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Old 02-02-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default i5-750 or i5-660?

Hey guys. I'm looking to upgrade from my low-end Core 2 Duo (e4300 @ 1.8Ghz) to either an i5-750 or an i5-660 for mainly gaming and video encoding. The gaming benchmarks at Tom's Hardware seem to favor the 750, but the other benchmarks seem to be a mixed bag. Which would you suggest I go with? I'm leaning toward the 750 for the seemingly better game framerates and the fact that its $10 less than the 660 on Newegg.

Also, I noticed the clockspeed on the 750 is lower, but it has 4 physical cores instead of 4 simulated cores like the 660; what kind of difference is that going to make exactly? I would assume physical cores would naturally outperform hyperthreaded ones, but will it be worth it since the clockspeed is lower? (I really don't want to mess with overclocking anymore)

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Old 02-02-2010, 06:27 PM   #2
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The 750 is the better performer. That plus a good P55 mobo is a great combo for gaming.
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The 750 is the better performer. That plus a good P55 mobo is a great combo for gaming.
Thanks for the second opinion; +1 for the 750. As far as P55 motherboards go, would this be a good choice? GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2

I don't think I'll ever be running a Crossfire or SLI setup so the extra PCI-e slot only running at 4x shouldn't really a big concern for me. I could go for the more expensive UD4 board but I'm not sure the extra $45 will be worth it for the better 2nd PCI-e slot (for me at least). Plus it looks like the UD4 board has a lot of negative reviews.
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That should be fine. Gigabyte makes great boards.
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Yeah, I'm running on a Gigabyte right now and have not had any problems with it in the last 2 years or so. They seem pretty solid. Just wanted to get an extra opinion or two to make sure I'm not making a big mistake or anything.

Thanks for the posts, man. If anyone else has any other positive or negative comments on these parts, it would be much appreciated; I will probably make my order sometime later tonight.
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Go for i750....its better than 660
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