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June 11, 2010 12:30:21 PM

Which i7 processor model would be the best price/performance gain?

And what should get more priority: GTX470 SLI or an upgrade of the processor?
My current processor is i5-650 (which im going to overclock) and im going to get one GTX470 in the end of this month. My RAM is 4gb ddr3 1333mhz, which I think is enough for now.

Im planning to game in 3D, so that's why I need so mutch GPU horsepower.

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June 11, 2010 1:36:32 PM

if you are not gonna upgrade the mobo get i7 860 it well be compatible with LGA 1156
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June 11, 2010 3:05:15 PM

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Get a 750 actually and OC it.

Though for 3D vision another 470 would be great, as you need 2 to support 3D surround when it comes out (its gonna be quite a while though.)

You you have the required parts for 3D though? (3D glasses kit/120Hz monitor)

Not yet, but im going to get 3D glasses kit + The upcoming ASUS PG276H (if it ever comes out :(  )

You really mean that it would be THAT big difference between my current CPU and the 750? Damn i regret more and more that I didn't choose that 750 instead. They are almost the same price class.
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June 11, 2010 11:51:01 PM

Zero123 said:
Not yet, but im going to get 3D glasses kit + The upcoming ASUS PG276H (if it ever comes out :(  )

You really mean that it would be THAT big difference between my current CPU and the 750? Damn i regret more and more that I didn't choose that 750 instead. They are almost the same price class.


Its a 100% difference in cores.

+1 to the i5-750, i7 only gives you HT over the i5 which does nothing for gaming.

Yeah, the i5 dual cores are a a nasty marketing scheme. Most people don't realize the i3-530, at a much lower price point, is the same CPU without turbo (which you don't need on an OCed CPU) and a lower stock clock/multiplier (which doesn't add much OC headroom on these newer CPUs unless you're shooting for the moon).
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June 12, 2010 8:53:19 PM

Raidur said:
Its a 100% difference in cores.

+1 to the i5-750, i7 only gives you HT over the i5 which does nothing for gaming.

Yeah, the i5 dual cores are a a nasty marketing scheme. Most people don't realize the i3-530, at a much lower price point, is the same CPU without turbo (which you don't need on an OCed CPU) and a lower stock clock/multiplier (which doesn't add much OC headroom on these newer CPUs unless you're shooting for the moon).

Is threads only for hyperthreading? (I7-860= 4 Cores 8 Threads)
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June 13, 2010 2:11:36 AM

Correct. Any and all i7 Desktop CPUs have hyperthreading, which can be recognized as the extra threads matching the core count.
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June 13, 2010 10:41:49 AM

Raidur said:
Correct. Any and all i7 Desktop CPUs have hyperthreading, which can be recognized as the extra threads matching the core count.

I was about to get the i7-860, but now im definitely going to get the i5-750. How far can you push the overclock on the 750 if you have liquid cooler for the CPU? Im talking about the corsair and ECO CPU cooling system...
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June 13, 2010 10:51:08 AM

4ghz easily 24/7
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