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Hello guys! biggrin.gif This is my very first time buying a processor and I really need a lot of help! My goal in buying this processor is to be able to stream any game on ULTRA settings on 1080! So I really need a good one! tongue.gif My budget is about $557 to $657 and it needs to include the CPU, motherboard, and installation. Thanks in advanced for taking your time to help me!

My current setup is a AMD Phenom II x4 955 with a GTX 470 graphics card. I have 8 Gigs of RAM and a sexy black case! I was thinking of getting a i7 2700k or i7 2600k! Which motherboard should I get? Which processor should I get? What do the "K"s and "S"s mean at the end of the processor's number? Thanks again for your help and please give me any information that can help me buy the best processor for my goals! biggrin.gif
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The 2006k or 2700k are a good choice.

 

The K means the multiplier is unlocked, so its much easier to overclock the CPU. 

Im i remember correctly, the "s" is a lower TDP model.

 

I would recommend a Z68 motherboard, Asus and Asrock make good ones among others.

 

HERE is a list of some of the Z68 motherboards.

 

Are you planning on having someone install it? its not really worth it, just watch a couple of youtube videos and you can do it yourself, its really easy!

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Truthfully your hang-up on video games at ultra isn't so much your processor, but your video card. The GTX 470 is still a very capable card, but when ran with the newer games it starts to show it's age a little. I would recommend upgrading your video card before you get rid of your processor and motherboard. Even though the Core i7 and Core i5 processors are faster than what you have, you still have a plenty capable processor and the in-game translation between it and Intel isn't that huge.

I would recommend getting a GTX 670 if your power supply will support it, as you are going to see a higher performance gain with a new GPU than you would with a new CPU.
    
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Thanks! So is the i7 a good match with my Geforce GTX 470 graphics card? biggrin.gif Do I need to get new ram or cooling etc?
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Truthfully your hang-up on video games at ultra isn't so much your processor, but your video card. The GTX 470 is still a very capable card, but when ran with the newer games it starts to show it's age a little. I would recommend upgrading your video card before you get rid of your processor and motherboard. Even though the Core i7 and Core i5 processors are faster than what you have, you still have a plenty capable processor and the in-game translation between it and Intel isn't that huge.
I would recommend getting a GTX 670 if your power supply will support it, as you are going to see a higher performance gain with a new GPU than you would with a new CPU.

Thank you very much! I was kind of worried about that too. Do you think that the GPU upgrade will help me stream better and play better than a CPU upgrade? How do I check to see if my powerbox can handle the new graphics card? thanks!
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I am very worried that my GPU would be a better thing to upgrade for more performance than my CPU, could that be a possibility? Should I upgrade my GPU over CPU?
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Streaming at what resolution? And what games more specifically do you stream? More info would probably result in a better outcome...and advice biggrin.gif
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I want to stream at 1080 and Wow TERA, battlefield 3 etc biggrin.gif
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Thank you very much! I was kind of worried about that too. Do you think that the GPU upgrade will help me stream better and play better than a CPU upgrade? How do I check to see if my powerbox can handle the new graphics card? thanks!

A new graphics card will definitely be the best bang/buck part you can swap. That CPU should be more than enough to run a single card without too many issues and should overclock very nicely if you run into bottle-necking. Honestly, if you can hold out for the next Intel architecture (Haswell) that would be much more of an upgrade from your Phenom II. The 1155 socket (the motherboard socket used by current generation Intel CPUs) will likely not be able to upgrade to Haswell.

Graphics cards have generally gone down in power required since the 400 series was out. I would cautiously say that so long as you have the necessary 6 or 8 pin PCIe power connectors you should be good to go with what you have already. I believe the manufacturers generally state you want at least a 500-500w power supply if you simply want a number to look at. I've heard of people getting it done with 380w units though. The new Nvidia 600 series would be a great way to go if you intend to use it strictly for gaming purposes.
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