• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

which CPU should i buy?

Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
2,895 (0.91/day)
Likes
258
System Name N/A
Processor i7-4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Cooling Thermalright True Power 140
Memory 2 x 8GB GeIL Potenza 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) 24" Samsung 1080p LED Monitor
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Corsair TX650W
Mouse Logitech MX518
Keyboard Corsair K70 (Brown MX)
Software Windows 8.1
#1
i was thinking of gettin the i7 920 but:
1. it's expensive
2. i'd need an expensive motherboard
3. and expensive RAM

as you can see.. i dont like expensive
but if i buy a socket 1366 mobo.. then i wont need to upgrade motherboards because intel SHOULD start making newer.. better cpu's to go on that mobo/chipset whatever.. right?
but then again the i7 920 could be pretty overkill
right now i'm using AMD Turion 6000 X2 (laptop) and that's pretty speedy for me to be very honest. i will be using my computer for gaming (not too hardcore.. quad SLI gaming.. but just simple.. call of duty 4 or crysis etc. etc.)
i want a CPU that can last me more than 2 years.. which i think the i7 920 has a better chance of doing than... say.. the intel Q8200
 
Joined
Feb 20, 2008
Messages
4,435 (1.24/day)
Likes
733
Location
where everyone wants to be
System Name Everchanging
Processor Core i7 4790K
Motherboard ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero
Cooling Custom loop
Memory 4x4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2800MHz 11-14-14-35
Video Card(s) 2xEVGA GTX 970 SSC
Storage SSD Main, 7TB backups
Display(s) Samsung 40" 4k UHD
Case Corsair 900D
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster thingy
Power Supply Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050w
Mouse Steel Series Sensi
Keyboard Thermaltake eSports Posiden Z Cherry Blues
Software Windows 10 x64
#2
Drop expensive ram from your list. The Crucials below are cheap and overclock very well. PaulieG also found out that another set of cheap DDR3 overclock very well. As for CPU's, yes the i7 920 would provide better longevity. Also depending on your current hardware, your options at MB could be better than you think.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148246
 

lepra24

New Member
Joined
Jun 28, 2007
Messages
49 (0.01/day)
Likes
4
Location
Romenia
System Name Lepra
Processor E7300 -OC 3,8ghz
Motherboard MSI P35 Neo2/Fr
Cooling Thermalright SI-128 SE
Memory Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR2 800MHz CL5 Dual Channel Kit
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GeForce 8800GT Zalman 512MB DDR3 256-bit
Storage Western Digital 320GB SATA-II 7200RPM 16MB Caviar SE16
Display(s) Philips 200CW ,20"
Case Spire ServerCase SwordFin SP-9007B
Audio Device(s) Creative AUDIGY SE
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-550VX
Software Windows 7 64-bit
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Messages
9,025 (2.77/day)
Likes
1,446
Location
Montreal, Canada
System Name Fun waste of money
Processor i7 3930k @ 4 Ghz
Motherboard AsRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional
Cooling Dark Rock Pro 3 (removed 120mm fan)
Memory 32GB (4x8gb) 2133Mhz CL9 Mushkin RedLine
Video Card(s) EVGA ACX 3.0 GTX 1060 6GB
Storage 3.25TB separated in 5 SSDs (SanDisk Extreme Pro, Intel 730 & 520, 2*Crucial MX100)
Display(s) 27" 2560x1440 [Korean] PCBANK PB2700
Case BeQuiet! SilentBase 800
Audio Device(s) iBasso D10 + AKG KXXX
Power Supply EVGA P2 750W 80+ Platinum semi-fanless
Mouse Sensei RAW
Keyboard Black cherry MX Thermaltake ESports
Software Windows 10 Pro X64
#4
If your expect only 2 years from todays CPUs, your in heaven since a hell lot can do that underclocked LOL for gaming, the more impportant part is the graphics card...

