but if I did serious gaming on a budget I would probably do a i5-2500K or i7-2600k system build. Probably with a set of mid-range graphics card in crossfire/sli configuration, although I haven't gotten that far.
Last year I would have probably been looking at an AMD phenom system for a build.