Intel processors - best to worst.

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#1 Posted by x-2tha-z (8984 posts) -
I know the i7 series is best. What comes after that? Is it the Q6600? Quad or duo? Could someone please list like the top 5 or 10 processors. I'm buying a pc that has 4GB RAM and the 1GB 4870 GPU. I'm trying to figure out what CPU would be best for that GPU. Thanks.
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#2 Posted by Combaqkid (149 posts) -

i7 - Core 2 Quad - Core 2 Duo - Pentium?

Thats a start I suppose. But i7 is definately the best and then Core 2 Quad.

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#3 Posted by harry_james_pot (11399 posts) -
Core i7 is the best ,but with it u'll also have to get ddr3 and and an i7 mobo ,which will cost u way much than if u got a quad. For ur ram and gpu i suggest a Q9550.
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#4 Posted by NSR34GTR (13179 posts) -
the extreme cpus then the higher like the q9xxx and so on then the dual cores e8500 e8400 best gpu on the market in the gtx 295 from nvidia on the ati side its the 4870x2
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#5 Posted by marcthpro (7927 posts) -

Best Processor Depend of what : You may Think Quad surpass Core 2 Duo in everything but if you observe Carefully Any dual core Behind E8400 Would Lack Behind Q6600 Overcock But E8400 to E8600 It will over-kill most of Quad core in most of game until it get

to Q9550 / Q9650 In overclocking at 3.8Ghz And even tough there will be still some game where E8400 / E8600 overclock from 4.0Ghz or higher will surpass it But it Rather rare Because most of game of today would benefical of a Quad Q9650 at 3.8Ghz Specially at 2560x1600 but : for 1920x1200 the differance is lower

If you want a Idea of what i talk about there is this Review who use a cpu Scaling within high end Video card (GPU)
http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=807&p=7

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#6 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
I guess at the very bottem of the list would be the 4004 @ 740khz. TBH it depends what you use your PC for, games don't use quads that well so a high clock dual is better but editing programs and naturally multitasking use quads effectively.
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#7 Posted by marcthpro (7927 posts) -
True unless it it a Q9650 it like the all-star round unless you perform near Extreme Overclocking within E8500-E8600 which is Reaching Extreme high temp and high over-Voltage in order to achive 4.3 to 4.9Ghz (E8600)
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#8 Posted by x-2tha-z (8984 posts) -
The pc I'm thinking of getting has an Asrock SLI Nforce 650 motherboard. If I got it with a Q6600 would I be able to overclock the CPU? If so what could I overclock it to? Would this motherboard, overclocked CPU and 4GB RAM setup perform well with a 4870 1GB?
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#9 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
The pc I'm thinking of getting has an Asrock SLI Nforce 650 motherboard. If I got it with a Q6600 would I be able to overclock the CPU? If so what could I overclock it to? Would this motherboard, overclocked CPU and 4GB RAM setup perform well with a 4870 1GB?x-2tha-z
Overclocking potential depends on the individual chip due to the product process (lower end CPUs are failed higher end CPUs). You should get good performance from that setup, though remember for games a higher clocked dual will offer better performance (i think Supreme Commander is the only game to really make use of quads properly).
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#10 Posted by x-2tha-z (8984 posts) -
[QUOTE="x-2tha-z"]The pc I'm thinking of getting has an Asrock SLI Nforce 650 motherboard. If I got it with a Q6600 would I be able to overclock the CPU? If so what could I overclock it to? Would this motherboard, overclocked CPU and 4GB RAM setup perform well with a 4870 1GB?markop2003
Overclocking potential depends on the individual chip due to the product process (lower end CPUs are failed higher end CPUs). You should get good performance from that setup, though remember for games a higher clocked dual will offer better performance (i think Supreme Commander is the only game to really make use of quads properly).

So an E8500 or E8600 would be best? Them main uses this pc will get is internet browsing and gaming.
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#11 Posted by Mr_NoName111 (1035 posts) -
[QUOTE="markop2003"][QUOTE="x-2tha-z"]The pc I'm thinking of getting has an Asrock SLI Nforce 650 motherboard. If I got it with a Q6600 would I be able to overclock the CPU? If so what could I overclock it to? Would this motherboard, overclocked CPU and 4GB RAM setup perform well with a 4870 1GB?x-2tha-z
Overclocking potential depends on the individual chip due to the product process (lower end CPUs are failed higher end CPUs). You should get good performance from that setup, though remember for games a higher clocked dual will offer better performance (i think Supreme Commander is the only game to really make use of quads properly).

So an E8500 or E8600 would be best? Them main uses this pc will get is internet browsing and gaming.

