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Where can you get an i7 875k for $170 (notice the correct placement of the dollar sign )



I've had 3 i7 860s, all but 1 has gone well over 4.0ghz with lower than stock voltage (the one in my iMac can't because I don't believe in software overclocking). The unlocked multiplier won't actually help the CPU get to 4ghz. If the CPU can't get that high than you're stuck either way.
My i5 750 had a VID of 1.14 if I remember correctly, and I'm sure your i7 860 is somewhere close to that. Your saying you can go well over 4ghz on 3/4 of your i7 860s under stock voltage?

Some reviews have shown them to OC about the same as a i7 860, while others have shown to be higher OCers. Either way using a higher multiplier with a lower BLCK will put less stress on your motherboard.

I dont' understand why you would recommend a lower clocked locked cpu over the newer i7 875K that is the exact same price.

OP: Any Gigabyte/Asus motherboard will work fine. If your on a budget I would recommend Biostar. This is my first Biostar and I was very impressed how well it OCed compared to a similar Gigabyte UD4P.
Edited by cory1234 - 6/8/10 at 6:43pm
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post #32 of 41
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My i5 750 had a VID of 1.14 if I remember correctly, and I'm sure your i7 860 is somewhere close to that. Your saying you can go well over 4ghz on 3/4 of your i7 860s under stock voltage?

Some reviews have shown them to OC about the same as a i7 860, while others have soon to be higher OCs. Either way using a higher multiplier with a lower BLCK will put less stress on your motherboard.

I dont' understand why you would recommend a lower clocked locked cpu over the newer i7 875K that is the exact same price.

OP: Any Gigabyte/Asus motherboard will work fine. If your on a budget I would recommend Biostar. This is my first Biostar and I was very impressed how well it OCed compared to a similar Gigabyte UD4P.
This is the main reason for me deciding to go with the 875K over the 860, now i know the 860 does generally overclock better (at least from what i have heard) but i dont want to have to replace much in this system seeing as it will soon be my backup system and everyday 24/7 folder.

EDIT: You are lucky, most Biostar motherboards are cheap because they tend to use cheap materials, this is fine if you do not plan to keep your motherboard for very long. If you plan to keep your motherboard and cpu for a prolonged amount of time then i would suggest getting a Gigabyte for the fact that they use double the amount of copper in the PCB and they generally have longer lasting materials such as ferrite cores and solid caps.
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Originally Posted by Intel-Junkie View Post
yes i have said your best choices are most likely:

Gigabyte P55-UD3
Gigabyte P55-USB3
Gigabyte P55a-UD5
MSI P55-GD80
I would go with the gigabyyte P55-UD4P so you can SLI/CF and its still a great overclocking board for $170!
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I would go with the gigabyyte P55-UD4P so you can SLI/CF and its still a great overclocking board for $170!
well all of the motherboards i listed will do the job just as well, you can cf/sli 2x on the USB3/UD3 and you can Tri sli/fire on the UD5/GD80

All but the UD5/GD80 are cheaper.
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This is the main reason for me deciding to go with the 875K over the 860, now i know the 860 does generally overclock better (at least from what i have heard) but i dont want to have to replace much in this system seeing as it will soon be my backup system and everyday 24/7 folder.

EDIT: You are lucky, most Biostar motherboards are cheap because they tend to use cheap materials, this is fine if you do not plan to keep your motherboard for very long. If you plan to keep your motherboard and cpu for a prolonged amount of time then i would suggest getting a Gigabyte for the fact that they use double the amount of copper in the PCB and they generally have longer lasting materials such as ferrite cores and solid caps.
Yeah, I was weary of Biostar at first also. The reason I went with them is because I was seeing more and more Biostar boards on the front page of xtremesystems. Biostar uses solid capacitors and carry the same 3 year warranty as Gigabyte. I had 2 Gigabyte boards previously and both failed, but I got RMAs on both so I'm not worried if my board dies, because I can just get it RMAed.

The only difference between the UD4P and the XE CFX-SLI was that the Gigabyte didn't have any vdroop while this Biostar does, but I think the Biostar actually OCs a little bit better. I can't confirm as temperatures become a problem past 4-4.2ghz on both boards. Overall I can't complain because this board only cost me $80 shipped BNIB on the forums.

OP: I would go with a low-mid range board. You don't need a high end board unless your going for extreme OCing. If your going to spend more than $200 on a MB you might as well go 1366.
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Just go with the vanilla 870, the unlocked parts of the Chip just aren't worth the extra money, as it's rare to find a i7 870 that won't do 4GHz on Air or Water.
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Just go with the vanilla 870, the unlocked parts of the Chip just aren't worth the extra money, as it's rare to find a i7 870 that won't do 4GHz on Air or Water.
Seeing as how the i7 870 is $500, and the i7 875K is $200 I would go with the i7 875K
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Just go with the vanilla 870, the unlocked parts of the Chip just aren't worth the extra money, as it's rare to find a i7 870 that won't do 4GHz on Air or Water.
Umm.. do you know that the 875 is 200 dollars and the 870 is 500?

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Yeah, I was weary of Biostar at first also. The reason I went with them is because I was seeing more and more Biostar boards on the front page of xtremesystems. Biostar uses solid capacitors and carry the same 3 year warranty as Gigabyte. I had 2 Gigabyte boards previously and both failed, but I got RMAs on both so I'm not worried if my board dies, because I can just get it RMAed.
Which gigabyte boards did you buy? The Biostar boards are notorious for overclocking a fair way but they are also known for completely dying for no reason.

Some of the earlier gigabyte motherboards did not have all solid caps, ferrite cores and double copper pcbs (or had a combination of 1 or 2 of the listed features) and did fail after a while, but the 3 that i have listed will not die for a very long time. I still would be wary until enough time has passed to clear Biostar's bad record, things can change... Just not overnight.

I choose to stay with the manufacturers with a good reputation and public standing, such as Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA and a few more.
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Which gigabyte boards did you buy? The Biostar boards are notorious for overclocking a fair way but they are also known for completely dying for no reason.

Some of the earlier gigabyte motherboards did not have all solid caps, ferrite cores and double copper pcbs (or had a combination of 1 or 2 of the listed features) and did fail after a while, but the 3 that i have listed will not die for a very long time. I still would be wary until enough time has passed to clear Biostar's bad record, things can change... Just not overnight.

I choose to stay with the manufacturers with a good reputation and public standing, such as Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA and a few more.
They were P35 boards, and they had solid capacitors. All manufacurer's are prone to having lemon boards. It's the warranty that counts.
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