Core i7-960 or i5-760? Can't decide

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May 2, 2011 at 00:53:42
Specs: Windows 7, 2 GHz / 3071 MB
I'm customizing a new PC from parts I find on Newegg.com. The trouble I'm having is choosing between LGA 1156 and LGA 1366 sockets. I have decided on Intel, however.

Tomshardware.com says that X58 Northbridge MOBOs are not my best bet, but the Sandy Architecture (such an EVGA 123-LF-E653-RX LGA 1156 mobo) is the best bang for my buck, and so I'm thinking that 3 years from now, when I upgrade my CPU, I'll be glad that's what I got. They could be wrong though.

I've decided on an ASUS GTX 570 graphics card, and this is also a consideration. I need a MOBO and CPU that can take full advantage of how awesome the 570 is.

If I can spend less and get the i5, I'll do it, but if the i7 is better in the long run, and better now, I want to jump on the x58, socket 1366 bandwagon. This isn't an easy choice. Can you help me?


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#1
May 2, 2011 at 04:43:23
check this to me the i7 is better than the i5 u said u are limited on the motherboard with th 1156 socket well the i7 does not support that(although second generation i7 do i guess)the 1366 is faster. if u can get a mobo with 1366 itd be better. im not saying the i5 sucks but u asked for better
http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/26...

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#2
May 2, 2011 at 06:06:27
Socket 1155 with 2nd generation Core i7 2600K with unlocked multiplier would be best.
There are no 2nd Gen i's for the 'older' 1156 or 1366 sockets. There are 'slower' i7 1st Gen's for the 1156 and 'faster' i7 1st Gen's for the 1366 socket. There WILL be a new socket for the 'upper' 2nd Gen i's I believe late this year.

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#3
May 2, 2011 at 09:32:07
Fingers:

I see. So what you're saying is that the 1155 socket is newer, and 2nd gen i's are coming out for that socket, therefor it's a better investment long term.

Did I hear right?


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#4
May 2, 2011 at 12:47:28
Its true that its newer, and the newest CPU's are using the 1155 socket. However, you never know how compatibility will go with Intel.

The Z68 chipsets are due to release this summer, and I think they will probably stay on the 1155 socket. Intel is never hesitant to abandon old sockets, unlike AMD which is making Bulldozer (its newest CPUs coming out in a few months) backwards compatible with the AM3 socket (along with newer motherboards using the AM3+ socket).

This is pure speculation, but its my honest opinion that the 1155 socket will probably get no new releases after next year (and I just built an 1155 system for myself).


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#5
May 2, 2011 at 19:52:11
Yes it is newer and will be around at least a little bit longer. The 'K' series processors have unlocked multipliers which will make the i5-2500K and the i7-2600K (with hyper threading) clear winners for those willing to tweak the multiplier and possibly the voltage and blow away the older i-series with overclocked numbers in the realm of 5GHz now reasonable possible on air cooling according to testing.
Yes also next year will bring out the 'Ivy Bridge' series processors and probably a new socket (possibly called the '2011') at least for the higher end of that series. But if I were building a high end rig now, I would go with the 2500K or 2600K and overclock for stability.

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