i7 960 3.2 vs i7 950 3.06 level 2 cache difference

Hey guys,

So with FFXIV coming out I have decided to upgrade my computer. The last thing I'm deciding on is between these 2 processors.

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115224

My main concern is the level 2 cache in the 950 and if it really is that big of a difference to sacrifice the 200 ghz of each core on the 960. Now this is mainly for gaming but I also do after effects/cinema 4d projects meaning renders if that changes your response at all.
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  1. the 960 has l2 cache, it just isn't shown on the newegg info page... If you know how to overclock though, I would go for the 950.
  2. I7-930
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

    Spend some of the money you save on a good cooler, big air or an LCS, and overclock to either of those speeds or higher with relative ease.

    You'll have a bunch of cash leftover for another upgrade
  3. The i7-920, 930, 940, 950, 960, 965, and 975 all have exactly the same cache and cores (with minor differences due to stepping). The only real difference is clocks.
  4. delluser1 said:
    I7-930
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

    Spend some of the money you save on a good cooler, big air or an LCS, and overclock to either of those speeds or higher with relative ease.

    You'll have a bunch of cash leftover for another upgrade


    Yeah looks like I'll just get the 2.8. Also heard same advice from a friend who asked a guy at his work about it. Any specific heatsink you'd recommend?
  5. tendersauce said:
    Any specific heatsink you'd recommend?

    Kind of hard to say without knowing your case and MB, but here are a few good options

    A Megahalem
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/prmeforinso7.html

    Or Venomous X
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thvexcpuco.html

    With a couple of good fans
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/scge120mmsic2.html

    Or one of the liquid coolers like the Corsair H50 ( there's a newer H70 that comes with a thicker rad and dual fans ) or Coolit ECO
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