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November 2, 2010 2:57:58 PM

Okay, so I've been trying to decide on this for a week now but I just can't make up my mind so I'll leave it up to you.
i5 760 vs i7 920 vs i7 950 For GAMING.
I want to OC to 3.8 or 4GHz using hyper 212 cooler.
Which one of the before mentioned would be the best to use for my purpose?
thanks in advance and this should be an interesting conversation lol.

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November 2, 2010 3:19:49 PM
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They would both be good.
Personally i would choose the i5 simply because it's cheaper and easier to cool.
The 1156 platform is cheaper to build on and the performance difference is negligible when you compare the two.
Especially if you're using one gpu.
November 2, 2010 3:25:57 PM

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If you are deciding on what system to build for gaming (only), your best option is the i5-760 for the overall cheaper build cost. Also, I would look at an AMD Phenom II X4 955 in that mix, as it performs equally, as well, in gaming at an even cheaper total build cost.
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November 2, 2010 3:29:01 PM

davcon said:
They would both be good.
Personally i would choose the i5 simply because it's cheaper and easier to cool.
The 1156 platform is cheaper to build on and the performance difference is negligible when you compare the two.
Especially if you're using one gpu.


I'm going to be using 2 Radeon 6850's. and the mobo I selected runs 2 at 8x8x which doesn't lose much performance compared to two cards on 16x16x.
November 2, 2010 3:29:50 PM

and also is the hyper 212 capable of enough cooling for a 4Ghz OC?
November 2, 2010 3:30:12 PM

Correct... x8,x8 is an acceptable Crossfire setup which will not impact your performance of those cards.
November 2, 2010 3:31:09 PM

Hyper 212 Plus is a capable of overclocking to 4Ghz and maintaining an acceptable temperature.
November 2, 2010 3:32:14 PM

tecmo34 said:
Correct... x8,x8 is an acceptable Crossfire setup which will not impact your performance of those cards.

Do you think an i5 build will be able to last at least 4 years? (starting college and won't be upgrading till I'm done with college)
November 2, 2010 3:38:55 PM

Yes... an i5 build should last for 4 years with upgrades to your Graphics Card about every two years (maybe a little longer with a dual card setup, as my SLI GTX 260's still manage very well!!) and possibly going with the i7 870 upgrade later on (if needed).
November 2, 2010 3:41:26 PM

tecmo34 said:
Yes... an i5 build should last for 4 years with upgrades to your Graphics Card about every two years (maybe a little longer with a dual card setup, as my SLI GTX 260's still manage very well!!) and possibly going with the i7 870 upgrade later on (if needed).

thanks for the help! I guess I'll go with the i5 :D 
November 2, 2010 3:42:16 PM

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November 2, 2010 3:49:10 PM

Any of those CPU's will easily clock upto 4GHz.. Having said that, i won't count on the Hyper 212+ to achieve a 4GHz+ clock.. Its a budget entry at the end of the day and can't compete with the top of the line air coolers (such as the Noctua NH-D14).. Coming back to processor/platform decision, if you can afford it, go for the i7 950 (X58 platform).. They'll serve you better if you intent on keeping the build for atleast 4 years..
November 2, 2010 3:50:06 PM

Sounds like a nice set-up that will do just fine on an 1156 platform.
Oh! thanks for the BA!
:) 
November 2, 2010 4:04:05 PM

Emperus said:
Any of those CPU's will easily clock upto 4GHz.. Having said that, i won't count on the Hyper 212+ to achieve a 4GHz+ clock.. Its a budget entry at the end of the day and can't compete with the top of the line air coolers (such as the Noctua NH-D14).. Coming back to processor/platform decision, if you can afford it, go for the i7 950 (X58 platform).. They'll serve you better if you intent on keeping the build for atleast 4 years..


the only thing about that cooler is I keep reading its huge and I'm not any good with telling if it will fit or not.
I am getting the HAF -X which itself is massive so I'm assuming the d14 would fit, could you confirm it?
November 2, 2010 5:36:14 PM

The D14 will easily get accommodated inside the HAF-X.. The only problem that might come is if you've pretty tall heat spreaders on your ram modules.. Be sure to check on that..
November 2, 2010 8:30:16 PM

davcon said:
That's a great kit i have it in one of my rigs.
It's 41mm tall and compatible with most coolers including the D14.

Thanks! I don't know if I want/have the money to buy the D14, does anyone know for sure if I can OC an i5 760 to 4GHz with an hyper 212?
November 2, 2010 9:15:16 PM

vindictive said:
Thanks! I don't know if I want/have the money to buy the D14, does anyone know for sure if I can OC an i5 760 to 4GHz with an hyper 212?


Probably but I wouldn't - Hyper 212+ is a great cooler, but I'd not personally be comfortable using it past 3.6GHz.

If you want 4GHz go Venomous-X, Megahalems, NH-D14 or Silver Arrow.
November 2, 2010 10:11:54 PM

which out of those 4 would you suggest as the best? (under $100)
November 2, 2010 10:22:02 PM

The NH-D14 is the best, but it's huge. Also it's not the best by much.

The Venomous-X and Megahalems will also need fans, and the fans you choose will determine how well they cool.

It might be best to do some reading of tests for yourself to see what's the best, which fans to use and if you can get them.
November 2, 2010 10:38:58 PM

LePhuronn said:
The NH-D14 is the best, but it's huge. Also it's not the best by much.

The Venomous-X and Megahalems will also need fans, and the fans you choose will determine how well they cool.

It might be best to do some reading of tests for yourself to see what's the best, which fans to use and if you can get them.


Will do!
and I would get the d14 without hesitating but to be honest, its extremely ugly. No idea why they didnt just make it black.
November 2, 2010 10:59:30 PM

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