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Which Core i5 and platform?

Thanks in advance, everyone!

I will be upgrading my PC next month, and I was wondering which Core i5 is best for my needs? I notice there is a Sandy-Bridge verion, as well as an "Ivy-Bridge" verson, and applicable motherboards as well.

Other than surfing the web, I do graphic design, and website construction. I do enjoy gaming as well. Call of Duty, etc... Although, I'm trying to stay under $600 if possible. Newegg has good parts for around that, but the "Ivy-Bridge" Z77 based motherboards are a bit more expensive. However, I want something that I won't have to upgrade later.

Again, many thanks for any insight you can share.

Here is my current rig's specs. The only parts I will be replacing are the CPU, Mobo, and Ram.

Core 2-Duo Wolfdale @ 3GHZ.
Asus Maximus Formula MOBO intel X38 chipset
4GB DDR2 2X2GB chips
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Audigy 2 ZS
Corsair GS 600 PSU
WD 1TB
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  1. note that ivy bridge will be the last series thats going to fit in an lga 1155 socket. the haswell line will be on an entirely new motherboard.
  2. If possible you should be able to hit 4ghz+ on that wolfdale chip. However, what does the $600 dollar budget include? I am assuming, ram, cpu, and board? Since you do graphic design and website construction, I recommend these:
    i7-2600k $309: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 $50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180
    Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  3. Best answer
    for what i believe your uses are, graphics and web design with some gaming, ivy bridge will have no or little difference in performance. a lot of enthusiasts like it for that "new car smell" with native support for USB3 and PCI 3.0 and 1600 RAM. but gen 3 sandy motherboards has those with either third party chipsets (usb3)and a ivy bridge CPU (pci 3.0).

    though with a $600 budget for a cpu, mobo and ram you can get "all the bells and whistles" on an ivy bridge and know you have the latest tech.

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    Intel Core i5-3550 $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116505
    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB $57.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231548
  4. amuffin said:
    If possible you should be able to hit 4ghz+ on that wolfdale chip. However, what does the $600 dollar budget include? I am assuming, ram, cpu, and board? Since you do graphic design and website construction, I recommend these:
    i7-2600k $309: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 $50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180
    Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    HEY! don't post while i shop!
  5. My suggestion beats yours loon :3
  6. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Anonymous said:
    HEY! don't post while i shop!
  7. amuffin said:
    My suggestion beats yours loon :3

    you forgot a heatsink
    :p
  8. Stock cooler! :) or the hyper 212+
  9. amuffin said:
    Stock cooler! :) or the hyper 212+


    i'm telling mom that your using bad language!
  10. hehe :lol:
  11. I would go with Sandy Bridges. Really Ivy Bidges is only gives a slight increase in performance. I would go with an I5 or I7 Sandy Bridges.
  12. Wow! Thanks, everyone! I deeply appreciate the insight, and the links!

    I'm very happy that I can get this done for under $600.

    You guys rock!
  13. Looniam,

    Almost forgot... I haven't tried to OC my PC. Do you think there is not that much difference performance-wise between my Core 2 Duo and the Core i5?
  14. blackop said:
    Looniam,

    Almost forgot... I haven't tried to OC my PC. Do you think there is not that much difference performance-wise between my Core 2 Duo and the Core i5?

    i think you may just wet your pants with excitement when you see the difference.
  15. the difference you will see is first:

    the difference you see from switching to sandy/ivy bridge line up speed

    and

    switching from duo core to quad core on cpu intensive programs

    combined
  16. Looniam, ROFL! Awesome! I can't wait!

    Thanks, dudewitbow!

    I'm really looking forward to this upgrade!
  17. Best answer selected by blackop.
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