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I5 750, i7 860, or i7 920 for gaming computer?

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May 7, 2010 1:18:24 AM

Which CPU should I use? Using a single XFX 5870.
May 7, 2010 1:25:58 AM

i don't know to much about differences, but the i7 920 has been the most popular and efficient for gaming and task such as rendering and such.

-even i have one, and its PRETTY decent.
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May 7, 2010 1:44:49 AM

i7 920 is the standard in gaming computers among most recent gaming computers... The even more recent ones are using the 930.
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May 7, 2010 2:07:22 AM

What should I get then? i5 750? i7 860? i7 920? i7 930?
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May 7, 2010 3:11:07 AM

Would like some answers soon..I would also like to know whether to pair a P55 or X58 motherboard with chosen CPU. I don't plan to overclock, Crossfire, etc.
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May 7, 2010 3:21:38 AM

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

1- The i5 is a very solid CPU for price/performance, but isn't as good as the i7.
2- Do u want OC the CPU?
3- The i7-860 is a better processor at stock speed that the i7-930, but if u want OC the CPU the best option is the i7-930.
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May 7, 2010 3:25:53 AM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

1- The i5 is a very solid CPU for price/performance, but isn't as good as the i7.
2- Do u want OC the CPU?
3- The i7-860 is a better processor at stock speed that the i7-930, but if u want OC the CPU the best option is the i7-930.
I'm not going to OC, but would the i7 PCUs use more power and overheat faster?
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May 7, 2010 3:37:30 AM

What do u mean with "use more power"

It's obvious that the i7 use more or less power depending if the CPU is in load or not. But it's not only the i7, all processor have the same "problem".

U talk of overheat when u don't install the cooler processor in the proper way or when u are OC, but at stock speed the overheat isn't usual.
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May 7, 2010 3:40:40 AM

saint19 said:
What do u mean with "use more power"

It's obvious that the i7 use more or less power depending if the CPU is in load or not. But it's not only the i7, all processor have the same "problem".

U talk of overheat when u don't install the cooler processor in the proper way or when u are OC, but at stock speed the overheat isn't usual.
I meant do i7 CPUs use more power than i5s?
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May 7, 2010 3:45:57 AM

Yeah, the i5 and i7-8xx series only use 95W at normal speed in load (without OC), the i7-9xx series use 130W or more if it's OC.
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May 7, 2010 4:08:02 AM

saint19 said:
Yeah, the i5 and i7-8xx series only use 95W at normal speed in load (without OC), the i7-9xx series use 130W or more if it's OC.
So for a non overclocker, which should I get, i5 750 or i7 860?
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May 7, 2010 4:13:04 AM

Depends of ur budget, if u can go with the i7-860, is a very solid CPU. But if ur budget isn't enough, go with the i5.
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May 7, 2010 4:32:58 AM

For gaming an i5 would be a better cpu, it's much cheaper and gives the same performance as the i7s on the 1156 socket. Hyperthreading only makes the i7s slightly better then the i5 in 5 threads and above, but games don't usually use more then 4 threads(and they won't get more threads until many years from now).
Yes, hyperthreading does make the i7s use slightly more power(at the same clock speed if using the extra threads from hyperthreading) then the i5.
If you ever wanted to overclock the i5 would overclock to the same clock speed.
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