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October 27, 2010 10:09:46 PM

This is my 1st home build, I want this for business & gaming, I need Hyperthreading too. Any suggestions? I was going w/ core i5, but it has no HT.

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October 27, 2010 10:30:19 PM

Hey,

The price of the i7-950 just dropped huge to about 300. Best bang if you are planning to go the i7 route. It will overclock high enough to beat even the 970 if you really wanted to go there.

the i7-920 is popular, but with the price drop you might as well go to the 950. The chips on it are higher binned and will overclock way higher.

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October 27, 2010 11:11:16 PM

bigislandigor said:
This is my 1st home build, I want this for business & gaming, I need Hyperthreading too. Any suggestions? I was going w/ core i5, but it has no HT.


Why do you NEED HT? I dont really know of a program that NEEDS HT.
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October 27, 2010 11:50:07 PM

Judging by his lack of knowledge about this I'll bet he can't use an 8 core chip anyways. Those who need will list why, those who want will just list the marketing term. If the 750 provides the scores you want, who cares if it has HT or not?
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October 27, 2010 11:52:01 PM

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Judging by his lack of knowledge about this I'll bet he can't use an 8 core chip anyways. Those who need will list why, those who want will just list the marketing term. If the 750 provides the scores you want, who cares if it has HT or not?


I agree, HT is actually farely useless in a large amount of applications. Get a i5 750, or X4 955 if you dont plan on OC'ing. X4 955 is quite a bit cheaper, but i5 750 OC's a lot higher from stock.
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October 28, 2010 12:22:06 AM

What kind of gaming and business?

More specifically...

What GPUs are you using? Main game(s) you play?

Business as in word and excel?

Price range for CPU?

You may be able to get away with a cheaper CPU, or need more power.
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October 28, 2010 3:48:54 AM

I wouldn't say that HT is useless. Its a good way to increase IPC. The problem lays with out coding. We can't make good use of 4cores, so what good is 8? In server environments where you need that kind of CPU power HT is fine. In home use however those 8thread CPUs is a waste.

I'm curious to see how AMD modified HT is going to work out. Two int cores for each FP core. Better then HT but not a full second core. I almost get the feeling there will be many cases where the 965 or 955 will be better then those chips.
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October 31, 2010 6:45:41 AM

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October 31, 2010 6:50:57 AM

ares1214 said:
I agree, HT is actually farely useless in a large amount of applications. Get a i5 750, or X4 955 if you dont plan on OC'ing. X4 955 is quite a bit cheaper, but i5 750 OC's a lot higher from stock.

Thanks for your advice, I don't know much about OC, which is a better choice if I don't OC, the 750 or 760? I'm sure you have already guessed, this is my first build.
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October 31, 2010 11:19:56 AM

bigislandigor said:
Thanks for your advice, I don't know much about OC, which is a better choice if I don't OC, the 750 or 760? I'm sure you have already guessed, this is my first build.


If you dont plan on OC'ing, id actually go with the x4 955, but its very easy to ask for advice, so if you do, i5 760.
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October 31, 2010 3:36:43 PM

Thank you, I want to do a mid-range build w/ 1 GPU. Any advice on mobo( there are a lot of P55 mobo to choose from) and GPU( I want to spend $ 150. - $ 250 on a card).
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October 31, 2010 3:46:48 PM

bigislandigor said:
Thank you, I want to do a mid-range build w/ 1 GPU. Any advice on mobo( there are a lot of P55 mobo to choose from) and GPU( I want to spend $ 150. - $ 250 on a card).


So im assuming you are going with the i5 760? Id get these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you wanted a full build, i might change things around a bit.
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October 31, 2010 7:50:47 PM

Yes, I'm going w/ the i5-760, thank you very much for all of your help & imput.
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October 31, 2010 11:41:39 PM

The other one you talked about, was that a AMD Phenom ll X4 955?
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November 1, 2010 12:02:49 AM

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