I would sugest the i7 920 or the PII x3 720BE AM3 processor... This depends are your budget, and if your going multi-GPU or not (SLI or CF)

Right now, CPUs are much more advanced that software or graphics cards ATM, so the longetivity of the CPUs are huge
 
Joined
Nov 22, 2008
Messages
3,779 (1.14/day)
Likes
567
Location
Latin America, Uruguay
System Name The Lizard v2.4
Processor Intel Celeron G1840 (for the time being
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81-S2PH
Cooling Intel Stock Fan
Memory 16GB Kingston HyperX 1600
Video Card(s) MSI Gaming GTX 750Ti (For the time being)
Storage 500GB Samsung F1, 160GB Maxtor "Older than god"
Display(s) AOC 28' LCD
Case Coolermaster N200
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Antec VP500P
Software Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Benchmark Scores No crashes in the last 24 minutes.
#6
wait till tomorrow and get the phenom II 955
 
T

thraxed

Guest
#7
Or wait tell the i5 comes out, its a new chipset so I'd just bite the bullet for a bit longer. There always good deals on memory somewhere.
 
Joined
Apr 2, 2009
Messages
3,505 (1.10/day)
Likes
2,254
#8
How about staying on dual-core ?'

i7 is a multitasking monster, but not many actually need 8 threads unless you are rendering or using VM softwares or running computing programs.

E8500 or AMD PhII X3 line CPU will do the job fine and can last you for 2 years.

i was thinking of gettin the i7 920 but:
1. it's expensive
2. i'd need an expensive motherboard
3. and expensive RAM

as you can see.. i dont like expensive
but if i buy a socket 1366 mobo.. then i wont need to upgrade motherboards because intel SHOULD start making newer.. better cpu's to go on that mobo/chipset whatever.. right?
but then again the i7 920 could be pretty overkill
right now i'm using AMD Turion 6000 X2 (laptop) and that's pretty speedy for me to be very honest. i will be using my computer for gaming (not too hardcore.. quad SLI gaming.. but just simple.. call of duty 4 or crysis etc. etc.)
i want a CPU that can last me more than 2 years.. which i think the i7 920 has a better chance of doing than... say.. the intel Q8200
 

iandh

Xtreme Refugee
Joined
Apr 3, 2009
Messages
195 (0.06/day)
Likes
30
#9
It is VERY had to argue against the PII 720 at the moment for a gaming-only system. IT performs with the best i7/C2D quads in single and sometimes multi-gpu setups, and costs less than the E8400.

Mine does 3.4 on stock volts/stock cooler (stock 940 cooler, the stock 720 cooler is whack), and I prefer it over my E8400 and Q6600 for gaming.
 

freaksavior

To infinity ... and beyond!
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Messages
8,086 (2.01/day)
Likes
889
System Name Absolute Zero | M.A.S.S
Processor Intel i7 4770k | i7 920
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H | EVGA X58 FTW3 SLI
Cooling Phanteks ph-tc14pe | CM 212+ Push Pull
Memory Mushkin 16Gb at 2400Mhz | Corsair Vengence 6x8Gb=48Gb
Video Card(s) EVGA SC GTX 770 2Gb | Nvidia 7300GT
Storage Sandisk 256Gb Ultra Plus x 2 raid0 + 72.12 500Gb | Intel 320 80Gb 2x1.5Tb, 2x2Tb 2x.5Tb + 3 x6Tb
Display(s) Samsung 245BW + Asus PB278Q + Samsung 40" 650A | None
Case NZXT H630 |Rosewill 8bay 4u server chasiss
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar HDAV + GTX770 | Onboard
Power Supply Silverstone DA800 | Rocketfish 700w aka fsp
Software Windows 7 ultimate X64 | Debian 7 wheezy
#10
If your expect only 2 years from todays CPUs, your in heaven since a hell lot can do that underclocked LOL for gaming, the more impportant part is the graphics card...

I would sugest the i7 920 or the PII x3 720BE AM3 processor... This depends are your budget, and if your going multi-GPU or not (SLI or CF)

Right now, CPUs are much more advanced that software or graphics cards ATM, so the longetivity of the CPUs are huge
I like the i7 for long term, it will be top dog for a while..

but you have to cross the AMD / INtel line..... I am all Intel so that is my choice, i can't speak for the AMD's
:roll: at both of you. you want the i7 920 to be good for 2 years in comparrison with what will be one in two years. hahaha yeah sure. the PD's were out 2 years ago and they were SHIT!


anyway...

grab either

i7 920
Crucial DDR3 ($80 ish for 6gb)
and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136065

the board is not that bad i paid $250 for my X38 asus and then i paid 229 for my DFI x48.

