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The sandy bridge series is currently the best cpu technology available. It will be 2nc when ivy-bridge comes out with it's 3-d transistors
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Yep, shoulda gone with the 2500k :/ Newer proc capable of higher speeds, and support of tri-channel RAM means nothing.
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I could've sworn I just read that 2011 will replace 1366. So...yeah, his system isn't bad, but he could've done much better with the money.
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triple channel has been knocked for years as its performance compared to dual channel is something like 5% better.

the 960 is 1366 lga and is 4 cores with hyperthreading(8 cores) and they usually OC to ~4.5 if lucky and have it under water

the 2500k is 1155 lga has 4 cores with out hyperthreading (unlike the 2600k that does, 8 cores) and both usually OC to 4.5 on AIR or more when put under water. plus the fact that performance core for core the 2500/2600 are better compared to 960s at same clocks

thats all. not all that bad i would say but he coulda gotten the 2600k as its newer is all.
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A lot of people seem to think the i7 is required for gaming, and then spend less on graphics...









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Ya, i love pc's. I feel some how that i lost a bit of my soul because he didnt get all the best stuff See Jacob! The i5-2500K socket will be compatible for new cpus not your i7-960 socket !

It's good though hes a good friend. He did give me my current gpu and monitor from his old rig.
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Making this thread just too prove him wrong is pretty stink.

But, you are right - the 2500k is a far superior setup too the i7 960 for gaming.

Chances are he was probably misled by the i7 part - i7 is a higher number then i5 so he probably thought it ment it was a better quality. The i7s are good for demanding, complicated applications for 3d animation and design, video editing and encoding etc.

However for games, the i5 2500k is much, much better. Its probably around the same speed if not slightly faster, BUT costs so much less - money that could be invested in more important areas for gaming.

Eg he could save money on the i7 and get an i5, an aftermarket cooler and overclock it too 4.5ghz+ EASY, and then spend the rest of the money possibly looking into a gtx 570 or something.
i5 2500k with a gtx 570 compared too a i7 960 with a gtx 560... Well, the i5 and 570 would, as stated above, "smoke it, lose its high, and roll it again"

Were probably talking a difference between, playing crysis at ~30fps with the i7 and about ~50 fps with the i5 (maxed, ~4x AA 1080p)


I think you should let him figure it out himself though. Because, if hes really interested in computers, he will learn it himself eventually. If hes not, theres no point making him feel bad, if hes happy with his setup.

If he starts a keen interest in computers and learns it himself, then you can say, I told you so!
Edited by jacobrjett - 7/25/11 at 9:11pm
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Of course 1366 will support future CPUs but to get them you would need a 4th back to the future since they're a thing of the past.
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Making this thread just too prove him wrong is pretty stink.

But, you are right - the 2500k is a far superior setup too the i7 960 for gaming.

Chances are he was probably misled by the i7 part - i7 is a higher number then i5 so he probably thought it ment it was a better quality. The i7s are good for demanding, complicated applications for 3d animation and design, video editing and encoding etc.

However for games, the i5 2500k is much, much better. Its probably around the same speed if not slightly faster, BUT costs so much less - money that could be invested in more important areas for gaming.

Eg he could save money on the i7 and get an i5, an aftermarket cooler and overclock it too 4.5ghz+ EASY, and then spend the rest of the money possibly looking into a gtx 570 or something.
i5 2500k with a gtx 570 compared too a i7 960 with a gtx 560... Well, the i5 and 570 would, as stated above, "smoke it, lose its high, and roll it again"
Ya, it does seem kinda stink to make this thread just for that. But i hope he isnt taking it like that. I just feel bad that he could of gotten better for the money

You know i love you Jacob <3
Edited by amdcpu4life - 7/25/11 at 9:08pm
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I would've gone with the 2500k.
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