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post #1 of 15
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As you can tell from my sig my Q6600 is slowly getting outdated, I figure its a great time to get a new CPU/Mobo. I'm not as up on new computer tech as I use to be, so to start off:

What socket type do I want? Everyone keeps recommending me Sandybridge (LGA 1155), is there any reason behind this?

If you guys could suggest me a new CPU I would greatly appreciate it. Like I said in my Mobo thread, I'm not looking to throw money out the window, but I'm not a tight ass either. I want something good for my needs. I spend a majority of my free time on the computer, browsing and listening to music. I also play a plethora of games.
post #2 of 15
2500k for what you're looking for. The sandy bridge is superior architecture and is much faster clock for clock. Many people have been getting these overclocked to 4.8-5ghz. Definitely a good upgrade.
post #3 of 15
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Holy cow.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

That one would suffice for my needs? Are there really any advantages to spending another $100 for the 2600k, or is that almost overkill?
post #4 of 15
2500k/2600k (2600k is slightly overkill, but, I upgraded from a Q6600 to a 2600k)... or the Phenom II x6 1090 (my bro has it, runs fantastically quick) all are great CPUs... or wait and see how Bulldog is???
post #5 of 15
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Holy cow.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

That one would suffice for my needs? Are there really any advantages to spending another $100 for the 2600k, or is that almost overkill?
I spent the extra £50-60 for the 2600k... absolutely rapid... plus on passmarks there is almost a 150% performance bonus on the 2600k over the 2500k so... for me (must have the best) was a no brainer...

Depends what you do with your computer for games I would say go with 2600k... for work and even if you do video editing or some highly intensive cpu work... go with the 2500k
post #6 of 15
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I spent the extra £50-60 for the 2600k... absolutely rapid... plus on passmarks there is almost a 150% performance bonus on the 2600k over the 2500k so... for me (must have the best) was a no brainer...

Depends what you do with your computer for games I would say go with 2600k... for work and even if you do video editing or some highly intensive cpu work... go with the 2500k
You've got it backwards. The 2600K may be better in benchmarks, but in real world applications, you can't justify $100. For gaming a 2500K is going to be much more beneficial, here's why:

The 2500K has no hyperthreading... so it requires less voltage. Thus it can get a higher core clock or keep the life of the processor with lower Vcore.

The 2600K would benefit intense applications or video editing, although I still recommend a 2500K and a video card with the extra $100 using the CS5 suite. Much better performance that way.
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2500K price vs 1090T price. They are about the same plus 2500K is better then the 1090T by a mile.
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post #8 of 15
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Will my PSU be enough for that, possibly an Asus P67 Sabertooth, and a newer GFX card later on?

Also, is there a Heat sink you guys recommend for this bad boy?
post #9 of 15
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Will my PSU be enough for that, possibly an Asus P67 Sabertooth, and a newer GFX card later on?
How old is that PSU? I'd go for a new 750W or something. My sig rig is about the same with a pretty powerful GPU and it pulls around 550W max. If your current PSU is even 6 months old you would need a new one

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Also, is there a Heat sink you guys recommend for this bad boy?
If you want cheap water cooling that works, go for a Kuhler or an H50/70. They work pretty well up to high clocks and Vcores. Otherwise just go with a Megahalem or NH14.
Edited by Doodlebro - 5/28/11 at 2:59pm
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post #10 of 15
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PSU wise I'm looking at a Corsair 750 or 850W modular, should that work?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139010

or the non-modular version:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006
Edited by Rhyno37 - 5/28/11 at 3:46pm
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