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Got a Q9550 E0 LGA775 and want to at least get into the iCore and FX Series, maybe not $1000+ CPU's but a Good Bang for Buck CPU.

I will need a CPU, RAM and Mobo Recommendations.

I just want Performance that will blow the doors off my 775 setup and be FAST for years to come, also be able to keep up with a GTX 680/780 SLI combo as well.

Let the Post War Begin! Thanks!

*NEED LINKS AND PRICES PLEASE!* eBay, OCN and Newegg are what i prefer, i live in the USA.

I also FOLD, so a HT and Quad/Hex would come in handy...
 

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CPU: Intel is the clear leader for high-end performance. Which Intel chip depends on what's more important to you: folding performance or gaming performance.
If folding: i7-3930k ($550-600) with basically any SLI-capable x79 mobo (~$200).
If gaming: i7-3770k ($330( with basically any SLI-capable z77 mobo ($140).
Of course, both chips will be good at both folding & gaming. The difference will be marginal. Except in price. Mobo brand doesn't really matter - any that are rated for SLI are also going to overclock quite well. Except perhaps some of the Intel-brand x79 boards. If you want to save money go for an i5-3570k. This will game just as well as the i7-3770k, but lack hyperthreading.

RAM speed doesn't generally affect much.
If you like to play around with overclocking RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
Otherwise, whatever 2x4gb kit is fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544

And of course re-use your meglahems.
 

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If your going the FX route the Single Thread performance gain isnt worth it, you would need to clock it into the 4.8ghz range to see slight improvement at best.
Go for Intel
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Still have my Q9550 + ud3p @4ghz in my HTPC, still a pretty fast chip.

Still I would wait for Haswell if you want a nice big upgrade.
 

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Well i was thinking 2600K? with a Gigabyte/ ASUS P67 Chipset. I can get both for under $400.

Really don't want to be on the "Cutting Edge" unless somebody gives me a 3970K and Z77 Mobo lol Cuz i can't afford it.

Well if the FX route won't see any BIG gains, then Intel it is
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Just i want to get into the i7 FOLDING stages and get better performance out of a 580 SLI setup. (When i get the dough for another 580)

So with a 3770K and 2600K in mind, whats a good Mobo for a 5Ghz+ run? And 8GB+ RAM to go with it, would like higher end RAM, like 1600+ but if the price doesn't mach the Performance gains, then 1333/1066 would be okay.

Thanks Again!

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Well i was thinking 2600K? with a Gigabyte/ ASUS P67 Chipset. I can get both for under $400.

Really don't want to be on the "Cutting Edge" unless somebody gives me a 3970K and Z77 Mobo lol Cuz i can't afford it.

Well if the FX route won't see any BIG gains, then Intel it is
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Just i want to get into the i7 FOLDING stages and get better performance out of a 580 SLI setup. (When i get the dough for another 580)

So with a 3770K and 2600K in mind, whats a good Mobo for a 5Ghz+ run? And 8GB+ RAM to go with it, would like higher end RAM, like 1600+ but if the price doesn't mach the Performance gains, then 1333/1066 would be okay.

Thanks Again!

Kinda odd this has only got 2 Replies?
unless you can get a quality ASUS P67/Z68 board for <$150 I'd consider the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H as it have the best VRM of any board $150 and below, held a 7Ghz+ world record for 3770K LN2 overclocking for a few month aswell(right now the record is held by a $350 ASUS board).
 

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Thanks guys
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Well i was thinking 2600K? with a Gigabyte/ ASUS P67 Chipset. I can get both for under $400.

Really don't want to be on the "Cutting Edge" unless somebody gives me a 3970K and Z77 Mobo lol Cuz i can't afford it.

Well if the FX route won't see any BIG gains, then Intel it is
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Just i want to get into the i7 FOLDING stages and get better performance out of a 580 SLI setup. (When i get the dough for another 580)

So with a 3770K and 2600K in mind, whats a good Mobo for a 5Ghz+ run? And 8GB+ RAM to go with it, would like higher end RAM, like 1600+ but if the price doesn't mach the Performance gains, then 1333/1066 would be okay.

Thanks Again!

Kinda odd this has only got 2 Replies?
unless you can get a quality ASUS P67/Z68 board for <$150 I'd consider the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H as it have the best VRM of any board $150 and below, held a 7Ghz+ world record for 3770K LN2 overclocking for a few month aswell(right now the record is held by a $350 ASUS board).
Sounds good but i would love a SLI/CF, mostly a SLI, Mobo for my 2600K or 3770K/3970K. I assume a 2700K is a waste of money vs a 2600K?
 

