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Intel OR AMD? Quad OR Hex? Performance VS Price? Need a NEW CPU, HELP! :)

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*TOPIC*

Got a Q9550 E0 LGA775 and want to at least get into the iCore and FX Series, maybe not $1000+ CPU's but a Good Bang for Buck CPU.


I will need a CPU, RAM and Mobo Recommendations.

I just want Performance that will blow the doors off my 775 setup and be FAST for years to come, also be able to keep up with a GTX 680/780 SLI combo as well.


Let the Post War Begin! Thanks!


*NEED LINKS AND PRICES PLEASE!* eBay, OCN and Newegg are what i prefer, i live in the USA.

I also FOLD, so a HT and Quad/Hex would come in handy...
 
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CPU: Intel is the clear leader for high-end performance. Which Intel chip depends on what's more important to you: folding performance or gaming performance.
If folding: i7-3930k ($550-600) with basically any SLI-capable x79 mobo (~$200).
If gaming: i7-3770k ($330( with basically any SLI-capable z77 mobo ($140).
Of course, both chips will be good at both folding & gaming. The difference will be marginal. Except in price. Mobo brand doesn't really matter - any that are rated for SLI are also going to overclock quite well. Except perhaps some of the Intel-brand x79 boards. If you want to save money go for an i5-3570k. This will game just as well as the i7-3770k, but lack hyperthreading.

RAM speed doesn't generally affect much.
If you like to play around with overclocking RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
Otherwise, whatever 2x4gb kit is fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544

And of course re-use your meglahems.
    
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If your going the FX route the Single Thread performance gain isnt worth it, you would need to clock it into the 4.8ghz range to see slight improvement at best.
Go for Intel thumb.gif

Still have my Q9550 + ud3p @4ghz in my HTPC, still a pretty fast chip.


Still I would wait for Haswell if you want a nice big upgrade.
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Thanks guys smile.gif Well i was thinking 2600K? with a Gigabyte/ ASUS P67 Chipset. I can get both for under $400.

Really don't want to be on the "Cutting Edge" unless somebody gives me a 3970K and Z77 Mobo lol Cuz i can't afford it.

Well if the FX route won't see any BIG gains, then Intel it is smile.gif Just i want to get into the i7 FOLDING stages and get better performance out of a 580 SLI setup. (When i get the dough for another 580)

So with a 3770K and 2600K in mind, whats a good Mobo for a 5Ghz+ run? And 8GB+ RAM to go with it, would like higher end RAM, like 1600+ but if the price doesn't mach the Performance gains, then 1333/1066 would be okay.

Thanks Again!


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Thanks guys smile.gif Well i was thinking 2600K? with a Gigabyte/ ASUS P67 Chipset. I can get both for under $400.

Really don't want to be on the "Cutting Edge" unless somebody gives me a 3970K and Z77 Mobo lol Cuz i can't afford it.

Well if the FX route won't see any BIG gains, then Intel it is smile.gif Just i want to get into the i7 FOLDING stages and get better performance out of a 580 SLI setup. (When i get the dough for another 580)

So with a 3770K and 2600K in mind, whats a good Mobo for a 5Ghz+ run? And 8GB+ RAM to go with it, would like higher end RAM, like 1600+ but if the price doesn't mach the Performance gains, then 1333/1066 would be okay.

Thanks Again!


Kinda odd this has only got 2 Replies?

unless you can get a quality ASUS P67/Z68 board for <$150 I'd consider the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H as it have the best VRM of any board $150 and below, held a 7Ghz+ world record for 3770K LN2 overclocking for a few month aswell(right now the record is held by a $350 ASUS board).
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Thanks guys smile.gif Well i was thinking 2600K? with a Gigabyte/ ASUS P67 Chipset. I can get both for under $400.

Really don't want to be on the "Cutting Edge" unless somebody gives me a 3970K and Z77 Mobo lol Cuz i can't afford it.

Well if the FX route won't see any BIG gains, then Intel it is smile.gif Just i want to get into the i7 FOLDING stages and get better performance out of a 580 SLI setup. (When i get the dough for another 580)

So with a 3770K and 2600K in mind, whats a good Mobo for a 5Ghz+ run? And 8GB+ RAM to go with it, would like higher end RAM, like 1600+ but if the price doesn't mach the Performance gains, then 1333/1066 would be okay.

Thanks Again!


Kinda odd this has only got 2 Replies?

unless you can get a quality ASUS P67/Z68 board for <$150 I'd consider the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H as it have the best VRM of any board $150 and below, held a 7Ghz+ world record for 3770K LN2 overclocking for a few month aswell(right now the record is held by a $350 ASUS board).

Sounds good but i would love a SLI/CF, mostly a SLI, Mobo for my 2600K or 3770K/3970K. I assume a 2700K is a waste of money vs a 2600K?
 
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That board can 2-way SLI or Crossfire.
    
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If you want to blow the doors off a Q9550 at 4.217 GHz, you're going to need at least a 3770K, or buy an FX-8350 and overclock to the 5 GHz range. Those old Intel 775 quads still have some life left in them, especially when you're over 4 GHz.
     
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If you want to blow the doors off a Q9550 at 4.217 GHz, you're going to need at least a 3770K, or buy an FX-8350 and overclock to the 5 GHz range. Those old Intel 775 quads still have some life left in them, especially when you're over 4 GHz.

Well would a 2600K @ 5Ghz be good? I don't need Cutting Edge CPU's to be happy lol I game, muti-task and Fold, so a 2600K would do good i think smile.gif
 
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AMD is solid power on a budget, Intel is high-end and more costly but top tier. Depends on your budget and need, as always, so not gonna put a recommendation on a company. But I will say if you're folding, go 6 or 8 core, no reason not to. It's more than enough cores to be future proof for a while and you can squeeze out that much more juice for the job.
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