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post #1 of 15
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My buddy wants me to build him a new build but I'm not sure which I can go with on his budget. He wants an i7 but I really don't know the differences between the new SB's and the old i7's.

Which is better and why? Looking into an i7 2600 vs. i7 960.
No overclocking will be done. So far, the only differences I see are that the SB uses less power thus less heat also they're clocked higher. Are the 1155 better than the 1366? Been hearing that the 1155 have been having some motherboard issues.

Btw the budget is $1.2k w/o a video card. So essentially $1.2k for a cpu, mobo, ram, case, psu, heatsink.

Also if you could. Recommend me a decent set of ram and motherboard for either 1155 or 1366 depending on which you picked.

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SB is faster clock for clock, uses less power, overclocks better (if you have the K series, super easy too with a variety of motherboards!) - really the only main advantage of i7 1st gen would be if you were using 3 or 4 video cards or wanted a 6 core CPU.

Are you doing an ATX build? What is the build being used for? (gaming, media, ect.) I really would recommend a K series over the non, if you ever want to overclock in the future, the non K series have virtually no overclocking, and it's only a couple $$ more. I'd also imagine that they are binned better (lower heat) and will have a much higher resale value later on.
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post #3 of 15
If no overclocking will be done, get the non-K 2500 or 2600. And no need for aftermarket heatsink.
post #4 of 15
Well,

Does he really need an i7? what's he going to be doing with this machine? An i5 2500k would probably be a cheaper, more effective solution.

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I have tried to sway him into getting an i5 but he really just wants the i7 for the epeen. As for buying the aftermarket heatsink, it's more of a preference thing on my part. Probably will slap on a 212+ if MC has them on sale.
    
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no overclocking ? SB seems to be the better buy right now unless you need more cores for encoding, rendering etc. for gaming etc go SB
1.2k is a huge budget for what you are looking to do so blast away
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post #7 of 15
TBH,

Sandybridge is the better choice either way, even with the turbo boost when the CPU gets pushed it hits 4Ghz anyway.

Go with sandy and convince him to overclock, if you're building it for him overclock it anyway and show him it's stable.

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post #8 of 15
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@ selectstriker2
tell me about it. i don't think i can get up to 1.2k... btw why would SB not have the same amount of cores as the i7? they both have 4 cores / 8 threads.

btw he just doesn't like to OC. what a waste right? but it's his computer and he can do w/e he wants... i'm happy as it is for even being able to get to build it

@ compuman145
i could but as i said, he really doesn't like OC even if it's stable. just a personal preference.

tbph, he really doesn't even need an i7. an i5 would be perfectly fine.
    
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post #9 of 15
Even though SB generally has better performance clock for clock, the chips feel very mainstream for me with the integrated graphics chip and therefore I just got an i7 950, still a great chip for $200.
post #10 of 15
Yeah, 4c/8t

I would overclock it to 4.5 and have it running prime95 and IBT when he gets there to pick it up, have a temprature monitor open and then tell him you OC'ed it and it's ready.

What's he going to do, he doesn't know how to put it back anyway. There isn't really much point going with teh 1366 chipset if he wants to spend that sort of cash

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