215 for the x58 isn't bad.

or get a 955
same crucial ram
and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131363
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
2,895 (0.91/day)
Likes
258
System Name N/A
Processor i7-4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Cooling Thermalright True Power 140
Memory 2 x 8GB GeIL Potenza 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) 24" Samsung 1080p LED Monitor
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Corsair TX650W
Mouse Logitech MX518
Keyboard Corsair K70 (Brown MX)
Software Windows 8.1
#11
okay.. so..
i should buy the AMD Phenom II instead of i7 920
which i think is alright.. seeing as the i7 would be somewhat overkill
but what motherboard would i need to buy?

"AMD AM2 (AMD Chipset) Motherboards"

OR

"AMD AM2 (Nforce Chipset) Motherboards"

what's the difference? o_O
 

h3llb3nd4

New Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2009
Messages
3,323 (1.03/day)
Likes
299
Location
Durban, South Africa
System Name My mobo is Laughing at me
Processor E7400
Motherboard P5KPL-E Bios flashed to 0601 (Piece of poo!!)
Cooling Thermalright Ultra 120a
Memory GENERIC 2 GB DDR2 800
Video Card(s) NONE!! Beat that!!
Storage 500GB SAMSUNG SATAII, 250GB SAMSUNG SATAII and o'l crappy 4gb maxtor
Display(s) ACER X223W Q
Case AEROCOOL ZERODEGREE (planning to mod)
Audio Device(s) REALTEK ONBOARD
Power Supply GIGABYTE 460W
Software Win 7 x86 build 7022
Benchmark Scores Super Pi 1m 17.000 :(
#12
TBH I think the E84/5/600s are enough for crysis[not hard core:laugh:]
Are you a overclocker? cos that can also affect your purchasing ideas...
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
2,895 (0.91/day)
Likes
258
System Name N/A
Processor i7-4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Cooling Thermalright True Power 140
Memory 2 x 8GB GeIL Potenza 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) 24" Samsung 1080p LED Monitor
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Corsair TX650W
Mouse Logitech MX518
Keyboard Corsair K70 (Brown MX)
Software Windows 8.1
#13
i COULD overclock
but i don't want to reduce the lifespan of the CPU's
 

h3llb3nd4

New Member
Joined
Feb 15, 2009
Messages
3,323 (1.03/day)
Likes
299
Location
Durban, South Africa
System Name My mobo is Laughing at me
Processor E7400
Motherboard P5KPL-E Bios flashed to 0601 (Piece of poo!!)
Cooling Thermalright Ultra 120a
Memory GENERIC 2 GB DDR2 800
Video Card(s) NONE!! Beat that!!
Storage 500GB SAMSUNG SATAII, 250GB SAMSUNG SATAII and o'l crappy 4gb maxtor
Display(s) ACER X223W Q
Case AEROCOOL ZERODEGREE (planning to mod)
Audio Device(s) REALTEK ONBOARD
Power Supply GIGABYTE 460W
Software Win 7 x86 build 7022
Benchmark Scores Super Pi 1m 17.000 :(
#14
Hat, support me on this....
you'll never get to use the cpu till the day that it dies!!! so OCing doesn't really matter!
 

erocker

Senior Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 19, 2006
Messages
42,370 (10.17/day)
Likes
18,019
Processor Intel i7 8700k
Motherboard Gigabyte z370 AORUS Gaming 7
Cooling Water
Memory 16gb G.Skill 4000 MHz DDR4
Video Card(s) Evga GTX 1080
Storage 3 x Samsung Evo 850 500GB, 1 x 250GB, 2 x 2TB HDD
Display(s) Nixeus EDG27
Case Thermaltake X5
Power Supply Corsair HX1000i
Mouse Zowie EC1-B
Software Windows 10
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
2,895 (0.91/day)
Likes
258
System Name N/A
Processor i7-4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Cooling Thermalright True Power 140
Memory 2 x 8GB GeIL Potenza 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) 24" Samsung 1080p LED Monitor
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Corsair TX650W
Mouse Logitech MX518
Keyboard Corsair K70 (Brown MX)
Software Windows 8.1
#16
yeah mate i shall be getting the 9550 and overclocking
that should last for a good few years yeah?
 
