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I recently decided to go over to a i5 sandy myself form a phenom. Now my friend wants to save up a little cash and build a gaming rig as well. He wants to know whats the difference between the i7 processors? which is the best i7? he definitely wants an i7(out due me of course.lol) but does not know which is the best for performance including OCing. I could not answer as im new to Intel side as well. So if any body could suggest which one is better i7 it would be much appreciated. I narrowed it down from this forum to the two I think is best (excluding the $900 one) and it looks like its down to gulftown and sandy, but newb to Intel so thanks.
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Depends on what he wants to do with it.

SB for most people.
     
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Gaming he plans on having crossfired 6950s or 6970s just like i have. nothing else but gaming and he wants it to be good for ahwile, and some overclocking.
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Sandybridge for gaming. Only people looking to use ~12 threads really NEED Gulftown
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does he HAVE to have the latest and greatest??
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Gaming he plans on having crossfired 6950s or 6970s just like i have. nothing else but gaming and he wants it to be good for ahwile, and some overclocking.
No doubt that SB is for him.
     
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Ofcourse he has to have the latest and greatest. I told him about my i5 and how im changing out my current processor for it and he instantly started talking about how he wants to build a new rig but go for i7.lol hes like me though just wants to overkill games.
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Ofcourse he has to have the latest and greatest. I told him about my i5 and how im changing out my current processor for it and he instantly started talking about how he wants to build a new rig but go for i7.lol hes like me though just wants to overkill games.
then its a no brainier...i7 2600K sandyy all the way
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i7 sandy it is then. thanks guys. But just to clarify gulftown is better for overall performance on most other things right?
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Unless he plans on lots of video encoding, and office tasks (in which case the i7 970 would be the best option), the i7 2600k is the way to go.

So, if he games and uses his PC just for everyday stuff , the Sandy Bridge i7 is the absolute way to go.

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i7 sandy it is then. thanks guys. But just to clarify gulftown is better for overall performance on most other things right?
The Gulftown hexacores (first gen i7s) are better in most media and office creation and editing tasks since they have 4 more threads. The Bloomfield quads (the first gen i7s (920-965)) are worse in all uses when compared to Sandy Bridge.
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