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Yes, I'm aware that SB is the second generation of the i7, but that just made the title easier.

I'm going to college in the fall, so I've only got a few more months with my PC. I'd like to upgrade this thing before I go, and do so with enough time to enjoy it (hence why Bulldozer, planned for Q2 2011, is not listed as an option.

I realize no matter the choice, I'll see improvements over my current rig. I've never had an Intel CPU in my computer, except for maybe the one we had for a few months when I was about 5.

Things to consider:
1. i7 950 is $220 at Microcenter, and there's one 10-15 minutes away from me.
2. I've never done any serious OCing, just the little 10% increase I have linked in my sig. I'm in no way averse to doing so, but I've never done it before, at least involving voltage changes.

If I get the PII, I'll probably grab the 1055 or 1090, stick with 4GB of RAM, and grab the Crosshair 4. The i7 will be paired with 6GB. I'm not sure if SB uses double or triple channel RAM, but it would be with 4GB or 6GB respectively.

Thanks for the help OCN. It's always appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
What are you planning on doing with this machine?
It's the only computer in my house, so it is my gaming rig, homework machine, music machine, and general internet PC. Sorry for not including that.
Edited by Nhb93 - 1/5/11 at 3:09pm
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What are you planning on doing with this machine?
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post #3 of 12
When building a new rig, the default answer is Sandy Bridge. The end.

The 2500K is on par with the i7's and 6-core Phenoms in rendering at stock, better in gaming, and over clock much higher.

2500K is $179 @ Microcenter so its a no brainer.
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What's your budget for CPU/MB/RAM?

MC is having deals for SB on the 9th. i7 2600K is $279; i5 2500K is $180.

You can get a decent MB (like Gigabyte UD4 or ASUS P8P67 Pro) for around $200.
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All i7 models and Sandy Bridge i5s are faster than any AMD CPUs. You'll regret going AMD now.
 
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post #6 of 12
In day to day real life tasks and gaming, you really won't notice the difference.

I'd suggest the i7 2600k if you want something that benchmarks really nice.

Micro Center gets the i7 2600K on the 9th and after instant in-store savings it will only be $280. http://www.microcenter.com/storefron...ource=ACT_BYO&

I'd get the i7 2600k if the $50 doesn't mean much to you. However if you want something a little cheaper that in most cases won't be any different unless your benchmarking, go for the i7 950.

EDIT: The information you gave what your going to use your PC for, I'd go for the i7 950. You'd save $50.
Edited by axizor - 1/5/11 at 3:14pm
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
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What's your budget for CPU/MB/RAM?

MC is having deals for SB on the 9th. i7 2600K is $279; i5 2500K is $180.

You can get a decent MB (like Gigabyte UD4 or ASUS P8P67 Pro) for around $200.
You don't even have to spend that much on a MB if you don't want to.

You can get an MSI P67 Pro for $139 or a UD3R for $159-169 I believe.

Heck, get a UD3 for $129 and call it a day. Based on everyone's over clocking, SB's over clock isn't that limited on motherboard, so you're guaranteed "Over 4Ghz" with any MB.

P67 Pro + 2500K is the way to go in my opinion.


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Originally Posted by axizor View Post
In day to day real life tasks and gaming, you really won't notice the difference.

I'd suggest the i7 2600k if you want something that benchmarks really nice.

Micro Center gets the i7 2600K on the 9th and after instant in-store savings it will only be $280. http://www.microcenter.com/storefron...ource=ACT_BYO&

I'd get the i7 2600k if the $50 doesn't mean much to you. However if you want something a little cheaper that in most cases won't be any different unless your benchmarking, go for the i7 950.

EDIT: The information you gave what your going to use your PC for, I'd go for the i7 950. You'd save $50.
Why would he get a 950 or a 2500K? The 2500K is faster in games and is $20 cheaper and the motherboards are cheaper to boot.
Edited by BizzareRide - 1/5/11 at 3:25pm
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post #8 of 12
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I know it's not a big deal, but the 2600K and the current i7's have HT, which is nice, as I plan on folding a bit as well. Just another consideration I just remembered.

The DRM built-in on SB also has me slightly worried. I get my games on Steam, so no worries about that, but who knows what could happen in the future.
Edited by Nhb93 - 1/5/11 at 3:29pm
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+1 to Sandy Bridge. The new i5/i7s are what you want.
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Why can't you bring your computer to college?
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