For those uses, the high end dual core would be the best bang for the buck. I'd get the e8400 just to save a few bucks. But make sure your 650i mobo can support 45nm chips, check asrock's website. The 650i is rather outdated..
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#12 Posted by x-2tha-z (8984 posts) -
[QUOTE="Mr_NoName111"][QUOTE="x-2tha-z"][QUOTE="markop2003"] Overclocking potential depends on the individual chip due to the product process (lower end CPUs are failed higher end CPUs). You should get good performance from that setup, though remember for games a higher clocked dual will offer better performance (i think Supreme Commander is the only game to really make use of quads properly).

So an E8500 or E8600 would be best? Them main uses this pc will get is internet browsing and gaming.

For those uses, the high end dual core would be the best bang for the buck. I'd get the e8400 just to save a few bucks. But make sure your 650i mobo can support 45nm chips, check asrock's website. The 650i is rather outdated..

I just checked. It supports them. It seems like a pretty decent motherboard. It has 3 PCI slots, 7.1 sound support and up to 8GB RAM incase I want to add more later. Thanks everyone for helping me. You're all good people lol.
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#13 Posted by marcthpro (7927 posts) -
i hope it run you well 650i is quite a old motherboard i wonder how it compare to 680i & 750i in a Benchmark if you tested there 3dMark / Overclocking / Games
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#14 Posted by jamesfffan (1269 posts) -

marcthpro I'd agree with you here actually, don't get the 650i chipset mobo. Instead get something like a 680i or 750 like marcthpro said, much better chipsets for overclocking I would think.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-265-AS&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1057This seem's pretty good.

Although as your going for a ATI gfx card, wouldn't it be better to get an Intel chipset board? what's your budget for a motherboard?

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#15 Posted by marcthpro (7927 posts) -

Gigabyte UD3R (For Single lane PCi-E 16X the other is Two PCI-E 8x The P But allow one lane at 16X ) So the Gigabyte UD3R & P is the best P45 Chipset around : Cold : Easy to overclock : Extreme high durability and low cost enough

so if you don't get nvidia sli : i Suggest you a P45 If you use a intel processor they are the best way to get something good and stable Does of there Great North-bridge & south Bridce conception at low price compare to nvidia 780i / 790i are just starting to have a NB/SB at Quality that is Enough to remove the Stress of cpu by put mosfet / better north bridge heat sink / and some As the X48 I have have a Extra Cooler For the CPU Behind Part called the flame Stopper

which make my DFI UT T3RS X48 the Offical most cold motherboard on market In the X48 Series by Stock (Without modification to the NB / SB ) According what i seen But not for Best Overclocking it seem the Rampage X48 is Leading by a little % ;)

For Core i7 it Seem EVGA with NF200 + Physic X Integrated Is the King Of motherboard but 450-550$US Before it was Asus Who ad Alway the #1 Apprently but always costing more :lol:

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#16 Posted by x-2tha-z (8984 posts) -

marcthpro I'd agree with you here actually, don't get the 650i chipset mobo. Instead get something like a 680i or 750 like marcthpro said, much better chipsets for overclocking I would think.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-265-AS&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=1057This seem's pretty good.

Although as your going for a ATI gfx card, wouldn't it be better to get an Intel chipset board? what's your budget for a motherboard?

jamesfffan
The pc I'm looking to get has that motherboard already fitted. The pc is already built. I suppose I could ask him if he could order a different mobo for me. I've already e-mailed him asking if I can get a different CPU fitted. It has the Q6600. He hasn't replied yet.
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#17 Posted by KFC1000 (36 posts) -
I would second marcthpro's advice but go for E8500 as this will easily OC to 4.3GHz. Also go for a aftermarket cooler the stock one is no good for OC. Depending on your budget; AC Freezer 7 Pro or Titan Fenrir. WRT Memory, have you specified 4x1GB or 2x2GB, I would recommend 2x2GB (DDR2 PC-8500 minimum) as this will be more OC friendly.
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#18 Posted by imprezawrx500 (19187 posts) -
for quads q9xxx q8xxx for dual e8xxx e7xxx e5xxx e2xxx q9xxx = quad e8xxx q8xxx = e5xxx
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#19 Posted by Kadendark90 (25 posts) -
too me pick nivida that IS the best
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#20 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
too me pick nivida that IS the bestKadendark90
They don't make CPUs.
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#21 Posted by Kadendark90 (25 posts) -
oh.....well if they did that would be good 0_0 then choose the best cpu that use good games to play it...
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#22 Posted by joshuahaveron (2165 posts) -

Phenom II are the best price / performance IMO

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#23 Posted by goleafsguy (408 posts) -

Phenom II are the best price / performance IMO

joshuahaveron

Yeah I think you should look at the Phenom IIs.