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Please check the following link to compare the features of both processors:
According to the above link the i7-2600S has a little better performance compared to the i7-860S
The i7-2600S has an embedded graphics controller, however this does not mean that one core will be designed for graphics processing only, it is actually a separate feature of the processor.
Thanks for the provided information. Now that it is clear i72600s would apply all of its core on applications and game, I am planning to club it with ASUS-P8P67 PRO motherboard. The graphic card will be Sapphire HD 6850 GDDR5 1GB. Now the next and important question is about Directx 11.0 support? CPU supports only upto Directx 10.1 and the graphic card support Directx 11.0, will I be able to run games supporting Directx 11.0 (Win 7 64 bit OS)?
Reiterating, intially I intend to use WIN XP and hopefully neither the CPU nor the motherboard will offer any issue. I have tried retrieving the information from online resources for a confirmation but no luck. I don't want to repent after spending 50-60K over limitation of any game.
Once again, I appreciate time taken and useful information provided.
As long as the PCI Express video card that you will install supports Directx 11 it will work with no issues.
If i72600s can have all the cores utilized to maximum extend on games/applications then I think it's better choice. Though I will lose IDE option on motherboard but eventually it will be compensated with other features. I envisage to have the system in a month or two, depending on availability of parts (:
Cooler Master Elite 334 Cabinet / Corsair 800W PSU / Intel i72600s / ASUS P8P67 PRO / 3 GB DDR3 / SAPPHIRE HD 6850 GDDR5 1GB Graphic Card / Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB HDD 64MB Cache 7200 RPM / SAMSUNG B22 / DVD-RW / Win XP SP2 (Primary), Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit (Secondary).