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I'm sure that many people have asked this in the past but I'm looking to do a full upgrade on my system. Right now I'm running a Core 2 Duo and I'm looking to upgrade my mobo, cpu and ram.

I was looking at this i5 for a processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819116899

This MoBo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813130737

And this for memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820231667

I guess the main question would be, is there really a huge difference between the i5 and i7 or would I be fine with an i5 for gaming?

Also, are there any products you'd recommend to replace any of the above?

Any input would be great! Thank you!
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  1. Hey :)

    Do you want to overclock?

    Everyone will tell you the same answer : i7 is for rendering , i5 for gaming buut i7 is better because more ( virtual) cores, wich games will be using more in the future
  2. I have a very similar setup and it runs great when gaming. That processor is much better performance to money wise when comparing to gaming.

    So yes. It should work just fine.
  3. I7 are higher clocked, have larger cache and have hyper-threading enabled. Nothing that will make a huge impact on games today or in the near future(Couple of years forward).
  4. Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?
  5. the i5 will surely be enough for all games... will not bottleneck any games for atleast 5 years you should go with the i5 if necessary you could overclock it which would again extend its gaming validity for a year.
  6. Matt Coombs said:
    Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?


    I had a simmilare situation, was chosing between i7 or i5, i7 is 100$ more.
    I didn't want to overclock my pc, so I found out about xeon CPU, it's the same as i7 just *without the integrated GPU wich you will never gonna use.

    If you want an i7 performance at the cost of i5* ( a bit higher though ), get xeon 1230 v3 ( 1150 socket/same as i7, just no iGPU )


    *And If you don't want to OC, get a H87/B87 motherboard instead the Z* one. That will also save you some money! ( 50$ ) :)

    i7 4770k = xeon 1230 v3 ( lower clock speed, you can't overclock xeon, + no integrated graphics card )
  7. RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?


    I had a simmilare situation, was chosing between i7 or i5, i7 is 100$ more.
    I didn't want to overclock my pc, so I found out about xeon CPU, it's the same as i7 just *without the integrated GPU wich you will never gonna use.

    If you want an i7 performance at the cost of i5* ( a bit higher though ), get xeon 1230 v3 ( 1150 socket/same as i7, just no iGPU )


    *And If you don't want to OC, get a H87/B87 motherboard instead the Z* one. That will also save you some money! ( 50$ ) :)

    i7 4770k = xeon 1230 v3 ( lower clock speed, you can't overclock xeon, + no integrated graphics card )



    Is this the Xeon you're talking about?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

    Would you recommend the Xeon over the i5?
  8. Best answer
    Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?


    I had a simmilare situation, was chosing between i7 or i5, i7 is 100$ more.
    I didn't want to overclock my pc, so I found out about xeon CPU, it's the same as i7 just *without the integrated GPU wich you will never gonna use.

    If you want an i7 performance at the cost of i5* ( a bit higher though ), get xeon 1230 v3 ( 1150 socket/same as i7, just no iGPU )


    *And If you don't want to OC, get a H87/B87 motherboard instead the Z* one. That will also save you some money! ( 50$ ) :)

    i7 4770k = xeon 1230 v3 ( lower clock speed, you can't overclock xeon, + no integrated graphics card )



    Is this the Xeon you're talking about?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

    Would you recommend the Xeon over the i5?


    Yeah :)), you didn't know about xeon either huh?
    Wanted to buy an i7 aswell lol and then I found about xeon. Hated that integrated graphics card

    xeon over i5? ofcourse!

    Get xeon and you will have the 4+ threads advantage!
  9. RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?


    I had a simmilare situation, was chosing between i7 or i5, i7 is 100$ more.
    I didn't want to overclock my pc, so I found out about xeon CPU, it's the same as i7 just *without the integrated GPU wich you will never gonna use.

    If you want an i7 performance at the cost of i5* ( a bit higher though ), get xeon 1230 v3 ( 1150 socket/same as i7, just no iGPU )


    *And If you don't want to OC, get a H87/B87 motherboard instead the Z* one. That will also save you some money! ( 50$ ) :)

    i7 4770k = xeon 1230 v3 ( lower clock speed, you can't overclock xeon, + no integrated graphics card )



    Is this the Xeon you're talking about?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

    Would you recommend the Xeon over the i5?


    Yeah :)), you didn't know about xeon either huh?
    Wanted to buy an i7 aswell lol and then I found about xeon. Hated that integrated graphics card

    xeon over i5? ofcourse!

    Get xeon and you will have the 4+ threads advantage!




    So if I leave the MoBo and memory the way it is and replace the i5 with the Xeon that configuration will work correct?
  10. The RAM you chose is a Solid choice. As for the processor, Seems pretty good to me. The only difference between an i7 and an i5 is that the i7 has 8mb of L3 Cache and the i5 has 6mb. I've personally used that motherboard, its a great pick and works great. I think what you've chosen is going to do just fine at whatever you need.
  11. Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?


    I had a simmilare situation, was chosing between i7 or i5, i7 is 100$ more.
    I didn't want to overclock my pc, so I found out about xeon CPU, it's the same as i7 just *without the integrated GPU wich you will never gonna use.

