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Windows 7: Which CPU for this Motherboard?

27 Apr 2012   #11
Bleu

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Thanks James I thought I had surge protection but it wasn't enough it seems. I'm going to buy a UPS for my new system and I can definitely wait a week, I've been without my PC for a few weeks one week won't kill me.

That's good to know I'll wait a week or two and buy the SB. Might go ahead and get that board though not sure thanks James and everyone else your help has been most welcome. *tips hat*


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27 Apr 2012   #12
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bleu View Post

Thanks couldn't find any ivy bridges are they out yet?
They aren't far off - May should see wide public availability. However, whilst purported to be more power efficient and will take advantage of full dual/multiple x16 PCI-E 3.0 lanes and new PCI-E 3.0 GPU's, there isn't a vast difference between Sandy bridge and Ivy Bridge for day to day tasks.

(And unless you are running a huge resolution or multi screen gaming, PCI-E 3.0 is not an issue)


Basically, what is your main intended usage for your PC?


General desktop usage?
Mainly gaming?

Or do you do a lot of photoshop/video editing, or run a lot of Virtual machines etc.

And do you plan to plan to run more than one GPU?

Furthermore, do you plan to overclock your CPU or run it at stock?



Realistically, for 'general usage, typical gaming and single GPU's' - a 2500K is more than enough. At stock, it's hands down better than an i7 920, even without hyperthreading.

(I had a 1336 i7 920 system prior to this and my 2500K excels in every area I use it for)

If you plan to run more than one GPU, do all the PS/editing etc and the extra hundred quid isn't an issue, a 2600K is also a very worthy replacement.

Not many games games or apps fully take advantage of hyperthreading. If the apps you use do take advantage of hyperthreading, a a 2600K is the best choice. If you know that they don't - and want to save save a few dollars -choose the 2500K.

If you don't plan to overclock at all and run at stock, again both chips are good.


However if your intended use is a beastly gaming, 2 or more GPU machine - it may be worth considering a Z77 (ivy Bridge board) as well as an Ivy bridge CPU.


Sorry to bombard with the questions, but knowing the answers makes it easier to suggest the right replacement setup.

Simply put - if you just want a 'typical, non-overclocked average PC' The board you've selected is perfectly fine.

If the extra 100 pounds is not a big deal, choose the 2600K. If you are looking to save a few dollars - the 2500K is also a very good CPU.
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27 Apr 2012   #13
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Bleu, just a suggestion, take it or leave it. While most UPS devices have built in surge protection, I would still recommend using a good surge protector ahead of the UPS. Where I live, in Florida(aka Lightning Capital of the world), I found it best to use a surge protector at my panel(where the power feeds my house), and at the necessary discharge locations(basically, anywhere an electronic device that I don't want fried is plugged in). This also fully protects me from surges caused by interrupts that cause surges when the electric company cycles and does route switches. I learned this the hard way about ten years ago. Lightning hit about 50ft from my house and EVERYTHING electronic inside the home, was rendered a paper weight for lack of proper surge protection.

Just some friendly advice.

Good luck with everything.
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27 Apr 2012   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

We can't really recommend a processor for you. Only you know your needs, budget, etc. You know the socket, which is 1155, so go to whatever shop/website you are buying from and look through their available 1155 processors.
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15 May 2012   #15
Bleu

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Thanks everyone I ended up with a Intel i7 2600k.
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15 May 2012   #16
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Great choice Bleu! I hope you are feeling better, and also that your PC troubles are coming to a close. Good luck and let us know if you need anything else.

James
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