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I just bought a motherboard that says it will support all 3 of these:

http://www.frys.com/product/6214500

A few months ago, I picked up a heat sink that said Core i7. I assumed that whatever cpu/board combo I went with, I would be able to use this.........but, now I am wondering, as the heatsink reads socket 1366 on the front, not socket 1156 like the CPU :( Am I correct in assuming that I won't be able to use this heatsink?

Here is a link to the heatsink:

http://www.frys.com/product/5936944?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
 

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You are confusing core and socket. The i7 is mfg in both socket 1366 and 1156.
 

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Ah, ok, thanks. So, in any event, with my socket 1156 mobo, I wouldn't be able to use this heatsink anyway, correct?
 
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The heatsink you linked to description says socket 1366 and socket 775 (in the Intel line).
 

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Correct. I guess months ago, I assumed that as long as it mentioned i7, I would be able to use it with any mobo that would accept that cpu. I wasn't aware that they were going to be available in 1156 and 1366 :( oh well. I only paid $4.99 after rebate for the heatsink. I'll find another use for it. I have a 775 running in one system....it's bound to need a new fan at some point :D

Thank you both for your assistance :)
 

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Thanks again. I'll keep that in mind. Funny though how things are priced. I only spent $59.15 (plus tax of course) for the i3 cpu :D

Looks like a fan came with it, although most often, I haven't heard good things about the stock fans :)

Now, to put it all together and see if it works :D I'm running a P4 2.4 right now :eek: so, it'll be nice to test this puppy!!!!
 

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There is nothing wrong with the intel hsf. Unless you plan on doing hard core overclocking [not really something anyone would do when buying a budget cpu] they do a decent job.
 

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The i3 IS the budget line of cpu. The i5 is the mainstream line of cpu and the i7 is the enthusiast line of the cpu. Each of the models; ie i3, i5, and i7 have various faster and slower variants. If you look at the different models, the i3s have 4meg of cache and the i5s will have 8meg of cache or they may have only 4meg with a faster clock speed.

It probably is an upgrade from what you have now however the i3s are intel's lowest price ie budget line of cpu.
 
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This is why I'll be sticking with AMD. Even those with AMD systems made over a year ago with Socket AM2+ or AM3 can use a 6-core AMD CPU.

But eventually AMD will need to come out with a new socket to handle 8~12core CPUs... Not sure if an 8core can work with AM3.
 

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The i3 IS the budget line of cpu. The i5 is the mainstream line of cpu and the i7 is the enthusiast line of the cpu. Each of the models; ie i3, i5, and i7 have various faster and slower variants. If you look at the different models, the i3s have 4meg of cache and the i5s will have 8meg of cache or they may have only 4meg with a faster clock speed.

It probably is an upgrade from what you have now however the i3s are intel's lowest price ie budget line of cpu.
Wow :eek: You are scaring me :eek: it "probably" is an upgrade???? :( I hope that it's a very big upgrade :(

I haven't opened and installed it yet. I have 15 days (well, counting from Friday) to return it and upgrade to something else. Do you have a better suggestion? Should I go with something else????
 

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This is why I'll be sticking with AMD. Even those with AMD systems made over a year ago with Socket AM2+ or AM3 can use a 6-core AMD CPU.

But eventually AMD will need to come out with a new socket to handle 8~12core CPUs... Not sure if an 8core can work with AM3.
I know absolutely NOTHING about AMD :( except their stock price :D
 

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This is why I'll be sticking with AMD. Even those with AMD systems made over a year ago with Socket AM2+ or AM3 can use a 6-core AMD CPU.

But eventually AMD will need to come out with a new socket to handle 8~12core CPUs... Not sure if an 8core can work with AM3.
I built my amd system approx 14 months ago and it still runs great [amd 940 overclocked to 3.4 with a gigabyte 790 chipset board]

I have both intel and amd systems here and I have to say I prefer my amd 940 over the intels. IMO amd gives you more "Bang for the buck"
 
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Yeah, its sad about people don't know much about AMD, they would have gotten a lot more market share during the AMD-XP~939 era since the entire P4/Netburst design was so flawed. But intel has the marketing which helps them sell very slow computers against faster AMD systems.

The Intel i3~7 are good chips... but like anything else, it depends on what you get and how much you pay for it. But AMD owns the $50~110 CPU range... and even AMD's top end $175 CPUs are only a bit slower (but sometimes as fast) as Intels $600~900 CPUs. It depends on what software you use.

$60 for an i3? The i3-530 usually goes for $120.... sounds like you got a steal on that i3. Yes, while its a bottom end i3 CPU, it'll easily destroy any P4. Then again, so will any $50 AMD cpu.
 
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