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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mattig89ch, Jan 12, 2013.

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  1. mattig89ch

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    Hello everyone,

    I have a quick question (I hope).

    I was considering what CPU to pick up next, and a mainboard went on sale at newegg. This one to be specific: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...11213-Index-_-AMDMotherboards-_-13128519-L08B.

    So i started looking at the CPUs available to be, and there was an eight core that caught my eye (3.7 GHz) and a quad core (4.1 GHz).

    What is the difference between quad core and eight core processors?
     
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    Other than the obvious answer of 4 more cores, all other parameters being equal, the 8core will be able to handle more tasks.

    FWIW I have both an 8core 8350 overclocked to 4.5gig and a i2500k 4core overclocked to 4.4gig. There is really no difference between the cpus; both are VERY fast.
     
  5. mattig89ch

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    Huzzah! an answer!

    So more cores = more processes being able to run w/out loss of speed? IE, more programs being able to be run?
     
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    It also is how efficient it is at handling all of the cores, along with the chipset.

    You can create a 16-core Atom, but it'll probably only perform as well as an i5 or worse.
     
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    As I said I have both a fx8350 8core and an i2500k 4core. There really is no difference between the two cpus; at least in how I use them. If you were running a very busy server, then perhaps you would see some difference with the 8core cpu.
     
  8. mattig89ch

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    basically, this next rig of mine will be for recording video, audio, gaming, and possibly for running a feed the beast server once a week (with a client running as well).

    I wanted to get a new skill set, as well as play some games. so, you know, 2 birds one stone.

    a quad core will be able to handle that?
     
  9. Simba7

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    I'd go with the 8 core. That way you have at least some leftover power for other tasks.
     
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    I'd go with an i7-3770, its about a $220 CPU. It'll easily run circles around the AMD CPUs. Most people just run with the $180~200 i5-3570K CPU.

    AMD is using fuzzy math to get their "8core" CPU. Each module is "2 cores" that shares resources. Hence, even older AMD 4/6Core CPUs are sometimes faster than their new "8core" CPU.

    Also you need to look at power and noise... :(

    Perhaps this performance chart will help? http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2012/benchmarks,140.html
     
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    Where in the world are you finding a 3770 for 220? Lowest I've seen it is 290 during Black Friday. The 3570k is perfect for gaming, and I'd recommend it as long as you're not doing any editing and such, because the 3770k would be the way to go in that case.
     
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    The i7-3770 is going for $290 on Newegg. The i5-3570K is going for $230.

    The FX-8120 is going for $160, FX-8150 is going for $170, and the FX-8350 is going for $200.
     
  13. mattig89ch

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. But the biggest issue for me is price. Simply put, I don't have more then 150 to spend on a cpu, and not more then 100 to spend on a mobo.
     
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    Sorry for the LATE reply folks... been busy!

    Where to get CHEAP CPUs: Microcenter... if they are in your city... like they are for me.

    For a client, I paid $145 for both the I3-3225 and B75 Gigabyte motherboard. They always do mobo combos.

    $189 = i5-3570K http://microcenter.com/product/388577/Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor
    $230 = i5-3770K http://microcenter.com/product/388575/Core_i7_3770K_35GHz_LGA_1155_Processor

    And when you buy a mobo at the store, they take another $40 off the price. (was $50 until this week).

    I've been buying CPUs/combos from them for years.
     
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