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I7 930 or i7 960 ? Please help.

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March 15, 2010 9:54:20 PM

Hi, my main objective is attaining a clock between 3.6 and 3.8 for stable 24/7 use.
I've read that the 930 can be easily overclocked to that.
Is the i7 960 easier to attain a 3.6, 3.8 clock and remain stable and cooler than the 930?

I thought that had a obvious answer but after reading a review, it said the 960 is actually about 10 degrees hotter on stock settings.
I will be using a hyper 212 plus cpu cooler.

Should i get the 930 or 960?
These are the only two i can get, the 920 will not be restocked on the store i have to buy.

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March 15, 2010 11:27:42 PM

If you are interested in saving a few bucks, get the 930. The 960 is hotter at stock clocks because it's stock clocks are higher. I just installed the 212+ on my 965BE this afternoon. Bitchin' cooler. :D 
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March 16, 2010 12:01:06 AM

both should get around the same oc so go for the cheaper one unless you want to get the 960 so you can say you have a 960 instead of the 930 but both with do the job and with a 212+ they should stay cool under just about all loads. so id go with the 930.
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March 16, 2010 12:49:36 AM

I'd rather pay an extra $30 for a slightly better cooler, than to pay $$$ to go from a 930 to a 960, I'm not sure about the price difference there, but here its a LOT more than a $30 lol

930 is what I use, mine is happy, 3.6 on stock voltage. All the 9xx i7's make a lot of heat.
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March 16, 2010 1:10:48 AM

SpidersWeb said:
I'd rather pay an extra $30 for a slightly better cooler, than to pay $$$ to go from a 930 to a 960, I'm not sure about the price difference there, but here its a LOT more than a $30 lol

930 is what I use, mine is happy, 3.6 on stock voltage. All the 9xx i7's make a lot of heat.



Thanks, i decided to go with the 930, i will be going with the motherboard in your sig too :) 
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March 16, 2010 1:11:45 AM

Best answer selected by Kon37.
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