Core i5 750 or Core i5 660

My budget is 200$ max. I am not a heavy gammer. I do not do 3d or graphic designing work but need a fast processor for single threaded applications. I am in confusion between the above stated two because one has higher clock and other has higher cores. Kindly help me in choosing the right processor.
Thanks in Advance
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  1. The i5 660 would be the best performer for single threaded applications. However, it is vastly overpriced for a dual core.

    If two cores is all you need then look at i3. It is extremely overclockable and a decent value (awesome value if you overclock).
  2. Well for single threaded apps, all they can use is 1 thead. so the 2 extra cores on the slower core i5 750 will go to waste.

    Meaning the faster dual core, core i5 660 @ 3.33GHz will be better than the slow quad core, core i5 750 @ 2.66 for your needs.

    Hope this helps.
  3. to help you better with this, what kind of application do you usually run? and do you do just 1 thing at a time or you like to do everything at the same time and wait for it to finsh?
  4. i3 - dual-core chip, very overclockable and cheaper than the i5.

    And if you get a H55 or H57 chipset motherboard you can use the i3's onboard graphics chip so you don't need a dedicated graphics card (if you're really on a tight budget).
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    I know it specifically states that the user is only interested in single-threaded apps, but I would still recommend the i5-750.

    In single threaded apps, the i5-750 is going to Turbo Boost itself up to 3.2 GHz, so it's not like it's slow. It is also very overclockable and has great efficiency with moderately high overclocks.

    I just think the industry as a whole is moving towards more and more cores. If you have the budget for it, why not buy the four cores. Six-core processors are here, and soon to be eight-core for the consumer. I just don't see much sense in getting a dual core UNLESS you are trying to save money. But if you are trying to save money, I would just get the Phenom II X4 955. You still get the four cores, and save fifty bucks.

    Maybe the op should consider what exactly he needs a "fast processor" for. I mean if you aren't doing gaming or 3d work or multithreaded applications, then why DO you need a fast processor? What single-threaded applications are you running that require a really fast processor?

    If all you are doing is email/internet/office apps, you could easily get away with spending $100 on a really fast dual core.

    I guess I'm a little confused here on what the op needs but those are my thoughts anyways.
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  7. Sure the extra power usage/heat/less OC headroom/$80 premium is worth the extra 300mhz from turbo!

    Remember guys quad core is overkill for most, and probably will be for the next 3+ years. (If not 5+)

    *shrug, my 2 cents.

    Ps: I do agree quad is becoming the norm, but not for people who will NEVER use it.
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