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If you want to blow the doors off a Q9550 at 4.217 GHz, you're going to need at least a 3770K, or buy an FX-8350 and overclock to the 5 GHz range. Those old Intel 775 quads still have some life left in them, especially when you're over 4 GHz.
 

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If you want to blow the doors off a Q9550 at 4.217 GHz, you're going to need at least a 3770K, or buy an FX-8350 and overclock to the 5 GHz range. Those old Intel 775 quads still have some life left in them, especially when you're over 4 GHz.
Well would a 2600K @ 5Ghz be good? I don't need Cutting Edge CPU's to be happy lol I game, muti-task and Fold, so a 2600K would do good i think
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AMD is solid power on a budget, Intel is high-end and more costly but top tier. Depends on your budget and need, as always, so not gonna put a recommendation on a company. But I will say if you're folding, go 6 or 8 core, no reason not to. It's more than enough cores to be future proof for a while and you can squeeze out that much more juice for the job.
 

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I would say for gaming i5 3570K anything more like video/photo editing and folding AMD 8350 (cheap side) or i7 3770k (more pricey)
 

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you really can't beat a 3570K for value and performance right now, especially if you're near a Microcenter since right now they have the $50 off Z77 deal. If you're not near one, I'd still look 3570K.

I have a Z77X UD3H and a P8Z77 V LK and I prefer the Gigabyte board in that pricepoint.
 

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3770k for your setup, if you are looking go sli 680 /780 down the road the pci-e 3.0 will help out quite a bit. Anything less than a Quad w/ HT, Hex, or Octa is pointless for your needs. Don't go i5 at all, not worth it for what you want to do.

A 2600/2700k is fine except they don't support pci-e 3.0, so they definitely aren't worth it these days.
 

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so you want a mother board a gpu and a cpu coupled with 8gb ram right? give us a budget for the parts so its easier to suggest you some options
 

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*TOPIC*

Got a Q9550 E0 LGA775 and want to at least get into the iCore and FX Series, maybe not $1000+ CPU's but a Good Bang for Buck CPU.

I will need a CPU, RAM and Mobo Recommendations.

I just want Performance that will blow the doors off my 775 setup and be FAST for years to come, also be able to keep up with a GTX 680/780 SLI combo as well.

Let the Post War Begin! Thanks!

*NEED LINKS AND PRICES PLEASE!* eBay, OCN and Newegg are what i prefer, i live in the USA.

I also FOLD, so a HT and Quad/Hex would come in handy...
How many years are you talking about? If its as long as you've used your C2Q, you should really consider getting sth that has more than 4 cores.

Gaming-wise, a 3570K is the best bang for buck CPU right now. But it has only four cores. With both the new consoles having an octa-core CPU, games will probably start utilizing more cores than four. Not to mention games well-optimized for PCs. Crysis 3 is a very good example in this case.

Also, I don't know anything about folding, but if it can utilize more cores, then its all the more reason to get sth with more cores.

Why I'm against getting an LGA1155 CPU : i) low number of cores, ii) dead socket provides you with no upgrade options should you want to get sth with more cores.

Why you should get an LGA2011 CPU : i) higher number of cores, ii) socket hopefully won't die anytime soon (knock on wood) iii) if Intel does eventually release octa-cores, they would probably be on socket LGA2011, provided they do not introduce a new socket

Get a 3930K. When (or if) you need to, you can upgrade to an Ivy-E or Haswell-E when they come out. It would mean losing per-core performance compared to LGA1155 CPUs, but the extra cores I think are more important in your case.

Hope this helps!
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I guess to some up all these wonderful replies.

I need more then 4 cores so a 2600K has 8 "cores", i need at least 8GB of RAM, the 3.0 PCI-E does not give notable performance increase short of 3 way SLI Titans lol

So would a 3570 or 3770K would be good? I don't need to be on the Edge like i said, just want a CHEAP but GOOD upgrade from my 775 socket.

Under $400 as a Budget. That includes CPU, RAM, Mobo. My PSU is good and i wouldn't mind another 580, so a SLI Mobo is a must.

So...Z77/Z68 2600K or 3770K X79 and 8GB RAM and SLI Mobo.

OR

FX- 65xx/85xx, 990X Mobo (right?) and 8GB RAM, plus SLI Mobo (990?)

So i think a 2600K, Z68 and 8GB RAM, about $400... But if the 3770K or 6-8 AMD is a better and better Bang to Buck ratio then that works too.

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STOP WITH THE SANDY BRIDGE!!