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Messages
9,025 (2.77/day)
Likes
1,446
Location
Montreal, Canada
System Name Fun waste of money
Processor i7 3930k @ 4 Ghz
Motherboard AsRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional
Cooling Dark Rock Pro 3 (removed 120mm fan)
Memory 32GB (4x8gb) 2133Mhz CL9 Mushkin RedLine
Video Card(s) EVGA ACX 3.0 GTX 1060 6GB
Storage 3.25TB separated in 5 SSDs (SanDisk Extreme Pro, Intel 730 & 520, 2*Crucial MX100)
Display(s) 27" 2560x1440 [Korean] PCBANK PB2700
Case BeQuiet! SilentBase 800
Audio Device(s) iBasso D10 + AKG KXXX
Power Supply EVGA P2 750W 80+ Platinum semi-fanless
Mouse Sensei RAW
Keyboard Black cherry MX Thermaltake ESports
Software Windows 10 Pro X64
#17
Go PII x3 instead of x4... or go i7 920...

i7 920 230$+tax at Microcenter or from someone here = max 250$
DFI DK x58 215$+ship = max 225$
6gb of Crucials+free ship = 74$
Total = a bit less than 550$

PIIx3
720BE+free ship = 140$
Biostar mobo + free ship= 100$ after MIR
RAM + free ship = 34$ after MIR
Total = 274$

As you can see, PIIx3 is half the price... BUT if your buying a computer from scratch, The extra 275$ you pay for i7 920 isn't much... It is your choice!

If I were you, I would go with the pII 720BE and wtv I listed and get something like a 4850 or 4870....
This 4870 1gb for example (200$ - 30$ MIR free ship)
 

freaksavior

To infinity ... and beyond!
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Messages
8,086 (2.01/day)
Likes
889
System Name Absolute Zero | M.A.S.S
Processor Intel i7 4770k | i7 920
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H | EVGA X58 FTW3 SLI
Cooling Phanteks ph-tc14pe | CM 212+ Push Pull
Memory Mushkin 16Gb at 2400Mhz | Corsair Vengence 6x8Gb=48Gb
Video Card(s) EVGA SC GTX 770 2Gb | Nvidia 7300GT
Storage Sandisk 256Gb Ultra Plus x 2 raid0 + 72.12 500Gb | Intel 320 80Gb 2x1.5Tb, 2x2Tb 2x.5Tb + 3 x6Tb
Display(s) Samsung 245BW + Asus PB278Q + Samsung 40" 650A | None
Case NZXT H630 |Rosewill 8bay 4u server chasiss
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar HDAV + GTX770 | Onboard
Power Supply Silverstone DA800 | Rocketfish 700w aka fsp
Software Windows 7 ultimate X64 | Debian 7 wheezy
#18
Go PII x3 instead of x4... or go i7 920...

i7 920 230$+tax at Microcenter or from someone here = max 250$
DFI DK x58 215$+ship = max 225$
6gb of Crucials+free ship = 74$
Total = a bit less than 550$

PIIx3
720BE+free ship = 140$
Biostar mobo + free ship= 100$ after MIR
RAM + free ship = 34$ after MIR
Total = 274$

As you can see, PIIx3 is half the price... BUT if your buying a computer from scratch, The extra 275$ you pay for i7 920 isn't much... It is your choice!

If I were you, I would go with the pII 720BE and wtv I listed and get something like a 4850 or 4870....
This 4870 1gb for example (200$ - 30$ MIR free ship)
Thats a good comparison. now show him some benchies :D

intel> :nutkick: <amd
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
2,895 (0.91/day)
Likes
258
System Name N/A
Processor i7-4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Cooling Thermalright True Power 140
Memory 2 x 8GB GeIL Potenza 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) 24" Samsung 1080p LED Monitor
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Corsair TX650W
Mouse Logitech MX518
Keyboard Corsair K70 (Brown MX)
Software Windows 8.1
#19
i think i will get the 9950
freaksavior... i thought that was obama in your avatar lmao
 

freaksavior

To infinity ... and beyond!
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Messages
8,086 (2.01/day)
Likes
889
System Name Absolute Zero | M.A.S.S
Processor Intel i7 4770k | i7 920
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H | EVGA X58 FTW3 SLI
Cooling Phanteks ph-tc14pe | CM 212+ Push Pull
Memory Mushkin 16Gb at 2400Mhz | Corsair Vengence 6x8Gb=48Gb
Video Card(s) EVGA SC GTX 770 2Gb | Nvidia 7300GT
Storage Sandisk 256Gb Ultra Plus x 2 raid0 + 72.12 500Gb | Intel 320 80Gb 2x1.5Tb, 2x2Tb 2x.5Tb + 3 x6Tb
Display(s) Samsung 245BW + Asus PB278Q + Samsung 40" 650A | None
Case NZXT H630 |Rosewill 8bay 4u server chasiss
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar HDAV + GTX770 | Onboard
Power Supply Silverstone DA800 | Rocketfish 700w aka fsp
Software Windows 7 ultimate X64 | Debian 7 wheezy
#20
i think i will get the 9950
freaksavior... i thought that was obama in your avatar lmao
it is :D its a obama action figure. Not a fan lol but just thought it was funny.
here is a better pic of it






































