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Master Geek

# 45380 1-Nov-2009 13:29
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IM upgrading my old Intel Duo Core E8400

I will probally go upgrade to win 7 at the same time.

Ive been out of the keeping up with the chips since the duos, so all this i5 and i7 is new to me and all the different pin slots.

Looking at either a Intel Core i7 860 or INTEL CORE i7 920 "NEHALEM"

Both the same price, but different LGA's

I would like to future proof myself, some im guessing the SOCKET LGA1366 is more future proof?


I will be using it for home video editing and some photoshop/gimp


any recommendations?



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  # 269020 1-Nov-2009 14:28
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Yeah LGA1366 is best since it should theoretically support i9....but that comes down to the motherboard you choose of course.

Even so, intel usually releases a new CPU socket every year or so now it seems...
Have you thought of AMD and it's new AM3 chips? The newer ones are apparently are close to matching the icore range and overclock very nicely :) plus it looks as though AMD will use the AM3 socket for at least another 2-3 years. Intel probably will end up doing another change soon too.

How much of a budget were you looking at?
And how often do you upgrade? I'm usually once a year, so mines coming up soon too

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  # 269023 1-Nov-2009 14:34
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Whoops, I'd choose:

860 - if you are doing no overclocking
920 - if you want to overclock

With a good graphics card, I reckon overclocking the CPU isn't needed for games these days. Graphics card is more important in a system :)

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 


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  # 269049 1-Nov-2009 15:59
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i dont overclock, only upgrade every 2-3 years

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