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April 10, 2010 11:20:56 AM

Hi

I have always been told that socket LGA 775 is the best and now I'm reading a lot of fuzz of LGA 1156. Can anybody help me understand what should I have in mind before deciding for any particular socket.
Thank you.

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April 10, 2010 12:47:03 PM

Hi Viankus and welcome to Tomshardware...

Socket 775 are a dead end with no further upgrade options, but 1156 do... LGA 1156 was designed to replace LGA 775. LGA 1156 is very different from LGA 775. LGA 775 processors were connected to a northbridge using the Front Side Bus. With LGA 1156, the features that were traditionally on a northbridge are integrated onto the processor. The LGA 1156 socket allows the PCI-Express 2.0 x16 for communication with a graphics card. Some processors allow this connection to be divided into two x8 lanes to connect two graphics cards. Some motherboard manufacturers use Nvidia's NF200 chip to allow even more graphics cards to be used. They also support two memory channels for communication with DDR3 SDRAM instead of the DDR2 supported by most 775 sockets. All LGA 1156 processors and motherboards made to date are interoperable, making it possible to switch between a Core i3, Core i5, with integrated graphics and a Core i5 or Core i7 without graphics.
Hope that helped... Good luck...
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April 10, 2010 5:03:54 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

The 775 socket was a very good socket few years ago, but today has been replace buy the 1156 and 1366. (i3, i5 and i7).

Now, u need bear in mind this:

1- Price of the processor that you want install, some 775 processor are more expensive that the i7, but the i7 is the best processor.
2- What socket type is the processor that you want install?
3- What is the main use that you want for the rig? games, surf the web, video edition...
4- Do U want OC the processor, GPU and RAM?

Some 775 sockets support DDR3, but are more expensive that a 1156 or 1366 mobo socket.
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