Im debating on buying an AMD Phenom II x4 BE cpu, or a i7 860. Im looking to overclock. Not in a major competetive way, but enough to get my moneys worth out of the CPU. I know that just by the names it would be i7 all the way. Simply because its a newer CPU. Im looking for raw power tho. Im a big time PC gamer and i want to get the most out of my money. So can anyone tell me which CPU would be the best and why? Also, As i said im looking for a good OC'ing mobo for either one of the CPU's. If anyone knows of a proven board, please let me know!
(The AMD CPU would be the best BE they have. I dont remember which one it was but i want the best. So when comparing, im not thinking about the lower end BE's)
From what I have read, if you have the budget go for the i7 maybe a high end i5. The i7 again from what I have read will give you great overclocks past 4.0 GHz (stable) it is also rated to have better gaming performance. If you are on a tighter budget then you might want to go AMD. The Phenom II 965 RB-C3 should go to over 4.0 GHz (stable). But at a cost. Lastly if your going to overclock get some nice cooling like a high end air cooler or water cooling, a cheap great one that I use is the Corsair H50. Good luck!
My question is, This board says the RAM i need is DDR3 2600MHz+ When i look on the newegg site tho, I cant find any RAM that says 2600MHz. What exactly does that mean, And can i use ANY DDR3 RAM? If not then im at a lose as far as which RAM i can use and which i cant. Any help/suggestions?
And can i use ANY DDR3 RAM? If not then im at a lose as far as which RAM i can use and which i cant. Any help/suggestions?
DDR1600 allows you to use the standard mem multiplier of 8 when a BCLK is 200 to get an i7 to the magical 4 GHz barrier. No reason to go higher unless you wanna try and hit 5 Ghz
I have found Asus boards to be the easiest OC's, have yet to have one die in me after "in this millenium" (about 40 builds) and like that I can get TS on phone....however, the USB 3 and SATA II capability of Asus boards makes the stand out since the PCI-E lanes aren't hampered
I think that Western Digital has a 6 Gb/s out or out soon. Yeah the 920 does go far but the 860 is rated to be better. Your choice. Price erformance 920 wins but overall performance 860. 920 is cheaper though.
Well from what ive read on a few forums and a few other sites, The i5 750 is the best/better price vs performance CPU out as of now. I also read on this site that the 750 will OC to match the i7 975 at stock speeds. Im thinkin thats pretty damn good. Im looking at cutting prices a little cuz ive already gone over $600 with cpu, mobo, and RAM. I was only looking at spending around $300 but i didnt put RAM in the picture. Thats another $150 easy. So now i basically just have to find a really well made/proven OC'ing mobo for the i5. Keeping the nvidia fanboy idea in mind, Does anyone have any tips? Im not EXTREMELY convinced on an EVGA board, but i would like to get one. Again tho, ive never bought a board outside of a factory built PC so anything is open really. I just want to get the best i can for a reasonable price.
This is all coming out of my college loan money and i have a few other things i need to get as well. (Non-computer related) So i need to cut corners where i can, But i still want the best. lol If thats even possible.