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hi,

im going to switch to intel very soon, so i was looking at their processors and mobos.

i was wondering which would be better for my pc setup right now from these 2 choices:

i5-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

i7-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

i want to make sure it doesnt bottleneck my crossfire 6870's AT ALL, since that is why im upgrading. is the 40ish dollar difference a big jump between these 2 cpu's?

also, what motherboard would you recommend? i was hoping to keep everything around the 300 - 350 dollar range
 

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Why would you goto a 1156 based system now? 1155 based cpus/motherboards are generally cheaper and give you more performance.

I've you dont use any programs which take advantage of Hyperthreading, I would get the i5.
 

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hi,

im going to switch to intel very soon, so i was looking at their processors and mobos.

i was wondering which would be better for my pc setup right now from these 2 choices:

i5-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

i7-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

i want to make sure it doesnt bottleneck my crossfire 6870's AT ALL, since that is why im upgrading. is the 40ish dollar difference a big jump between these 2 cpu's?

also, what motherboard would you recommend? i was hoping to keep everything around the 300 - 350 dollar range
get either i5 2500k/i7 2600k,both of these are much more efficient than the i5 760/i7 950(these are old platform now)
for the mobo get any one of these:
asus p8z68v pro
gigabyte z68x ud4
asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
Hope you like my suggestion.
 

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i live in merced,ca haha. i think city of industry is like 4 and a half hours away
=[.

im assuming a microcenter is where you buy your newegg products at a store? or am i wrong, and you just want me to go to bestbuy?
 

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so an i5 2500k?

like this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

i see, thought that both processors were good since they were still priced up there on newegg =].

what mobo would be good with this cpu then?
You will need a motherboard with a P67 or Z68 chipset.

I think I would go with something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131759

but there are alot of other options if your budget cant stretch that far.
 

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i live in merced,ca haha. i think city of industry is like 4 and a half hours away
=[.

im assuming a microcenter is where you buy your newegg products at a store? or am i wrong, and you just want me to go to bestbuy?
I would just order them online... Most BestBuy stores don't stock CPUs/Motherboards and even if they do it's a very limited selection at premium price. Microcenter or Fry's are better options.
 

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If all you do is game your better off with the 2500k. Theres also a microcenter in Santa Clara, CA. Been there a few times place is amazing.
 

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i live in merced,ca haha. i think city of industry is like 4 and a half hours away
=[.

im assuming a microcenter is where you buy your newegg products at a store? or am i wrong, and you just want me to go to bestbuy?
Yeah, Microcenter is a retail store. And no, do not go to Best Buy, that place is a rip off!
 

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yea, i mean i can easily stretch it to $400 MAX, though i was hoping i could get something good at that range. i guess not, i wouldn't really mind though, since ive experienced what happens when you dont pay for that little extra now, it comes back and bites you right in the a$$

so i guess ill go with the i5 2500k cpu - $219

what mobo would be best for that at $170?
 

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yea, i mean i can easily stretch it to $400 MAX, though i was hoping i could get something good at that range. i guess not, i wouldn't really mind though, since ive experienced what happens when you dont pay for that little extra now, it comes back and bites you right in the a$$

so i guess ill go with the i5 2500k cpu - $219

what mobo would be best for that at $170?
I just got an Asus P8P67 PRO and I'm loving it. $170 from Newegg.
 

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Go with a Sandy Bridge platform because it will accept the Ivy bridge processors when they come out. So you will have an upgrade path - 1366 and 1156 are obsolete now.
Gaming wise the 2600k doesn't offer anything over the 2500k. Unless you have sw that uses hyperthreading you are just spending more money for additional cpu ram.
(Maybe Civ 5 of Starcraft 2 would take advantage of the extra cpu ram?)
 

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yea, i mean i can easily stretch it to $400 MAX, though i was hoping i could get something good at that range. i guess not, i wouldn't really mind though, since ive experienced what happens when you dont pay for that little extra now, it comes back and bites you right in the a$$

so i guess ill go with the i5 2500k cpu - $219

what mobo would be best for that at $170?
Newegg has the ASRock Extreme 4 gen 3 for $155, nice board, plenty of OC options, PCI-E 3.0 (though it's not really needed), and best part is it's black on black w/ gold caps look.

Also you could go w/ that Asus board the other guy suggested, lots of people on here like them.
 

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Go P67/Z68 and snag yourself a 2500k, there is no point of going 1156 nor 1366 at this point.
 
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