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What CPU would you recommend for a 4.0 minimum overclock? Intel or AMD, it doesn't matter to me. I'd like it to be $250 or less. If you think I could get a stable 5.0 on your recommendation, tell me how you'd cool it.
    
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Currently the highest clocking chips are the Intel SandyBridge processors. Capable of 5Ghz in some cases on air cooling. The majority of the Nehalem & Phenom/Thuban's will get to (or close to) 4Ghz (and some 4Ghz+), but they won't best SB in single thread performance.

I'd recommend a good air cooler to go with it, such as:

Thermalright Silver Arrow
Noctua's ND-14
Thermalright Venomous X
Thermalright Archon
Prolimatech Megahalem
Cogage Arrow (same basic cooler as the Silver Arrow with 1 less fan of lesser quality).

More or less, any of those coolers will do the job.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=intel_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/deepsearc...D=ThermalRight

http://www.svc.com/megahalems.html

http://www.svc.com/nh-d141.html
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 4/7/11 at 10:23pm
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i5 2500k is at 3.7 (turbo) at stock.

It's a joke to get to 4GHz. Most get 4.5+ at least.
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Why would you choose a processor based on clock speed over anything else? This reminds me of the Megahertz Myth!
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Why would you choose a processor based on clock speed over anything else? This reminds me of the Megahertz Myth!
I agree that it's not the best way to go, but it set him in the right direction. There are very few types of chips in a desktop computer than can operate at 4-5GHz with ease.
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Why would you choose a processor based on clock speed over anything else? This reminds me of the Megahertz Myth!
Im not buying based on clock rate, im just using it as a base. i dont wanna end up with a new cpu with high idle temps (cough cough like my q6600 that just burned out). But id like to know the possiblities because im planning to overclock.
    
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i5 2500k is at 3.7 (turbo) at stock.

It's a joke to get to 4GHz. Most get 4.5+ at least.
Yeah alot of people have recommended the 2500k to me. So i was thinkin go with that. But I just got the new CPU mag and found out about the Sandy Bridge CPUs, so i wanted to see if anyone had used em or would promo them.
    
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Originally Posted by Lucky 13 SpeedShop View Post
Currently the highest clocking chips are the Intel SandyBridge processors. Capable of 5Ghz in some cases on air cooling. The majority of the Nehalem & Phenom/Thuban's will get to (or close to) 4Ghz (and some 4Ghz+), but they won't best SB in single thread performance.

I'd recommend a good air cooler to go with it, such as:

Thermalright Silver Arrow
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Cogage Arrow (same basic cooler as the Silver Arrow with 1 less fan of lesser quality).

More or less, any of those coolers will do the job.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=intel_2500k-_-19-115-072-_-Product

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/deepsearc...D=ThermalRight

http://www.svc.com/megahalems.html

http://www.svc.com/nh-d141.html

So which SB would you rec? and should i go with one of the new SB motherboards too? or does it not really make a difference in this case?
    
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i5-2500k and a p67 chipset mobo.
    
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Sandy Bridge has been out since January '11. There are countless 2500k owners who will vouch for their stability and speed. The only issue was the motherboard SATA controller failures which were resolved in the B3 revision.

With SB you have two options for overclocking: 2500k and 2600k. They're identical apart from stock clocks, slightly more cache on the 2600k and hyperthreading.

If you don't need the cache, HT then go with the 2500k.
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