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September 10, 2010 6:59:28 PM

I'm going to be building my first computer. I'm going to using a geforce gtx 460 1mb and a thermaltake case v3. I am trying to decide between a AMD Phemon X4 955 and an intel i5 760. Either one I'm going to buy it from microcenter. Microcenter has a deal of buy a AMD prosseser and get a free or cheap motherboard with it http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl.... Microcenter also has cheap intel prossesers i5 760 for $170 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml.... I also hardly know anything about motherboards. I would like to spend as little on the motherboard as possible. What should I look for in a mother board and what would be some good motherboards for these prossesers. What out of the $10 prossesers would be best if I got the AMD bundle from microcnter.

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September 10, 2010 9:56:48 PM

Does the i5 turbo boost not work on all motherboards?
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September 10, 2010 10:02:38 PM

Does the i5 turbo boost not work on all motherboards?
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September 10, 2010 10:10:44 PM

For a pure gaming build, i mostly suggest AMD.. However, since you are opting for a Nvidia video card and may want to go SLI in the near future, going for the Intel platform will suit you more.. Spending a little on the motherboard is never a bad investment.. The basic characteristics you need to look for while choosing a motherboard are your CPU compatibility (obvious i know), overclockability which somewhat showcases the motherboards stability and feature set (includes no. and type of SATA ports, USB posts etc) which suit your requirements..
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September 10, 2010 10:38:23 PM

Jonnyboy204 said:
Does the i5 turbo boost not work on all motherboards?


No, TB does not work on ALL MOBOs, the BIOS must support this feature; however, if you plan to OC it is recommended that you turn-off TB. In addition, if you choose the highest CPU Multiplier then it would be disabled; example BCLK 133.33 MHz X 20 = 2.67 GHz -> TB +1 -> 133.33 MHz X 21 = 2.80 GHz {if 21 is the highest CPU Multiplier (locked CPU) then it there's no higher multiplier available -> TB speed 7/24}. Worst, if the BCLK = 200 X 20 = 4 GHz may work but 200 X 21 = 4.2 GHz may not be possible a/k/a Post Failure or BSOD or Unstable. Keep in mind the TB only functions under load and under certain conditions.

Link - http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/corei...

I hope this answers your question.
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September 11, 2010 8:42:33 PM

Get a nice msi or gigabyte board for stability preferably sli or crossfire.
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September 12, 2010 6:42:33 PM

I was not planning on OC but how much of a difference would it make and how hard would it be to OC on just air?
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September 12, 2010 8:13:12 PM

jaquith said:
^ Difference on what? On just air - do you mean the stock CPU fan?

Going with some assumptions, like gaming, yes the OC will increase the 3-5 FPS.

Here are some really good articles to read over:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-overclock...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-phenom-pe...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-ii-overclock...


Thanks I understand a lot more now. That is the physical posses you go through to over clock? I'm guessing this is a no brainer question.
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September 12, 2010 8:22:49 PM

^ Did you mean what do you do to OC?

Unfortunately, its no simply putting in numbers {BCLK, CPU Multiplier, etc} ; I would recommend that you do NOT use any Utility to OC and do it manually. The links above have some useful information regarding OC settings.

The test rig used 3.86 GHz, (19 x 203 MHz), 1.45V -> Final GHz, (CPU Multiplier X BCLK), CPU Voltage. So I'd start there.

Hope this answers your question.
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September 12, 2010 9:01:51 PM

I found this article (http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=596...) and after reading it I have decided I won't oc being my first time building a pc. Maybe in a few years I will if I keep building my own pcs.

Now with that decided I'm still confuse about what mobo work with the i5 turbo boost. I have found people saying that all 1156 socket mobo work with turbo boost and others saying that only some do. Can anyone tell me for sure with mobo do work with turbo boost?

Should I go with i5 760 or phenom ii x4 965 or my pc build? The i5+mobo will be $50-$100 more than phenom+mobo.

Should I go with the i5 760 or phenom x4
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September 12, 2010 9:10:09 PM

^ I run across this often; BOTH the CPU & MOBO MUST support Turbo Boost. In other words if the CPU has TB and the MOBO doesn't support it then NO TB!

It's a flavor of ice cream question {"i5 760 or phenom x4'}, and it depends on what you plan to do with your PC. If you're a hardcore gamer then the Intel route if mostly "regular stuff" AMD is great.

Personal experience is I for whatever reason have a smoother PC on AMD with less overall issues. Since I build expensive gaming rigs I go the X58/1366 or SR-2/1366 {5520}.
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