For i7, there is the 3770k

i5, 3570k

There is no reason to get sandy bridge. Also if you are going the i7 route, I would get the 3820 and an X79 motherboard for the added pcie lanes, so you get better performance with SLI/Xfire.
 

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I guess to some up all these wonderful replies.

I need more then 4 cores so a 2600K has 8 "cores", i need at least 8GB of RAM, the 3.0 PCI-E does not give notable performance increase short of 3 way SLI Titans lol

So would a 3570 or 3770K would be good? I don't need to be on the Edge like i said, just want a CHEAP but GOOD upgrade from my 775 socket.

Under $400 as a Budget. That includes CPU, RAM, Mobo. My PSU is good and i wouldn't mind another 580, so a SLI Mobo is a must.

So...Z77/Z68 2600K or 3770K X79 and 8GB RAM and SLI Mobo.

OR

FX- 65xx/85xx, 990X Mobo (right?) and 8GB RAM, plus SLI Mobo (990?)

So i think a 2600K, Z68 and 8GB RAM, about $400... But if the 3770K or 6-8 AMD is a better and better Bang to Buck ratio then that works too.

Thanks.
1) 2600K has only four cores
2) If you want cheap, then forget about LGA2011. Get sth LGA1155
3) If you want an LGA1155 CPU (2600K, 3570K, 3770K etc), then the 3770K is the best option for you
4) I'm pretty sure that when you upgrade your GPU, you wont want another 580 to SLI since there will be much newer cards with newer features and more power efficiency
5) 3770K goes with a Z77 mobo, not an X79 one
6) If you are considering AMD, the 8350 is the best you can get right now. But I dont know if AMD is worth your money or if it can even provide the performance you are looking for
7) As per newegg, 8350 is $199 whereas 3570K is $229 and the 3770K is $329. Gaming-wise, 8350 performs similar to these Intel CPUs. So AMD is obviously the cheaper option here.

So...
Intel : Z77 mobo + 3770K
AMD : 990X mobo + 8350

Hope this helps!
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You can't beat amd 8350 for price per performance, clock for clock they lose by very little to an 3570k in gaming but let's not forget they will clock higher with less effort than a 3570k, if you live near a microcentre then sure 3770k is the way to go.
 

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I guess to some up all these wonderful replies.

I need more then 4 cores so a 2600K has 8 "cores", i need at least 8GB of RAM, the 3.0 PCI-E does not give notable performance increase short of 3 way SLI Titans lol

So would a 3570 or 3770K would be good? I don't need to be on the Edge like i said, just want a CHEAP but GOOD upgrade from my 775 socket.

Under $400 as a Budget. That includes CPU, RAM, Mobo. My PSU is good and i wouldn't mind another 580, so a SLI Mobo is a must.

So...Z77/Z68 2600K or 3770K X79 and 8GB RAM and SLI Mobo.

OR

FX- 65xx/85xx, 990X Mobo (right?) and 8GB RAM, plus SLI Mobo (990?)

So i think a 2600K, Z68 and 8GB RAM, about $400... But if the 3770K or 6-8 AMD is a better and better Bang to Buck ratio then that works too.

Thanks.
1) 2600K has only four cores
2) If you want cheap, then forget about LGA2011. Get sth LGA1155
3) If you want an LGA1155 CPU (2600K, 3570K, 3770K etc), then the 3770K is the best option for you
4) I'm pretty sure that when you upgrade your GPU, you wont want another 580 to SLI since there will be much newer cards with newer features and more power efficiency
5) 3770K goes with a Z77 mobo, not an X79 one
6) If you are considering AMD, the 8350 is the best you can get right now. But I dont know if AMD is worth your money or if it can even provide the performance you are looking for
7) As per newegg, 8350 is $199 whereas 3570K is $229 and the 3770K is $329. Gaming-wise, 8350 performs similar to these Intel CPUs. So AMD is obviously the cheaper option here.

So...
Intel : Z77 mobo + 3770K
AMD : 990X mobo + 8350

Hope this helps!
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That pretty much is the way i wanted to be answered lol So Thanks.

1) It's 4 cores with HT or 8 total, which is good for Some games and FOLDING
4) 2 580's beat a 680 and are up there with the 690 when OCed. So a $200 580 beats a $450 GTX680.
5) My bad lol
7) eBay i hope, will have the 3770K or 3950K cheaper then $329.

So lets go with those 2...

Whats a good Z77 Mobo for 3770K at 4-5Ghz? Whats a good 990X Mobo for 8350 4-5Ghz? Both need SLI/CF. Thanks!
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