New PC - Which CPU's the one to get these days :)

Discussion in 'Tech' started by tweakmonkey, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    I feel like an old man asking this, but before I spend some cash, just wondering what's the CPU I should be buying for a new PC? I haven't upgraded in 7 years!!

    I'll probably spend about $1000 on the whole build, maybe $200-250 on the CPU. Looking for the most recent generation Intel & fastest possible for this budget but don't want to get stuck in old architecture.

    I saw Intel has like 10 new different Core i5 processors and they look like they're all the same speed. ???
    http://ark.intel.com/products/family/65504
  2. MSP

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    You're definitely in the right ballpark. The i5-2500k used to be the best bang for the buck, not sure now.
  3. demonizeZ

    demonizeZ Junior Member

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    Your price range for CPU, is good for i5 processors easily. Also, if you lucky enough to live near Micro Center you can get i7 3770k for $289. If you like to O.C and messing with all the setting to perfection, then get any K series of CPU. They are unlocked CPUs. If you in to encoding and use PS like programs, that really take advantage of HT, then you might want to get i7 K processors.

    If its just going to be a gaming system, then HT is useless. i5 k cpu will be best, Ivy preferably.
  4. tweakmonkey

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    There's a Micro Center about 10 miles from here. But I checked their site:
    :(

    Definitely do quite a bit of Photoshop, will be using programming SDKs (Unity3D) and possibly video editing later.

    Edit - they have some good prices though on HDs etc. Maybe I'll go there. I'm going to get a 2 TB main drive and an SSD, thinking 8-16 GB ram. What size PSU should I go for with an i7 or i5 and a decent Asus motherboard?
  5. demonizeZ

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    Dam 10mi that's good. One nearest me, is 2.5 hr drive away.

    If you using such programs, then you definitely will take advantage of processor's HT and internal HD graphics. Once you set up your mother board settings.

    I, usually find good deal on HD online. But if MC is having some sale then there price is very hard to beat. Recommending a good PSU, require knowing what kind of GFX you will be using, and how many. In general any reputable PSU, like Sea Sonic or Corsair with 650 to 800watt, can handle any single higher end GFX, even dual GFX. Also price wise you can find better deal online on PSUs.

    If your system was for gaming only then you don't need more then 4 gigs, 8 gig be plenty. But those programs that you will be using alot, for them the more mem the better, 16 gig definitely sounds good.
  6. tweakmonkey

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    I think I'll be running a single video card. PC will be used for games too but software development / PS / etc. is the main reason I want to upgrade.
  7. Chris

    Chris Raptor Jesus

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    i5-2500k for the win. Hands down the best processor I've ever bought.
  8. Mr. Ali

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    ^^ get the Ivy bridge version of that chip:

    Intel Core i5-3570K

    or if you have more money to spend:

    Intel Core i7 3770k

    Those are really your only two options you should be looking at. The 3570K is going to be the best bang for your buck chip.

    As for power supply. If you will ever only have 1 video card you will never need more than 500Watts. Even 500watts is a bit overkill but whatever.

    As for ram, do yourself a favor and buy two sticks of 8GB DDR3 dimms. This way you will have two slots free to add more ram later if you wish. 16GB is more than enough for anything and its cheap.

    For motherboard, I always go with Asus. I don't even look at what anyone else is offering but thats just me. May be a bit fanboyish so eh.

    Hard drive: SSD prices have dropped like a sack of potatoes. The Crucial M4 256GB drive is sometimes as low as $180 on Amazon and its a great drive. The Samsung 830 and Intel 520 are all great drives too. I would personally get a 256GB boot drive but you may get a way with a 120GB, just don't regret buying a small 120GB windows/programs/etc drive.
  9. tweakmonkey

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    Thanks guys. Great replies. I'm with ya on this stuff. I have a good psu (530w I believe) that I'll keep. I have a good aluminum antec case p180 I think. I'll save some money and should have a real beast finally. I'm running an opteron amd 1.8 still!
  10. tweakmonkey

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    Local microcenter has the 3570K for $189
  11. funkgab

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    haha sounds like me! i just got an i5 2500k, great proc... and the 3570k is probably just as good (ivy bridges get a little more hotter) see if microcenter has the $70 off deal if you buy a mobo + processor but Z77 does have quad channel, and integrated usb3, etc

    i second ali on the crucial m4, i bought mine off amazon, its amazing!

    ddr3 is cheap as well, i wouldn't go over 8gb though, 8gb seems like the sweetspot

    and coolerwise, hyper212+ (with fan swap) or a hyper212 evo.. best bang for your buck
  12. tweakmonkey

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    I need as much ram as possible! :)
  13. demonizeZ

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    Non of the i5 processor has HT. Check out some benchmarks on the programs you are going to be using, on HT vs Non HT. If those programs support HT, and i think they probably do. And if you work with large files, 30 + gig you will see good time saving efficiency with processor with HT. I am using 3570k, because my build is geared towards gaming. But if i was building a system, where i would use PS and other video editing/encoding software that can use HT. I would go with i7 with HT.

    IMHO, 500 watt psu, is great for single decent high end GFX. However, in future you decided to add another high end GFX. Then that 500w psu will start running very hot, and just add unnecessary heat in the system. Taking in account 10% degradation every year psu is in use under high load condition. That psu life will be cut very short, and reduce efficiency will effect your power usage also fan noise. Its always good to some what overkill on PSU. Because one, it will run cooler under load condition and two long life and maintain its efficiency longer.
  14. tweakmonkey

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    Good points man, I'll check on the Ht benchmarks tomorrow and see what my psu is. I could just get a new one too then.
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    since you wait 5+ years between builds, should you consider the i7?
  17. tweakmonkey

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    Yeah I think I'll get the i7
  18. MSP

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    I personally prefer to build midstream rigs and do so more often. But yeah, if you're going to keep this rig for 5+ years the faster the better.
  19. ShabazKillaX

    ShabazKillaX I'm an F18 bro

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    i7 Ivy Bridge.
  20. tweakmonkey

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    Thanks for the help in this thread guys, I ended up getting the i7 3770k, an Asus mobo, 16 GB ram and a 120 gb SSD. I also bought a 2 TB backup drive since obviously 120 wasn't gonna work and my old HDDs were older than the hills.

    Installed Win7 on Saturday.. and this thing is a BEAST!

    I am waiting on my video card, a friend said he'll hook me up with his old card. But even with this integrated Intel graphics chip I can run Crysis at 25 FPS on medium detail. I'm not going to be playing games for a few weeks anyway probably. So far I'm really happy and impressed w/ this thing. I'll be writing up something since I haven't owned decent hardware for years, it's been fun to install all this stuff.
  21. funkgab

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    sounds great! haha gotta love watching installs speed up 400%
  22. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    yeah, windows 7 installed for me in like 15 minutes, boot up time is fast! wish i had the money to buy a laptop with SSD
  23. funkgab

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    definitely agree.. the crucial m4s are only getting cheaper.. i say save up..
    too bad i need at least 256 gigs
  24. ninefivezero

    ninefivezero infinite resolution

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    SSD sound so sexy....