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July 10, 2012 3:20:21 AM

Hi all,

Ive only built AMD systems and only till not to long ago i have been wanting to get into Intel. I have been a huge fan of AMD but I feel the need to try the other side. So now i come to you the forum, because i dont know much of what Intel has on the market right now and im not to sure what the difference is between the 2nd gen and what may be coming out in the future. i know i want the best Intel has to offer which is the i7, but i have a budget of $300 (really flexible)

Thank you all for any help or advice.

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July 10, 2012 3:24:13 AM

What are you going to be doing with this computer? If all you are doing is gaming then there is no need to get the I7, the I5 will be more than enough.
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July 10, 2012 3:28:35 AM

Get the Core i5 2500K or i5 3570K :)  Whichever is cheaper:) 

The 3rd gen chips are only about 5% faster clock for clock over the 2nd gen chips, but they consume only 77W verses 95W under full load. 3rd gen chips also support PCIe 3.0, but that's useless at the moment :) 

The i7's have HT and 2MB extra L3 cache, but paying an extra $100 for that is really ridiculous. For 95% of a normal person's uses, an i5 is more than enough horsepower :)  Only heavily threaded apps like video encoding etc can justify the extra premium of the i7 :) 
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July 10, 2012 3:45:48 AM

Awesome great! sorry i forgot to mention what im going to be doing. Mainly gaming and i was just reading up on stuff and heard alot of people say that about the i5.

Im more leaning towards the 3750K because of the NM tec. and the wattage.

this leads me to two more questions
whats the difference between the Ivy bridge and the Sandy bridge?
and what if i want the extra premium i7 :)  is its a huge difference in power per price?
thank you again for replying so quickly

I forgot to mention, I also do alot of video editing and encoding, it might be another reason to fork out the cash for the i7.
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July 10, 2012 4:00:50 AM

For gaming there really is no point in getting the I7 it's a waste of 100 dollars. You are paying 100 dollars more for extra memory cache and hyper threading, two things that games don't make use of.
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July 10, 2012 4:25:08 AM

So how does the i5 3750K hold up to the AMD FX-8150 3.6Ghz, its a little cheaper more cores, and larger cache. Seems different to me?
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July 10, 2012 4:36:53 AM

It's more like how does the Bulldozer compare to the I5 and the answer is it doesn't. The fact is the Bulldozer performs like a Core 2 Duo and can't compete with Sandy Bridges or Ivy Bridges in terms of gaming. It doesn't matter if the Bulldozer is clocked higher then the I5; Bulldozers architecture is so in effcient that it will still be slower than the I Core processors. Speed and cores don't mean much anymore. As said above the Bulldozer will easily be beaten by lower clocked processors just as it will by CPU's with less cores. Even the dual core I3 processors will out the Bulldozer in most games.









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July 10, 2012 4:46:52 AM

Wow i guess i know why i'm switching over to Intel. Facts dont lie.
I noticed the i5 3XXXk are not on there, how do they match up with the other i5s?
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July 10, 2012 4:59:58 AM

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Im more leaning towards the 3750K because of the NM tec. and the wattage.


So you are basing your decision on saving a few dollars a year on your power bill if you're lucky...most likely not EVEN a single dollar.
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July 10, 2012 5:13:28 AM

i have 2 builds, one FX8120 and a Core i5 ivby bridge, also i tooo haqve always built AMD computers but wanted to try for myself THE DARK SIDE for once and let me tell you something about the AMD being cheaper:

1. u have to overclock it at 4.2ghz and disable turbo boost to see something that cane be compared to i5

2 it might be cheaper but even at stock speeds the FX is a power hog and besides a better airflow and PSU, you have to get a aftermarket cooler and this doesnt apply to my intel build. So there is youe "cheaper cpu"

overclocked and with the aftermarket cooler the AMD build is nice but my intel build i havent had the necesity to overclock at all.

Intel DH77DF Mini ITX with Core i5 3450S
Gskill 1600DDR3 2x8gb at 1.25v 9-9-9-28
EVGA GTX670
PC Power & Cooling 600Watt Mark lll
Intel SSD 310 80gb msata (OS)
Hitachi Sata 500gb 7200RPM 2.5inch drive (storage)
Lite on Bluray drive

AMD FX8120 @4.2ghz stock voltage with Zalman CNPSX10 Performa
ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX
Patriot DDR3 1600mhz at1.65V 9-9-9-24
Crucial M4 SSD64gb (OS)
Western Digital Caviar Black 500gb (Storage)
Sapphire AMD HD7850
Pc Power & Cooling Mark lll 600Watts
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July 10, 2012 5:14:47 AM

ITX board and a 670? Kind of interesting :) 
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July 10, 2012 5:22:32 AM

yeah, wnated a nice small build so i went all low wattage and replaced the thermalpaste arctic cooling MX-4 on both cpu and GPU (just for kicks) and i built it in a Lian LI Q11 mini ITX case, i love this computer so small and yet so capable :p 
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July 10, 2012 5:24:06 AM

Precision690FAN said:
Wow i guess i know why i'm switching over to Intel. Facts dont lie.
I noticed the i5 3XXXk are not on there, how do they match up with the other i5s?


Those benchmarks were done before Ivy Bridges was released thats why they aren't on any of the benchmarks. Ivy Bridges is only a little better than Sandy Bridges in performance. The biggest difference is that Ivy Bridges has better integrated graphics but other than that there is only a small performance gain.
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July 10, 2012 5:25:07 AM

Or, Mal/Urban hasn't been updating his pics :p 
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July 10, 2012 1:16:01 PM

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Im more leaning towards the 3750K because of the NM tec. and the wattage.


So you are basing your decision on saving a few dollars a year on your power bill if you're lucky...most likely not EVEN a single dollar.


Awesome.
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July 10, 2012 1:25:53 PM

Ok so just to be safe I think im gonna go with the Ivy bridge. Ill look into it just a little more.
but now i have another question. I know the major brands for AMD mobo are Asus, MSI, and GIGABYTE. do the same rules apply with Intel boards, as in good brands?
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July 10, 2012 3:02:06 PM

Yes Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Asrock are all fine for Intel chipset motherbords.
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July 11, 2012 12:55:52 AM

Great! I can finish the research, with all the info you provided. Thank you very much.

Now i just have to find the correct mobo and CPU that have a low wattage, because i obviously made it clear, that from the start it was a major factor........... -_-
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July 11, 2012 12:56:12 AM

Best answer selected by precision690FAN.
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July 11, 2012 9:35:56 AM

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