I'm starting a new build within the next couple of weeks. I am not overclocking this time around. I like to start with the CPU decision before all else. So, what would you recommend for a fast gaming CPU if I'm not going to overclock. Pick one that is the fastest and one that is a value buy. Thanks.
I was thinking more along the lines of the i7 920. I guess when I say I'm not OC, I mean, I will not setup another water cooling system. I fried a couple of 8800 GTX the first time around. I've been on water cooling since but it still makes me nervous. So whatever I can get by on with air, that's what I'm doing.
How much faster is the 920 over the E8600? I'll like put 3k into this system but why spend 1k on a processor? Thanks.
y bother putting in so much on the computer when in under a year a $1000 computer will beat it? Ur better off spending around $1200-1500 (sweet spot) and saving for upgrades or buy 2 computers
And since when does OC mean H2O cooling?? u can do it on air.
We also didnt say i7 cause u were talking about for the value we didnt exactly think i7 as budget (Mobo and ram)
But if u have the money for a good i7, Mobo and DDR3 ram than thats fine
The 920 stock will be a bit (but not much) slower than the E8600 in single threaded apps, and will utterly, completely flatten it in multithreaded stuff. The 920 also easily overclocks to 3.2 GHz or so on the stock cooler, and 3.5-3.8GHz (depending on your luck) on an aftermarket air cooler. With effort and good cooling, 4Ghz isn't completely out of the question, if you have a good chip. Basically, if you have the budget, the 920 is an excellent choice, and $3k is certainly a sufficient budget.