Mobo, CPU and graphic card compatibility question

By ZetDee
Jan 27, 2012
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  1. Hello everyone,

    I'm thinking of building a new PC:

    1. My budget is around 2,000 (US $)

    2. Configuration:
    Cabinet- Thermotake Level 10 GT.
    MB- Asus Sabertooth X79.
    CPU- i7 2600 (because i can't afford the higher ones right now).
    Graphics- MD Radeon HD 6950.
    HDD- Western Digital 2TB.
    Monitor- ViewSonic 24" LED VX2450WM.

    3. First question,does Asus Sabertooth X79 support i7 2600?
    Second, What about the Graphic card?

    4. I would highly appreciate it if you guys can tell/advice/suggest me if the config is alright or not.

  2. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    Graphics card will work but the CPU won't. you need either of these CPU's.

    SandyBridge (SB) was never designed to be a replacement for X58 but a replacement for LGA 1156. Due to some of the architecture design changes, the CPU is size changed so it is no longer compatible with the LGA 1156 or X58. The X58 is still considered Intel's Highend Setup until the X79 was released.

    The issue Intel has created is that the performance of the SB is so good, it has made both previous platforms obsolete in terms of price to performance. There is no need to purchase a 2011 socket setup and the X79 is only king on high resolution multiple card setups (high level multi-tasking / CS5 / AutoCAD work is ruled by the i7 980X) due to the lack of bandwidth restrictions.

    If you don't plan on running dual cards or over 1920x1200 resolution, than IMO the SB is the way to go!

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