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Because a lot of people cannot afford a hex? LOWL!
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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by jivenjune View Post
I can't confirm the speed difference because I don't know much about AMD products; thus, I don't know what is currently your computer's bottleneck.

Your ram should be fine as long as it is DDR3 and below 1.65 volts. It is recommended that you should use 1.5v or lower for the 2nd generation platform, but most people seem to just take this as a serving suggestion.
What about a MB? Do you know something decent I can get with $120? (+/- $20 is fine).
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF View Post
So I'm not really that experienced with PC components and stuff, but why are people so in love with this CPU? What makes it different from say, an i5-750? Is it a dual or quad core CPU?

And what does "unlocked multiplier" mean? I need a new CPU sometime soon, and I was wondering if I would see a decent performance boost switching to an i5-2500k from a Phenom II x4 965 BE. Note that my 965 BE is at stock settings, but I hear you need to overclock the i5-2500k to see its true potential.
1. Crazy ass high overclocker
2. Stupidly cool running
3. Pretty damn fast
4. The insanity gets even better on water
5. The insanity makes even a turtles eat kittens on phase
6. When on LN2, turns a hammer into a turtle with glares of awesome
^^^ Trust story too!

Also unlocked multi means that you can increase the multiplier all you want. On my chip (doesn't have an unlocked multi (lets call it UM), I am stuck at 9x, which means 450 fsb x 8 = 3.6... If I had an UM, I could have simply left my FSB speed alone (266) and increased my UM till I got to 13.5 (actually 14 because my chip doesn't have halfs).

On sandy brdige, this is important as you cannot (well you shouldn't actually) change the base clock (100). If you want hit 4.3GHz, you need to increase the multi to 43. What if you want 5.3? well that is a 53 multi. These are INSANELY high multipliers dude. Unless your chip's multi was unlocked, you couldn't really overclock at all. Messing with the base clock causes some funky stuff and can even break things.

Also SB will be about 60-80% faster than your phenom II clock for clock. I think single threaded apps they are the same though, but I have no idea.
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What about a MB? Do you know something decent I can get with $120? (+/- $20 is fine).
There are a few brands out there. Personally, I'm a fan of Asrock's Extreme4 motherboard for the P67 platform. However, I don't actually know how much these are going for. I know Asus makes some boards for around this price.

This is a current list of motherboards for the LGA 1155 platform available at Newegg. Look for something around the 120 range that at least has heatsinks on the VRM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=

Edit: This stock is rather limited since the platform has only just started returning to the market in the last two weeks or so. There will be many more boards available in the next week or so.
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1. Crazy ass high overclocker
2. Stupidly cool running
3. Pretty damn fast
4. The insanity gets even better on water
5. The insanity gives even god a boner on phase
6. When on LN2, even god's hard on hurts so bad he has to smash it with a hammer.

^^^ Trust story too!
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But I have also heard that if you want a good Motherboard for the Sandy Bridge socket, they are quite expensive, and the cheaper ones don't work too well. I honestly don't plan on spending more than $120 on a MB, so would this CPU be alright for me?

Also, exactly how easy is it to overclock this CPU? Could someone like me with almost no overclocking experience be able to do it?

Almost everything you need to know about SB can be found in this thread.
http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...e-reviews.html
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post
1. Crazy ass high overclocker
2. Stupidly cool running
3. Pretty damn fast
4. The insanity gets even better on water
5. The insanity gives even god a boner on phase
6. When on LN2, even god's hard on hurts so bad he has to smash it with a hammer.

^^^ Trust story too!

Also unlocked multi means that you can increase the multiplier all you want. On my chip (doesn't have an unlocked multi (lets call it UM), I am stuck at 9x, which means 450 fsb x 8 = 3.6... If I had an UM, I could have simply left my FSB speed alone (266) and increased my UM till I got to 13.5 (actually 14 because my chip doesn't have halfs).

On sandy brdige, this is important as you cannot (well you shouldn't actually) change the base clock (100). If you want hit 4.3GHz, you need to increase the multi to 43. What if you want 5.3? well that is a 53 multi. These are INSANELY high multipliers dude. Unless your chip's multi was unlocked, you couldn't really overclock at all. Messing with the base clock causes some funky stuff and can even break things.

Also SB will be about 60-80% faster than your phenom II clock for clock. I think single threaded apps they are the same though, but I have no idea.
Except sandy bridge hates cold
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Really?
 
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Last I check most hwbot records on sandy bridge are done on water or air. Like a handful on subzero.
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Really?

It also caps at a 59x multiplier too..
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