 
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
2,895 (0.91/day)
Likes
258
System Name N/A
Processor i7-4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Cooling Thermalright True Power 140
Memory 2 x 8GB GeIL Potenza 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) 24" Samsung 1080p LED Monitor
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Corsair TX650W
Mouse Logitech MX518
Keyboard Corsair K70 (Brown MX)
Software Windows 8.1
#21
LMAO nice one xD
obama is win :D
and to close this thread
i shall be buying the 9950 and overclocking as much as i can on aftermarket cooling

Amen


xD
 
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Messages
9,025 (2.77/day)
Likes
1,446
Location
Montreal, Canada
System Name Fun waste of money
Processor i7 3930k @ 4 Ghz
Motherboard AsRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional
Cooling Dark Rock Pro 3 (removed 120mm fan)
Memory 32GB (4x8gb) 2133Mhz CL9 Mushkin RedLine
Video Card(s) EVGA ACX 3.0 GTX 1060 6GB
Storage 3.25TB separated in 5 SSDs (SanDisk Extreme Pro, Intel 730 & 520, 2*Crucial MX100)
Display(s) 27" 2560x1440 [Korean] PCBANK PB2700
Case BeQuiet! SilentBase 800
Audio Device(s) iBasso D10 + AKG KXXX
Power Supply EVGA P2 750W 80+ Platinum semi-fanless
Mouse Sensei RAW
Keyboard Black cherry MX Thermaltake ESports
Software Windows 10 Pro X64
#22
NOOOOOOOOOO go with 720BE instead... and get the 0940 batch so you can unlock the 4th core... please? :(

9950 is more expensive and performs WAY WORSE than 720BE...
 
Joined
Apr 15, 2009
Messages
2,895 (0.91/day)
Likes
258
System Name N/A
Processor i7-4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97-A
Cooling Thermalright True Power 140
Memory 2 x 8GB GeIL Potenza 2400Mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 Gaming
Storage 2TB Seagate Barracuda
Display(s) 24" Samsung 1080p LED Monitor
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Power Supply Corsair TX650W
Mouse Logitech MX518
Keyboard Corsair K70 (Brown MX)
Software Windows 8.1
#23
Joined
Dec 23, 2007
Messages
16,919 (4.64/day)
Likes
1,622
Location
Omaha, NE
System Name The ShadowFold Draconis (Ordering soon)
Processor AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8ghz
Motherboard ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870
Cooling Stock
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 4GB DDR3-1333
Video Card(s) XFX ATi Radeon HD 5850 1gb
Storage Western Digital 640gb
Display(s) Acer 21.5" 5ms Full HD 1920x1080P
Case Antec Nine-Hundred
Audio Device(s) Onboard + Creative "Fatal1ty" Headset
Power Supply Antec Earthwatts 650w
Software Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Benchmark Scores -❶-❸-❸-❼-
#24
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Messages
9,025 (2.77/day)
Likes
1,446
Location
Montreal, Canada
System Name Fun waste of money
Processor i7 3930k @ 4 Ghz
Motherboard AsRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional
Cooling Dark Rock Pro 3 (removed 120mm fan)
Memory 32GB (4x8gb) 2133Mhz CL9 Mushkin RedLine
Video Card(s) EVGA ACX 3.0 GTX 1060 6GB
Storage 3.25TB separated in 5 SSDs (SanDisk Extreme Pro, Intel 730 & 520, 2*Crucial MX100)
Display(s) 27" 2560x1440 [Korean] PCBANK PB2700
Case BeQuiet! SilentBase 800
Audio Device(s) iBasso D10 + AKG KXXX
Power Supply EVGA P2 750W 80+ Platinum semi-fanless
Mouse Sensei RAW
Keyboard Black cherry MX Thermaltake ESports
Software Windows 10 Pro X64
#25
get the 720BE... trust me... can anyone +1 one PLEASE? I mean... you all know that 720BE is the best choice to do right?