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i7-950 or 960?

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hey guys with the new price cuts is the 960 really worth the extra 120 over the 950? i can get the 950 for 200 at microcenter. the 960 is 320 at newegg. will be gaming as well as game design/game programming

CPU: Intel i7-950(960?)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
GPU: MSI Twin Frozr GTX 570 (GTX 460 SLI?)
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 6GB (3 x 2GB)
Case: HAF 942 X
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 80GB SSD
PSU: Seasonic Gold X760 (possibly 850 if needed)
DVD: SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive
Wireless: Belkin F5D8055 USB 2.0 Wireless N+ USB Adapter
Keyboard/Mouse: Any suggestions? Don't want to spend a ton.
post #2 of 3
That depends on what speed you want to get?
The 960 may give you the extra 200mhz because of the extra even number multiplier where the 950 tops at an odd number. But it may not be a problem in your case if you are not pushing to the limit.

However, I don't think the price difference justify the extra multiplier.
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Get the 950. Zero difference in terms of overclockability. You're not gonna suffer from lack of multipliers believe me. Your mobo can easily do 200Mhz BCLK and you can set multiplier to 21x to reach 4200Mhz (as i did). With 950 you can set your multi all the way up to 23x so it gives you the ability to reach up to 4600Mhz (You'll prolly need helluva core voltage to reach 4600 though). Anyway my point is that you don't need extra one multiplier that i7 960 provides as multiplier count on 950 is already enough.

Only sensible reason for buying a 960 is that you don't understand how to overclock and not planning to do it but you want to benefit extra clock speed at stock over i7 950.
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