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September 2, 2010 12:24:52 AM

Hi all,

What's the best Core i7 Processor for easy over-clocking, meaning you won't need any crazy cooling set-ups to get a good and stable of %OC? I heard the 920 is good. Comments?

What I'm looking for is that sweet CPU where I can boost on stock air, and boost again when I buy a better cooling solution.

Thanks.

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September 2, 2010 1:13:50 AM

Poderoso said:
Hi all,

What's the best Core i7 Processor for easy over-clocking, meaning you won't need any crazy cooling set-ups to get a good and stable of %OC? I heard the 920 is good. Comments?

What I'm looking for is that sweet CPU where I can boost on stock air, and boost again when I buy a better cooling solution.

Thanks.


Well any I7's are good for you. As long as for the 9xx series, it is the D0 stepping and not the C0 you'll be fine (C0 were only in the early 920's and was all the way through the 940/960's.) D0 can overclock a little bit higher as the they ran a little cooler than the C0's.

A very very high % of the i7's can reach the 4Ghz range with ease on some good cpu cooling.

Now a few better question would be,

What socket Motherboard are you chosing? Core i7 8xx's are on the LGA 1156
Core i7 9xx's are on the LGA 1336

How much do you want to spend? $300, $600, $1K, ect?


Last is how easy do you want it to be to overclock the cpu?

most CPU intel has have locked multiplers but there are some with unlocked multipliers.

The EE (extreme edition) I7 (only on the LGA 1336) is a $1k but it's the fastest cpu and for that price, you could get a 6 core cpu that can overclock to the 4GHz range. (it also has a better cooling HSF that can handle overclocked cpu's much better than the normal lga 1336 stock HSF can handle.)

Then there the K series cpu. (only on the LGA 1156 that im aware of ATM) and 1 of them happen to be the Core i7 875k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only $329.99 from neweggs.


If you dont need an unlock cpu, then i would recommend getting the core i7 950 (3.06 GHz) as its price has been drop to $299.99 or if you got a microcenter near you...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Core i7 930 (2.8GHz) @ $199.99


No matter what, You wont be disappointed with any of them for what you're wanting to achive.
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September 2, 2010 7:29:13 AM

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Well any I7's are good for you. As long as for the 9xx series, it is the D0 stepping and not the C0 you'll be fine (C0 were only in the early 920's and was all the way through the 940/960's.) D0 can overclock a little bit higher as the they ran a little cooler than the C0's.


Now this is some really key information, thank you. I'll keep that in mind when choosing.

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A very very high % of the i7's can reach the 4Ghz range with ease on some good cpu cooling.

I'd definately would like to get to 4Ghz, this is a good goal.


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What socket Motherboard are you chosing? Core i7 8xx's are on the LGA 1156
Core i7 9xx's are on the LGA 1336

Good question. I want future expandability so I'd imagine the 1366 would be the better choice. It's been about 4 years since my last upgrade, so that gives you an idea of the longevitiy I'm looking for. My current system is (I better edit my sig so I don't have to keep retyping this lol): C2D E6600, 2GB Corsair, Asus P5W-DH Deluxe, 2x 320GB WD 7.2ks, nVidia 8800 GT 768mb, Antec case, newly purchased CoolerMaster 650W. I will be giong with Gigabyte 460s in SLI for the next system. With an SSD boot drive and Win7. That's really my only solid goals so far.

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How much do you want to spend? $300, $600, $1K, ect?

Between $300-$450 for a CPU. Flexible.

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Last is how easy do you want it to be to overclock the cpu?

most CPU intel has have locked multiplers but there are some with unlocked multipliers.

Easy enough I guess, but I'm alright with researching best voltages and settings to be able to OC my CPU if that's what you mean. I've overclocked for a while now even was lucky enought o have a good ol' 300A celly to 500 back in the day. Hell, it's still running at a buddy's basement lol. Japanese imported heatsink haha, good ol' days. But yeah, I do like the sport. I've just been out of it for a few years now, and of course everything has changed.

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The EE (extreme edition) I7 (only on the LGA 1336) is a $1k but it's the fastest cpu and for that price, you could get a 6 core cpu that can overclock to the 4GHz range. (it also has a better cooling HSF that can handle overclocked cpu's much better than the normal lga 1336 stock HSF can handle.)

That's a little over my budget lol.

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Then there the K series cpu. (only on the LGA 1156 that im aware of ATM) and 1 of them happen to be the Core i7 875k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only $329.99 from neweggs.

I can afford to go a little higher than that, but nice option.


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If you dont need an unlock cpu, then i would recommend getting the core i7 950 (3.06 GHz) as its price has been drop to $299.99 or if you got a microcenter near you...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Core i7 930 (2.8GHz) @ $199.99

I don't *think* I need the unlocked multiplier. But that price and performance looks really good.

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So you know my goal, it's to basically have a machine that can run StarCraft 2 perfectly (I don't think that's too much to ask). And to hold me over for 3+ years without being left in the dust. I don't think I'll neede anything over a dual core for it or anything else I normally do. Email, browsing, and so on. I'm picky about games, so StarCraft 2 is really all I have on my machine. Maybe Diablo 3 in the future.

Thank you for all your time Warmon6.
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September 2, 2010 7:51:24 AM

I had the 930 but returned it for the new 950, for sale on newegg now for cheap!
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September 2, 2010 11:43:31 AM

I guess taking the LGA 1156 route will suit your needs.. There is not much difference between that and the X58 platform apart from a full 8GB more RAM support on the X58 and ability to go full scale (16X + 16X) 2-way SLI or crossfire.. Any i7 will overclock nicely on stock cooling solution itself.. You can opt for the i7 875k but here is the catch.. The price difference of the i7 930 (i7 950 also now) from the the i7 875k will allow you to get a nice after market cooler like the CM Hyper 212+ straight away.. Take your pick..
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September 2, 2010 1:25:03 PM

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...ability to go full scale (16X + 16X) 2-way SLI or crossfire..

I think I'll need 1366 then, since I plan on going dual 460 SLI.

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Any i7 will overclock nicely on stock cooling solution itself.. You can opt for the i7 875k but here is the catch.. The price difference of the i7 930 (i7 950 also now) from the the i7 875k will allow you to get a nice after market cooler like the CM Hyper 212+ straight away.. Take your pick..

Since the 950 dropped in price in comparison to the 930, I wonder if the 950 is the best i7 choice for my budget (300-450). Are all i7's, besides the right stepping, equally good in terms of overclocking?
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September 2, 2010 1:59:27 PM

All i7's, irrespective of the stepping, are awesome overclockers.. If you are taking the X58 route then the i7 950 is the processor for you (considering your budget obviously).. Just make sure you get a good motherboard for your overclocking desires.. My personal favourite (and recommendation) is the Asus R3E.. For a sub 300$ budget limit though, the MSI BigBang XPower X58 is the best choice.. Btw, there is no performance difference between the 8x + 8x compared to the 16x + 16x link.. You are safe with either of them..
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September 4, 2010 12:27:38 AM

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September 4, 2010 12:28:30 AM

Thank you all for your comments! I have decided to go with the 950!
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September 4, 2010 12:31:33 AM

Poderoso said:
Thank you all for your comments! I have decided to go with the 950!


Glad we could be of help. If you got any problems, just come back and we'll gladly help. :hello: 
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September 4, 2010 8:19:48 AM

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