Quote: Originally Posted by ratman
But, the i7 950 is a well known solid performer. People know the heat levels, OC-ability, power usage and just all around ability of it.
On the other hand, the 2600k is new and people won't know the problems etc with it and you may waste your money. My suggestion is that you get the i7 950 for at least 3 months until all the major issues with the 2600k are fixed.
As noted earlier, it's a processor.... there will be no issues to be fixed. Now, if you argue motherboard, than you might have an argument. On the processor.... no.
As for the i7-950, you can get it from Microcenter for $199. The catch.... in-store pickup only.... meaning no on-line orders will be shipped. Micro Center - Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor 865204
I have a 930 and the price of the 950 is so appealing I'm seriously considering getting one myself.
Anyways to the OP, nice system, though I agree, get a bigger case. I have a HAF X and I love it. See my system specs.
Edit: Before declaring the Sandybridge king of the hill.... check it against the i7-900
series chips on a 1366 socket. It's still king of the hill until it get's replaced at a later date.