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Ok. How about the 2nd gen i7's? What is the difference between the i5 and i7 of the same generation?
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Ok. How about the 2nd gen i7's? What is the difference between the i5 and i7 of the same generation?
Mainly just Hyperthreading. 4cores/8threads vs just 4cores. There may be some other small differences. I also believe the i7's have more L3 cache.
Edited by Dmac73 - 3/18/11 at 11:20pm
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Ok. How about the 2nd gen i7's? What is the difference between the i5 and i7 of the same generation?
Hyper threading and an extra 2mb of cache for the i7.
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And how expensive are the 2nd gen i7's compared to the i5's? Is there a bang-for-the-buck i7's?
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And how expensive are the 2nd gen i7's compared to the i5's? Is there a bang-for-the-buck i7's?
i5 2500k offers the best bang per buck.
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Your cheapest upgrade is still going to be a Q9550, since you have arguably the best board made for it and DDR2 1200 which should get you 4.0GHz without much trouble.

Every fanboi will have you believe that 775s are no good for anything but cash registers, but in real life a 4.0 Q9550 is pretty damn solid.

However if you can save up more money within a short time, you'd be just as well to move to SB since a 9550 will be the end of the road for your rig and you'll likely decide it's time to move on within a year.

I'm already planning on selling the guts of my sig rig once the SB mobo dust clears, but it honestly has nothing to do with performance issues but more with needing something new to play with.
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I actually don't think anyone's told him that "775s are no good for anything but cash registers", we're telling him that the upgrade won't be the best bang-for-the-buck because of the prices on Q9xxx CPU's.
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i5 2500k - $179 at Microcenter or $229 at newegg
Good P67 board - $130 or more (my Biostar was only $130 at newegg)
4GB of DDR3 - $50 (or $100 for 8GB)

You could make the full jump to SB right off newegg for $410. Less if you do some good deal hunting.

There's no reason to blow $200 or more on a C2Q, especially since you could sell your current 775 gear and basically have a free upgrade.
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Yep, the 2500k is the best choice at the moment. Anything cna beat that power for that price... Socket 775 isn't dead atm but is going to be soon. Quad core cpu are still goods but doesn't worth to upgrate on another cpu in that socket. Really worthless...

Personally, i keep my Q6600 until Ivy bridge would be out and i brought a GTX 560 today. Well oced, ill not have any bottleneck and i would be able to run all my games very well. But if i had to change my rig now, i would get an i5 2500k, Asus P8P67 LE, 4GB DDR3 1600MHz. And my new GTX 560 as well... Thats a kickass rig for the price.

Anything can beat an i5 2500k and a GTX 560 in bang for the buck perf.
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