    If you want an i7 performance at the cost of i5* ( a bit higher though ), get xeon 1230 v3 ( 1150 socket/same as i7, just no iGPU )


    *And If you don't want to OC, get a H87/B87 motherboard instead the Z* one. That will also save you some money! ( 50$ ) :)

    i7 4770k = xeon 1230 v3 ( lower clock speed, you can't overclock xeon, + no integrated graphics card )



    Is this the Xeon you're talking about?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

    Would you recommend the Xeon over the i5?


    Yeah :)), you didn't know about xeon either huh?
    Wanted to buy an i7 aswell lol and then I found about xeon. Hated that integrated graphics card

    xeon over i5? ofcourse!

    Get xeon and you will have the 4+ threads advantage!




    So if I leave the MoBo and memory the way it is and replace the i5 with the Xeon that configuration will work correct?


    You can't overclock xeon, the cores are locked so watch out!
    A Z87 motherboard is for overclocks and more graphics card ( SLI / CROSSFIRE )

    With a xeon take a H87 board! You will save 50+$ and you will have everything what the Z87 has. H87 has just no overclocking potential and no SLI /CROSSFIRE / ram overclock support ( on most boards )
  12. RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?


    I had a simmilare situation, was chosing between i7 or i5, i7 is 100$ more.
    I didn't want to overclock my pc, so I found out about xeon CPU, it's the same as i7 just *without the integrated GPU wich you will never gonna use.

    If you want an i7 performance at the cost of i5* ( a bit higher though ), get xeon 1230 v3 ( 1150 socket/same as i7, just no iGPU )


    *And If you don't want to OC, get a H87/B87 motherboard instead the Z* one. That will also save you some money! ( 50$ ) :)

    i7 4770k = xeon 1230 v3 ( lower clock speed, you can't overclock xeon, + no integrated graphics card )



    Is this the Xeon you're talking about?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

    Would you recommend the Xeon over the i5?


    Yeah :)), you didn't know about xeon either huh?
    Wanted to buy an i7 aswell lol and then I found about xeon. Hated that integrated graphics card

    xeon over i5? ofcourse!

    Get xeon and you will have the 4+ threads advantage!




    So if I leave the MoBo and memory the way it is and replace the i5 with the Xeon that configuration will work correct?


    You can't overclock xeon, the cores are locked so watch out!
    A Z87 motherboard is for overclocks and more graphics card ( SLI / CROSSFIRE )

    With a xeon take a H87 board! You will save 50+$ and you will have everything what the Z87 has. H87 has just no overclocking potential and no SLI /CROSSFIRE / ram overclock support ( on most boards )



    Sorry for all of the responses and questions RulesSpew. I really appreciate your help.

    Is this the MoBo you're speaking of?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CK3szq6u07wCFVBk7Aod0xIATQ&Item=N82E16813130743&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Intel+Motherboards-_-N82E16813130743&ef_id=UwH@2AAABM1FE7Ip:20140217142321:s
  13. Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    RulesSpew said:
    Matt Coombs said:
    Hi RulesSpew,

    I've never really experimented with overclocking, I've only heard the horror stories haha. But obviously those were from people who don't know what they're doing.

    What has it been known to clock to?


    I had a simmilare situation, was chosing between i7 or i5, i7 is 100$ more.
    I didn't want to overclock my pc, so I found out about xeon CPU, it's the same as i7 just *without the integrated GPU wich you will never gonna use.

    If you want an i7 performance at the cost of i5* ( a bit higher though ), get xeon 1230 v3 ( 1150 socket/same as i7, just no iGPU )


    *And If you don't want to OC, get a H87/B87 motherboard instead the Z* one. That will also save you some money! ( 50$ ) :)

    i7 4770k = xeon 1230 v3 ( lower clock speed, you can't overclock xeon, + no integrated graphics card )



    Is this the Xeon you're talking about?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906

    Would you recommend the Xeon over the i5?


    Yeah :)), you didn't know about xeon either huh?
    Wanted to buy an i7 aswell lol and then I found about xeon. Hated that integrated graphics card

    xeon over i5? ofcourse!

    Get xeon and you will have the 4+ threads advantage!




    So if I leave the MoBo and memory the way it is and replace the i5 with the Xeon that configuration will work correct?


    You can't overclock xeon, the cores are locked so watch out!
    A Z87 motherboard is for overclocks and more graphics card ( SLI / CROSSFIRE )

    With a xeon take a H87 board! You will save 50+$ and you will have everything what the Z87 has. H87 has just no overclocking potential and no SLI /CROSSFIRE / ram overclock support ( on most boards )



    Sorry for all of the responses and questions RulesSpew. I really appreciate your help.

    Is this the MoBo you're speaking of?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CK3szq6u07wCFVBk7Aod0xIATQ&Item=N82E16813130743&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Intel+Motherboards-_-N82E16813130743&ef_id=UwH@2AAABM1FE7Ip:20140217142321:s




    1150 socket just like xeon ( xeon = i7 ( without iGPU ) So don't get scared about it
    H87
    PCI-E 16.0 3.0 ( only 1 graphics card )
    16GB RAM 1600MHz ( maximum ram supported )

    Yeah, this motherboard will support your CPU ;)
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