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I7-930 vs i7-875k

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May 29, 2010 5:46:54 AM


I'm looking to build a new PC. As usual just when I think I know what I want my eyes are attracted by the newest, shiniest toy on the market. I had a look for similar questions on the forum but nothing came up, so unless I'm really naive and I'm asking something obvious I guess I could be one of the first to raise this question :sol: 

My question is around whether people would recommend the i7-930 or the i7-875k. It seems like they will both overclock pretty nicely (I'm only going to use a good air cooler) and they are priced in the same ballpark (with the i7-930 a little cheaper). However, while the i7-875k is unlocked it's on a LGA 1156 motherboard vs the i7-930 which is on LGA 1366. So I'm left confused.

Anyone got any thoughts?

Thanks for your comments

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May 29, 2010 6:50:37 AM

the 930 is mainly a gaming chip while 875k is a more efficent chip
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May 29, 2010 7:03:46 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
Both are great CPUs and OC well.
Socket 1366 motherboards support future 6-core CPUs and support SLI/CF @ dual 16x,and also tend to OC better;on the other hand,socket 1156 motherboards don't support 6-core CPUs and support SLI/CF @ dual 8x(not a huge difference though).
Since i7 930 is cheaper,i would go for it,but like i said both are really good boards
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May 29, 2010 2:16:24 PM

Great, thanks for your answers guys.

I am actually thinking of doing crossfire with 2 x HD 5850s; so, however small, it would seem sensible to go with a 1366 motherboard

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June 2, 2010 2:37:20 PM

i own the 920 like they said it is a great chip and overclocks to over 4 gigs esely however i will add it runs real hot
and im not saying my chip is overheating but i can feel the heat coming off my water cooling radiator like i never felt it on my q6600
honestly i think id go for the i7 95 watt first
i belive my 920 is a power hog i heat up my office to rediculess levels im gona have to install an extractor