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I7-875K or i7-930 , which one is the best choice for extreme gaming?

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September 2, 2010 3:38:08 PM

i7-875K or i7-930 , which one is the best choice for extreme gaming? I already bought a GTX 470.
I'm going to change the CPU and motherboard. What do you think?
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September 2, 2010 3:51:38 PM

Both of those are pretty mainstream gaming CPUs, suitable for PCs in the $1200~$1500 range.

What else is in your extreme gaming system?
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September 2, 2010 3:56:20 PM

Also, the system I bought a GTX 470
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September 2, 2010 3:57:31 PM

Here is an example of a i7 875K system recommendation @ $1400
TechReport Systems Guide: The Sweeter Spot
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September 2, 2010 5:33:47 PM

With just a GTX 470 you'll be fine with limited pcie lanes on the 1156 socket.

The i5 - 750 performs very similar in games and will overclock almost as far on air. And the difference won't matter much at the high frequencies without a much stronger graphics setup. Something to think about.

Like WR2 said, your budget will determine what will get you the best gaming performance, what is it? :) 
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September 2, 2010 5:58:33 PM

If your going to run sli then the 930 would be better.
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September 2, 2010 6:24:30 PM

fergie said:
If your going to run sli then the 930 would be better.


No I do not need SLI, I want the best performance and reliability in the games of these two CPUs
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September 2, 2010 6:26:45 PM

Technically the 930 has a more robust platform, but really, if you're not going to run SLI, just get the 875k, or as suggested above, overclock an i5 750.
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September 2, 2010 7:52:13 PM

Need high performance and stability in dx11 and other games(crysis, bf, FC2)
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September 2, 2010 8:01:19 PM

An OCed i5 750 with a GTX 470 will run of those just fine.
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September 2, 2010 8:03:05 PM

thefivetheory said:
An OCed i5 750 with a GTX 470 will run of those just fine.

want without overclocking
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September 2, 2010 10:47:22 PM

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Need high performance and stability in dx11 and other games(crysis, bf, FC2)
Games = i5-760 as best bang for the buck. With or without overclocking.
There is NO reason at all to get an 875K (K for unlocked multiplier for overclocking) unless you are thinking about overclocking.

Without overclocking i7 950 is better than i7 870 (or 875K) which is (just slightly) better than i7 930.

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September 2, 2010 11:31:59 PM

even at stock speeds and no sli I would still go with the 930. The 930 still has the advantage of triple channel memory vs dual channel memory. And if at any point in the future you change your mind you have the option of going sli with full 16x 16x on the 930
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September 2, 2010 11:38:49 PM

I say overclock what you have now, and wait for sandy bridge. The CPU is rarely the culprit for bad gaming performance, so as long as you have a semi modern CPU, it shouldnt be holding the 470 back much. Sandy Bridge is also shaping up to be not only 32nm, so cooler, higher OC, so on and so forth, but also a 10-15% arch performance boost, and up to 20% with the added clock speed. You are also getting this for the exact same price, on a better platform, and hopefull future proof socket. X8 wont be an issue, as i believe the pci lanes remain the same amount, however they are doubled in bandwidth (2.5 GT/s to 5 GT/s i believe).
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September 2, 2010 11:44:20 PM

mpavao81 said:
even at stock speeds and no sli I would still go with the 930. The 930 still has the advantage of triple channel memory vs dual channel memory. And if at any point in the future you change your mind you have the option of going sli with full 16x 16x on the 930


To be honest, i consider tripple channel more of a burden than a advantage. In almost all cases, you can get a good set of dual channel ram for $100, where as it takes $175-200 for triple channel, and therefore is GENERALLY less value (sure, you can find 3x2 sets for $150, but you can also find 2v2 sets for $80 nowadays). The speed boost is negligible at best. Toms recently did an article showing that going from x16 to x8, you lose maybe 5%, based on the card, so the 470 in sli at x16 might get 100 fps, where as the 2 in x8 might get 95. Not worth the added cost in motherboards generally, i5 mobo= $150, i7 mobo costs $225 MINIMUM. Although i still recommend sandy bridge.
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September 2, 2010 11:49:37 PM

Myself i use a I7 860 with a 5870 toxic. But if money had not been a issue i would have gone with a 1366 system instead. And faster is faster even if its slightly faster. Just depends if money is a issue or not.
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September 3, 2010 12:00:18 AM

Thats a very interesting way of looking at it to say the least. Faster is faster, sure. But think of it this way. If you are a football coach and one guy can run a 4.3 second dash, the other 4.2 second. The 4.3 second costs half as much. Hmmmm...tough choice :pfff: 
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September 3, 2010 3:36:32 AM

ares1214 said:
Thats a very interesting way of looking at it to say the least. Faster is faster, sure. But think of it this way. If you are a football coach and one guy can run a 4.3 second dash, the other 4.2 second. The 4.3 second costs half as much. Hmmmm...tough choice :pfff: 



and if there is no salary cap its a easy choice. Or if your trying to choose which player to draft its going to be the one with the 4.2

comes down to what the original poster wants.

Fast i7 8xx or 7xx
Fastest i7 9xx

and yes both are crazy fast



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September 3, 2010 7:22:21 AM

How to you as information: i7-930 supports maximum DDR3 1066 , i7-875K supports maximum DDR3 1333. In i7-875K clock Speed more and Max heat release less than 930: 95 W vs 130w (that is probably more reliable 875k). The main advantage of 930 in three-channel memory, but is it an advantage above all other benefits of 875k???
I would like to add that I do not plan to change the complete set in the next two years.
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September 3, 2010 1:53:58 PM

Ok as if to choose between 870 and 930 which one is the best in performance in dx11 games or the latest high requirements games?
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September 3, 2010 3:49:01 PM

Well i use the i7 860 @3.2ghz with a 5870 toxic and i havent run into a single game yet that i cant play at high settings. And yes that is including Crysis even though i only played Crysis for like 20 min cause i thought it sucked.

And ive played all kinds of games. I play shooters like Call of duty MF/Battlefield bad company/Left 4 Dead 2/ and other games like starcraft 2/Mass effect 2/Dirt 2/Dragon age/Batman. to name a few

And nothing has given my I7 860 any problems what so ever. So i would think a i7 870 or i7 875 would be good enough for anything you throw at it.
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September 3, 2010 6:39:26 PM

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Ok as if to choose between 870 and 930 which one is the best in performance in dx11 games or the latest high requirements games?


870 would be more going up against the 950, the 860 against the 930. 870 would beat the 930, and tie the 950, as they really are the exact same thing more or less.
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